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Job Title:

Career Specialist

Job Description:

Location: Huntington Park

FLSA: Non-exempt

Hours: Monday through Friday (Shifts will vary; evenings, nights, weekends, holidays)

Reports to: Training Manager


Under general supervision of the Program Manager, the Career Specialist works with members to provide information, peer-to-peer support and/or self-help services as needed or requested. This position is reserved for an individual in recovery from a mental health issue.  with lived experience with the mental health system.

RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES: Please note that the duties may vary depending on department size, organizational structure and/or geographic location. Reasonable accommodations may be made to allow individuals to perform the essential functions of the job. Additional duties may be assigned. 

Work activities may include any or all of the following:

  • Performs strengths-based intake and assessment of all referred members from all agency programs.  
  • Outreach and networks with other programs at PRPSN by visiting once a week and promoting our career services.
  • Assist’s members with employment and educational skills such as:  mock interviews, online searches, email, cover letters, employment applications, resumes, and mock interviews and follow up communication.
  • Assist’s members with educations goals including financial aid applications, enrollment in school and study techniques.
  • Provides onsite peer support services in the areas of, but not limited to: benefits establishment, employment softs skills, community integration and any number of groups required to meet the needs of members.  
  • Facilitates Career related workshops once a week for our two primary programs.   
  • Meets with members on a weekly basis or more frequently as needed.
  • Keeps program staff informed about member performance and support needs and follows up to assure all issues are addressed.
  • Attends meetings as assigned, including monthly cross program employment meetings, service team meetings and staff meetings.
  • Develops and maintains skills in the employment field through seminars, workshops or other forms of training/education.
  • Assist’s the training department and agency with providing trainings on supported employment and education.
  • Practices and models PRPSN approach, mission and core values in interactions.
  • Utilizes harm reduction in all service delivery interactions.
  • Communicates effectively in a culturally competent and diverse member population and promotes favorable interaction with managers, co-workers and others.
  • Collects program data as required to assist with the completion and submission of reports to Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
  • Collaborates with local governmental departments (i.e. Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Social Security Administration (SSI), to secure member benefits and necessary documentation.
  • Contribute to and supports a culturally diverse and sensitive environment. Maintains an open and cooperative approach. Provides an environment of acceptance that supports and respects people of different gender, ethnicities, cultural values, sexual orientation, race, language, religion, age, disability, family composition and socio-economic status.
  • Maintains a clean, positive and supportive work environment and a general spirit of cooperation. Is a team player who maintains effective working relationships and communicates clearly in a respectful and professional manner with staff, members and outside agencies.
  • Works cooperatively with others to assure the smooth and seamless delivery of comprehensive services to members, attends required trainings and meetings and participates actively in the community life of the worksite.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The following are the minimum qualifications, which an individual needs in order to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this position. Please note that the minimum qualifications may vary based upon the department size and/or geographic location. This position is reserved for an individual who has personal lived experience with the mental health system.  This position is reserved for a person who is recovery from a mental health issue.  


  • Peer Advocate Certificate/Training and demonstrated work experience in peer support, peer advocacy or self-help.  Obtaining a certificate within 6 months will be required for any candidate that doesn’t currently have one.   
  • Effective English and Spanish speaking, reading and writing communication skills; 
  • Demonstrated basic computer/word processing skills, including Microsoft office.
  • Class C driver’s license, daily access to a car and proof of valid automobile insurance.
  • All employees that drive personal vehicles for daily job functions must provide proof of auto liability insurance of a 30,000 / 60,000 policy upon the first day of employment, maintain required coverage amounts and provide ongoing documentation of continuous coverage.
  • Flexible work schedule to include evenings, nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Must know or quickly acquire extensive knowledge of local community resources.

Physical Demands: In general, the following physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to allow different individuals to perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Must be able to bend, stoop, lift, and push up to 25 pounds or a regular basis, stand and move intermittently throughout the work day.


Health Benefits
We offer a choice between two different HMO's, dental and vision care.

Paid Time Off
We offer a combination of 11 holidays, 2 weeks of sick time, 2 weeks of vacation time and 2 personal days off per full time employee

403 B Retirement
We offer a voluntary 403 B retirement plan for your future

Employee Assistance Program
We offer an EAP that is confidential and supportive for personal, family and work issues. EAP is available 24/7

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