Peer Mentor (ROSE)
Willamette Bridges Programs/ROSE project
September 18, 2015
September 28, 2015
Regular, Benefit-eligible, Non-exempt
SCHEDULE: To be determined but may include day, swing and week-end hours. However, this schedule
may be adjusted according to the needs of the program.
WAGE/BENEFITS: $10.00 per hour. Position is eligible for pro-rated benefits. Janus offers an excellent
benefits program including medical, dental, life & long-term disability insurance; EAP; 401(k) and paid
time off (varied eligibility waiting periods apply). Voluntary optional coverages are also available.
TO APPLY: Submit a resume and cover letter to Dennis Lundberg, c/o 707 NE Couch St., Portland, OR
97232 or by e-mail to dlundberg@janusyouth.org.
Due to the volume of applications received, we regret that we can contact only those applicants who are
invited to interview. If it happens that you are not contacted to arrange an interview, please know that
we are grateful for your interest in employment opportunities at Janus Youth Programs.
Janus Youth Programs, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Find out more about Janus at our
website, www.janusyouth.org!
SUMMARY: The primary role of a Peer Mentor is to support transition age homeless youth (aged 16-24)
who are drug and alcohol affected and/or experiencing mental health concerns and serve in a peer
mentor role to engage and support youth in recovery. The primary role of the Peer Mentor is to provide
advocacy and support to homeless youth which includes working directly with youth to engage youth in
recovery-oriented activities and promote healthy decision making and their individual recovery. This
would also include the Peer Mentor representing this program in the community, act as a role model for
clean and sober living, and create visibility for the program through outreach to street dependent youth.
The Peer Mentor will provide supports as part of a the Recovery Oriented Support and Engagement
(ROSE) Project working closely with the Specialists (mental health, alcohol and other drug, and cooccurring) to develop the program and services in a manner that assists the Homeless Youth Continuum
(HYC) in fulfilling its mission of improving engagement and support of street youth considering or involved
in drug and alcohol and/or mental health recovery. Peer Mentors provide services consistent with
established Youth Worker Core Competencies. This position shall also work to establish solid working
relationships with the staff of the ROSE partner agencies, including Janus Youth Programs, Outside In
(OI), New Avenues for Youth (NAFY), and Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA).
QUALIFICATIONS Any combination of education, experience and training that demonstrates the ability
to perform the duties of the position is qualifying. This would typically include:
 GED or other high school equivalent,
 knowledge and/or experience of the lifestyles and culture of homeless youth
 knowledge or experience of issues related to substance use,
 Knowledge of service systems and clinical issues related to out-of-home youth.
1 year clean and sober time (required),
Qualifications as defined by Janus Youth Programs and/or partner agencies and specific role.
Experience, ability, and commitment to work with sexual minority and culturally diverse staff,
participants, and community.
Preference may be extended to current employees of Janus Youth Programs, Inc.
Required Abilities:
Youth Orientated Skills
 basic youth engagement skills to complete the duties of the position
 ability to work with a diverse population and interact effectively with people across different many
social and cultural identities....
 Demonstrated skills working with youth in individual and group settings.
 ability to effectively monitor safety and respond appropriately to crisis situations,
 ability to escort and/or accompany clients in the community, which might require standing and
walking up to 3 hours at a time
 Demonstrated commitment to youth participation and involvement in individual and program
planning and evaluation.
 Ability to serve as a role model for youth.
Professional Skills:
 commitment to continual learning, quality performance and ongoing professional development.
 professional boundaries and performance at all times,
 good communication and conflict resolution skills,
 willingness to receive and act upon feedback,
 expectation to consistently attend and be punctual for scheduled shifts and required meetings and
be in a condition suitable for assuming responsibilities of the position
 Ability to work in an inter-disciplinary team setting.
 Superior communication, organization and interpersonal skills.
 ability to provide auditory and visual supervision of clients,
 ability to climb/descend at least two flights of stairs,
 ability to carry a shoulder bag containing outreach supplies weighting up to 20 pounds,
 manual/physical dexterity allowing for performance of routine office tasks such as phone use, filing,
copying and computer use, and
 flexibility to occasionally work evenings and weekends as needed.
 Creativity, flexibility, optimism, and positive humor.
Working Conditions:
1. May involve exposure to communicable diseases, including a variety of illnesses and infections such
as the common cold, TB, Hepatitis A, B or C, flu, meningitis, and HIV.
2. May involve exposure to upset, angry, severely traumatized or emotionally disturbed children,
adolescents and families.
3. Position is a regularly scheduled shift. However, there may be occasions when flexibility is required
or when time in excess of routine shift is required.