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Peer Support Specialist

We now have an exciting full-time permanent Peer Support Specialist role based within our new innovative Peer Support Team that will be located at our community hub in New Lynn. This role is 40 hours per week to be worked Monday to Friday.

The Peer Support team provide peer-based recovery support to complement the work of Odyssey’s therapeutic community. The team works with clients during the transitional phases of their treatment to enhance their treatment pathway and increase recovery outcomes.

This position will work closely with the Peer Support Manager and residential services to achieve our purpose of creating hopeful and safe spaces for change with opportunities to reflect; learn and connect so that people can move towards a brighter future

Ideally, the successful applicant will have:

  • Personal lived experience, a story of recovery from addictions and the ability to as a positive role model to others (essential)
  • Strong cultural competencies particularly in working with Maori.
  • Assertive communication and active listening skills
  • An ability to utilise critical thinking and proactively engage in organisational support
  • A willingness to hang in there when the going gets tough
  • A willingness to embrace change and learn
  • A positive and encouraging demeanour with a good sense of humour
  • The ability to work in an ethical framework with strong boundaries
  • Completed peer support training of some description and/or experience working in a peer position
  • Excellent computer skills, particularly email, data entry and word processing
  • Full drivers licence

In return we offer:

  • A competitive salary, 22 days annual leave and 5 days paid study leave per annum
  • Monday to Friday hours (no weekends or afterhours)
  • Professional and career development opportunities.
  • A dynamic and supportive team who are passionate about what they do.

More about us:

Odyssey has supported thousands of New Zealanders whose lives are affected by alcohol, drug or other addiction challenges. We wholeheartedly believe that everyone living in New Zealand should have the opportunity to live life to the fullest, to feel hopeful about their future and to have meaningful relationships with friends and whānau.

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter, and complete the additional information questionnaire online. For all enquiries, please contact please contact Jared Johanson on 021929361

Closing date: Friday 21 January 2022

Please note that this role must be performed by a fully vaccinated worker. Proof of vaccination for COVID-19 is required before the successful candidate can comment employment in the role. Police and Ministry of Social Development clearance checks are also required.

Odyssey is an equal opportunity employer and a smoke free organisation. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We particularly encourage applications from Māori and Pasifika candidates.