Job Title:  Peer Policy Fellow

Employer’s Name:  Prosumers International

Location of the position: San Antonio, Texas

Full time, part time, permanent, short-term, contracted position:  Full Time

Brief (1-2 sentence) organization description:

Prosumers International is a Texas peer run non-profit 501(c)(3) empowerment organization dedicated to all people who experience mental health concerns knowing that recovery is possible. We are also dedicated to people with lived experience of mental health issues having a voice at all decision-making tables that impact their lives.  We run programs in Collin County, Denton County, Harris County, Bexar County, and the Rio Grande Valley.  We have been in business since 2002 and continue to grow throughout the state.

General instructions to apply:  email resume and letter of interest to Anna H. Gray at ahgray59@gmail.com.

Prosumers International Hogg Peer Policy Fellow

Job Description

Date Posted: May 28, 2020

Our Mission: To empower all people to transcend adverse life experiences and to inspire resiliency for all people to thrive while fulfilling their dreams.

Salary:   Commensurate with experience beginning at $38,000.00

Hours: Full Time (40 hours a week), variable schedule

Position Location: San Antonio, Texas 

Position answers directly to the Executive Director.

Application Instructions: Please send cover letter, resume and two letters of reference to: Ahgray59@gmail.com. Use “Hogg Peer Policy Fellow” in the subject line.

Note:  We believe in diversity and inclusion are key drivers of creativity and innovation and we actively seek out candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply for roles in our organization.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintaining the integrity of the Prosumer brand
  • Participate in the planning and coordination of community awareness building events 
  • Research best/emerging practices in mental health and substance use that advance policies priorities and strategies
  • Research and analyze proposed state and federal legislation, rules, and regulations as they relate to the rights and services of people with lived experience of mental health and substance issues in Texas
  • Represent lived experience of mental health and substance use perspective on committees and workgroups (both internal and external) and at stakeholder meetings
  • Serve as a liaison to coalition partners that request research assistance related to mental health and substance use.
  • Assist in the research and writing of fact sheets, issue briefs and other educational materials.
  • Curate new research, data, and studies and disseminated to staff as appropriate to keep them well informed, specifically on mental health/substance use issues and policy
  • Identify way to increase awareness of the connection between substance use and mental health issues
  • Assist with the development of and leading presentations and trainings
  • Testify before government bodies or assist in preparing testimony for others to do so
  • Assist in collecting and compiling data for Prosumers International publications and presentations
  • Assist in planning presentation topics and procuring speakers for Prosumer International events
  • Assist in media advocacy efforts — press conferences, preparation of press materials, editorial board visits, etc.
  • Submit request for funds and submit receipts for all expenditures, submit all receipts for reimbursements and any other required paperwork for the sound fiscal management of the organization
  • Collects data of participation and services provided and creates a report every month to submit to the Executive Director
  • Participate in all required ongoing training and development opportunities including Texas Empowerment Initiative training and advocacy activities
  • Performs any other duties related to the position of Hogg Policy Fellow as directed by the Executive Director

Position Requirements:

  • Must be a Mental Health Peer Specialist (MHPS) or be willing to become a MHPS or have equivalent training and certification
  • Must be willing to self-disclose and share recovery story
  • Must be firmly committed to mental health recovery being possible for all who want it
  • Minimum 2 years of recent work experience or volunteer experience.
  • Comfortable with learning by doing/experiencing and by listening/reading
  • Commitment to the goals of the Peer Policy Fellow program
  • Willingness and ability to travel
  • Personal vehicle with applicable insurance
  • Cell phone to fulfill job responsibilities, such as being available off-hours, at meetings, during travel or other business purposes.
  • Ability to lift boxes up to 30 pounds
  • Proficient spoken and written English
  • Bilingual a plus
  • Comfortable dealing with rapid change and multiple demands

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Exceptional customer service, quality focus, problem solving, market knowledge, active listening skills, phone skills, peer support skills, able to deal with multiple demands.
  • Must have good computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, and be able to use virtual learning technology

Preferred qualifications:

  • Fluent in written and spoken Spanish
  • Experience promoting services by social media
  • Experience with MailChimp a plus

To whom the position reports (supervisor):  Executive Director

Salary and benefits info:  $38,000.00 with a stipend for medical insurance

Deadline for application:  Application will be considered as they come in.  Will close June 25, 2020.