Employment Opportunities at the Mental Health Association of NWPA

MHA is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits hiring discrimination on the basis of national origin, age or sex. Employment opportunities shall be provided for applicants with disabilities and reasonable accommodations shall be made to meet the physical or mental limitations of qualified applicants or employees.

Non-discrimination Statement

Cover Letter, Resume and Job Application is required. Send to:

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Positions Now Available at MHA

Warming Center Night Staff (As Needed)
Reports To: Center Team Leader . . .

General Responsibilities:

This is a part-time position which does not have specific hours per week. Persons in this role maintain a safe, comfortable environment for persons in need of shelter on nights when winter temperatures are forecast to meet criteria for opening the MHA facility for a Warming Night. They must be able to maintain order in the Center while being supportive and helpful to persons using the Warming Center.

Specific Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Welcoming individuals to the Center and making sure all attendees are aware of rules and expectations.
  • In conjunction with co-workers, maintain order and enforce rules including requiring disruptive individuals to leave premises or contact police if necessary.
  • Be aware of resources available to persons in need of services
  • Respond to participants in distress in a supportive, respectful, but assertive manner.
  • Monitor all physical environments for safety, while protecting our material resources.
  • Recognize and manage crisis situations.
  • Assist volunteers to fulfill volunteer roles.
  • Provide role model for successful interaction skills, (assertiveness, conflict resolution, and boundary maintenance).
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

  • H.S. Diploma or GED
  • Have flexible availability on short notice to work from 11PM to 7AM
  • Act 33/34 Clearance. Act 151 Clearances.
  • Knowledge of the Mission, Vision and Values of MHA.
  • Ability to follow policies and procedures of the MHA.
  • Ability to meet schedules, plan, take direction.
  • Basic knowledge of internal resources as well as social service resources in the community.
  • Proven ability to interact with others compassionately yet assertively
  • Subscribe to ethical standards of confidentiality.
  • Ability to be a team player.

Physical Demands:

Physical demands describe herein are representative of those that must be met by staff to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the staff is regularly required to stand, sit, talk, hear (hearing aid permitted). Specific vision abilities required by the job include peripheral and distance vision. Staff is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and use legs to lift and or move up to 50 pounds.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those a staff encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • Staff is occasionally exposed to outside weather.
  • Noise level is usually moderate.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT

MHA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND PROHIBITS HIRING DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGIOUS CREED, DISABILITY, ANCESTRY, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE OR SEX. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES SHALL BE PROVIDED FOR APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES AND REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS SHALL BE MADE TO MEET THE PHYSICAL OR MENTAL LIMITATIONS OF QUALIFIED APPLICANTS OR EMPLOYEES

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Certified Peer Specialist-Associate I-Non-Exempt
Reports To: Peer Support Team Leader . . .

Two positions will be filled as soon as possible in the Peer Support Program at the Mental Health Association. Applicant must have successfully completed Certified Peer Specialist training recognized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These are part-time as needed positions, normally working 15-28 hours per week. The person filling this position will provide fee for service peer support to adult mental health consumers, meeting medical necessity requirements, who are residing in Erie County. There will be evening and weekend hours. The applicant must have good time management skills and be able to work independently. Also must have an understanding of recovery principles related to the needs of mental health consumers. Knowledgeable of the concepts of a consumer run/consumer driven organization is required. Self-identification as a person who has or currently is experiencing homelessness or near homelessness is a plus as is the completion of Wellness Recovery Action Plan group facilitator training.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Act 33/34, Act 151, FBI Fingerprints
  • Negative pre-employment drug screening
  • Certified Peer Specialist
  • Computer skills working with Word, Outlook, and Excel
  • Record keeping skills, ability to write clearly
  • Proven ability to work as a member of a team
  • Ability to manage own work schedule, set own appointments
  • Ability to follow written and verbal directions
  • Proven ability to advocate on behalf of self and others
  • Knowledge of Recovery Principles related to mental health
  • Knowledge of consumer rights as they impact mental health
  • Knowledge of publicly funded mental health and addiction disease services in Erie County
  • Knowledge of natural supports in the community
  • Knowledge of the Mission of Community Care Behavioral Health
  • Knowledge of the Mission, Vision and Values of the Mental Health Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania
  • Have access to transportation

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

  • Work one-on-one and in groups with peers who want assistance in meeting their recovery goals, including development of Wellness Recovery Action Plans or other recovery tools.
  • Assist peers locating/ utilizing natural supports.
  • Assist peers in navigating the physical/mental health systems; provide advocacy and referrals as needed with other services and supports including involvement in the community and the MHA Consumer Center.
  • Assist peers in a hands-on way with life skills including but not limited to problem solving, budgeting, hygiene, housekeeping, relationship/social skills, employment skills, credit rebuilding, and communication skills.
  • Work closely with the Blended Case Managers and other supports.
  • As assigned, represent Team and MHA at forums/meetings related to mental health.
  • Participate in pertinent training opportunities.
  • Complete all necessary paperwork and reports in regards to the peer he/she is providing support.
  • Maintain standards of confidentiality.
  • Other duties as assigned.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The Physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by staff to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the staff is regularly required to stand, sit, talk, hear, (hearing aid permitted). Specific vision abi lities required by the job include peripheral and distance vision.
  • Staff is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and use legs to lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here in are representative of those a staff encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.

  • Staff is occasionally exposed to outside weather.
  • Noise level is usually moderate.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT

MHA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND PROHIBITS HIRING DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGIOUS CREED, DISABILITY, ANCESTRY, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE OR SEX. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES SHALL BE PROVIDED FOR APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES AND REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS SHALL BE MADE TO MEET THE PHYSICAL OR MENTAL LIMITATIONS OF QUALIFIED APPLICANTS OR EMPLOYEES

Job Description ~

Cover letter, Resumé and Job Application is required. Send to:

  • LuAnn Gossett, Human Resource Manager
    Mental Health Association of NW PA
    1101 Peach Street
    Erie, PA 16501
  • or email to: info@mhanp.org
    Attn: LuAnn Gossett
  • Fax: 814.459.8833

As Needed Center Team Member(Associate 1 Trainee)
Reports To: Center Team Leader . . .

General Responsibilities:

  • This is a part-time, shared position which does not have specific hours per week. It is designed to provide consumers with an opportunity to develop good work habits and skills prior to entering the general workforce. Maximum length of employment in this position is 2 years. As Needed staff must have a valid driver’s license and be able to operate a 15 passenger van. The As Needed Center Team Member has direct contact with consumer center members. All Team Members are responsible for following procedures determined by the Center Team staff regarding the day to day operations of the Consumer Center. All Team members must be able to function as a team and act as a support and resource to consumer members.

Specific Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Assist members in feeling welcome and encourage participation in groups and activities.
  • Must have flexible availability to work days, evenings, nights, holidays, and/or Sundays.
  • Safely operate a 15 passenger van and be insurable under MHA insurance.
  • Maintain order and enforce van rules.
  • Respond to consumers in distress in a supportive, respectful manner.
  • In conjunction with co-workers, maintain a safe peaceful environment.
  • Monitor all physical environments for safety of members, while protecting our material resources.
  • Complete assigned paper work. i.e.…membership forms, incident reports, consumer contacts, and action plans.
  • Recognize and manage crisis situations.
  • Talk, listen, advocate for, and refer members as needed.
  • Assist consumers to develop skills necessary to fulfill volunteer roles.
  • Facilitate groups as assigned, assist in design and implementation of new groups.
  • Project a positive image in or outside of the MHA.
  • Provide role model for successful interaction skills, (assertiveness, conflict resolution, and boundary maintenance.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

  • H.S. Diploma or GED
  • Ability to drive 15 passenger van
  • Act 33/34 Clearance. Act 151 Clearances.
  • Knowledge of the Mission, Vision and Values of MHA.
  • Ability to follow policies and procedures of the MHA.
  • Ability to meet schedules, plan, take direction.
  • Knowledge of internal resources as well as Mental Health resources in the community.
  • Subscribe to ethical standards of confidentiality.
  • Ability to be a team player.

Physical Demands:

  • The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by staff to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the staff is regularly required to stand, sit, talk, hear (hearing aid permitted). Specific vision abilities required by the job include peripheral and distance vision.
  • Staff is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and use legs to lift and or move up to 50 lbs.

Work Environment:

  • The work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those a staff encounters while performing the essential functions pf the job. Reasonable accommodations maybe made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
  • Staff is occasionally exposed to outside weather.
  • Noise level is usually moderate.

Submit Application to:
LuAnn Gossett, HR Manager
1101 Peach Street
Erie, PA
info@mhanp.org

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT

MHA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND PROHIBITS HIRING DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGIOUS CREED, DISABILITY, ANCESTRY, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE OR SEX. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES SHALL BE PROVIDED FOR APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES AND REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS SHALL BE MADE TO MEET THE PHYSICAL OR MENTAL LIMITATIONS OF QUALIFIED APPLICANTS OR EMPLOYEES

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