Compeer is an international organization located in 4 countries, 8 states in the U.S. and has 52 affiliates. Compeer of Greater Buffalo is one of the largest affiliates and is a unique agency in Erie County that uses the healing power of friendship to help change lives. Compeer recruits, screens, trains and matches adult volunteers and mentors for one-on-one friendships with children, seniors, adults and veterans with mental health challenges. In addition, Compeer provides Mental Health First Aid training in the community and since starting this training 3 years ago, has trained over 2,500 people in WNY.

Work Somewhere Awesome: Compeer of Greater Buffalo encourages a collaborative work environment with a culture of fun, passion and success. We offer excellent benefits including competitive pay, generous time off, professional development and retirement benefits.

**As of June 8, 2018

Thank you for your interest in joining the Compeer team. Listed below are the following employment opportunities we currently have available.

Interested applicants for future employment opportunities/openings with Compeer, can submit a cover letter and resume to Cheri Alvarez, Chief Program Officer (cheri@compeerbuffalo.org) where we will keep your information on file for up to one year from the date of your submission.

 

Director of Older Adult Services (interested applicants need to apply by June 14th)

The older adults program director oversees the development and implementation of older adult services, which matches adult volunteers with Compeer clients in a one-to-one relationship. The program director ensures program quality and performance related to recruiting, screening, matching, monitoring, and closing the relationship with the volunteer and client, and communicates with the parties involved (family, volunteer, client, referral source) throughout the relationship.

Reporting to the chief program officer, the program director is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the program, and will carry out the responsibilities of the position as defined below:

Essential Position Responsibilities:

  • Supervise and carry out the screening, matching, supervision, recognition and closure of volunteers
  • Support the recruitment and training of volunteers
  • Ensure quality programming and efficient documentation, data collection and progress monitoring
  • Problem solving and crisis intervention as needed for the matches
  • Support and participate in outreach/education initiatives for the purposes of volunteer recruitment and community awareness (includes public speaking engagements)
  • Facilitate and support volunteer training sessions, volunteer support sessions as well as other related programs, activities or functions for volunteers and clients of all Compeer programs
  • Provide supervision and leadership of student interns and designated staff
  • Develop and manage relationships with community-based organizations, stakeholders and collaborators
  • Demonstrate excellent customer service to all parties
  • Manage the planning and implementation of volunteer/client group events (including waiting list)
  • Attend trainings and conferences to increase knowledge of best practices
  • Complete other duties as needed

Position Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Master’s degree in mental health related field
  2. Related experience in mental health, social work or related fields
  3. A commitment to strategic program development, quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation and meeting program goals
  4. Program coordination and development experience in programmatic leadership

 

 

Position: Mental Health First Aid Instructor (2 per diem)

Program:   Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

 

MHFA Overview: Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews appropriate supports. This 8-hour course uses role- playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. The program also teaches common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia.

Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

The primary role of Instructors is to teach the Mental Health First Aid course with fidelity to the core program model and key messages. Each Instructor has a set of materials to help guide them through course facilitation. Instructors typically team up with another certified Instructor to teach the course, but on occasion may teach alone. Number of trainings will vary each month, with average being 3 to 6 trainings.

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Participate in (one time) five day MHFA Instructor Course (Date & Location TBD – will require out of town travel)
  • Train MHFA in communities through organizations such as schools, law enforcement, medical providers (as coordinated by Compeer)
  • Attend MHFA Instructor meetings
  • Maintain compliance with Instructor certification
  • Availability to facilitate MHFA trainings for 4 and 8 hour sessions during the week, with some flexibility on weekends and evenings.
  • Respect the privacy of course participants, colleagues and others, including the responsibility to protect personal information
  • Instructors are ambassadors of the Mental Health First Aid program and Compeer and must maintain professionalism at all times.
  • Able to travel throughout WNY
  • Commit to at least 2 years to the position

 

Experience Preferred:

  • Personal and/or professional knowledge of mental health topics
  • Required – professional background working in a school setting
  • Strong teaching and/ or training skills and experience, especially with adult learners
  • Skills and experience facilitating diverse groups and creating/maintaining a positive, effective learning environment
  • Positive attitudes towards individuals with mental illnesses
  • Enthusiasm for reducing the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and addiction disorders

 

Instructors will be reimbursed $160 per training.

Interested applicants can apply by sending a cover letter and resume to Cheri Alvarez

(cheri@compeerbuffalo.org) by June 29, 2018.

 

 

Position: Mental Health First Aid Instructor

Program: Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Corps

Reports to: Compeer (Host Site) Supervisor

 

MHFA Corps Program Mission: Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help someone in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge.

 

Host Site: Compeer is an international organization with 52 affiliates – located in 4 countries and 8 states. Compeer of Greater Buffalo is one of the largest affiliates and is a unique agency in Erie County that uses the healing power of friendship to help change lives. Compeer recruits, screens, trains and matches adult volunteers and mentors for one-on-one friendships with children, seniors, adults and veterans with mental health challenges. In addition, Compeer provides Mental Health First Aid training in the community and since starting this training 3 years ago, has trained over 2,500 people in WNY.

 

Purpose of Position: AmeriCorps Members will serve as MHFA Aid Instructors, certified to teach the 8-hour MHFA-USA course to members of the public.

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Participate in five day MHFA Instructor Course (Date & Location TBD)
  • Disseminate MHFA in communities through organizations such as schools, law enforcement, foster care agencies
  • Outreach to local community for course participants, as well as recruit and engage community partners
  • Market program through press releases, social media and informational sessions
  • Track each participant certified through follow up evaluations
  • Submit these evaluations as directed to MHFA-USA nationally and Health360
  • Enroll in the MHFA-USA Listserve
  • List courses on the National Public “Mental Health First Aid In Your Community” Map: Advertise courses and let the public know you are authorized to provide the program.
  • Establish and foster relationships with community mental health agencies as partners and resources
  • Serve as a resource to MHFA course participants on an ongoing basis
  • Respect the privacy of course participants, colleagues and others, including the responsibility to protect personal information
  • Advocate for MHFA by promoting the principles whenever possible
  • Grant writing to support MHFA Corps activities
  • Participate in AmeriCorps large service project
  • Participate in monthly calls held nationally by Health360
  • Assist host site with ongoing community initiatives and regional events

Experience Preferred:

  • Personal and/ or professional knowledge of mental health topics
  • Strong teaching and/ or training skills and experience, especially with adult learners
  • Understanding of mental health issues and resources
  • Skills and experience facilitating diverse groups and creating/maintaining a positive, effective learning environment
  • Knowledge about mental health resources in her/his community and state
  • Positive attitudes towards individuals with mental illnesses
  • Enthusiasm for reducing the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and addiction disorders

Details and Benefits include:

  • Complete a 10 month commitment, specific dates will be determined by the host site supervisor*
  • Full-time AmeriCorps position – 1700 service hours – 40 hours per week, 5 holidays, 2.5 personal days
  • AmeriCorps members receive a $13,732 stipend for their service – paid biweekly = 22 checks
  • $5,920 Education Award upon completion of service commitment (1700 service hours)
  • Bachelor’s Degree Required

 

*Term of service is limited to a maximum of 12 months with approval by Health360.

 

Follow this link to complete an AmeriCorps Application:

https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=52020

 

Send Resume to:

Katie Mach

Katie@compeerbuffalo.org