Adult Diversion Senior Peer Support Specialist (Full-time)

Description of HOPE

The Foundation of HOPE is the region’s preeminent interfaith, non-profit organization providing unparalleled Aftercare, Chaplaincy, Diversion, and Pre-Release programing. HOPE’s mission is to empower those impacted by the criminal justice system to restore their relationships, rebuild their lives, and reconcile with their communities.

Position Overview: The Adult Diversion Senior Peer Support Specialist assists, guides, and counsels individuals in need of support due to substance use and/or mental health. Your role is to ensure that participants have the necessary support to successfully reach their goals, thrive in their communities, reconnect with their families, and avoid criminal charges and incarceration.

Reports to:  Adult Diversion Director
Status: Full-time
Office Location: 540 Suismon Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Benefits: Competitive salary, paid vacation, generous PTO schedule, SEP retirement plan, life insurance, various training/certification/professional development opportunities, and mileage and parking reimbursement.


Currently, Foundation of HOPE does not provide health care insurance for employees; however, a stipend for personal enrollment is provided.

Although this position may become permanent, this grant-funded position is not guaranteed to continue after September 2024.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Engage regularly with Adult Diversion participants to offer one-on-one support and counseling.
  • Mentor participant goals on a quarterly basis, celebrating milestones and adjusting as needed.
  • Support the Adult Diversion Case Manager in connecting participants to community resources, including basic needs assistance, counseling, employment, housing, and support groups.
  • Identify and respond to potential recidivism warning signs (depression, isolation, problematic substance use, etc.) exhibited by Adult Diversion participants; provide effective interventions and emotional support.
  • Lead bi-weekly Adult Diversion Community Advisory Panel (ADCAP) meetings with Adult Diversion participants and community members with lived-experience. Includes in-person and remote meeting facilitation, and discussion topic development.
  • Represent HOPE Adult Diversion at various community and social service provider meetings to raise public awareness of programming and generate support for program participants.
  • Identify new community resources and opportunities to support Adult Diversion participants.
  • Convene with other HOPE Peer Support Specialists to elevate the work by identifying barriers to service, and provide support for individual challenges and successes.

Required Skills & Experience

  • Reliability.
  • Compassion, empathy, and patience.
  • Excellent listening and communication skills.
  • Willingness to tackle and overcome challenges, as they arise.
  • Genuine recognition of the dignity of all people regardless of their past history and/or mistakes.
  • Lived experience with substance use and/or former incarceration.
  • General knowledge of substance-use disorders.
  • Working knowledge of local re-entry resources including AA/NA meetings, basic needs assistance, crisis, employment, housing and shelters, substance abuse services, and trauma support.
  • Computer-literacy (able to enter information and learn to navigate case management database).
  • Peer Support Specialist Certification (preferred). Requisite work experience will be considered.
  • 2-4 years’ experience as a Peer Support, preferably in the fields of substance use or re-entry.
  • High School Diploma or GED, required. Associates Degree or higher, preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license and personal transportation.


  • Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of 3-5 references to:
    Mica L. Williams, Adult Diversion Director
    Foundation of HOPE
    540 Suismon Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15212
  • Electronic PDF copies of cover letter and resume should be emailed to

The Foundation of HOPE is committed to providing a non-discriminatory employment environment for its employees. The policy of the Foundation of HOPE is to fully comply with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations in the area of non-discrimination in employment. Discrimination against employees and applicants due to race, color, religion, sex (including sexual harassment), national origin, disability, age (40 years or older), military, and veteran status is prohibited.