CareerCenter Consultant Peer Support Worker - Portland

at State of Maine, Bureau of Human Resources in Portland, Maine, United States

Job Description

CareerCenter Consultant Peer Support Worker – Portland

Portland , Maine , United States | Professional/Technical | Full-time Apply by: Aug. 2, 2021 Apply with Linkedin Apply

Department of Labor – Bureau of Employment Services

Opening Date: July 19, 2021

Closing Date: August 2, 2021

Job Class Code: 0723

Grade: 20 (Professional/Technical) – Acting Capacity

Salary: $37,128 – $49,857

Location: Portland

Job description:

The Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Employment Services is currently recruiting for two (2) Peer Support Worker (PSW) positions to join our team. One position will be located in Portland and the other in Lewiston. The peer support worker serves as a worker advocate, information source and connecting link between workers displaced from his or her workplace and Maine’s workforce development system. The PSW will work closely with our team to conduct outreach to workers displaced from Abbott Laboratories in Westbrook and Scarborough Maine. To qualify for this position, you must be recently displaced from a non-managerial position due to recent workforce reductions at Abbott Laboratories. If you have a strong desire to serve as an advocate for your co-workers, have a reputation for being trusted and respected by your peers, are an excellent communicator and have the ability to work as part of a team, maintain confidentiality and enjoy helping others, this is the perfect position for you. The term of this position is six months and up to one year depending on ongoing needs of workers. Work is performed under general supervision.

The position is based at the Department of Labor’s Portland, Maine CareerCenter locations working closely with community-based organizations helping workers recently displaced due to workforce reductions at Abbott Laboratories. Potential for at least partial work-from-home privileges during current public health conditions available. Frequent local community level travel will be required.

Preference will be given to candidates with:

+ Experience using virtual communications platforms such as MS Teams and Zoom.

+ Preference will be given to applicants who speak in addition to English, French, Portuguese, Swahili, Kinya Rwanda, Somali, Arabic, Russian, Spanish or Kirundi

+ Education or work experience in career guidance and planning or related vocational experience.

Primary duties:

+ Conduct outreach and recruitment to affected workers, help connect workers to employment services and staff and to act as a liaison between workers and the employment and training system.

+ Establish and maintain contact with each laid off worker to assess his/her situation and determine his/her need for retraining, job readiness or placement, or other support services.

+ Help workers to understand the rules and regulations of, and navigate through, workforce services.

+ Advocate for workers and help resolve problems and obstacles to retraining and reemployment.

+ Compile data on laid off workers, track their progress through Maine JobLink and/or their search for suitable replacement employment.

+ Attend and participate in any “Rapid Response” sessions or other group meetings held for the impacted workers.

+ Communicate with personnel for the Maine Department of Labor and the appropriate CareerCenter about individual workers’ needs or concerns and about possible improvements in services to laid off workers.

+ Report activities and progress in the format provided by project oversight personnel and attend community and other meetings as needed to provide project updates.

+ Conduct mailings, plan group meetings and arrange any other activities determined desirable to meet project’s goals.

+ Meet with report regularly to Rapid Response staff and appropriate CareerCenter personnel (separately and jointly) to assess progress and make refinements that will improve services to laid off workers.

+ Participate in ongoing training activities planned and coordinated by Rapid Response staff to increase knowledge and skills.

+ Perform tasks and duties, worker outreach and advocacy activities assigned and approved by project oversight personnel to fulfill the goals of peer support project and meet the reemployment needs of laid-off workers.

+ Promotes, advises, and coordinates services through participation in informational sessions, job fairs, and trade shows in order to create public awareness.

Minimum requirements:

A four (4) year combination of education, training and/or work experience at the paraprofessional or professional level in job counseling, employment interviewing and job placement, or related vocational services

To qualify for these positions, you must be recently displaced from a non-managerial position due to recent workforce reductions at Abbott Laboratories. This is a statutory mandate perTitle 26; Chapter 26-A Peer Support Program for Displaced Workers ( .

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants need to apply online by selecting the “Apply for this opening” button along with uploading a cover letter, current resume, and copies of any transcripts or certifications you wish to have considered while evaluating your application. In order for us to properly determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for any posting, you must be sure your resume includes month and year for any experience listed along with the duties and responsibilities associated with each particular time period.

If you require a paper application, please contact Human Resources at (207) 623-6700.

Contact Information:

David Klein at

Why work for the State of Maine?

+ Health, Dental and Vision Insurance

+ Retirement Savings

+ Flexible Spending Accounts

+ Gym Membership Reimbursement

+ Living Resources (Employee Assistance Program)

+ Paid Holidays

+ Federal Public Loan Forgiveness Program- to learn if you qualify, please visit

+ Statewide Locations

+ Training

+ Seasonal Jobs

+ Summer Internship Opportunities


The bi-weekly dollar values of some State-paid benefits include:

+ 13.16% of pay to retirement for bargaining unit positions

+ The value of State-paid Dental Insurance: $14.60 biweekly.

+ At least 85% of the health insurance premium for the employee (at least $412.23). Participating in the Health Premium Credit Program can increase the state-paid amount by 5%. The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium payment. To explore the detailed cost of coverage for specific situations, please consult these tables ( .

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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Job Posting: JC188198055

Posted On: Jul 21, 2021

Updated On: Aug 05, 2021