University of Colorado Substance Use Navigator (SUN) Peer Recovery Navigator in Denver, Colorado

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry - ARTS

SUN Peer Recovery Navigator – Health Care Tech II

Position #664918 Requisition #15606

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School of Medicine- Department of Psychiatry - ARTS Outpatient has an opening for /full-time /University Staff (unclassified) Substance Use Navigator (SUN) (MAT) Peer Recovery Navigator – Health Care Tech II position.

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The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center seeks a full-time, University Staff, non-classified, Substance Use Navigator (SUN) Peer Recovery Navigator (Health Care Technician I) within the Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) Adult Outpatient Program, with clinic locations in Denver, Aurora and Arvada. The ARTS Adult Outpatient Program is within the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. ARTS Adult Outpatient clinics provide drug and alcohol assessment, psychosocial and pharmacological treatment for adults. Programs in various clinic locations include traditional outpatient, intensive outpatient and may contain specialty services for clients referred by the criminal justice system, county departments of human services, and services for pregnant women, individuals who are HIV-positive and gender responsive services.

This position supports drug and alcohol assessment, psychosocial, and pharmacological treatment for adult patients in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment at ARTS clinic locations (Denver, Aurora, and Arvada). ARTS is a part of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. This is a full-time, grant-funded, University Staff (non-classified) position that provides activities to engage, educate, and offer support to patients in need of substance use treatment navigation services, their family members, and caregivers to connect patients to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up sessions. This position is responsible for conducting outreach activities with patients, staff, community partners, subcontracted agencies, and/or other entities as appropriate, travel to various sites, and perform other duties as assigned or required. Standard working hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm, with two evening hour days required (2:00 pm to 10:00 pm). This position may be required to work on some Saturdays and Sundays for events and/or clinic coverage, as well.

_Important: _This position is a full-time position made possible by grant funds. The position and its support and funding levels will be reviewed on a periodic basis; accordingly, the position’s status may be affected over time by any applicable variations in the grant and/or funding amounts.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

The SUN Peer Recovery Navigator will work with ARTS clinics and Denver Health Hospital to assist individuals in need of SUD treatment to connect with community services and agencies that provide assistance to patients. This position will build and maintain relationships with medical and clinical care providers, work groups, task forces, community agencies, harm reduction centers, and law enforcement authorities to educate and provide information regarding treatment. This position will support effective treatment referrals and serve as a conduit between patients who need treatment and treatment providers. In addition, this position will:

  • Receive training and serve as a Peer Recovery Navigator to implement peer-led interventions to improve outcomes for SUD patients in opioid medication-assisted and traditional outpatient treatment.

  • Conduct structured, peer-led individual interventions that focuses on health education, care coordination, as well as identifying and reducing barriers to care for patients.

  • Conduct outreach activities in the community in to engage patients in substance use treatment.

  • Conduct case management for patients, and provide referrals of necessary, appropriate resources to patients as needed.

  • Implement standardized intervention, track patients for engagement, and connect patients to SUD treatment and care.

  • Collaborate with supervisor and staff, and coordinate efforts to ensure successful delivery of services.

  • Attend and participate in trainings, team/staff meetings, and other events as needed.

  • Identify any problems, challenges, or obstacles in coordination of services, identify potential solutions, and resolve such problems, challenges or obstacles in a timely manner.

  • Ensure all duties and responsibilities are performed for effective and appropriate benefit of patients to whom care and/or services are being provided.

  • Ensure confidentiality of patient health information and/or health records.

  • Complete paperwork, including consent/participation forms for each participant served, as required by the City of Denver and/or any grant specific paperwork requirements.

  • Perform outreach and engagement to people who are experiencing high utilization of emergency department, mobile crisis, or other urgent care services due to their substance use disorder.

  • Provide support to people in need of treatment with being admitted into evidence based treatment within their region.

  • Establish and maintain weekly communication, either on site, or by phone with the City of Denver and Denver Health, other MAT providers, hospital Emergency Departments, harm reduction organizations, and law enforcement to educate each about the availability of treatment and to support effective treatment referrals.

  • Facilitate peer recovery support services in an individual setting, oftentimes at off-site locations because targeted populations served do not have the financial means to come to ARTS clinics.

  • Assist participants with the creation of a personal recovery plan, as necessary.

  • Participate in weekly supervision meetings.

  • Participate in any City of Denver or grant-specific meetings as required.


  • Continuously maintain accurate and up-to-date records and/or notes as required by agency policy.

  • Use electronic health record systems to ensure timely documentation, recording and tracking of communications, interventions, and patient data.

  • Schedule and maintain multiple, internal and external appointments.

  • Enter data into, and maintain, accurate records of activities.

  • Gather, analyze and report patient statistical data.

  • Order, maintain, and accurately track expenditures of office and medical supplies.

  • Manage confidential patient information and health records.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned, including but not limited to: data entry, data tracking, and data analysis/reporting.

  • Document intervention activities in an accurate and timely manner, and seek consultation from supervisor or other staff as necessary.

Customer Service

  • Provide in-person and telephone reception.

  • Provide excellent customer service to internal and external stakeholders.

  • Provide information on program services and respond courteously to queries.

  • Work comfortably among patients with or without substance abuse disorder, who are referred from city and county parole/probation departments, department of social services, and other relevant agencies.

  • Perform other duties as assigned or required.

This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring annual salary range for this position is $34,956 - $42,144 and is commensurate with skills and experience. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses.

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Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.


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Diversity and Equity:

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The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

/_NOTE:_// /A candidate’s cover letter must adequately describe how their work/life experiences satisfy the Required Qualifications of the position as stated above. If candidates do not satisfy this requirement and/or fail to attach a cover letter to their application, then their application will be removed from consideration.

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_Required Qualifications:__ _

  • High school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED).

  • One year of experience working closely with patients and connecting them to resources.


  • Additional appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis

_Conditions of Employment:_

  • Must be willing and able to successfully complete the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy training within 6 months of hire date.

  • Must be willing and able to obtain the Colorado Peer and Family Specialist (CPFS) certification within 6 months of hire date.

  • Must possess and maintain a current valid State of Colorado Driver’s License, or obtain one within 30 days if and when the position is offered (this position will be required to go outside of the clinic to order and pick-up purchases/supplies for the work unit or clinic).

  • Must be willing and able to pass a fingerprinting and criminal background check prior to being hired. Required background checks include a review with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Central Registry of Child Protection (Trails).

  • Subject to pre-employment, post-accident, incident, and/or reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing per UCD Addiction Research and Treatment Services Department Policies.

_Preferred Qualifications_:

  • Two years of experience working closely with patients and connecting them to resources, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.

  • Minimum two (2) years of lived experience in recovery from addiction or substance use disorder and is actively participating in his/her recovery.

  • Minimum two (2) years of sobriety with existing sober supports.

  • Experience in Patient Navigation and connecting patients to required services or resources.

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with an Associate’s degree or higher in psychology, social work, counseling, human services, or another related field.

  • Experience working with clients who are involved with the criminal justice system, probation/parole, human services, and/or other similar referral sources.

  • Experience providing administrative support to clients, families, staff, and other stakeholders in a substance abuse treatment setting.

  • Experience working with electronic health records and Patient Health Information management systems.

  • Possess current and valid registration in good standing with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) as Certified Addiction Counselor II (CAC 2) license or higher.

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.


The successful candidate must demonstrate:

  • Experience working successfully with multiple tasks in a high-pressure environment.

  • Knowledge of, or experience with, care coordination, medical/hospital and/or community resources.

  • Knowledge of basic therapeutic confrontation and structures.

  • Demonstrated ability to summarize the positive effects personal recovery experience, and willing to share this experience in a way that would be helpful to others.

  • Basic computer skills, including ability to use Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word and Excel) and to operate a copier, scanner, and fax machine.

  • Cross-cultural skills, and experience with culturally diverse populations.

  • Experience with motivational interviewing techniques.

  • Must honor, support and accept all pathways to recover.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.

  • Outstanding customer service skills

  • Attention to details

  • Ability to manage difficult behaviors.

  • Ability to engage successfully with substance dependent clients in treatment.

  • Ability to comply with established rules, policies and procedures and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to be open-minded and nonjudgmental.

  • Ability to develop healthy relationships and boundaries with clients.

  • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain patient confidentiality.

  • Ability to effectively and accurately check for typographical, grammatical and/or spelling errors in documents.

  • Experience of utilizing Microsoft Word to create documents, tables, mail merge, reports, etc.

  • Experience utilizing Microsoft Excel to create, revise, update and maintain spreadsheets and macro-enabled reports.

  • Experience using Microsoft Outlook to create, send and receive e-mail communication.

  • Experience with accurate and timely data entry.

  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to advance diversity and inclusion

Job: *Health Care

Organization: *H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus

Title: Substance Use Navigator (SUN) Peer Recovery Navigator

Location: Denver

Requisition ID: 15606