Title:                             Director of Peer Seattle

Part/Full Time:             Full Time

Reports to:                   Chief Program Officer

Supervisory role:          Yes


General Summary

Peer Washington provides peer emotional support services by and for people with lived experience with mental health, addiction and/or HIV/AIDS challenges. Each of our service sites, referred to as a program, is guided by a charter outlining the community it serves and requires a Site Director who identifies as representing the identified service population of each site. The role of the Director is to implement the core services of Peer Washington under the direction of the Chief Program Officer and to assess and implement additional services with guidance from the site’s advisory committee to meet the needs of the site’s target community in furtherance of the mission of Peer Washington.



Peer Washington’s purpose is to provide peer emotional support and development services to Washington state residents impacted by temporary or chronic addiction, mental health issues, and/or HIV/AIDS. We envision a community of peers connected by shared experience in compassionate support of one another. Peer Washington’s mission is to cultivate powerful, healthy lives by providing peer emotional support and development services to those impacted by addiction, mental health and/or HIV/AIDS. 


Within our programs we target populations and communities impacted by health inequities, maintaining our historical commitment to ensuring safe space for members identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, or other sexual minorities at all our locations regardless of the target community. Our services are open to any person impacted by addiction, mental health issues, or HIV/AIDS; however, outreach at our various program sites may be directed toward the community identified in the site charter. All of our work is done in a spirit of safety, trust, inclusiveness, and celebration of individual differences.


Peer Seattle Charter

Peer Seattle, a program of Peer Washington has been established on July 1, 2020 as a result of our corporate name change to Peer Washington to define the ongoing scope of services in furtherance of the mission of Peer Washington to our LGBTQA community in King County. The Chief Program Officer of Peer Washington shall employ and oversee the position of Director of Peer Seattle who identifies as an LGBTQ peer with lived experience [with addiction and/or mental health] who maintains residence in King County.  The Director of Peer Seattle will act under the direction of the Chief Program Officer to fulfill the obligations of this charter within the mission of Peer Washington. Peer Seattle shall provide the core services of front desk resource and referral, peer coaching, peer facilitated support groups, supported employment and supportive housing. Services provided by Peer Seattle in addition to these core programs will be based on community informed needs of the LGBTQA community in King County as funding permits within the scope of Peer Washington’s mission statement.


Position Summary

The site director is responsible for every aspect of Peer Seattle’s organizational management. However, with the Chief Program Officer’s approval, some responsibilities may be delegated to staff when funding for such staff is available. This includes, but is not limited to, fundraising, contract solicitation, grants management, supervision of staff and volunteers, direct peer services, special events, community assistance programs, community outreach, and development/collaboration with community partners.


Primary Responsibilities
  • Ensure all required Peer Seattle data is collected and input in a timely manner in Peer Washington’s data systems.

  • Oversee the creation and delivery of culturally competent and safe services for marginalized populations, including LGBTQ+ identified individuals.

  • Collaborate with other site staff on best practices and program consistency.

  • Actively grow and improve membership and services in alignment with quarterly targets established by the Chief Program Officer.

  • Implement and manage successful and compliant completion of all contract and grant requirements and deliverables, including all required reporting and related invoicing.

  • Implement and manage all employee, member, and program policies and procedures.

  • Model and cultivate an agency culture that includes safety, efficiency, courtesy, and gratitude.

  • Recruit, train, supervise, and mentor program staff and volunteers.

  • Oversee and implement core trainings provided by Peer Washington (Peer Coach and Peer Group Facilitator) in addition to any site-specific services.

  • Build relationships with members and community stakeholders to facilitate the provision of services that best meet the needs of members.

  • Problem-solve issues and conflicts as they arise that are beyond the scope of direct service staff.

  • Actively address issues that conflict with Peer Washington policies or create an unsafe environment for people to come together. 

  • Maintain open communication and effective working relationships with staff members (paid or volunteer) based on mutual respect with reasonable and timely expectations that promote a positive working environment.

  • Respond to all phone calls and emails within 1 business day.

  • Be available and responsive by phone to address issues that occur during evenings and weekends.

  • Oversee the planning and logistics for fundraising, community, holiday, social, and special events.

  • Act as a Peer Washington representative as needed for community collaborations and events.

  • Maintain clear communication with staff and volunteers.

  • Participate in member, community, and fundraising events.

  • Maintain regular communication with the Chief Program Officer about services, events, member and staff issues, and community involvement and relationships.

  • Build and maintain a Peer Seattle Advisory Committee consisting of community members.

  • Provide a written monthly report (1-2 pages max) to the Chief Program Officer.


Required Qualifications
  • Live in, or be willing to relocate to, the King County area.

  • Experience leading a team in a nonprofit agency, or equivalent experience

  • Experience managing nonprofit budgets, grants, and procedures

  • Excellent organizational, analytical, presentation, problem-solving, and communication skills

  • Experience in change leadership and change management

  • Able to interact professionally with staff, board members, volunteers, site members, and others

  • Able to manage time effectively and prioritize daily workload to ensure deadlines are met

  • Able to work in a fast-paced, quickly changing environment

  • Adept in using technology and typical office equipment

  • Proficient in programs such as G-Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, and Dropbox

  • Demonstrated leadership skills

  • Detail-oriented

  • Commitment to results

  • Sense of humor, integrity, and a personal sense of accountability


Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working in the nonprofit sector

  • 3+ years managing a team

  • Established history of working in the peer behavioral health field


Additional Responsibilities

This document is not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities.  In addition to the responsibilities listed above, additional tasks may be assigned by the Chief Program Officer.


  • Starting salary $81,965 – $95,878 DOE (base salary exempt from overtime)

  • Lifecycle salary range $81,965 - $120,352

  • Bi-annual bonus potential

  • Paid Time Off – 3 weeks per year, available as earned, 120 hour maximum annual carryover, payable upon employment separation (excluding job abandonment)

  • 2 personal days in 2021 for start dates prior to 09/01/2021, 3 personal days per year thereafter, no carryover, no monetary value, and forfeited at employment separation

  • 12 paid holidays per calendar year

  • $100 monthly travel stipend OR parking permit (where applicable)

  • Corporate provided cell phone

  • Corporate credit card

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, AD&D, WA Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability and Worker’s compensation; employee premiums covered by employer at 100% for employee

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Employer-Sponsored IRA with up to 3% employer match


To apply for this position, please submit your resume with a cover letter to jobs@peerwa.org by no later than 6:00 pm on June 4, 2021. (Incomplete or late submissions will not be reviewed.)


*Candidates who identify with one or more of the following are STRONGLY encouraged to apply:

  • Have lived experience with mental health and/or substance abuse in long-term stable recovery

  • Identify on the LGBTQ+ SPECTRUM

  • BIPOC identified individuals

  • Veterans