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Peer Specialist Asst. Workshop Facilitator (NYC Mural Arts Project)

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Description

NYC MURAL ARTS PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The New York City Mural Arts Project (NYC MAP) uses a collaborative mural making process to discuss mental health and foster new social interactions in New York City’s communities. NYC MAP brings together mental health consumers, artists, community-based organizations, and the community at large to discuss mental illness and its perceptions. Together we translate our conversations into a mural that reflects the diversity and strength of individuals living with mental illness and their communities. The goal for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is to reduce stigma around mental illness through NYCMAP and its collective mural making experience.
The Fund for Public Health in New York (FPHNY) on behalf of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) has partnered with the following community-based organizations to execute three murals by June, 2018: Acacia Network (Bronx), Community Access (Bronx), and Services for the Underserved (Brooklyn). A lead muralist will work at each community-based organization, overseeing art workshops with mental health consumers. The purpose of these workshops is to discuss mental health and explore relevant themes and designs for the mural. The lead muralist will also collaborate with NYC MAP to host a series of community engagement events that capture community input for the mural design. At the end of June, NYC MAP will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the mural making process with the all the people involved during the process.

JOB OVERVIEW

The Peer Assistant Facilitator will support the lead muralist and will help frame and facilitate discussions around mental health at the art workshops and community engagement events. He/She will work with the lead muralist and the NYC MAP team to promote peer to peer dialogues and to stimulate constructive conversations among consumers, their families, and the larger community.
The Peer Assistant Facilitator must be able to attend all the art workshops. As necessary, the Peer Assistant Facilitator should also be available to attend community engagement events in the evening and weekends. Regular time commitment at each community based organization per week is approximately 2 hours for art workshops, and 4-5 hours for weeks with both art workshops and community engagement events. NYC MAP will hire one to three Peer Assistant Facilitators; a Peer Assistant Facilitator may work at more than one community-based organization.

RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Workshops - Facilitation & Summaries:

- Help facilitate conversations relating to mental health with workshop participants.
- Help the muralist create a culture of mutual respect and trust in the workshops.
- Provide feedback to the lead muralist on workshop activities and discussions.
- Attend twenty (20) workshops at the community based organization (October 2017 - March 2018).

2. Open Studios (Community Engagement events):

- Help facilitate conversations about mental health with consumers and community members.
- Provide pre- and post- event support when necessary (setup and breakdown of activities, presenting activities to the group, etc).
- Attend three to five (3-5) Community Engagement Events (October 2017- March 2018)

3. Mural Theme Guidance:

- Provide the muralist with input about the workshop discussions, ensuring relevant ideas and comments from peers are incorporated into the mural design.
- Provide feedback on the mural theme at NYC MAP meetings.

Qualifications

SKILLS REQUIRED

● Knowledge of mental health recovery and wellness.
● Willingness to speak about personal mental health experience.
● Sincere interest in supporting other peers’ recovery and fostering new relationships with community members.
● High level of comfort speaking with different community members and groups.
● Ability to engage in meaningful conversations about mental health and ask thoughtful questions to spark group discussion.
● Ability to listen to diverse perspectives and ideas in an empathetic manner.
● Excellent verbal communication and writing skills.
● Strong time management, task completion and punctuality.
● Experience collaborating on an arts project or a community-based project a plus.
● Experience facilitating workshops and/or meetings a plus.
● Knowledge of South Bronx and/or Central/East Brooklyn communities a plus.
● Spanish proficiency a plus.
● Peer Specialist Certification or at a minimum some related formal training preferred.

Salary

Pay range is $18.00-$30.00 per hour to be paid on a weekly basis. Pay commensurate with experience.

Contact

Please submit your cover letter and resume to nycmap@health.nyc.gov indicating “Peer Specialist Position_Your Name” in the email subject line. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will be expected to work from October, 2017-March, 2018.

Posted on 07/26/17; CVMHA ID #11264