Information for Peer Mentors

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Are you a current and experienced Home Care Aide – either employed by an agency (Agency Provider) or DSHS (Independent Provider)? Are you committed to providing your expertise, guidance and support to new Home Care Aides to improve their professional skills and behavior?  The Peer Mentoring Program has an exciting opportunity for experienced Home Care Aides to become role models for new hires in the field (and you get paid to do it!).  Read below for more details about ideal candidates, job expectations, and how to apply.    

Characteristics of a successful peer mentor:

  • Currently employed Home Care Aide
  • Expertise in the field of long-term care
  • Willingness to share their experiences, offer advice and support to those new to the field
  • Ability to spend up to 5 hours per week on peer mentoring activities
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Ability to build rapport and work respectfully with a variety of people
  • Strong time management skills, as you will be scheduling the meetings with your mentees
  • A professional attitude demonstrated through good attendance, a strong work ethic, and reliability
  • Dedication to home care and a commitment to raising the level of professionalism in the field
  • Resident of Washington State


What is the time commitment? 

  • Sessions last roughly 3 months; you may, and are encouraged, to be a mentor for multiple sessions
  • A minimum of 25 hours for your first session, including:
    • A 12-hour paid orientation (split up into multiple sessions)
    • At least 12 hours, one hour per week, working one-on-one with each peer mentor participant
    • Up to 3 total hours working with program staff to provide ideas and feedback
  • You may choose to have up to 5 participants, meaning the maximum time you would dedicate over those 3 months would be 75 hours (12 hours mentoring and 3 hours administrative time for each of your 5 mentees)
  • You may be selected to serve as a mentor in Extended Peer Mentoring Program (similar time commitment)
  • You will be a part-time, temporary employee of the Training Partnership and compensated at the rate of $12 per hour


How to apply:

  1. Applicants must be current home care aides who preferably have been employed at least two consecutive years in good standing and are currently working at least part time in the field.
  2. Complete an online application form The application deadline is rolling, but the sooner you apply, the better!
  3. Attend interview/informational sessions over the phone and in-person. After initial application phone screening, an on-site in-person interview will be held to discuss details and provide a venue for questions. Notification of hire and mentor training will be made shortly after this event.

 

For additional questions please contact: 

Rae Kirumbi

 SEIU Healthcare NW Training Partnership
peer.mentorship@myseiubenefits.org
1-855-266-5200 (toll-free)