Cherokee Re-entry Program Coordinator and Outreach

Sunrise Community for Recovery and Wellness is partnering with EBCI to expand our Re-entry program into Cherokee. We are looking to add two more NC Certified Peer Support Specialists to our team*. For these positions we’re looking for Certified Peer Support Specialists that are passionate about re-entry, have personal lived experience with justice involvement and prefer an enrolled member of the EBCI and/or multiple years of experience working as a peer support specialist. In this role you will be providing individual peer support to those released from EBCI jail by connecting participants to resources based on each individual’s needs. 

Sunrise Community for Recovery and Wellness is recognized by SAMHSA & the NC Department of Health and Human Services as a regional Recovery Community Organization (RCO) for the central to west region, spanning from Charlotte to Cherokee.  As an RCO, we are led and governed by those in the recovery community and their allies. Our staff of Certified Peer Support Specialists use their lived experience with substance use and mental health challenges to be a force of good in the community and help others discover and maintain their pathway to recovery.

*this is a grant funded position with possibility of continuous funding 

Please read over the job description and if you are interested, complete the application below. The application will be open until positions are filled



The Cherokee Re-Entry Certified Peer Support Specialist works collaboratively with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (Tribe) to provide supportive services to individuals returning to the community from incarceration and/or involved in the court system. This Peer Support works with these individuals post-release by supporting their sustained recovery and health needs through provision of system navigation and engagement support.


  • Participate in organizational meetings and program related meetings, as requested by the supervisor.
  • Provide individual and group level peer support as requested.
  • Help inform policy and protocol changes for this position and program, from a lived-experience perspective (as requested)
  • Advocate for and with program participants for their acceptance into all recovery, health, and wellness circles available pre & post-release.
  • Timely navigation and handling of traditional system-gap hurdles with participants.
  • Provide community health care system navigation.
  • Provide legal and behavioral health system navigation.
  • Assist individual with applications for benefits, housing, and other social determinants of health
  • Assess financial needs regarding social determinants of health
  • Maintain participant level budget and invoice Sunrise for participant expense.
  • Provide community health resource education internally and externally as requested.
  • Maintain integrity and upkeep of all files and requested data tracking protocols.
  • At the initial meeting, the PSS will attempt to establish a supportive relationship and assess the individual’s readiness/motivation to participate in recovery and/or harm reduction activities, by utilizing motivational interviewing techniques to help guide the participants motivation from the precontemplation phase towards contemplation.
  • Follow-up with the identified individual/family within 24 hours of referral (or as soon as can be arranged).
  • Facilitate a group and provide training that will focus on learning about the addiction model and gaining recovery and social skills.
  • If the individual is willing, the PSS will guide the individual in the development of a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP).
  • PSS will attempt to establish a supportive relationship with each participant; strength based, person centered support.
  • Address questions and suggestions from engaged participants.
  • Connect or provide participants with transportation to such appointments/meetings that are a part of their wellness plan.


  • Positive, strength-based leadership.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Personal & professional boundaries.
  • Flexible work hours.
  • Possess mentoring abilities and positive, strength-based leadership.
  • Self-motivated and self-driven to perform tasks at hand.
  • Ability to take initiative and the ability to work away from the office.
  • Ability to present information and ideas clearly both orally and in writing, and to understand and retain information and ideas presented orally and/or in writing.
  • Able to communicate both verbally and in writing, so that you can effectively articulate messages, information, and ideas to a diversity of people.
  • Interpersonal awareness, persons centered planning .
  • Must possess organizational skills including follow through.
  • Ability to set and meet performance goals
  • Sensitivity to issues concerning diverse culture(s) and settings
  • Ability to navigate virtual meetings as necessary.

Reports to: Sunrise Community for Recovery and Wellness Cherokee reentry supervisor.

Supervisory Responsibility: None


  • Maintain healthy self-care and work balance.
  • Maintain peer support certification with North Carolina and all required CEU hours needed for recertification.
  • Abide by PSS Code of Ethics
  • Experience/ Knowledge with the criminal justice system
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and proper registration and insurance on personal vehicles.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Category: Non-Exempt