Trilogy Behavioral Health

  • Peer Navigator Supervisor

    Req No.
    Regular Full-Time
    General Clinical
  • Overview

    Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. is partnering with the Illinois Institute of Technology on the Behaviors for Healthy Lifestyle project.  This is a time limited grant/research study federally funded by the National Institutes of Health-National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Center related to African Americans experiencing weight-related health concerns who also have a serious mental health illness.  The grant/research study wants to see if weight-related health concerns improve if clients are serviced by peers with similar life experiences and backgrounds of the population of the study.  The grant/research study will examine weight change, health behavior, physical and mental health, recovery, and quality of life. 


    The Peer Navigator/Peer Navigator Supervisor positions are part of this time limited grant/research study looking at African Americans experiencing weight-related health concerns who also have a serious mental illness. 



    Oversees the Behaviors for Healthy Lifestyle (BHL) program, including direct supervision for peer navigator staff and BHL facilitator.  Compassionately and collaboratively assists African Americans who are experiencing weight-related health concerns and have a serious mental illness with obtaining healthy eating and increased physical activity goals, in both group and individual settings.  Utilizes the Behaviors for Healthy Lifestyles manual and workbook material to engage participants in developing better eating habits and engaging in physical activity.  Accompanies participants in pursuing healthy eating and exercise goals in the community (e.g. signing up for gym membership, shopping for fruits and vegetables). Utilizes and discusses personal experiences regarding his or her struggles with health goals and mental illness.

    Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Coordinates the day-to-day operations of the Behaviors for Healthy Lifestyle program.
    • Supervises three staff; confers with staff regularly regarding techniques used, case progress, and related matters for the purpose of promoting and evaluating professional development and assuring quality of care, as well as reviewing work in progress.
    • Conducts regular case conferences with staff for supervision and consultation;
    • Coordinates the assignment of cases, conducts staff meetings and provides training; schedules staff to provide for coverage; evaluates work performance; assists in disciplinary proceedings.
    • Personally maintains a caseload, including handling some of the more complex cases; performs a variety of direct services and outreach services.
    • Participates in community outreach and recruitment activities for the program.
    • Engages with each participant within the community where the participant lives and works; Travels with individual participants or groups of participants in the community to engage in healthy activities (e.g. exercising, grocery shopping, cooking skills).
    • Leads group discussions and workbook engagement exercises.
    • Leads group exercise classes.
    • Assists group members in completing a weekly goal setting activity.
    • Collaborates with participants in creating a plan to address the participant’s physical health and wellness goals.
    • Works with participants through peer support and frequent communication, utilizing relationship building, selective self-disclosure, motivational interviewing, and a strength-based approach.
    • Completes reports as required, including contact logs and case summarizes.
    • Ensures compliance with grant-related requirements.
    • Engages in regular communication and coordination with the research team, including attendance at monthly research meeting.
    • Participates in the establishment or revision of policies, procedures, guidelines, goals and objectives.


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

    • Education and/or Experience:
      • High school diploma (Associate’s Degree preferred in a health and human services related field).
      • Supervisory/management experience preferred
      • Peer navigation or community health work experience preferred
      • Experience with and appreciation of the health and human service needs of vulnerable populations.
      • Life experience similar to that of members of the population with which he/she is assigned to work.
      • Experience with recovery from mental illness.
      • Personal experience with weight-related health challenges and with navigating exercise and healthy-living resources in the community.
    •  Skills/Abilities:
      • Ability to engage individuals who are experiencing mental illness and substance use.
      • Ability to work with vulnerable populations in a non-judgmental manner and to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
      • Aware of his/her life experience and its impact on his/her health care participation and physical health goals and is able to share this experience with participants served to help participants meet their own goals.
      • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; basic computer skills.
      • Must be able to multi-task, have initiative, and be self-directed. Ability to endure periods of heavy workload or stress.
      • Ability to work with frequent interruptions and respond appropriately to unexpected situations.
      • Ability to transport self to and from off-site locations.
      • Ability to work with other members of the healthcare team and community to provide quality services.
      • Basic computer skills (typing, Microsoft Office, internet navigation) 
    • Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
      • Frequently required to stand, sit, walk, and commute.
      • Ability to lead low impact, moderate exercise classes, up to three times per week.
    • Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
      • Significant amount of time spent in outreach and at off-site locations.
    • Other Requirments:
      • Valid IL Driver’s License
      • Daily access to a well maintained vehicle with 100,000/300,000 liability insurance

    This is a grant-funded position.


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