OutPEP Program Specialist


Full Time/ Non-Exempt


The OutPEP Program Specialist is responsible for overseeing the Outside Peer Education Program (OutPEP), an extension of the Indiana Peer Education Program (INPEP). INPEP trains individuals to be peer health educators while experiencing incarceration in Indiana Department of Correction. Once released, INPEP Peer Educators may begin working with Step-Up, Inc. as contract employees of the OutPEP Program. These individuals provide public health education in the community. This education may occur at health fairs, community centers, jails, religious centers, or other identified locations. The OutPEP Program Specialist is responsible for overseeing the dissemination of public health education through the coordination of the OutPEP peer educators in Indiana.


INPEP Program Manager


Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Direct and lead the activities associated with
  2. Use personal story, experiences, and knowledge to motivate and empower OutPEP
  3. Engage INPEP peer educators through the development of supportive, professional
  4. Track release information for all INPEP peer educators and provide reentry case management upon release. This includes individualized, person-centered, strengths-based case management and reentry support for individuals with criminal justice involvement.
  5. Identify community partners for strategic implementation of the program. Establish new relationships/partnerships with community partners and maintain existing relationships/partnerships.
  6. Coordinate and oversee OutPEP Peer Educators, providing training, management, and ongoing
  7. Track and document program information effectively, including documenting reentry case management services, ensuring submission of invoices for contract employees, and documenting all education sessions.
  8. Teach health education and promote prevention strategies in the
  9. Assist in the execution of various components of INPEP as
  10. Meet regularly with the INPEP team to ensure effective implementation of INPEP and
  11. Conduct 10-hour trainings in the community as
  12. Maintain open communication and build strategic relationships with OutPEP community
  13. Cofacilitate monthly TeleECHO


  1. Create and update program materials on an ongoing
  2. Work as part of an interdisciplinary, interorganizational
  3. Perform general administrative duties as assigned, including copying, mailing, ordering supplies, answering phones, etc.



To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  1. Quality – Demonstrates accuracy, thoroughness and attention to
  2. Communication – Clearly communicates with others both orally and in
  3. Collaboration – Works well with a team as well as
  4. Initiative – Works effectively with minimal
  5. Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; Sets goals and objectives; Practices effective time-management skills.
  6. Quality Management – Looks for ways to improve and promote quality through continuous
  7. Cost Consciousness – Looks for and suggests cost saving measures; Contributes to profits and revenue.
  8. Ethics – Treats people with respect; Inspires the trust of others; Works ethically and with integrity; Upholds organizational mission and values.
  9. Organizational Support – Supports and promotes organization’s mission and
  10. Strategic Thinking – Contributes ideas to achieve organizational


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty listed above 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.


High school diploma or equivalent required.

Associate’s degree and 2 years’ related experience preferred.

Experience with INPEP ECHO while incarcerated in Indiana Department of Correction preferred.

A combination of lived experience, work experience, and/or certification as defined below may be considered in lieu of degree.

Lived Experience

  • Living with, in recovery from, or caring for others with, viral hepatitis, HIV, addiction, homelessness, trauma, mental illness, etc.
  • Attempted to access healthcare as a member of communities that have been traditionally excluded from access including Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC); lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex (LGBTQIA+); physical ability, or national origin, people who have experienced homelessness, or anyone with a history of criminal justice involvement.

Work Experience

  • One or more years working as a community health worker, case manager, care coordinator, or linkage to care worker.


  • Certification as a Community Health Worker Certification or Indiana Addictions Professional

Language Ability:

Ability to read and speak English required.

Other Skills:

Proficiency with Word and Outlook, ability to learn additional programs required.

Dependable transportation required at all times; position may entail travel throughout Indiana.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position does not supervise others.


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.

Reentry services for this position may be provided at Step-Up, Inc., within community centers, faith-based communities, homeless shelters, and other locations as identified; While performing the duties of this job, the employee is routinely required to use standard office equipment such as computers, phone, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines, and is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts; The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.


Step-Up, inc. actively strives to create a workspace that appreciates and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. This includes establishing planning committees, and equitable hiring practices, and engaging professional trainers and consultants for all levels of the organization.


The physical demands 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.

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