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Training Instructor

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About the California Association of Peer Supporters Academy
The CAPS Academy is a statewide collaboration between three Peer Run agencies in California who have joined together to combine our experience, history, geographic reach, staffing, expertise, and capacity to meet the training needs for Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialists in California.

Mental Health Association of San Francisco is officially certified as a Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training Vendor and is working with Mental Health America of California (MHAC) and Project Return Peer Support Network (PRPSN) to offer innovative and unique learning opportunities for Peers statewide, leveraging their collective resources and knowledge.

Together we have over 40 years of combined education and training experience and the infrastructure to provide training in any urban, rural, virtual, in-person, or hybrid setting.

Through advocacy and education, we strive to achieve these goals. Our organizations and affiliates provide a conduit through which statewide coalitions on mental health are maintained and work together to promote these values.

Summary: Training Instructor position has responsibility for ensuring that students receive regular blended virtual and/or classroom training instruction to prepare students to take the Statewide Certification and to enhance their skills; to provide support to our CAPS ACADEMY (California Association of Pee Supporters-Academy); and travel to conferences to promote our agency and training institute.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
This person ensures CAPS contractual requirements are met, students are up to date with trainings and all documents are up to date and correct. This person must have strong organizational skills, excellent communication skills, a passion for teaching utilizing core adult learning techniques and relatability to variety of personalities in students and coworkers. 

Work activities may include any or all the following: 

  • The Training Instructor is required to work a modified schedule to ensure they are providing hybrid (onsite and/or virtual) classroom support to all CAPS ACADEMY students. Cohorts of classes occur at a variety of times that include evenings, daytime, and Saturday’s.
  • Research, organize, develop, plan, and execute evidence-based trainings focused on mental health, peer-oriented skill building practices, public health interventions, and CA’s Peer Specialist Certification Program for the greater mental health community
  • Develop program curriculum i.e., slides, manuals, protocols and handouts, implementation plans, event coordination, and evaluation activities
  • Proficient in ‘learning management systems or related platforms for digital training use
  • Must be available during the classroom as scheduled to ensure the seamless delivery of the core competencies. 
  • Instructor for the CAPS ACADEMY students. 
  • Stay informed regarding applicable legislation affecting the Public Mental Health System (PMHS.). 
  • Promote the institute and agencies in community meetings throughout California. 
  • Administering practice tests for the students. 
  • Coordinate and support student study groups.
  • Provide hands on support and guidance to students through one-to-one meetings and student support groups through scheduled office hours and as needed when a situation arrives with a student. 
  • Provide constructive feedback to students to maximize their ability to succeed. 
  • Attend weekly faculty meetings 
  • Welcoming, engaging, building, and maintaining rapport with trainees, employers, CAPS ACADEMY employees, members, etc. 
  • Must exhibit good personal judgment, a non-bias attitude, sensitivity, and discretion when dealing with other individuals. Must demonstrate the skills and ability to “work and play well with others” interacting with co-workers, students, family members and community partners effectively and responding appropriately when experiencing interpersonal conflict with others. 
  • This person has excellent communication skills and can articulate the mission of CAPS ACADEMY, its partner agencies and services to a wide variety of audiences. 
  • Models CAPS ACADEMY approach, mission and core values in all communication and correspondence. 
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of The Training Institute

Equal Opportunity Employment Statement 
Mental health challenges can affect anyone at any time, regardless of identity or background, and consequently the communities we serve are highly diverse. As a peer-run organization, we also recognize the importance of lived experience as an irreplaceable form of expertise and as a basis for building trust and providing effective services. We welcome and strongly encourage people from historically marginalized and economically disadvantaged groups, including people who identify as disabled or neuro-divergent, to apply to work with us.   

CAPS is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender or gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other factor not related to ability to successfully fulfill the requirements of the position. 

Location: Combination of remote and in-person, preferred ability to occasionally commute to Main office
Reports to: Training Institute Director
Hours: Full-time; hours vary 9:00 am – 10:00 pm, morning and/or evenings (8 hour/day). FLSA status: non-exempt.


Qualifications and Skills: 

  • The position is reserved for an individual with lived experience of psychiatric disability or mental illness.
  • High School diploma or GED required
  • Associates or bachelor’s degree preferred, preferably in the education, social service, or four years of experience that corresponds with the responsibilities of the job position. 
  • Experience working in the mental health field or other social services.
  • Ability to travel throughout California. Have a Class C driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Proof of valid automobile insurance and ability to be insured by Agencies liability insurance. Must provide proof of auto liability insurance of a 30,000 / 60,000 policy upon the first day of employment, maintain required coverage amounts and provide ongoing documentation of continuous coverage. 
  • All employees will drive personal vehicles for daily job functions    
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Teams, and Outlook. MS Access and PowerPoint highly required. 


  • Instructor Yearly Salary Range: $60,000 - $65,000.
  • Employer paid medical, dental, vision, acupuncture, chiropractor for employee.

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