PHOENIX Rising Transitions is Hiring! Please see below for open positions. Those who have been incarcerated are strongly encouraged to apply.

Certified Recovery Mentor

PHOENIX Rising Transitions is a prison-to-community transition program, and we are looking
to hire You!!
We are prisoners, former prisoners, and community members working together toward the
transformation and success of people as they rejoin the community after prison. We have been
working in Oregon prisons, primarily at Columbia River Correctional Institution (CRCI) in
Portland, Oregon, since 2001.

Job Title: Certified Peer Recovery Mentor

Salary: $20/hour (part-time and full-time positions available in
Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties).

What you will be doing: Community work including, but not limited to –

  • Advocating and providing referral services to assure that clients get access to a variety of services and benefits, including mental health and physical health services.
  • Helping clients learn to navigate the systems available in our communities–including the transit system, housing, and introducing clients to appropriate self-help support and other supportive services/activities.
  • Working within your scope of training and experience and seeking consultation from supervisor when appropriate.
  • Participate in outreach efforts to engage prospective clients, including appointments, home visits, and work in the community.
  • Develop relationships with organizations, providers, community leaders, and advocacy groups serving a diverse community.
  • Escort clients to initial treatment appointments, to primary care provider, probation/parole and to other providers when appropriate.
  • The Mentor will escort and provide transportation for clients to initial Detox treatment and post.
  • Follow-up with referral resources to determine outcome of intervention and maintain records on their progress.


  • Certified Recovery Mentor certification.
  • Be in active recovery program in community.
  • Ability to adhere to PHOENIX Rising Transitions drug-free workplace which encourages a safe, healthy
    and productive work environment and strictly complies with the Drug-Free Work Place Act of 1988. An
    employee shall not, in the workplace, unlawfully manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess or use a
    controlled substance or alcohol.
  • Flexible work schedule required, including some evening and weekend work.
  • Ability to learn a case management records system. Tech savvy helpful.
  • Have time management and organization ability.
  • Experience accessing/working with outside supports must know community resources.
  • Must know of community supports such as NA/AA, Crim-Anon, etc.
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug screen, and background check.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to pass a DMV background check and be designated an
    “acceptable” driver. (Considerations If ODL is in process within 30 days).

Those who have been incarcerated are strongly encouraged to apply!

Pay: $20 per hour
Contact: Angela at

Community Health Worker

Salary: $20/hour FTE
Shift: typically, Monday-Friday; occasional weekend or evening work
Location: In-the-community and remote
Reports to: Executive Director

About PHOENIX Rising Transitions: PHOENIX is an Oregon nonprofit working primarily in the
Portland metro area. We are former prisoners, prisoners, and community members working
toward the transformation and success of people as they rejoin the community after prison.
We do this in prison through leadership training and life skills classes, and in the community
through mentoring and community organizing efforts. Our goal is to transform lives and
transform the community to reduce the likelihood that people will commit new crimes and
return to prison.

The position:

  • COVID response efforts – directed toward both community members and our former prisoner constituents:
    • Connecting people with support they need because they are in isolation (positive COVID test or sick with COVID). This may include connecting them with housing assistance, utility assistance, food, PPE for their households and other services they may need.
    • Community outreach, engagement, and education efforts to help folks better understand COVID. (This may include tabling at events that other organizations host, developing our own events, and educational sessions.)
  • Zoom meetings with PHOENIX staff and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).
  • Other work:
    • PHOENIX has other funding from OHA to work with folks from the carceral community (this means those who are incarcerated and those who are on post-prison supervision). So, there are other possibilities for engaging them and their families on a variety of health issues, including training in self-care, navigating the health care system, education on health issues more common to those who have been incarcerated, accessing Oregon Health Plan and more.
  • PHOENIX is also part of a consortium of institutions (MACG) that is engaged in community organizing efforts.

Qualifications, skills, and experience:

  • Community Health Worker certification preferred but can access training through PHOENIX.
  • Community organizing experience is welcome but can access training through PHOENIX/MACG.
  • Those who have experience working with incarcerated folks.
  • Ability to engage the public at events and trainings. Also, can compassionately engage clients (who may be sick) on the phone needing assistance and resources.
  • Attention to detail when documenting interactions with clients. (Familiarity with Excel and using a database is a plus.)
  • Strong professional boundaries (we provide additional training for working with prisoners and former prisoners).

Those who have been incarcerated are strongly encouraged to apply!

Start Date: ASAP

Contact: Karen Meurer at