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Cafe Manager / Peer Specialist (4762)  (Regular Full-Time, Hourly)
Program/Location: East Corner Clubhouse (El Cajon)

Cafe Manager / Peer Specialist – Clubhouse and Self-Help Services

Hours: 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday. The pay rate for this position is $15.50 per hour.

Internal Job Title:  Peer Specialist

CRF places staff and client safety at the forefront and follows all COVID-19 safety protocols and guidelines as outlined by San Diego County, the State of California, and the CDC.



Community Research Foundation (CRF) inspires and mentors the next generation of mental health professionals!

At CRF, we are constantly evolving and developing fresh approaches to meet the needs of San Diego County’s residents who are experiencing mental/behavioral health challenges. We have strong internal advancement options, so there are opportunities for you to grow within our company. Come join us!

Program Overview:

Located in El Cajon, CA, East Corner Clubhouse is a self-help rehabilitation services program which provides a variety of daily living activities and opportunities for vocational training and development.

Our members receive supports and guidance to allow them to integrate into the community and promote independence.

Typical Duties of the Café Manager / Peer Specialist

  • Oversees all aspects of the Café Department and serves as the primary role of this position.
  • Significant cooking and meal planning with the ability to follow recipes for large healthy meals serving 10-30 people
  • Provides clubhouse members with one-on-one culinary and vocational on-the-job instruction, training, and coaching.
  • Partners with members in the preparation and delivery of the daily lunch, weekly Brunch, monthly Luncheon, and monthly Celebration.
  • Collaborates with members in the creation of menus for clubhouse events.
  • Upholds oversight of all Café Department financial accounting and documentation.  Administers clubhouse weekly shopping.
  • Provides members with a monthly Clubhouse Food Handlers Certification class and maintains oversight of the Clubhouse Food Handlers Certification Program.
  • Acts as an ambassador to the program by welcoming, providing orientation, and engage prospective clients to the program
  • Utilizes experiences as a recipient of mental health services to enhance recovery efforts of clients within the program
  • Promotes and models the concept of recovery to program participants
  • Serves as a member of the multidisciplinary team and shares practical insight related to illness management, life skills, and the lifelong recovery process
  • Acts as an advocate for the client when appropriate
  • May assist clients by driving to appointments, benefits applications, assessing social service needs

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • High School diploma/GED or some college preferred
  • Experience utilizing mental health services personally or having a close family member who has utilized mental health services is strongly preferred for this position
  • County of San Diego Food Managers Certification preferred; required after hire
  • Previous experience working in mental health services is an advantage
  • Peer Employment Training (PET) preferred; required after hire
  • CPR/First Aid certification required and must be maintained during employment
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications, specifically Word and Excel
  • A valid California driver’s license in good standing and eligibility to be an approved CRF driver is required to fulfill the essential functions of this position. In addition, proof of insurance is required prior to driving personal vehicles on company business.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment is essential
  • Ability to pass criminal/background clearance


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CRF is an equal opportunity employer, and we make employment decisions based on merit. Our policy prohibits unlawful discrimination and/or harassment of any individual because of that individual's sex, race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, age, physical handicap, disability, sexual orientation, protected military status, or medical condition, as well as other categories protected by federal, state and local law. All such discrimination is unlawful and prohibited and will not be tolerated by CRF.

Diversity at CRF
CRF is committed to cultural competence, and we have established the Cultural Diversity Resource Team (CDRT) whose mission and tasks include ensuring that all our corporate practices are culturally sensitive to both our consumers and employees. The CDRT has developed a company-wide Cultural Diversity Plan and is responsible for creating and offering cultural and ethnic awareness, knowledge, and skills trainings throughout the year.
Cultural Competency training is required of all of our staff, not just those providing clinical services, on an annual basis. It is our pledge to provide behavioral health and psychosocial rehabilitative services that are culturally sensitive to those we serve.