employment opportunities at justdane

If you are looking for a career helping to transform individual lives and social systems, then we would love to talk to you! JustDane is currently recruiting for several roles to join our professional team in creating a just and equitable community.

Current Opportunties

NOW HIRING: Health Navigator


Applications accepted until June 15, 2023


The Health Navigator will provide outreach and education related to the COVID-19 virus, vaccines and health topics to justice-involved individuals in Dane County. The position is part of a collaboration with the WI Council of Churches and the African American Council of Churches.


  1. Working with the Reentry team and Office Administrator produce one to two short videos on COVID-19 and the COVID vaccines for use in the Dane County Jail.
  2. With the Executive Director create a written brochure on COVID-19 and the Vaccines that includes fact vs. myth and where to go for testing and vaccination.
  3. Distribute the information to:
    1. All halfway houses and transitional living programs/residents in Dane County;
    2. All WI Department of Corrections Units and Agents;
    3. All JustDane offices;
    4. All JustDane events including Reentry Service Fairs.
    5. Community events in targeted neighborhoods in Dane County, including: Juneteenth, Allied Festival, job fairs and any events specifically engaging justice involved individuals.
  4. Make monthly presentations to the Phoenix Initiative Support group and Reentry Service Fair through JustDane;
  5. Virtual and in-person presentations as requested by other organizations also engaging with justice involved individuals.
  6. Conduct four community engagement events with justice involved individuals (virtual and/or in-person).


  1. Understanding of challenges facing individuals involved in the justice system and who are being released from prison (lived experience with incarceration preferred);
  2. Understanding and knowledge of the COVID-19 virus and understanding of the importance of vaccinations;
  3. Have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19;
  4. Have access to reliable transportation;
  5. Effective communication skills and comfortable speaking to groups;

Wage: $18.00 per hour.  

Hours: Flexible Schedule

Location: Dane County, WI

Number of hours per week: 15-25 per week

Type of Employment: Part-time with partial benefits

Part-time Benefits: Benefits include: Employee contributed 401K plan and Flex plan available. Paid vacation, sick and holiday time.


Please send a resume and cover letter to linda@justdane.org or mail to JustDane, 2115 S. Park St., Madison, WI 53713, Attn: Linda.


JustDane is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

NOW HIRING: Healing House Resident Care Specialists,

Relief staff, Part-time, 3rd shift

Accepting applications until position is filled


JustDane’s Healing House is seeking a Resident Care Specialist. The Resident Care Specialist will work with homeless families where a member of the family needs a safe, nurturing environment to recuperate from illness, surgery, or childbirth.

This is a part-time, relief staff position; hours based on need.  We are looking for staff for the 11:00 pm to 7:00 am shift.

Time and a half pay for holidays worked.

Applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations including women and racial and ethnic minorities are especially encouraged to apply.


  • Orientation on Healing House policies and procedures
  • Guest room set-up
  • Housekeeping common areas
  • Laundry
  • Meal prep as needed
  • Assisting guests with tracking medication regimens
  • Assist guests with computer job searches
  • Work with volunteers to assist them in understanding their role at Healing House
  • Assist with room set up and cleaning after discharge


We are seeking applicants who have experience working with individuals from diverse educational, racial, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

CNA preferred, with strong interpersonal skills and a demonstrated willingness to be flexible, versatile and tolerant of a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency.


Paid vacation, sick and holiday time.  Employee Assistance Program.  Eligible for 3% increase after successful completion of orientation and training period.

Pay: $18.00 per hour

Number of Open Positions: 1

Hours: 11:00pm to 7:00am

Location: Healing House, 303 Lathrop St., Madison, WI

Type of Employment: Part-time

Application Instructions:

Send a resume and cover letter to linda@justdane.org.


JustDane is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

NOW HIRING: Reentry Peer Support Specialist(s)

1 Full-time or 2 Part-time

Applications accepted until May 28, 2023

We are looking for 1 full-time or 2 part-time Certified Peer Support Specialist(s) to walk side by side with our participants in our Reentry and Just Bakery initiatives.  The Peer/Recovery Support Specialist ensures program integrity, quality and performance related to developing direct one-on-one relationships with program participants, supporting them to develop new skills and abilities, access the skills and abilities they have to achieve personal recovery goals, increase their independence, empowerment and improve their quality of life.  In this position the Peer Support Specialist may need to help peers find resources, assist peers in determining their personal goals, provide support by listening, having authentic encouragement, reassurance and compassion.  Bi-lingual English/Spanish preferred.


  1. Help participants explore opportunities with services, emotional growth, and life recovery goals;
  2. Coach participants toward learning and practicing new recovery skills;
  3. Model effective coping techniques and self-help strategies based on the peer specialist’s own recovery experience;
  4. Support participants in advocating for themselves to obtain effective services;
  5. Teach participants how to monitor their recovery progress;
  6. Provide support to individuals in crisis, or individuals needing social interventions;
  7. Encourage participants to participate in social, recreational, and other therapeutic activities that enhance interpersonal skills and develop social relationships, including the development of work skills;
  8. Provide a sense of belonging, supportive relationships, and community;
  9. Promote wellness, independence, self-direction, and recovery;
  10. Job coaching with participants seeking or who have obtained employment;
  11.  Selectively share personal recovery story with participants, providing hope and help in changing behaviors and patterns;
  12.  Maintain confidentiality;
  13. Communicate with supervisors and other staff about the needs, skills, and goals of peers;
  14. Commit to treating all peers with dignity, courtesy and respect.
  15. Document all participant contact as required by maintaining accurate records of activities, including outcomes data.
  16. Uphold, understand, and review all policies, procedures as outlined by the Employee Handbook.
  17. Engage in, attend, and complete all required supervision, staff meetings, training, in-service, and health regulations deemed necessary by policies and regulations


  1. Must identify as a person with lived experience of mental illness and/or substance use disorder.
  2. Current State Certified Peer Specialist certification is required and must be maintained during the course of employment.
  1. Human services work experience with people returning from incarceration, or lived experience with incarceration and/or the criminal justice system.
  2. Understanding of barriers facing individuals returning to the community after prison.
  3. Strong interpersonal communication skills and experience working as part of recovery team.
  4. Experience working with individuals from racially, ethnically, culturally, socio-economically diverse communities.
  5. Creativity and flexibility are essential to work collaboratively with other community partners and employers and employees.
  6. Ability to demonstrate strengths based, person-centered recovery approach and the ability to develop and maintain appropriate peer relationships that embody trust, hope, empowerment and recovery.
  7. Ability to facilitate groups on wellness, personal skills, peer support, and other topics.
  8. Utilize problem-solving skills, including conflict resolution, anger management and de-escalation
  9. Utilizing active listening skills to assist peers in accessing and connecting with community resources and working toward their wellness goals.
  10. Maintain required program documentation.
  11. Have reliable transportation.
  12. Bi-lingual English/Spanish preferred.  Application process will include language proficiency verification.


Starting wage: $18.00 per hour.  (Bi-lingual wage differential is $21.00 per hour.)

Hours: generally, weekdays, Monday to Friday; occasional evening and weekend hours.  Flexible Schedule

Location: Madison, WI


Full-time Certified Peer Support Specialist

Number of hours per week: 40 hours per week

Number of Positions: 1

Type of Employment: Full-time with full benefits

Full-time Benefits: Benefits include: health insurance (employer pays 90% of individual premium), dental, vision, long-term disability & life insurance (employer pays 100%). Employees can also purchase short-term disability insurance and additional life insurance. Employee contributed 401K plan and Flex plan available. Paid vacation, sick and holiday time.


Part-time Certified Peer Support Specialist

Number of hours per week: 15-20 per week

Number of Positions: 2

Type of Employment: Part-time with partial benefits

Full-time Benefits: Benefits include: Employee contributed 401K plan and Flex plan available. Paid vacation, sick and holiday time.

Please send a resume and cover letter to linda@justdane.org or mail to JustDane, 2115 S. Park St., Madison, WI 53713, Attn: Linda.


JustDane is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

NOW HIRING: Healing House Social Worker, Part-time

Accepting applications until position is filled

Healing House is an initiative of JustDane (formerly Madison-area Urban Ministry). Healing House is a 24/7 recuperative medical shelter for families who are unhoused and who have a family member (parent and/or child) being released from the hospital and who need recuperative care. Healing House provides 24/7 shelter staffing through our Resident Care Specialists, three meals per day, assistance with discharge and care planning, medical monitoring and assistance with medication tracking. Housing Case Management is provided through a partnership with The Road Home.


The Social Worker works as part of the Healing House team to provide behavioral health support for the families (parents and children). The Social Worker position is responsible for providing a wide array of culturally sensitive, recovery oriented, trauma sensitive, direct clinical services provided in conjunction with other staff. Services provided by this position may include assessment, treatment planning, referrals, case management, as well as educational and support groups. Case management activities include but are not limited to:

  • Counseling,
  • Educational and support groups for families at Healing House,
  • AODA recovery support,
  • Working on finances and budgeting,
  • Assistance with employment soft skills and employment search,
  • Family systems counseling,
  • Assistance with legal problems and obligations,
  • Obtaining and coordinating behavioral health services within the community.

 The Social Worker will help to ensure that services are trauma informed. The Social Worker will provide consultation to other Healing House staff, assist in general program activities, and support and share opinions with team members.


  • Performs accurate assessments to initially evaluate mental health, as well as alcohol and other drug use issues in a culturally sensitive, recovery oriented, trauma sensitive manner,
  • Provide a range of clinical services in conjunction with program staff including outreach, assessment, treatment planning, referral, and case management in a context that is supportive of the consumers goals, their culture, values and perspectives including:

o   Mental health and substance use screening;

o   Individual and family counseling;

o   Facilitate support groups focused on healing from trauma, recovery and parenting;

o   Budgeting and financial literacy;

o   Recovery planning;

o   Case management related to employment search, linkage and referral to other community supports.

  • Complete accurate records including intakes, assessments, treatment plans and updates, progress notes, discharge summaries, and other information in a timely manner,
  • Attend staff meetings, in-services and other program activities as requested.
  • Participate in agency and program trainings, committees, and activities as directed and/or approved.



               Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or a related behavioral health field.


  • At least one year of experience in a related behavioral health field,
  • Demonstrated commitment to working toward improving cultural diversity and inclusion as demonstrated by: valuing diversity, recognizing personal limitations and having the desire to improve.
  • Ability to work effectively with an interdisciplinary team with a positive and creative attitude.
  • Strong commitment to principles of recovery and healing and to facilitating consumer participation in treatment/service planning and provision.
  • Knowledge of evidence-based practices for treatment of mental health and co-occurring disorders.
  • Experience in community-based mental health and substance abuse assessment, case management, treatment planning and crisis resolution.
  • Ability to work independently and remain organized and efficient.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (both orally and in writing).
  • Superior ethics and interpersonal boundaries as evidenced by past experience in community work with related professional references.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license, a favorable driving record, adequate insurance (per WI law) and access to a vehicle and willingness to use it for work (transporting consumers).

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Requires sitting, driving, light lifting, bending and reaching; and the ability to use and operate standard office equipment, including computer, calculator, phone, printer, cell phone, facsimile, etc.


  • Bi-lingual, and/or bicultural (Spanish/Hmong/Cambodian),
  • Experience with use of evidence-based practices in mental health and substance abuse, including use of motivational interviewing and principles and implementation of trauma informed practices.
  • Persons with lived experience, including certification as a Peer Specialist.

Working Conditions:

  • May require some evening or weekend hours as negotiated with the Healing House Coordinator and within the duties of the Clinical Specialist.


Benefits include: Paid vacation, holiday and sick time. Eligible for 3% increase after successful completion and orientation period.

Pay: $20.00 to $23.00 per hour

Number of Open Positions: 1

Hours: Monday through Friday days, with one evening per week; flexible schedule

Location: Healing House; 320 Lathrop St., Madison, WI

Number of hours per week: 20-25

Application Instructions:

Send a resume and cover letter to linda@justdane.org.

JustDane is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

JustDane is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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