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Peer Specialist in Brooklyn, New York at The Jewish Board

Date Posted: 4/20/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description


To facilitate groups for participants with co-occurring disorders to support their decrease in substance use and decrease/cessation of cigarette smoking per their self-report; increase their access to community resources; support participants to develop a WRAP plan to maintain their mental health.  Serve as a role model and advocate in the areas of entitlements, self-advocacy and empowerment, daily activities, housing and employment.


  • Provide concrete service delivery to clients (i.e. benefits/entitlements), as per program needs.
  • Lead and co-leads a variety of recovery group, especially on issues of self-advocacy, entitlements and daily living activities, housing issues and employment readiness.
  • Communicate with collaterals and other agency staff on behalf of clients to assist case management staff as needed.
  • Participate in team meetings, supervision and discharge planning discussion.
  • Appropriately document groups and program activities on forms provided by Program Management.
  • Assists in various duties (as needed) for the program
  • Maintain resource materials on recovery for client use.
  • Train consumers in peer advocacy skills.
  • May be assigned other tasks and duties reasonably related to their job responsibilities.

Skills and/or Experience Required:

  • Relevant life experience preferred.
  • Familiarity with NYS Entitlements, Housing and Mental Health Service Delivery System.
  • Basic computer skills a plus.

Communication Skills:

  • Ability to articulate the company’s philosophy, mission and goals to a varied audience.
  • Ability to author and to present effective and persuasive speeches and presentations to various groups including clients, management and employees.
  • Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints, including those of a sensitive and confidential nature, from any of the following, if applicable, under a variety of circumstances, including adversarial situations: clients, consumers, managers, employees, regulatory agencies, arbitrators, union representatives, vendors, or applicants.
  • Ability to effectively present information to clients, top management and staff in verbal and written formats.

Mathematical Skills:

  • Ability to perform basic mathematical skills such as addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.

Reasoning Skills:

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to work within general guidelines and minimal supervision.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and execute responsibilities in the face of conflicting priorities or unexpected situations.
  • Ability to recognize the need for confidentiality of information and to maintain such confidences.

REQUIREMENTS:  High School Diploma, GED or some post-secondary education preferred, as is experience with a similar population in a community setting.  NY Peer Specialist certification is required.