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Peer Specialist in Brooklyn at The Jewish Board

Date Posted: 7/6/2018

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Job Description

Position Objective:

To train Behavioral Health clients and serve as a role model and advocate in the areas of entitlements, self-advocacy any empowerment, daily activities, housing and employment.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions unless this causes undue hardship to the agency.  

Essential Functions:

  • 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.
  • 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.


Job Requirements

High School Diploma, GED or completion of Peer Advocacy Training Program required. 
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 the inquiries or complains, 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, manager, employees, regulatory agencies, arbitrators, union representatives, vendors, or applicants.
  • Ability to effectively present information to clients, top management and staff in verbal 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.
Physical Demands:
  • Regularly required to speak clearly and hear the spoken word well.
  • Regularly required to physically operate routine office equipment such as telephones, computers, etc.
  • Regularly required to travel to sites in and outside the company using customary modes of public transportation.
  • Regularly required to utilize near vision ability and to read data and documents, including spreadsheets and reports, in printed form and on computer screens.
Work Environment:
  • Noise Level is consistent with levels usually present in an office, education, rehabilitation, industrial, workshop or health related environment.
  • Hazards present are consistent with those common to an office, education, rehabilitation, industrial. Workshop or health related environment.