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Peer Specialist in Manhattan at The Jewish Board

Date Posted: 7/17/2018

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Job Description


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

KEY ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (List the functions that are essential to achieve the goals):

  • ​​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 collateral's 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 (i.e. kitchen aide, entitlements counselor, etc.).
  • 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.


  • 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 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 collects 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.