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Recovery Peer Specialist

The Fortune Society


Unit: Scattered Site Housing
Reports to: Program Supervisor
Status: Part - Time; Regular; Non -Exempt
Location: Castle Gardens
Days/Hours: 14 hours per week
Date Prepared: September 5, 2017

Position Summary:
The Recovery Peer Specialist will function as a role model, exhibiting competency in personal recovery and use of coping skills, serve as an advocate providing peer support and resources for clients served.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Assist Clients with identifying sustaining coping techniques and self-help strategies;
• Assist clients with working with their Case Manager in determining steps deemed necessary to achieve treatment goals;
• Assist Case Manager during possible interventions;
• Escort clients as needed to various appointments via public transportation ;
• Conduct client follow-up via telephone outreach, visits and or certified letters;
• Ensuring progress notes are entered into the data base in a timely fashion;
• Pick up newly released clients from various locations; and
• Filing and other duties as assigned.


• Ability to obtain correctional facility clearance and work within the constraints of the facility guidelines which can lock downs, screening of personal items including food and clothing restrictions, which can be changed at the discretion of the Department of Corrections (DOC);
• High School Diploma or GED;
• Certification as a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate with at least 2 years of experience working in peer advocacy strongly preferred;
• Seasoned in recovery and issues such as housing, transportation, peer support, career training, recovery supports and psychiatric rehabilitation programs;
• Ability to travel throughout the 5 boroughs to escort client on appointments via public transportation;
• Ability to educate individuals and family members on the domains of recovery;
• Ability to work under strict confidentiality with an ability to be receptive of feedback and supervision for improvement;
• Proficient in Microsoft Word and Outlook;
• Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills;
• Written and verbal proficiency in Spanish preferred;
• Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to interact culturally, linguistically, and diplomatically with diverse internal and external individuals; and
• We seek talented, dedicated individuals from all walks of life who possess a strong commitment to this mission. Relevant personal experience is a plus.

Travel Requirements – Ability to travel throughout the five boroughs via public transportation and van.

Physical Demands: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The responsibilities and requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, minimum education, training, licensing, experience and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

The Fortune Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of conviction history, race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status or marital status.


Posted on 09/06/17; CVMHA ID #11376