Peer Specialist
The Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services

New York, New York

Posted in Not for Profit and Charities

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Make a bigger difference

At The Jewish Board, we don't just make a difference - we make a bigger difference as we serve 45,000 New Yorkers every year. Join our dedicated team that's been helping communities across New York City for almost 150 years and see just how big of a difference you can make.

Reasons you'll love working with us:

  • If you have a particular age range or population you're interested in working with, you can find your niche here. Our clients and staff are as diverse as the city we work in, and include people of all cultures, religions, races, gender expressions, and sexual orientations.
  • We're committed to supporting your career development by encouraging mobility and advancement across different program types and jobs.
  • With 70 locations throughout the five boroughs, you can work close to where you live.
  • Generous vacation time and 15 paid holidays will help you achieve a healthy work/life balance.
  • We offer an excellent benefits package with affordable, high-quality health and dental insurance with low co-pays.
  • You'll receive ongoing support through high-quality supervision, specialized trainings from our Continuing Education team, and an education benefit.

How you can make a bigger difference:

The Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) is a SAMHSA grant funded program. Its purpose is to enable the Community Behavioral Programs and Residential Programs in the Bronx support and restore the delivery of clinical services that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program effectively meets the needs of children/youth with serious emotional disturbance (SED), adults with serious mental illness (SMI) and individuals with co-occurring substance use disorders.

The Peer Specialist engages participants in peer-based services to identify and overcome barriers to engagement in treatment and community integration and utilizes a peer relationship to foster connection, trust, understanding and validation.

The responsibilities of the Peer Specialist include:

  • Individual meetings with participants to help them address issues associated with substance use, mental health symptoms/symptom management and/or medication management; (re)engage with treatment providers, family and social relationships; assist in engaging in activities of daily living, independent living or supported housing
  • Providing emotional and practical support to participants as they engage in behavioral health treatment
  • Fostering and maintaining cooperative and collaborative relationships with community providers and network members
  • Establishing collaborative working relationships with referring treatment teams and other partners and assisting participants with moving through systems of care
  • Advocating with/for program participants to achieve personal goals and address barriers such as fear, stigma and communication disparities with community providers and supports
  • Providing on-call after hour crisis intervention services when needed to participants and their support network
  • Attending and participating in team meetings and supervisory sessions
  • Developing short-term person-centered treatment plans to assist participants with achieving treatment goals
  • Monitoring and recording participant's progress and modify plan according to needs and preference
  • Timely and accurate documentation of participant information within electronic health record
  • Attending all required in-service training and staff development activities
  • Performing other related duties as assigned
  • All other applicable duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Jewish Board is currently looking for talented Peer Specialists of all cultures, religions, races, and gender expressions with the following qualifications:

  • Minimum High School Diploma or equivalent or higher
  • Past or current participant of behavioral health, substance use services or homeless services preferred
  • New York State Certified Peer Specialist preferred or required completion of an internship or comparable training in peer advocacy
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively use one's personal story and role model recovery in a way that promotes personal growth and empowerment
  • Knowledge of behavioral health systems and behavioral health regulations
  • Knowledge of treatment, rehabilitation, and community support programs as they relate to participants/ families
  • This position requires travel throughout New York City; ability to independently use public transportation

If you join us, you'll have these great benefits:

  • Generous paid time off in addition to 15 agency holidays and 15 sick days
  • Affordable and high-quality medical/dental/vision plans
  • Tuition assistance and educational loan forgiveness
  • Free continuing education opportunities
  • 403(b) retirement benefits and a pension
  • Flexible spending accounts for health and transportation
  • 27/7 Accessible Employee Assistance Program
  • Life and disability insurance
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion working groups that are available for you to join, including Confronting Structural Racism (COR), Coalition Against Anti-Semitism (CAAS), and the LGBTQ Steering Committee

Who we are:

The Jewish Board delivers innovative, high-quality, and compassionate mental health and social services to over 45,000 New Yorkers each year. We are unique in serving everyone from infants and their families to children, teens, and adults. We are proud to employ and serve people of all religions, races, cultural backgrounds, gender expressions, and sexual orientations. We are committed to building diverse, equitable, and inclusive teams to help support our mission, and we strongly encourage candidates from historically marginalized backgrounds to apply to work with us.

We respect diversity and accordingly are an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, disability, sex, gender, gender identity or expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

This applies with respect to recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, termination, assignments, benefits, employee activities, access to facilities and programs, and all other terms and condition of employment as well as general treatment during employment.

We will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of qualified employees with disabilities, without regard to any protected classifications, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. Any employees who need assistance to perform their job duties because of a physical or mental condition should contact human resources.

Other details

  • Job Family : Direct Care [200s]
  • Job Function : Misc Service Workers
  • Pay Type : Hourly
  • Employment Indicator : 8857 - Case Worker - Social Services - Traveling
  • Travel Required : Yes
  • Required Education : High School


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