Peer Specialist (Part-Time)

Location: New York, New York
City: New York
State/Territory: New York
ZIP/Postal code:
Borough: Manhattan
Division: Community Treatment & Support
Program/Department: 4028A | Healthy Transitions
Salary Range:
Salary Information: Hourly
Position Control #: 3662

About Us

The Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services ("The Jewish Board") began over a century ago as a network of volunteers, bringing food and clothing to poor and immigrant Jewish families. Today, The Jewish Board is one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive mental health and social service agencies, providing support and care for individuals and families at every stage of life and of all faiths, races and cultures.

The Jewish Board promotes recovery, resilience and self-sufficiency to over 40,000 New Yorkers annually at over 75 locations throughout the five boroughs and at a 125 acre campus in Westchester. Our mission to provide health and human services to all New Yorkers is built upon the professionalism and compassion of over 3,000 employees, including professional social workers, family therapists, licensed psychologists, and psychiatrists, and a corps of 1,000 dedicated volunteers. Together, we build hope for all New Yorkers.






The OnTrackNY Program is an innovative treatment program at The Jewish Board.  The program serves adolescents and young adults who are within two years of experiencing the onset of non-affective psychosis.  The Peer Specialist on the team would help train clients experiencing early psychosis and serve as a role model and advocate in the areas of entitlements, self-advocacy and empowerment, daily activities, housing, education, and employment utilizing a client-centered approach while maintaining a youth-friendly, person-centered, recovery-focused, and strengths-based service delivery model.


  • Enhance initial outreach, engagement, and retention efforts to help participants and families stay connected to the program.

  • Provide concrete service delivery to clients (i.e. benefits/entitlements), as per program needs in the office and in the community.

  • Lead and co-leads a variety of recovery groups, especially on issues of self-advocacy, entitlements and daily living activities, housing issues, education, 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, treatment planning, supervision, and discharge planning discussions, including with family members.

  • Appropriately document groups and program activities on forms provided by Program Management.

  • Assists in various duties (as needed) for the program (i.e. entitlements counselor, etc.).

  • Maintain resource materials on recovery for client use.

  • Train consumers in peer advocacy skills, including the use of self-disclosure, understanding psychosis, and illness management.

  • Participate in community activities to promote recovery and stigma reduction and assist in outreach and recruitment of clients.

  • May be assigned other tasks and duties reasonably related to their job responsibilities.

  • Have flexible work hours, including the ability to work some evenings.

    Educational Requirements:

  • State certification as a Peer Specialist, OR ability to obtain provisional certification within 6 months and standard certification within 12 months of being hired.

    Skills and/or Experience Required:

  • Relevant lived experience with psychosis during youth preferred.

  • Familiarity with NYS Entitlements, Housing and Mental Health Service Delivery System.

  • Basic computer skills a plus.

  • Two years of active participation in mental health self-help activities, peer support or peer advocacy programs, or participant-run organizations or similar experiences or programs.

  • The Peer Specialist should also be someone who has made good progress toward his or her own recovery.

    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.

  • Ability to relate well with individuals aged 16-30.

  • Ability and willingness to disclose lived experiences (where appropriate) for the purposes of empowerment.

  • Ability to empathize with, relate to, and effectively work with participants of mental health services.

  • Ability to have excellent judgment and understand boundaries when working with participants of mental health services.

  • Ability to maintain a “client-focused” stance including a primary focus on the issues participants present rather than those of the Peer Specialists.

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.


    REQUIREMENTS: Some post-secondary education preferred, as is experience with a similar population in a community setting.  State certification as a Peer Specialist is required, OR ability to obtain provisional certification within 6 months and standard certification within 12 months of being hired.


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