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

New York, New York

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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 Peer Specialist is part of the Pathway Home team and will involve facilitating transition from one level of care to the community by addressing the preparatory needs of participants in the early stages of recovery, discharge planning, development of daily living skills, and coping mechanisms through team and individual work in the community. Other responsibilities include:

  • Engaging participants in peer-based services to identify and overcome barriers to community integration
  • Utilizing a peer relationship to foster connection, trust, understanding and validation with community providers and supports
  • Providing intensive emotional and practical support to participants as they transition back into their communities and into a supportive housing and/or living environment
  • Assisting and instructing participants in attending to daily living skills such as personal hygiene, grooming and laundry, nutrition/meal preparation, budgeting, and socialization tasks
  • Fostering and maintaining cooperative and collaborative relationships with community providers and network members to facilitate connections or re-connections to services and supports
  • Community navigation including accompanying to first behavioral health and medical appointment, travel training, reengagement in community care, referral to services with ability to identify and address potential services and barriers to obtain and maintain such services
  • Establishing collaborative working relationships with referring treatment teams and other partners and plan with them for appropriate discharges for participants
  • Providing on-call after hour crisis intervention services to participants and their support network;
  • Attending and participating in team meetings and supervisory sessions
  • Developing short-term person-centered treatment plans to assist participant towards achieving their goals
  • Monitoring and recording participant's progress and modifying plan according to needs and preference
  • Performing various needs assessment for essential ongoing community integration and support


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.
  • New York State Certified Peer Specialist preferred or required Completion of an internship or comparable training in peer advocacy; experience in providing advocacy services to people who are mentally ill and/or homeless.
  • Past or current participant of behavioral health, substance services or homeless services preferred.
  • Good organizational, team work, and communication skills needed.
  • This position requires travel throughout New York City.
  • Must be available to provide on call coverage and a willingness to work flexible hours.

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
  • Min Hiring Rate : $45,000.00
  • Max Hiring Rate : $48,000.00
  • Travel Required : Yes
  • Required Education : High School


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