Recovery Peer Specialist
Job Details
Harlem - New York, NY

Title:                           Peer Recovery Specialist

Unit:                           Scatter Site Housing

Reports to:                 Program Supervisor

Status:                        Part Time – Non -Exempt

Location:                    Harlem, NY


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 note are entered into the data base in a timely fashion.

  • Pick up newly released clients from various locations.

  • Filing various information into the client’s individual file.

  • High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
  • At least two years working in the field of peer advocacy
  • 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)
  • Ability to educate individuals and family members on the domains of recovery
  • Certification as a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate
  • Ability to work under strict confidentiality with an ability to be receptive of feedback and supervision for improvement
  • Recovery Peer Specialist will be seasoned in recovery and issues such as housing, transportation, peer support, career training, recovery supports and psychiatric rehabilitation programs
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Outlook
  • Must be able to demonstrate excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to interact culturally, linguistically, and diplomatically with diverse internal and external individuals  


Requirements related to our mission. The Fortune Society encourages individuals to apply who have successfully made the transition from incarceration and/or substance abuse into a stable, productive lifestyle in the community.   


Travel Requirements – Ability to travel throughout the five boroughs public transportation and via 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, citizenship status, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status or marital status.