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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The Jewish Board delivers innovative, best-in-class mental and behavioral health 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. That adds up to countless opportunities to use your skills, training, and compassion to make a difference in the lives of others.

Similarly, we support our employees through benefits like, professional development opportunities and paid supervision. Some of our other benefits include:

  • Positions offer competitive compensation
  • Continuing CME/CEU support through our tuition assistance program
  • 15 agency holidays and 15 sick days in addition to generous vacation days
  • Health/dental/vision plans that are subsidized up to 80%
  • Access to 403(b) retirement benefits and a pension
  • Unlimited employee referral bonus opportunities
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) through our many company initiatives, including employee resource groups (ERGs) like Confronting Structural Racism (COR), Coalition Against Anti-Semitism (CAAS), and the LGBTQ Steering Committee


The OnTrackNY program serves adolescents and young adults who have experienced early psychosis. Our staff use a culturally-affirming, person-centered approach to help individuals and their families develop skills and resources to improve overall functioning, to instill hope, and to strengthen resiliency. The model uses a multidisciplinary team approach alongside evidence-based interventions and recovery-oriented models to enable participants to reach goals and reduce disability. The team includes the Team Leader, Primary Clinicians, Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator, Supported Education and Employment Specialist, Peer Specialist, Psychiatrist, and Registered Nurse. Services are either provided at the clinic site, online, in the home, or other off-site locations in the community. 24-hour on-call services are included. Intensive education will be offered to all members of the OnTrackNY Team regarding the evidence-based model and their roles for members to adhere to fidelity standards and successfully support program participants.

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. The main areas of focus are: Outreach and Engagement, Relationship Building, Embracing Creative Narratives, Co-Creating Tools for Success Supporting and Partnering with Families, Making OnTrackNY Better, Bridge Building, Group Facilitation, Community Mapping, Influencing Team Culture, Team Communication & Collaboration, and Ongoing Professional Development


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

You should have:

  • State certification as a Peer Specialist, OR ability to obtain provisional certification within 6 months and standard certification within 12 months of being hired.
  • 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 significant progress toward their own recovery.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Reach out to participants and their families in order to introduce them to the unique benefits of working with OnTrackNY so that they may build strong connections with the team.
  • Develop relationships with participants that include connecting around their shared mental health experiences and other aspects of their personal lives.
  • Explore and discuss multiple frameworks for understanding life experiences such as psychosis with participants and the OnTrackNY team
  • Embrace diverse narratives in order to create space for complex personal stories of recovery and resilience
  • Collaborate with participants to support them in increasing agency, strengthening self-awareness, building life skills, and clarifying their personal visions via the use of wellness tools
  • Work alongside the participant with chosen supporters to share perspectives, have open dialogues and engage in mutual disclosure
  • Participate in team meetings, team communication, and professional development opportunities provided by both Jewish Board and OnTrack Central.

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]
  • Pay Type : Hourly
  • Employment Indicator : 8857 - Case Worker - Social Services - Traveling
  • Min Hiring Rate : $40,986.00
  • Max Hiring Rate : $43,986.00
  • Required Education : High School


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