Senior Peer Bridger (Sr Peer Advocate)

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Senior Peer Bridger (Sr Peer Advocate)


Program Description: 

AHI is a new peer-led project that emerged from a New York State class action settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and private plaintiffs living with mental health challenges who reside in New York City adult homes. 


The Adult Home Initiative is designed to assist adult home residents through a multi-phased process leading to successful transition into supported housing. The initiative will provide peer supports during the in-reach, assessment, HRA approval, and moving transition phases, as desired and needed by the residents. 


The initiative will utilize a range of individualized and group-based peer-informed strategies to promote housing transitions, striving to empower class members through exposure to possibilities, development of self-advocacy skills, promoting informed choice, and enhancing community engagement.


Position Overview: 

The Senior Peer Bridger is a team leader who utilizes their lived experience, and knowledge of peer support services, to support the Peer Bridgers to engage and assist residents in identifying and overcoming barriers to housing transition, addressing questions and fears, and building self-advocacy and systems-navigation skills.

The Senior Peer Bridger works with the Regional Coordinator to provide team support and to help promote consistent practices across sites in the initiative. 


Position Location: Far Rockaway (COVID-19 work from home)

Position Status: Full Time

Salary: $47,500 

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Essential Management Job Functions:

  • Utilize a peer relationship to foster connection, trust, understanding and validation with adult home residents. 
  • Plan, promote, and participate in activities and events designed to enhance residents' awareness of and potential identification with life in the community. 
  • Plan and facilitate team meetings with Peer Bridger staff at assigned adult homes, working closely with Regional Coordinators as required. 
  • Collaborate with the Regional Coordinator in implementing and maintaining consistent practices and procedures across the sites. 
  • Work with Regional Coordinator in identifying urgent or critical needs, and prioritizing team tasks. 
  • Assist the Regional Coordinator in the tracking of projects and outcome measures. 
  • Assist with the management, dispersal, and tracking of fiscal resources such as Metro Cards and petty cash. 
  • Work at different adult homes to address coverage gaps as needed.
  • Participate in recruitment efforts. 


Essential Direct Service Job Functions:

  • Utilize strength-based, motivational engagement with residents who have not been successfully engaged in transition services. 
  • Explore and address resident needs related to:
  •  Life goals
  •  Sense of purpose
  • Physical wellness
  • Spirituality
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Socialization, and community involvement, fostering connections as needed. 
  • Educate and inform residents on the steps, timeframes, and status of their housing transition process. 
  • Model and develop self-advocacy skills including organization, time management, communication, and navigating bureaucracies. 
  • Engage residents to identify and understand barriers to housing transition. 
  • Collaborate with providers involved in assessment and other transition-related activities to support the processes. 
  • Identify and link with appropriate services for support in securing basic documents and entitlements. 
  • Accompany residents on tours of available housing options and other community resources. 
  • Plans and delivers group-based learning opportunities e.g., Adult Home Settlement awareness, self-advocacy, decision-making and self-reliance, affirmative and enjoyable socialization, making and keeping social connections, work readiness, literacy, etc.
  • Model and develop self-advocacy skills including organization, time management, communication, and navigating bureaucracies. 
  • Collaborate in conducting fact-finding and research projects including surveys, interviews, and asset-based community mapping. 
  • Participate in data collection and recording related to outcomes and other programs, agency or funder/ contactor priorities.
  • Travel and work afternoons, evenings, and weekends.

This job description reflects management's assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. 


Education Requirements: 

  • Minimum of a High School/Equivalency Diploma, required. Bachelor's degree, preferred.
  • New York Certified Peer Specialist, required (or completed within the first year of employment if the applicant does not have certification). 


Job Qualifications

  • Experience working in behavioral health setting: peer service delivery, community development, rehabilitation, or recovery-oriented services, required.
  • Experience providing supervision, team leadership, and project coordination, preferred. 
  • Personal or professional experience with New York City mental health supported housing, preferred. 
  • Must be fingerprinted and cleared by the New York State Justice Center.
  • Resourceful and able to organize, multitask, and prioritize work.
  • Possess strong understanding and practice of recovery, wellness, and related services.
  • Analytical and innovative problem-solving abilities.
  • Attentive to details in documentation and data collection, reporting and analysis.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to utilize various computer programs, specifically Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Be creative and flexible.
  • Ability to travel and work afternoons, evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Show initiative and be responsible for follow through.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information, as related to position.



  • 3 weeks of vacation, five personal days, 12 sick days, ten paid holidays
  • Travel Reimbursement
  • College savings plan Pre-tax savings plan (including Flexible Spending Accounts and Transit-Check)
  • 403b contribution; life insurance
  • Comprehensive medical, vision, and dental plans; Employee Assistance Program
  • Summer Flex Hours
  • Paid Family Leave; Short-Term Disability insurance

Interested applicants should apply online to:

Community Access is an Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.

Women, People of Color and Members of the LGBT community are strongly encouraged to apply. CA is committed to the hiring of at least 51% consumer staff, in all of its departments and programs, and at all levels of management.

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Senior Peer Bridger (Sr Peer Advocate)


Program Description: 

AHI is a new peer-led project that emerged from a New York State class action settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and private plaintiffs living with mental…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    High School Diploma Required
  • Professional Level
    Entry level


Far Rockaway, Queens, NY, USA

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