Community Access, Inc. (CA), founded in 1974, is a progressive not-for-profit organization that expands opportunities for people living with mental health concerns to recover from trauma and discrimination through affordable housing, training, advocacy and healing-focused services. We are built upon the simple truth that people are experts in their own lives. Our programs are spread across 20 locations and include over 1200 units of supportive housing in three boroughs, an acquired Adult Home Initiative, the Howie The Harp Advocacy Center, Blueprint Supported Education, East Village Access—a PROS program, Care Coordination, and a peer-driven Crisis Respite Center.
We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of
Senior Peer Advocate - Adult Home Initiative
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.
The Senior Peer Advocate works to develop mentoring and supportive relationships with NYC Adult Home Residents, promoting connection and hope in the transition to Supported Housing. The Senior Peer Advocate is a team leader who utilizes their lived experience to support the Peer Advocates and Adult Home teams 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 works with the Regional Coordinator in managing individual and team supervision responsibilities, supporting the development of consistent practices across sites in the initiative. The job responsibilities of all staff extend to understanding and incorporating certain principles into their work and into their relationships with program participants. These principles are: Program participants’ right to self-determination; Respectful communication; Services that support recovery and healing consistent with and nurturing each participant’s cultural background, experience, identity, and values. Clear professional boundaries to support the limits and possibilities of services.
Have an understanding, appreciation, and commitment to the philosophy and mission of Community Access.
Recipient/survivor of mental health services, required. Minimum of a High School/Equivalency Diploma, required. Bachelor’s degree, preferred. 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 and weekends. Show initiative and be responsible for follow through. Ability to maintain confidential information, as related to position.
Bilingual Spanish-speaking candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
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.
Annual salary range between $45,000 - $50,000, plus an excellent benefits package.
Minimum Education Required