Statewide Peer Support Positions
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Join the Families Together team!
Families Together in New York State, and Youth Power of Families Together hosting a virtual job fair. Multiple positions are available throughout the State of New York. Family & Youth applicants must have first-hand experience navigating the following child serving systems:
- Mental Health
- Juvenile Justice
- Special Education
- Child Welfare
- Developmental Disabilities
- Foster Care
Explore the many job opportunities Families Together in New York State & Youth Power have to offer! Vacancies include:
- Family Policy Advisors
- Family Peer Engagement Advocates
- Youth Program Support Specialist
- Regional Youth Partners
Co-lead the development of the Young Peers Program within Western New York
Independent Living, Inc.!
Young Peers covers Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties. This position requires, personal lived experience and will be supervising the YPA’s for the program. Individual would be on site in one of our locations in Niagara, Buffalo or Batavia with the ability to independently travel among the counties we serve.
Hillside Children’s Center recruiting for several YPA and FPA positions (full-time and part-time)
Are you looking for a career as a Youth Peer Advocate? Do you have personal life experience in
the child serving systems (juvenile justice, mental health, child welfare, and/or education) and the
ability to positively and appropriately self-disclose regarding that experience? Now is your chance
to give back and become a positive role model, mentor, and advocate to youth and young adults
currently receiving services! Several locations available.
Community Missions of Niagara Frontier, Inc. hiring Young Adult Peer Support Specialist (full-time)
A Young Adult Peer Support Specialist is needed for the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) to provide peer support and activities of social engagement for the 24-hour operated Transitional Housing and Rapid Re-Housing components of the YDHP, including assistance with referrals, admission assessments and Intake.
The Peer Support Specialist maintains a safe environment for young adults and staff; ensures the sleeping hour supervision (Midnight – 8am) of the Transitional Residence is covered each day of the week, in partnership with additional Peer Support Specialist; ensures required records and communications are completed and maintained; follows written procedures of regulatory and certifying bodies (HAWNY, HUD, Medicaid, SSA, DSS, OSHA, Health Department, etc.) as well as upholds guidelines, procedures and policies of Community Missions, Inc.; completes On-Call responsibilities.
Click here for qualifications and instructions to apply today!
New Directions Youth & Family Services is hiring Family Peer Support Specialists – Full Time or Part Time
Do you have experience helping your child (or a child you helped raise) that has been diagnosed with a mental health or behavioral concern? Did you use different services to help that child? Did you know there is a position that would pay you to help others like you helped your child?
POSITION SUMMARY: The Family Peer Support Specialist helps families who are raising a child, that is experiencing mental health and/or behavioral challenges. This includes providing support, information, education, and skill development; while building support for their child’s needs to promote growth and achieve family goals.
Mental Health Advocates of WNY is hiring full and part-time Family Peer Advocates!
Are you a caregiver/parent of a child or youth that has struggled with mental health, social emotional, or behavioral challenges? Has your child struggled in school? Did you know where to get the help when you needed it? Have you had to take your child to the hospital because of their behaviors? You can be a Family Peer Advocate with Mental Health Advocates of WNY.
The Child and Family Support Program (CFSP) of Mental Health Advocates of WNY provides education, support and advocacy to families who have a child or young adult living with a mental illness.
WNY is looking for full and part time Family Peer Advocates. A Family Peer Advocate must be a parent, grandparents, caregiver of a child that has utilized services for their child’s mental health.
Mental Health Advocates of WNY hiring multiple Peer positions!
For over 50 years, Mental Health Advocates of WNY (formerly Mental Health Association of Erie County) has been deeply committed to providing essential non-clinical services that address the needs of individuals, families and communities living with mental illness. Through awareness, education, prevention, early intervention programs and supportive services, we advocate for and actively promote mental health and wellness for adults, families and children in homes, schools and workplaces across Western New York. Click on each job description below for more info and how to apply:
FPA Child & Family Support Program (CFSP) part-time
Kinship Caregiver/Family Peer Advocate, Child & Family Support Program (CFSP) part-time position available/possible full-time
Youth Peer Advocate, Child & Family Support Program (CFSP) part-time and full-time position
Youth Mentor position at Villa of Hope (part-time)
Villa of Hope helps youth and families rebuild relationships, recover from trauma and renew Hope for their future. Under the general direction of the Youth Mentor Supervisor, the Youth Mentor is responsible to plan, implement, and evaluate service components for the Youth Mentor Program; support youth in the community 12-21 years of age to advocate for themselves, create personalized goals, and help them to see that their future is full of possibilities; carry out all job responsibilities with fidelity and accountability to the Agencies and Program Mission, Vision, Values, Guiding Principles, and Strategic Plan. Apply at https://mycompas.net/villaofhope/
Compeer Rochester is hiring a Family Peer Mentor (full-time)
The Family Peer Mentor Program closely connects families to the services, agencies, and other resources that can help them attain their vision for their family’s wellness. This support might be as simple as giving a family a list of affordable summer camps or after school programs in their neighborhood, or providing information on local food pantries, or as intensive as our Family Peer Mentor accompanying families to agency appointments, court appointments, or school meetings. The Family Peer Mentor provides community connections and identify natural supports for parents and caretakers of youth with emotional, social, and/or behavioral issues. Apply directly at https://www.compeerrochester.org/join-our-team
Hudson River Region
Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie is hiring a Parent Partner (full-time)
The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie has been caring for children throughout the Hudson Valley for almost 175 years! We strive to improve the lives of at-risk youth and are looking for individuals, such as you, to help fulfill our mission.
The Parent Partner will provide Family Peer Support to parents and caregivers. The Parent Partner provides education, encourages empowerment, assists parents/caregivers in rebuilding their natural supports and self-confidence in an environment that is comfortable for and chosen by the parents/caregivers we serve.
The Parent Partner will provide support to families raising a child who is experiencing social, emotional, behavioral or developmental challenges in their home, school, placement or community. Parent Partners are uniquely qualified to work with families based on their own personal experience parenting a child with similar needs. The Parent Partner at Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie develops a structured, strength based relationship with families to provide support, information, empowerment, parent skill development and advocacy using strength based, family driven and youth guided care at all levels of contact
MHA in Ulster County, Inc. hiring Family Peer Advocates (full-time)
MHA in Ulster County, Inc. is seeking a Family Peer Advocate. The Family Peer Advocate provides an array of formal and informal activities and support to families caring for/ raising a child who is experiencing social, emotional, medical, developmental, substance use, and/or behavioral challenges in their home, school, placement, and/or community. Activities included must be intended to achieve the identified goals or objectives as set forth in the child/youth’s treatment plan. Location: Kingston, Entry Level Position offers $17.98 per hour. Salary will increase to $18.30 per hour after credentialing.
Family Ties of Westchester hiring Youth and Family Peer Advocates (part-time and full-time)
Have you faced life’s challenges, overcome them and want to give back to your community? Your experience has power. Share it and help others like you be heard, supported, and empowered. We need people with strong, active voices. As Westchester’s only independent, family-run, peer support organization, we are dedicated to achieving equity and social change. We value your lived experience navigating service systems and your ability to advocate for yourself, family, and community.
Cove Care Center hiring Youth and Family Peer Advocates (full-time)
The Family Peer Support Advocate works in partnership with the program team and families with children experiencing social, emotional, developmental and/or behavioral challenges to facilitate communication and help ensure that the child’s interests are best represented in all settings. Read more
Youth Peer Support and Training services are formal and informal services and supports provided to youth, who are experiencing social, medical, emotional, developmental, substance use, and/or behavioral health challenges in their home, school, placement, and/or community centered services. These services provide the training and support necessary to ensure engagement and active participation of the youth in the treatment planning process and with the ongoing implementation and reinforcement of skills. Services are delivered in a trauma informed, culturally and linguistically competent manner. Read more
NAMI Rockland hiring Family Peer Advocate (part-time)
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Rockland County, Inc. (NAMI Rockland), a not-for-profit organization, is hiring a part time Family Peer Advocate (FPA). Applicants must have lived experience – be a parent or primary caregiver of a child, teen or young adult (birth, foster or adoptive) living with mental health concerns that were diagnosed as a child; and have the experience of navigating child serving systems (mental health, school, etc.) working through the process toward family recovery empowerment.
The Family Peer Advocate (FPA) shares his/her personal experience and works directly with families whose children are receiving services to support, empower, educate and advocate along with the family. Services are provided by the FPA, at no cost to the family, through face-to-face visits in the home, office, school or other community location; or through groups, educational classes, phone and virtually via Zoom.
Vanderheyden hiring Family and Youth Peer Advocates (full-time)
Vanderheyden is seeking a Family Peer Advocate. The Family Peer Advocate provides an array of formal and informal activities and support to families caring for/ raising a child who is experiencing social, emotional, medical, developmental, substance use, and/or behavioral challenges in their home, school, placement, and/or community.
Vanderheyden is seeking a Youth Peer Advocate. Responsible for providing Youth Peer Support and Training Services to youth who experience social, emotional, developmental, medical, substance abuse, and/or behavioral challenges in their home, school, placement, and/or community. The Youth Peer Advocate will function as a member of a triad team including a Family Peer Advocate and a High Fidelity Wraparound (HFW) Care Manager.
Click here for qualifications and instructions to apply today!
Peer Specialist position at The Mental Health Association of Westchester, Inc. (full-time)
The MHA of Westchester is a community-based not-for-profit committed to recovery-focused mental health services through advocacy, community education and direct services. Recognized as the leader in Westchester in providing person-centered services that involve collaborating with each individual to achieve his or her goals.
OnTrackNY is a new, innovative treatment program that will serve adolescents and young adults (16-30 years old) who are within one year of experiencing the onset of non-affective psychosis. The Peer Specialist will provide direct peer support services to participants, contribute to treatment team planning, and assist with outreach and transitional care efforts in community and hospital settings. Click here to read full job description and instructions to apply today!
Peer Specialist positions at Westchester Jewish Community Services, Inc. (full and part-time)
WJCS is currently searching for full-time and part-time Peer Specialists to work in our new and exciting Mobile Crisis and Response Team (MCRT), in Peekskill and surrounding areas. MCRT is a part of the Project Alliance initiative in Westchester County, directly supporting the work of the newly developed 911 Diversion program and providing mobile crisis interventions in conjunction with police departments. Competitive salary with weekend, overnight and holiday pay differentials. Job-specific training and ongoing supervision by will be provided. Click here to read full job description and instructions to apply today!
Youth Peer Advocate position at Citizen Advocates
Youth Peer Support (YPS) services are formal and informal services and supports provided to youth by young
adults, who are experiencing social, medical, emotional, developmental, substance use, and/or behavioral
challenges in their home, school, placement, and/or community centered services. These services provide the
training and support necessary to ensure engagement and active participation of the youth in the treatment
planning process and with the ongoing implementation and reinforcement of skills. Services are delivered in a
trauma informed, culturally and linguistically competent manner. Youth Peer Support providers are between
the ages of 21 and 28 years of age.
Circare is Hiring! Multiple positions available!
Circare was founded in 1989 as Onondaga Case Management Services in response to the New York State Office of Mental Health’s initiative to provide intensive case management services to individuals diagnosed with mental illnesses. Over the years, clinical, vocational, peer-based, forensic and crisis-intervention services for youth and their families were added, including Circare’s Behavioral Health Clinic that provides outpatient individual, family and group therapy as well as psychiatric evaluations and medication treatment.
Among its many programs, Circare houses county, state and federally sponsored initiatives including the multidisciplinary Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team. The ACT team provides 24-hour outreach and services within community settings, such as a person’s own home and neighborhood, local restaurants and parks. In addition, the organization is an Employment Network designated by the Federal Social Security Administration which, through the Ticket to Work program, provides employment services and support to beneficiaries of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI).
Family Peer Advocate Supervisor position at MHA of the Southern Tier, Inc. (part-time)
Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier, Inc. is seeking a part-time FPA Supervisor for their Family Peer Support Services Program. Join their team to assist families whose children have special emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs by using a strengths-based, individualized care approach. Click here to read full job description and instructions to apply today!
New York City Region
VNS Health (formally VNSNY) Hiring Family Peer Advocate and Peer Specialist (full-time)
Family Peer Advocate, Child Mobile Crisis Team, Bronx and Brooklyn, one full-time vacancy per location, Sign On Bonus available!
Some Responsibilities: Conduct either initial or follow-up home visits to individuals and their families experiencing an emotional crisis, Provide support and advocacy to the child and family, Collaborates with individuals in crisis to identify and/or develop coping skills, Assist with obtaining and verification of linkages to needed community services, Work as part of an interdisciplinary team, Complete necessary documentation as required by funders, and participate in case conferences, team meetings and trainings as assigned. Licensure: Valid driver’s license may be required, as determined by operational/regional needs required. Education: High school diploma or the equivalent required. NYC Peer Professional certificate or Provisional certificate required within one year of hire. Experience: Minimum of one year experience in a mental health, health care or human services setting required. Prior experience working with a child who is seriously emotionally disturbed and/or behaviorally challenged preferred. Certification as a Family Peer Advocate preferred. Experience in community organizations, parent/group facilitation and computer skills preferred. Bilingual spoken and written skills are also preferred.
Peer Specialist, Intensive Mobile Treatment, Manhattan and Queens, full time vacancies per borough, Sign On Bonus available!
Key Responsibilities: Conduct home visits as part of a team, work with individuals on enhancing coping skills, discussing options in terms on treatment, complete documentation on services provided, works as part of an interdisciplinary team. Licensure: Valid driver’s license may be required, as determined by operational/regional needs required. Education: High school diploma or the equivalent required. NYS Peer Professional certificate (OMH or OASAS) or Provisional certificate required within one year of hire. Experience: Minimum of one year experience in a mental health, health care or human services setting required. Experience as a recipient of mental health services required. Experience with substance use services or the criminal justice system preferred.
Peer Specialist Liaison, Intensive Mobile Treatment, office location Brooklyn, full time vacancy, Sign On Bonus available!
Key Responsibilities: Provides guidance and support to Peer staff to ensure services are individualized and recovery focused to allow individuals the opportunity to learn how to manage their own recovery and advocacy. Makes monthly field visits to observe peers in their work with clients and provides direct feedback ; documents observations and address opportunities to improve overall training. Provides guidance regarding professional development to Peer staff. Assists in the identification of issues impacting peer services and works collaboratively with Peer staff and/or management to resolve. Creates and provides new hire orientation for staff. Works to increase level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency regarding Person Centered Planning and Peer services. Identifies and implements Best Practices as it relates to delivery of Peer services. Conducts trainings for Peers staff and Managers to enhance their skills. Identifies needs and adds to the trainings, as appropriate. Education: High School Diploma or the equivalent required. Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Certification: Certified Peer Specialist by New York State Office of Mental Health or Certified Peer Recovery Advocate by New York State Office Addiction Services And Supports required. Experience: Minimum three years of experience in working with individuals with mental health and/or substance misuse required. Effective oral /written/interpersonal communication skills and ability to work independently required. Willingness to share personal and practical experience and knowledge appropriately and respectfully required. Computer fluency preferred.
NYU Langone Hiring Bi-lingual (English-Spanish) Family Connector (part-time)
We have an exciting opportunity to join our team as a Family Connector (FC) providing phone support to parents and family members who have raised a child with emotional or behavioral challenges!
A Family Connector is a peer-parent or caregiver who provides support to other parents or caregivers who are raising or have raised a child with emotional or behavioral challenges. Family Connectors provide instructional, informational, emotional, and advocacy support peer to peer or caregiver to caregiver. As part of an NIMH-funded study on enhancing family engagement in services for adolescents or young adults who have experienced first-episode psychosis, we are looking for a bilingual/Spanish-speaking peer parent/family member to work part-time and provide regular telephone support to families. The FCs we hire will be trained to follow a specific program, called Family Connectors, and to complete regular documentation about the support they are providing to families. The FCs will meet weekly with a FC Coach who will guide the FCs in their work and ensure that they adhere to the program model. Each FC will work with approximately 10 caregivers. This part-time FC position will require about 20 hours a week. We are looking to fill this grant-funded position as soon as possible and expect it to conclude April 2023.
The New York Foundling hiring (8) Parent Advocates across NYC (full-time)
The Parent Advocates will support parents with children in foster care to understand and navigate the foster care system, make decisions for their families, remain hopeful, and address family challenges so that they can accomplish their goal of reunification. The focus of this job is building connections with parents and working collaboratively with case planners.
The Foundling is one of New York City’s largest providers of foster care services. We utilize evidence-based interventions in our foster care programs that are proven to support happy, healthy, and functioning families. Children may enter foster care for a variety of reasons, including abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Children are referred by the New York City Administration for Children’s Services to organizations—such as The New York Foundling—that place each child with a relative or foster family during this time. The Foundling, and similarly-missioned organizations, provide services that are geared toward keeping children safe and helping them return to their biological parents, remain with their extended family, or find a permanent home. In addition to placing children and youth in homes with caring and supportive foster parents, The Foundling also provides an array of other services that support the needs of children in foster care, including medical and mental health services, employment supports, and educational services.
CASES Peer Specialist – Young Adult Assertive Community Treatment (YA ACT) Team (full-time)
The YA ACT team provides mobile community based mental health treatment to promote the recovery and community integration of individuals ages 18 to 25 with serious mental illnesses, high rates of co-occurring substance use disorders and histories of criminal legal system involvement. The team provides 80% of its treatment services in community locations. Peer staff use their lived experience of recovery from mental illness and/or substance use to provide direct services to consumers in the community. Peer services include intentional peer support advocacy, engagement, self-help, recovery supports, pre-crisis and crisis supports and transitional supports for consumers leaving hospitals, jails and prisons. Using a person-centered approach to engagement, mental illness, recovery and histories of criminal justice involvement, supports consumers to live safely in the community and develop wellness plans and supportive healthy community networks.
Sunnyside Community Services Hiring Division Director of Youth and Family Services
Sunnyside Community Services, an innovative community-based, social service organization in Queens (10 minutes by subway from Grand Central), is seeking an exceptional leader with strong youth development and program management background for the role of Division Director of Youth and Family Services. They will support the programmatic and administrative goals of the Youth and Family Services Division. The ideal candidate is a leader and manager well-versed in the principals of youth development and current trends in the field. They will be looked to for leadership around the development of programs, curriculum, and staff.
Sheltering Arms hiring Family Peer Advocate (full-time)
Sheltering Arms strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to our community’s greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. Joining our team is an opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of dedicated colleagues who represent diverse backgrounds and talents as we work together to make a measurable impact for our neighbors in need. Every role at Sheltering Arms brings with it new opportunities for advancement and development so that team members can achieve their professional goals while helping others reach for theirs.
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Saint Dominic’s Family Services hiring Youth and Family Peer Support Services Workers
Saint Dominic’s Family Services is a nonprofit human services organization that provides foster care and prevention, developmental disabilities programs, mental health, therapeutic education, and preschool services to 2,000 children, adults, and families in Rockland and Orange counties, and the Bronx.
The Youth Peer Support Services Worker will be responsible for engaging youth and their families in order to assist them in identifying their needs as well as achieving their goals. The Youth Peer Support Services worker will be an integral part of the Children and Family Treatment Support Services (CFTSS) Program and will participate in supportive, recreational and educational activities offered to youth and families.
The Family Peer Support Service Worker assists the program in providing services to families in the areas where support and advocacy is needed, but do not require the full services of the Care Manager. Duties include escorting, advocacy, assisting families to access community resources, and family support. Accompany and transportation of children and families are essential components of the position.
To apply online, and to read the complete job description, please visit the agency website: www.sdfs.org/careers. Select desired work location; Rockland or Bronx. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information or assistance.
(NYC) ICL is hiring a Family Peer Advocate-Children and Family Treatment Support Services (CFTSS)
The Children and Family Treatment Support Services (CFTSS) Family Peer Support Services are an array of formal and infor
mal activities and supports provided to families caring for/raising a child who is experiencing social, emotional, medical, developmental, substance use, and/or behavioral challenges in their home, school, placement, and/or community. FPSS provide a structured, strength based relationship between a Family Peer Advocate (FPA) and the parent/family member/caregiver for the benefit of the child/youth. Services are delivered in a trauma informed, culturally and linguistically competent manner.
Policy Coordinator position at RISE Magazine
Rise is seeking a Policy Coordinator who is driven by a passion for Rise’s mission, vision and organizational values; has a background in child welfare and related law and policy, with legislative advocacy and community organizing a plus; and thrives working in teams in a collaborative environment. Rise invests deeply in the leadership development of staff. This full-time role is an excellent position for growth for a self-starter with a strong commitment to justice for families. Apply at https://www.risemagazine.org/2021/03/policy-coordinator/
Federation of Organizations is seeking applicants for Family & Youth Peer Advocates
Federation is starting a Home Based Empowerment Support Team (Home-BEST) Program. This program will be available to all Nassau County youth (under 21 years of age) regardless of insurance status. Services will be available to high risk/high need youth diagnosed with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) who are at risk of hospitalization or out of home placement. Home-BEST is an intensive in-home program that will provide families with resources that will meet their needs in the community, preventing residential placement, regardless of insurance status. Objectives of the program will include fostering family stabilization and crisis de-escalation skill building with the participants using trauma-informed care. Federation’s team will provide mobile services to collaborate and work with the family within their own unique environment and community, designed to keep families intact in Nassau County. Apply on our website: www.fedoforg.org under the “Careers” tab.
Peer Support positions at Families On The Move of NYC, Inc.
FOTM employs approximately 25 people in 8 different programs throughout New York City and Westchester County, and provide training, consultation and technical assistance to other family support organizations throughout the New York City Metropolitan area. FOTM also offers, from time to time, a limited number of volunteer opportunities for members of the community looking for another way to get involved. Apply at https://fotmnyc.org/careers%2Fvolunteer
Long Island Region
Lodestar Children’s Services hiring Youth Peer Advocates (per-diem)
Youth Peer Advocates at Lodestar provide in-home services, which includes traveling to a client’s home and bringing youth to engage in the community. In addition to working with youth, a Youth Peer Advocate completes documentation
such as notes and treatment plans. Youth Peer Advocates will be guided and supported by a team while providing direct services.
Hands Across Long Island hiring Wellness Peer Specialist (full-time)
Hands Across Long Island (HALI) is a peer-run mental health agency providing advocacy and supports to people
experiencing trauma, mental health, and co-occurring life challenges. We have an immediate need for an
experienced Wellness Peer Specialist to work at our Recovery Center in Central Islip (western Suffolk). HALI
provides a collaborative, supportive work environment for peer professionals with an emphasis on career
development. This position reports directly to HALI’s Coordinator of Wellness Services.
Peer Support Position at United Healthcare with NY Recovery & Resiliency Team
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