Job Opportunity with Community Access


Community Access, Inc. (CA) is a progressive not-for-profit organization that for the last 40 years has helped thousands of people diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities to make the transition from hospitals and shelters to independent living. Our primary mission is to identify needs and create solutions for homeless people with psychiatric disabilities. Our programs include over 1000 units of supportive housing in three boroughs, the Howie The Harp Advocacy Center,  East Village Access—a PROS-licensed training program, Parachute NYC – Crisis Respite Center and Support Line, Recovery Connections and the Art Collective.  

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of 

Peer Advocate 

to work in our recovery center, Recovery Connections, at 2090 A. Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., New York, NY.

This is a full-time position with an annual salary in the low to mid 30s, plus excellent benefits.

Position Overview

Recovery Connections (RC) is a new initiative designed to assist persons who have extensive experience with the mental health and criminal justice systems to acquire knowledge, skills and opportunities needed for meaningful community integration. RC will help participants connect with basic, mainstream community resources and opportunities related to health and wellness, work and education, housing, and other areas of interest.

The Peer Advocate’s primary responsibilities involve helping peers to connect with and maintain relationships with outside-the-system resources in order to more actively participate in their communities. Fostering community involvement, integration and citizenship includes: planning and executing community gatherings where ideas and interests are cultivated; facilitating networks and opportunities for participants to be heard and learn from each other; delivering groups and activities where participants can build confidence and learn meaningful skills; and connecting participants with needed resources. Other essential job functions include: undertaking creative outreach and follow-through strategies to identify participants who are interested in engaging RC, establishing ongoing connections with community resources and opportunities, and completing strengths-based, collaborative Exploration and Action Plan forms in our online records system, during intake with participants.


Qualified candidates must:  have an understanding, appreciation, and commitment to the philosophy and mission of Community Access; be the recipient/survivor of mental health services, preferably with personal experience with the criminal justice system; have a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (GED).

Applicants should have relevant employment or volunteer experience providing peer support, advocacy, community outreach or organizing or related support services in behavioral health and/or criminal justice service setting; be fingerprinted and cleared by OMH; possess strong understanding and practice of recovery, wellness and employment services; possess excellent oral and written communication skills; be computer literate; ability to travel via public transit and work afternoons, evenings and weekends.

Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should apply on


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.