Job Opportunity with Promise Resource Network

Recovery is alive and well in Charlotte, NC with a unique leadership opportunity for the right person.  Introducing the Recovery Hub, a newly established “epicenter” of recovery, created out of a partnership between a long standing peer-run organization, Promise Resource Network (formerly Mecklenburg’s PROMISE) and a well-known recovery-oriented behavioral health agency, Meridian Behavioral Health.  Together, we aim to offer a variety of opportunities and supports for our community members that experience mental health and substance use challenges to move beyond the labels, symptoms and diagnoses to be a homeowner, have a career, gain financial freedom, complete their education, and dream BIG! 
The Recovery Hub is at a place in its development that a visionary leader with a strong commitment to recovery is needed.  
Qualities of the successful candidate:
  • Inspire hope, value creativity, autonomy and use the innovative approaches to advance recovery
  • Champion recovery, challenge status quo and do it in a respectful, strategic manner
  • Offer positive solutions, able to overcome barriers to change
  • Set the expectation and model an atmosphere that is comfortable, accessible, non-judgmental, welcoming, hopeful and warm
  • Humble, not ego driven or hierarchical with colleagues, people seeking support, employees and community members
  • This position is ideally suited for an extroverted, enthusiastic, organized, multi-talking, overachieving, “people-person,” who approaches work with superior level of commitment, integrity and customer service.
Skills, knowledge and experience of the successful candidate:
  • Experienced leader that models recovery values and promotes the mission and vision of the organization;
  • Possess sound problem solving and judgment to assess and respond to daily needs of employees, stakeholders and people receiving services;
  • High degree of integrity and commitment to ethical standards;
  • Systems thinker and designer that recognizes the balance between effective processes and structures and the need for flexibility, responsiveness and adaptability;
  • Demonstrated ability to foster engagement, team building and community partnership;
  • Have the ability to maintain a positive attitude and set a positive “tone” in the midst of change and development; 
  • Experience serving people that have had complex mental health and substance use challenges; 
  • Experience and awareness of emerging practices, promising practices and evidence-based practices;
  • Attention to detail, follow through, excellent communication and coordination skills;
  • Strong facilitation and presentation skills to small and large groups;
  • Experience with excel, powerpoint, social media and other technology;
Director Role:
  • Represent the Recovery Hub in the community with various stakeholders
  • Establish/continue an organizational culture of recovery, partnership and mutuality among colleagues, community members and people receiving support 
  • Provide leadership/supervision to a diverse team of Peer Specialists, Recovery Navigators who are licensed clinicians, Program Managers and Recovery Educators
  • Ensure accountability for recovery and quality of life outcomes
  • Adjust/modify the program and design to meet the changing needs of the local community
  • Provide day to day oversight and on-going development of programs
  • Create an evaluation reporting system for data collection of all programs implemented and proposed at PRN in partnership with evaluation consultants and/or funders. This includes quantitative (hard data) and qualitative (soft data) evaluation methods.
  • Assist the Executive Director of PRN and Chief Operations Officer of Meridian with the design, development and implementation of programs and services
  • In collaboration with the PRN Executive Director and/or Meridian Chief Operations Officers recruit, interview and select qualified staff for PRN programs and the Recovery Hub that are values-based and recovery-oriented
  • Provide leadership for successful Implementation of  human resource policies, practices and procedures for new and existing program managers, recovery navigators and peer specialists
  • Establish and implement a performance enhancement system for all program managers and recovery navigators
  • Ensure employee orientation, initial and on-going professional development opportunities for employees of PRN 
  • Provide guidance, training, coaching and mentoring to employees
  • Evaluates performance of management team members 
  • Initiate corrective actions, progressive discipline and other personnel actions as needed
  • Update, modify and implement PRN’s policies, procedures and processes 
Qualifications of the successful candidate:

  • experience with peer supporters
  • experience working with licensed clinical employees
  • experience as an agency leader, administrator, or supervisor
  • experience with grassroots non-profit initiatives
  • experience with people in recovery from substance use challenges
  • licensure in social work, counseling or psychology (not required)
  • knowledge of practices, approaches and models that promote recovery
Strongly preferred:
  • lived experience of mental health and/or substance use recovery
  • experience developing and operating programs
Minimally required: 
  • Bachelor’s degree in a human services related field
  • 6 years of leadership experience
  • 6 years working in the human services field with people
  • Clinical knowledge and experience with the behavioral health system
Application Process:

Please email:

1. A letter of interest explaining why this position is of interest to you and how you would be an asset to this initiative
2. A description of what is recovery and a brief comparison of traditional services and recovery-based supports
3. Your resume 
Please send no later than October 1, 2014 to Cherene Allen-Caraco, Executive Director of Promise Resource Network at with the heading Director of Recovery Programs



Job Opportunity with NYAPRS

Membership and Events Coordinator

Position Summary:  Playing a key role in the public presentation of the organization, the Membership and Events Coordinator will aid in and provide administrative support for the planning and execution of events, marketing strategy, and member retention initiatives.  This position regularly engages with external members and event participants regarding the NYAPRS mission.  The ideal candidate must possess the capacity to use judgment and discretion regularly, as well as a certain degree of system knowledge, creativity, and flexibility. 

Major Responsibilities/Activities:

  • Maintains donor records, solicits and acknowledges donations, and prepares advertisements or correspondence regarding NYAPRS and its programs; may arrange and attend meetings with donors and prospective donors;
  • Prepares, maintains, and disseminates information regarding NYAPRS and its events through a variety of media forms including print and electronic (website, social media, e-news); helps maintain a favorable public image for NYAPRS;
  • Manages the strategy and planning of meetings and special events for NYAPRS; coordinates amenities and accommodations for events; makes recommendations and monitors event budgets and negotiates all necessary contracts; 
  • Helps coordinate fundraising strategies and aids in most aspects of fundraising programs; assists in the development of fundraising goals and solicits funds to meet these goals; helps to identify new donors and organizes initiatives to solicit funding; may assist in developing major gift opportunities and writing grant proposals;
  • Develops and promotes NYAPRS brand to enhance public image and foster consistency; performs regular review of presentation and/or promotional materials, etc.;
  • Regularly arranges meetings, teleconferences, and appointments without clearance based upon project demands;
  • Prepares reports, presentation materials, summaries, or replies to inquiries as needed; may assist in research, analysis and interpretation of data when required;
  • Regularly performs a broad range of administrative support functions requiring initiative, judgment, and independent decision-making;
  • Coordinates, handles, and/or completes other projects as directed by supervisor.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 1-2 years not-for-profit experience required.
  • 3+ years demonstrated progressive administrative experience.
  • Highly organized with ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills.
  • Strong proofreading and editing skills.
  • Ability to research, analyze and interpret information.
  • Data management experience including entry, analysis, and manipulation.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with public mental health services
  • Event-planning experience
  • Public relations or advertising experience
  • Familiarity with website maintenance
  • Lived experience with the mental health system

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and wage requirements to:

- OR -

Director of Human Resources
194 Washington Avenue, Suite 400
Albany, NY 12210


Job Opportunity with On Our Own of Montgomery County




On Our Own of Montgomery County, Inc. is a peer-operated Wellness and Recovery Center serving mental health consumers in Montgomery County. We are located in Gaithersburg, MD. The Executive Director is a full-time position and reports to the Board of Directors.


Responsible for development, coordination and administration of all program activities of On Our Own of Montgomery County in accordance with the organization’s policies and mission developed and approved by the Board of Directors.


10.  Publicize organization to consumers, families, agencies, providers, the press and general public.

11.  Engage in needed activities to ensure proper functioning of organization.

12.  Works with the local Core Services Agency (CSA), the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) and BHA Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA) and attend pertinent meetings.

13.  Administer fund raising with Board.

14.  Any other duties as needed within scope of the position.


Current or former recipient of mental health services preferred, along with familiarity with mental health wellness and recovery centers. Knowledge and experience with peer-based support services. Minimum three years’ experience in administration, program development, finance and/or work in peer-operated mutual support and advocacy organization. Knowledge of principals of administration and management; experience in grant writing and fund raising. Familiarity with mental health consumer issues and knowledge of mental health consumer movement desired, along with mental health service planning. Experience working in advocacy arena with knowledge of the mental health provider community.

Knowledge and experience of dual diagnosis mental health and substance abuse issues desirable. Good communication skills and public speaking experience are necessary.  Must be able to work cooperatively and deal with people from diverse backgrounds. BA or advanced degree in related field preferred. Possess valid driver’s license and car. Must be willing to work flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends as needed. Willing to continue training in relevant areas to enhance the program.


Negotiable depending on experience. Range: high 30’s to 40’s commensurate with ability and experience. Benefits include health/dental insurance, standard vacation/sick leave, etc. This position is grant funded by state and local grants.

Send resume and detailed cover letter by 8-15-14 to:


Selection Committee

On Our Own of Montgomery County, Inc.

434 E. Diamond Avenue,

Gaithersburg, MD 20877


On Our Own of Montgomery County, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Job Opportunity with the Temple U. Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities

The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities is seeking to hire someone for a short-term project focusing on self-directed care.  The Collaborative is developing an operations manual designed to assist other mental health authorities and recovery oriented programs to replicate a self-directed care (SDC) project that has been operating in Delaware County (PA) for the past several years.  The Collaborative is seeking either a full-time or a part-time technical writer, to begin immediately, who is knowledgeable about mental health issues, recovery, and program design. For more information on the position, please go to the following Temple Human Resources site:

To apply for the full-time position, search for job number TU-18100 and TU-18105 for the part-time position. 
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Andrea Bilger at (215) 204-6779 or



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.

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of


to work in our Crisis Respite Center, located at 315 2nd Avenue, New York, NY.

There is a full-time (40 hrs/week) and multiple per-diem (as needed) openings.

Shifts are 12 hours and include days, evenings, overnights and weekends.

Annual salary is low to mid 30s for full-time, pro-rated for per-diem.

Program Overview:

The Crisis Respite Center (CRC), part of Parachute NYC, provides an innovative and unique “hospital diversion” model whereby persons seeking temporary residential respite care can stay in a warm, friendly, safe, and supportive home-like environment where they are taught to use new recovery and relapse prevention skills.  This is achieved through 24-hour peer support, self-advocacy education, self-help training, and mutual understanding.   The CRC offers people experiencing a psychosis-related crisis with a short-term (one day to two weeks) residential alternative that will allow individuals to maintain daily activities and connect with community-based services and supports, including primary care. The program will provide recovery oriented services incorporating Need Adapted Treatment and Intentional Peer Support. The CRC also operates a warm line providing peer counseling and referral services to individuals in emotional distress.  Parachute NYC is an innovative CMS funded pilot project designed to support a continuum of community based services to individuals experiencing a psychosis related crisis, including specially trained mobile crisis teams and Crisis Respite Centers.

Position Overview:

The Crisis Respite Center is designed to promote self-determination and hope through peer delivered services and supports including: peer support, wellness education and skill building opportunities, identification and engagement in community-based resources including health care services.  Respite Workers are responsible for assisting in the delivery of services and supports to Parachute NYC service recipients, primarily those residing in CA’s CRC. Respite Workers also serve as warm line operators.  Peers are integral in supporting people during personal crisis, helping individuals learn how to view crises differently and how to use wellness tools to help decrease the intensity of or prevent future crises. A primary role of Respite Workers is to create a respite from extreme emotional distress through the promotion of a non-judgmental, supportive, friendly and engaging environment.


Qualified candidates must have a minimum of high school diploma or equivalent (GED); experience as a service recipient in the mental health system and willingness to share personal experience appropriately and respectfully; graduate of core peer specialist training program, preferred; previous work experience in a behavioral health or related setting, preferably using the recovery model; resourceful and knowledgeable of community resource and services; must be fingerprinted and cleared by the New York State Justice Center; a respect for, and high level of comfort around people experiencing psychiatric crisis; exceptional oral communication skills including empathic listening, and responding; ability to utilize critical thinking, problem-solving and de-escalation skills to assist with creating and maintaining an environment that promotes recovery; ability to set priorities and manage multiple and competing tasks; willingness and ability to participate in Parachute NYC Training including Need Adapted Treatment Model, Intentional Peer Support, Health Navigator and other required training; bilingual preferred.

Interested applicants 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.