Friday
Aug012014

Job Opportunity with Community Access

JOB POSTING

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

EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST

 to work in our Career Development Services department, located at 2 Washington St., New York, NY.

This is a full-time position; annual salary is mid 30s, plus an excellent benefits package.

Position Overview

The Employment Specialist’s primary responsibility is to assist staff with helping Community Access participants to attain employment, training and educational goals by finding, utilizing and sustaining vocational options in the community.  This staff person works collaboratively with Service Coordinators and other staff in all of the agency’s programs, cultivating team approaches and supporting the establishment and use of standardized agency-wide resources. Working within CDS, the Employment Specialist is instrumental in ensuring that data is collected and analyzed to forward agency initiatives. Direct services are provided in groups and individually and include a range of options: supported employment through ACCES-VR and OMH; internships; volunteer positions; vocational training; GED preparation; assessment, vocational exploration, job development and the provision of employment support and coaching.

Qualifications

Qualified candidates must have an understanding, appreciation, and commitment to the philosophy and mission of Community Access; minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) – bachelor’s degree, preferred; at least three years of experience providing vocational services, preferably to persons with mental health concerns, histories of drug/alcohol use, histories of homelessness or involvement with the criminal justice system; possess current and comprehensive knowledge of vocational resources in NYC, including ACCESS-VR; demonstrated capacity to motivate and inspire staff and participants; experience developing and facilitating staff training workshops; must be fingerprinted and cleared by the NYS Justice Center; commitment to recovery oriented, person-centered practice; be skilled in conflict mediation/negotiation and have an assertive approach to problem solving; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to utilize various computer programs, specifically Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint; be creative and flexible; show initiative and be responsible for follow through; ability to work independently and as part of a team; ability to travel via public transit; bilingual Spanish-speaking, preferred.

Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should apply on www.communityaccess.org/jobs.

 

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.

www.communityaccess.org

Friday
Aug012014

Job Opportunity with Community Access

JOB POSTING

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.

Qualifications:

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 www.communityaccess.org/jobs.

 

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.

www.communityaccess.org

Monday
Jul282014

Job Opportunity with NYAPRS

NYAPRS Overview

The New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS), a nationally acclaimed peer-led behavioral health systems integration change agent based in Albany, NY, is dedicated to promoting the recovery, rehabilitation, and rights of people with psychiatric disabilities or diagnoses. NYAPRS is currently seeking a Training and Technical Assistance Facilitator for the New York City/Long Island area in its Systems Transformation division.

 

Position Summary 

Under the direction of the Senior Projects Coordinator, the Training and Technical Assistance Facilitator will develop and implement training for New York City and Long Island behavioral health providers on Recovery Innovations as part of the statewide NYAPRS Training Collective for Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Rights.  This is a work-from-home position that requires extensive travel and a valid driver’s license.  Personal vehicle ownership is not required.

 

Requirements:

  • GED or High School Diploma, BA/BS preferred
  • Experience in formally training or leading groups preferred
  • Great oral and written communication skills
  • Facility with computers/technical equipment
  • Excellent relationship-building skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • The ability to act independently
  • Demonstrated ability to engage others in training
  • High level of accountability and initiative
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to travel extensively required 

 

Personal experience with the mental health system and the ability to use that experience to enhance training preferred. 

NYAPRS offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package including health coverage, retirement plan, paid time off, and paid holidays.

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

HR1@nyaprs.org


- OR -

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

 

Wednesday
Jul162014

Job Opportunity with Support Groups Central

Part-Time Online Support Group Leaders

Support Groups Central is looking for part-time online support group facilitators. Their website http://www.supportgroupscentral.com offers several types of help. They are looking for well qualified group leaders to back up and lead our growing schedule of meetings.

Their web conference based small group meetings are 90-mintes in length. The meetings are structured with both educational content and sharing/support segments. Meeting materials and training are provided.

Group facilitation experience and strong computer skills are required. Must also have computer with high speed internet connection, Microsoft Office (2010 or later), a web-cam, VOIP capability and separate telephone line with a speakerphone or headphone. Must be a Certified Peer Specialist. Background in social sciences is helpful as is a college degree.

Work from your home afternoons, evenings, and weekends. Good pay and potential for doing one-on-one mental health coaching as well as other programs.

Learn more about us at http://www.supportgroupscentral.com. Please send resume with cover email to: info@supporgroupscentral.com. Please send resume with cover email to: info@supportgroupscentral.com. No phone calls please.

Monday
Jun092014

Job Opportunity with New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation seeks part-time Peer Counselors.
 
The Peer Counselor:
  1. Distributes and uses the Guide to Keeping Healthy after the Hospital © booklet in groups with consumers on inpatient units and within ambulatory care services.  
  2. Uses one's personal experience as a mental health consumer (including those with co-occurring backgrounds) in role modeling recovery and providing hope for other consumers.
  3. Shares with the consumers their own personal skills that they use to stay out of the hospital.
  4. Engages consumers and helps motivate them to set positive goals for their health and well-being.
  5. Assists consumers in seeking clarification about the treatment and recovery process.
  6. Promotes wellness and recovery by assisting consumers to identify their strengths and goals and to promote the notion of empowerment.
  7. Assists consumers in identifying their own individual warning signs of relapse and developing individual coping strategies.
  8. Assists consumers in developing skills intended to improve: mental health, substance use, physical health, and self-advocacy.
  9. Links consumers with peer support and social support networks in the community that is provided in the Guide to Keeping Healthy after the Hospital © booklet.
  10. Documents in accordance with program requirements, in a timely manner.
  11. Maintains a rapport with assigned facility liaisons on inpatient units and in clinics.
  12. Participates in team supervision to obtain information and resources for consumers and staff.
  13. Peer Counselor is supervised by the Consumer Affairs Coordinator.
Qualifications: 
 
  1. A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent,
  2. Completion of a training program that guides participants in working with consumers in the community; and
  3. One year of peer counseling or related experience.
 
The position requires a 15hr/week commitment. Locations in Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.
  
Contact:
  
Gita Enders, MA, CPRP
Assistant Director
Consumer Affairs Coordinator
NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation
Office of Behavioral Health
125 Worth Street, Room 424
New York, NY 10013
212.788.3524 Phone
212.788.3462 Fax