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Job Opportunity with Howie the Harp Peer Advocacy Center -- Director

Community Access, Inc. is seeking a Director, to guide the growth and expansion of New York City’s preeminent center for peer workforce education and employment, The Howie T. Harp Peer Advocacy and Training Center (HTH). This is a full-time (40hrs per week), senior level position; salary commensurate with experience, and an excellent benefits package.

Agency Overview

Community Access, Inc. (CA) is a progressive not-for-profit organization that for the last 39 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 T. Harp Peer Advocacy Center, East Village Access—a PROS-licensed training program, Parachute NYC – Crisis Respite Center and Support Line, Recovery Connections and the Art Collective.

Position Overview

For 17 years, The Howie T. Harp Peer Advocacy and Training Center (HTH) has provided NYC’s behavioral healthcare workforce with skilled peer staff, leading the transformation of New York’s system of services and supports. Run by professionals who have personal experience with the mental health system, HTH offers an array of supports to help individuals grow as students and workers, acquiring the essential competencies to obtain work and develop careers in peer and health services.

We are looking for an experienced Director to guide the transition of the HTH Center as the training program evolves in response to the needs of managed care, and the demand for a workforce that requires employees with a range of specialized skills. This includes establishing and nurturing relationships with employers to forward peer workforce priorities and pursuing opportunities for career growth through relationships with educational institutions and the attainment of credentials. The Director is a leader, pursuing opportunities for expansion, and influencing developments in the peer movement on a local, state, national and international level. The Director is responsible and accountable for the operation of Center’s programs: the development, co-ordination, implementation and evaluation of programs and projects that promote community participation and citizenship, especially through the advancement of peer staff in the workplace. The Director guides staff performance and ensures full contractual compliance on federal, state and local levels.


Candidates must have an understanding, appreciation, and commitment to the philosophy and mission of Community Access; must identify as a recipient/peer/survivor of mental health services (required); demonstrated leader in the peer community/movement; a minimum of five (5) years of supervisory experience, required; experience with and knowledge of peer workforce issues and the behavioral health system in New York State and City; significant training, technical assistance and curriculum development experience; program development experience, preferred; possess strong understanding of peer practices, recovery and wellness; must be fingerprinted and cleared by the Office of Mental Health (OMH); willing to travel and work some evenings and weekends as needed; possess advanced analytical and innovative problem solving abilities; demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work as part of a team.

Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates must send a cover letter and resume (which must include salary requirements and salary history) to: 

    • Community Access, 2 Washington Street, 9th floor, NY, NY 10004 – Attn: HR Dept.

    • Email Hth-recruit@communityaccess.org • Fax to 212-937-3980


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.


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