• Peer Specialist - Elmira, NY

    Posted: 09/08/2021

    Recovery Coaching is a peer-based recovery support service that is non-clinical and designed to engage others beyond initiation through stabilization and into recovery maintenance. The Peer Recovery Specialist provides peer-assisted guidance to individuals in recovery that are involved in treatment for substance abuse. S/he aids in removing barriers and obstacles to recovery by serving as a personal guide and mentor for people seeking or in recovery.

    Monday through Friday Shift, hours TBD

    Essential Job Functions

    · In conjunction with clients, develop and implement a Recovery Plan to help initiate and sustain an individual/family in their recovery from substance use or addiction.

    · Meet regularly with clients on a 1:1 basis serving as a guide and mentor to help them learn more about recovery and self-help meetings or other supports, help them build a strong support network that meets their needs, and to assist them in their decision making and support steps toward recovery.

    • Help a client find and utilize if necessary resources for harm reduction, detox, treatment, family support and education, local or online support groups which may include accompanying clients to initial self-help meetings.
    • Help individuals find ways to stop using (abstinence), or reduce harm associated with addictive behaviors.

    · Create and maintain detailed consistent and accurate client records documenting recovery plans and progress.

    · Adhere to agency policies and procedures regarding confidentiality and other governmental and/or agency regulations.

    · Meets with Program Director for supervision on a regular basis to receive ongoing support and oversight.

    · Collaborate and co-operate with community supports and providers such as the department of social services, VESID program, local physicians’ offices, hospitals, etc. to help guide clients towards successful attainment of their recovery goals.

    Secondary Functions

    · Participates as a contributing member of an interdisciplinary team in coordination and delivery of client care.

    · Participates in professional education that supports continuous improvement of client care including weekly case management staff meetings.

    · Consistently reviews policies and procedures and stays abreast of current laws, regulations and policies.

    · Performs other related work as assigned.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    · Ability to maintain mutual respect with peers in recovery in regards to their goals, aspirations, and talents while helping them understand and work through their triggers and unhealthy habits and thoughts.

    · Knowledge of substance abuse problems and their effects on the individual and family members including human behavior, attitudes, and motivations and their applicability in the recovery process.

    · Ability to effectively manage and/or work with a diversity of clients with a range of needs.

    · Ability to accurately prepare and maintain documentation of supports, recovery plans, reports, etc. utilizing computer databases and software programs including electronic health records.

    · Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.

    · Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, clients and the general public.

    · Ability to successfully complete the designated training of the Recovery Coach Academy while pursuing or obtaining certification as a Recovery Coach.

    Physical Demands

    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job duties. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be able to:

    · Use a computer including keyboard and mouse operations; visual and/or auditory capacity.

    · The employee may lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds

    The Recovery Coach must be able to prioritize situations and manage time, and may find that they are needed at irregular hours causing fatigue and stress. The Counselor may experience stress and stress related symptoms due to interacting with clients in recovery. S/he may be exposed to illness and unsanitary conditions so must take care to protect their own health. They may also have to manage physically threatening clients and be prepared to be responsible for their own safety, and the safety of others.

    Work Environment

    The employee is expected to adhere to strict policies/regulations relative to being in a tobacco and alcohol free workplace. Work is performed in a normal office environment.


    Minimum of a High School/GED diploma; an Associate’s degree with a major in chemical dependency, psychology, social work, counseling or other related field preferred. Experience as a peer mentor/recovery coach or experience in a substance abuse treatment setting highly desirable. This position is subject to a criminal background clearance and is contingent upon successful of the Recovery Coach Academy Training with the goal of certification as a Recovery Coach. Must possess a valid driver’s license.

    This job description is intended to provide a description of essential job functions that are used in order to assess employee performance. It is not an all-inclusive statement of job responsibilities.

    Job Type: Full-time

    Pay: From $15.00 per hour


    • 401(k)
    • 401(k) matching
    • Dental insurance
    • Health insurance
    • Life insurance
    • Paid time off


    • Monday to Friday


    • High school or equivalent (Required)


    • peer and or mentor: 1 year (Required)
    • Addiction counseling: 1 year (Preferred)


    • Driver's License (Required)

    Work Location:

    • One location

    Work Remotely:

    • No

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