Lantern Community Services

Job Title: Peer Engagement Specialist
Reports to: Director of Social Services
Status: Part-time
FLSA Classification: Non-exempt
Job Location: Long Island City, NY


The Peer Engagement Specialist (PES) is responsible for providing assistance to clients in recovery in our men's shelter to help them transiiton into independent living. Using lived experience, the PES will help to engage residents in services and activities both internally at Lantern, and in the external community. The PES will assist staff in the implementation of supportive housing services and build positive relationships with residents in order to maximize engagement.

Essential Functions:

  • Build relationships with clients leading to increased service utilization
  • Carry a small caseload. Works with assigned clients to increase positive social connections and develop stronger family connections, improve life skills including obtaining necessary resources, and empower client to increase wellness self-management with an emphasis on coping skills
  • Document all interactions in confidential records
  • Serve as lead in developing RAP plans with clients
  • Serve as lead in developing harm reduction plans with clients
  • Teach effective coping strategies and symptom management skills based on personal experience
  • Promote linkage to services by assisting clients with the coordination of appointments, providing appointment reminders and escorting to appointments
  • Assists with the implementation of in-house activities such as Fresh Food Box, Horticulture, Health Fairs and social activities. Engages tenants to participate in programming.
  • Models skills that may assist clients in reaching their recovery goals
  • Facilitate or co-facilitate psychoeducational or health education groups
  • Provides guidance to staff on providing culturally competent services to individuals in recovery
  • Participates in program meetings to promote efficient communication
  • Participates in case conferences to promote service coordination
  • Participates in monthly support/training meetings
  • Meets weekly for supervision
  • Collaborates with Leasing and Compliance to ensure housing stability
  • Represents building's community, as appropriate, at agency and/or public meetings;
  • Perform other job related duties as assigned

Required Education and Experience:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Peer Certification with New York State or willingness to complete within six months of hire date.
  • Lived experience receiving services for mental health, substance use, and/or a chronic health condition and a commitment to assist others in attaining recovery and wellness goals.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills; computer proficiency required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in conjunction with a social services team.
  • Sensitivity to issues involved in working in diverse organization is essential.

Preferred Experience:

  • Bilingual skills in English/Spanish are a plus
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