Peer Engagement Specialist - Rockaway Terrace
Company: Lantern Community Services
Location: Far Rockaway
Posted on: June 25, 2022
Job Title: Peer Engagement SpecialistStatus: Full-time (hours
may vary)FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt Job Location: Rockaway,
QueensObjective:The Shelter Peer Engagement Specialist (PES) is
responsible for providing support to clients living in emergency
housing to motivate them and assist in the development of the
stability and resources needed to live independently in the
community. Using lived experience, the PES will help clients to
navigate the service systems in NYC including behavioral and
medical health, criminal justice, entitlements and transportation.
They will assist staff in the implementation of shelter social
services and housing programming and build positive relationships
with residents in order to maximize engagement.Position Type:This
is a full-time position with a regular daytime schedule that may
include some later evenings and weekends. Lantern staff may be
asked to change work schedule and hours depending on the
operational needs of the site and the agency. Essential
- Build relationships with clients to maximize their
participation in supportive services.
- Works with assigned clients to increase positive social
connections, improve life skills and obtaining necessary resources
for living independently.
- Assist with the development and facilitation of housing groups
that provide information about the housing process and support
development of skills needed to maintain independent housing
- Using a harm reduction approach to support the identification
of individual goals and to teach effective coping strategies and
symptom management skills to attain those goals, based on personal
- Promotes client securing benefits and entitlement by assisting
clients with the completion of applications, coordination of
appointments, providing appointment reminders and escorting to
- Assists with the implementation of shelter recreational and
support activities. Engages clients to participate in
- Models skills and motivation needed for clients to attain
housing and harm reduction/recovery goals.
- Participates in supervision as well as shelter staff meetings
and case conferences to promote a team approach to service
- Document client interactions in confidential recordsPerform
other job related duties as assignedReasonable accommodations may
be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
essential functions.Required Education and Experience:
- Peer Certification with New York State or willingness to
complete within six months hire.
- Lived experience with homelessness.
- Experience receiving services for mental health, substance use,
and/or a chronic health condition and a commitment to assist others
in attaining harm reduction/recovery and wellness goals.
- Good written and verbal communication skills; computer
- High School Diploma or equivalent required.Highly compassionate
and attentive to detail.Good knowledge of harm reduction and
recovery resourcesSensitivity to issues involved in working in
diverse organization is essential.Preferred. Bilingual skills in
English/Spanish are a plusWork Environment: This job operates in a
shelter environment and works with a population who may experience
mental illness, substance use, disability, HIV/AIDS, and other
chronic illnesses.Physical Demands:While performing the duties of
this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit,
stoop, climb stairs and/ or kneel. Occasionally the employee will
have to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Note: Lantern Community
Services provides equal employment opportunities to all employees
and applicants for employment. Lantern Community Services (Lantern)
values the diversity of all our clients, staff, Board of Directors,
and partners. By bringing diverse individuals and viewpoints
together, we create more vibrant, healthy and just communities.
Lantern welcomes individuals of all backgrounds and experiences
regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status,
political belief, pregnancy, religion, immigration status, veteran
status, class, creed, mental or physical disability, and any other
characteristic protected by federal, state, and local law.
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