Advocacy Coordinator/ Certified Peer Specialist
Peer specialist certification, or the capacity to attain certification within a reasonable period of time after hire;
A thorough knowledge of the mental health system in New York City;
Knowledge of the NYC and NYS jail and prison systems;
Experience in conducting presentations, workshops, and similar events;
Experience providing individual advocacy and/or supportive services for people living with mental illness and with incarceration histories;
Excellent writing skills;
Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills;
Excellent attention to detail;
Excellent communication skills, including the ability to maintain confidentiality and to work with an interdisciplinary team;
Ability to work independently, to meet deadlines, and to be flexible;
Advocacy skills, and the ability to navigate bureaucratic agencies;
Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel;
Proficiency in Spanish or another foreign language is preferred.
Working closely with our interdisciplinary team of attorneys, non-attorney advocates, and social workers to provide advocacy to MHP clients;
Facilitating workshops on a range of recovery and reentry issues, as part of the advocacy course
Coordinating speakers for advocacy courses and other consumer events;
Assisting advocacy course attendees with their personal advocacy needs – this could include helping them fill out forms, advocating for them at benefits fair hearings, helping them advocate for treatment needs, and related advocacy;
Assisting other MHP clients, if peer services seem to be appropriate and if schedule permits;
Conducting trainings for staff on the peer specialist profession and how to use peer specialists effectively in their practice;
Assisting with the supervision of peer specialist interns; and
Maintaining databases and assisting with grant renewals and reporting.
The Urban Justice Center serves New York City's most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing. Our 11 Projects assist clients on numerous levels, from one-on-one legal advice in soup kitchens, to filing class action lawsuits to bring about systemic change, to pushing social justice legislation forward.