Advocacy Coordinator/ Certified Peer Specialist

Job Type:
full-time
Job Short Description:
The Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center (MHP) seeks a certified peer specialist to coordinate and facilitate “orientation to reentry” sessions and advocacy courses for clients with mental health concerns and histories of criminal justice involvement, as well as to coordinate and facilitate advocacy courses and peer socialization events for consumers of mental health services, with and without histories of criminal justice involvement. Expected date of commencement of employment is January 3, 2017.
Job Summary & Qualifications:

 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.

Responsibilities:

 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.

Benefits/Compensation:
Salary DOE. Excellent benefits.
How to Apply:
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: Mary Beth Anderson, Director, Urban Justice Center Mental Health Project, via email at mbanderson@urbanjustice.org. Please write “Peer Specialist” in the email subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; preference will be given to those submitted by November 1, 2016. Due to high volume, we are unable to respond to all applicants. We will contact only those candidates selected for further consideration. All applications must be made by email. Absolutely no phone call inquiries.
UJC Description:

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.