Outreach Specialist


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1751 Park Ave
1751 Park Avenue
New York
United States of America



Position Overview:

The Outreach Specialist will be a self-starter, able to use lived experience working with persons in or seeking recovery from substance use issues. The candidate must be a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate and will work as a fully integrated team member providing peer recovery support to individuals in the outpatient clinic setting and in the community.


  • Assist peer participants in the development of a personal self-directed recovery plan
  • Work with participants to identify strengths
  • Link participants to formal recovery supports
  • Assist with the review and discussion of the peer’s recovery plan
  • Provide peer participants with information on existing community supports and services
  • Model coping skills
  • Assist peer participant with applying for benefits
  • Accompany peer participant to medical appointments
  • Provide non-clinical crisis support, especially after periods of hospitalization or incarceration
  • Accompany peer participants to court appearances and other appointments
  • Educate program participants about various pathways to recovery
  • Provide travel training to use public transportation independently
  • Identify and support linkages to community resources that support the peer participant’s goals and interests
  • Document in Electronic Health Records (EHR) services provided to clients

Minimum Requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED and 2 years work or volunteer experience in a recovery-oriented setting
  • NYS Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA)
  • Computer skills MS Word proficiency
  • Able to navigate New York City public transportation system
  • Knowledge of benefits/entitlements for people with disabilities
  • Ability to speak Spanish preferred, but not require

Housing Works provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements. Housing Works complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. Housing Works also does not request prior salary information during the hiring process. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

This position is included in a bargaining unit of Housing Works’ New York City employees represented by a labor union known as the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (“RWDSU”).  Accordingly, the RWDSU has the exclusive right to bargain over the terms and conditions of employment related to this position and this position may become covered by the terms of a collective bargaining agreement (a “CBA”) between Housing Works and the RWDSU.


Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts.