Peer Engagement Specialist

Employment Type
Job Category
Social Work
Staten Island
Counseling Service

SALARY: $16.00 - $28.00 P/H


The YMCA of Greater New York is here for all New Yorkers — to empower youth, improve health, and strengthen community. Founded in 1852, today the Y serves a diverse population of more than half a million New Yorkers who learn, grow, and thrive through programs and services at our 24 branches. Community is the cornerstone of the Y. Together, we connect active, engaged New Yorkers to build stronger communities.

The Staten Island Counseling YMCA is seeking a Peer Engagement Specialist to assist with the continuity of care with new admissions, High risk clients, and clients identified that would benefit from more intense structure as a part of their treatment.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for providing outreach via telephone or face to face to clients who are in the admissions process to assist with engagement and retention;
  • Assisting clients with obtaining entitlements ie: Insurance, Public Assistance, vocational services
  • Collaboratively working with Counselors to assist clients in obtaining goals and objectives on treatment plans
  • Facilitate “Peer to Peer” support group
  • Facilitate family support groups and services
  • Attend and organize community outreach presentation and events including but not limited to: attending outreach events/fairs, networking meetings and participate in coalition meetings as a representative of the agency
  • Respond to Youth First calls within the community and provide support, guidance and education to the families
  • Participate in Case Conference meetings
  • Assist with drug screenings
  • Maintain required documentation
  • Provide off –site services to clients where indicated in order to assist with retention
  • Assist with referrals for individuals who are in need of alternative level of treatment
  • Manage Prospect Tracking Forms for potential clients
  • Other activities and duties that address the ongoing health and well-being of our staff and members.
  • Follow and maintain sanitary habits in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Minimum two (2) years of experience working with clients recovering from substance use.
  • Current Recovery Coach Certification Required; Peer Certification CRPA Training certificate Preferred.

We offer an exciting and innovative work environment with a culture committed to serving all members of our community. As a leading not-for-profit, community service organization, our Association relies heavily on fundraising to support the wide range of programs we proudly provide the communities we serve. Our expectation is that all staff promotes participation of their branch fundraising efforts in some capacity. 


The YMCA of Greater New York offers a variety of benefits to its staff members including retirement benefits, medical, paid-time off, free YMCA membership and more! Benefit eligibility is determined by an individual’s employment status (ie. full-time or part-time), tenure and/or the number of hours scheduled to work. Click here for more information.

How to Apply:

If you would like to be a member of our dynamic team, please complete our online application and submit your résumé and a thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest in the role and our organization.

If you are a current YMCA employee, please submit your application through the Internal Career Site in Cornerstone. 

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities

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