Peer Counselor

Title:                Peer Counselor

Program:        East Third Street Men’s Shelter/Kenton Hall Shelter


Program Description

East Third Street is an emergency men’s shelter which  helps 175 individuals with substance abuse histories work towards health, sobriety, and, ultimately, permanent housing and employment.  In addition to lodging and three meals a day, clients receive comprehensive case management services, plus an array of on-site substance abuse related and health care services provided by different programs such as Medically Supervised Outpatient Withdrawal Services, (MSOWS), Chemical Dependency Crisis Service (CDCS), and Outpatient Recovery Center.

Kenton Hall is an emergency men’s shelter which helps 108 individuals with substance abuse histories work towards health, sobriety, and, ultimately, permanent housing and employment. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The essential duties of the Peer Counselor include but are not limited to the following activities:

·         Escort clients to housing interviews, recreational activities and other relevant appointments

·         Advocate for clients when necessary

·         Takes responsibility for personal recovery at all times, and models self-responsibility.

·         Encourages consumers to attend consumer meetings/support groups, recreational activities and supports their effort.

·         Coach peers about recovery.

·         Share experiences.

·         Participate with Team and attend meetings as required.

·         Communicates with the Social Services team to discuss client concerns or client’s progress.

·         Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Social Services, Assistant Director or Program Director.

Physical Activities

While performing the duties of this position, the Peer Counselor must walk the ten steps to enter and leave the facility.  In event the elevator is out of service, the Peer Counselor must also walk between the nine floors of the facility, sub-basement to roof, climbing up and down the staircases, totaling 174 steps, in order to see clients.  Furthermore, the Peer Counselor must stand to talk to clients and staff, sit for extended periods of time at the computer, and reach or squat to get records from the files.



Candidate Requirements:

·         High School Diploma or equivalent.

·         Valid New York State Driver's License a plus.

·         Personal experience with mental health, substance abuse or MICA issues and 1.5 years of continuous sobriety if in recovery from alcohol/substance abuse. 

·         Experience working with people with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness. 


Preferred skills:

Teamwork:                         Ability to work cooperatively with peers and other staff in order to serve the needs of the                                                                 clients as effectively as possible.

Organizational:                 An ability to work independently and to adjust one’s schedule to accommodate the needs of the programs. 

Interpersonal:                   An ability to interface with clients as well as all levels of staff.

Communication:              Excellent oral, writing, and listening skills.

Computer:                          Knowledge of case management software as well as Microsoft Office Suite.

Language:                           Bilingual or multilingual a plus.



To apply: Submit resume and cover letter indicating position and salary requirements to: