Peer Engagement Specialist – Rustin House

Company Details

Lantern Community Services

Job Title: Peer Engagement Specialist

Status: Full-time (hours may vary)

FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt

Job Location: New York, NY


To ensure success as a Peer Engagement Specialist, you should be empathetic and possess exceptional interpersonal communication skills; like engage residents in services and activities both internally at Lantern and in the external community. A top-notch PES should be able to easily identify warning signs in clients and provide effective interventions and emotional support. The ideal candidate will perform a wide range of tasks to assist peers of all ages, from young adult to old age, in regaining independence within the community and mastery over their own recovery process.

Essential Functions:

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Build relationships with clients leading to increased utilization of services.
  • Meeting with clients regularly to offer one-on-one support and counseling.
  • Developing harm reduction plans, coping methods, and rehabilitation strategies with the client.
  • Arranging medical appointments, therapy sessions, support groups, and other resources to aid the client.
  • Coordinating the client’s logistics such as medical appointments and therapy sessions, among others.

Required Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Peer Certification with New York State or willingness to complete within six months of hire date.
  • At least one year’s experience as a peer support specialist.
  • Lived experience with mental health conditions, substance use, or trauma.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Highly compassionate and attentive to detail.
  • Good knowledge of harm reduction and recovery resources
  • Preferred. Bilingual skills in English/Spanish are a plus

Work Environment:
This job operates in a supportive housing environment and works with a population who may experience mental illness, substance use, disability, HIV/AIDS, and other chronic illnesses.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, stoop, climb stairs and/ or kneel. Occasionally the employee will have to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.


Lantern Community Services provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. Lantern Community Services (Lantern) values the diversity of all our clients, staff, Board of Directors, and partners. By bringing diverse individuals and viewpoints together, we create more vibrant, healthy and just communities. Lantern welcomes individuals of all backgrounds and experiences regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, pregnancy, religion, immigration status, veteran status, class, creed, mental or physical disability, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, and local law.

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