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  • Please upload your job postings as a WORD document via the National Empowerment Center Contact Form.
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  • Postings will be removed after 3 months unless we are notified that the job is still available.
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Peer Specialist - The Massachusetts General Hospital (MA) Posted 8/31/2017
Director of Recovery - Mass Department of Mental Health (MA) Posted 8/15/2017
Two postions at the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NY) Posted 8/15/2017
Multiple Job Opportunities - Northeast Independent Living Program (NILP) (MA) Posted 7/12/2017
Senior Programs Manager - PEERS (CA) Posted 6/26/2017
Peer Mentor - Justice Resource Institute (MA) Posted 5/21/2017
Night Shift Peer Companion - The Iris Place Peer Run Respite (WI) Posted 3/4/2017

Peer Specialist - The Massachusetts General Hospital (MA)

Posted 8/31/2017

The Massachusetts General Hospital is currently looking for a Peer Specialist (PS) to work 10 hours per week for the First Episode and Early Psychosis Program. The position is open immediately.  Please note this position is temporary in nature and not eligible for benefits.

The PS provides a variety of recovery-oriented services to individuals who receive treatment at the First Episode and Early Psychosis Program at MGH. The PS is an integrated team member who helps promote greater independence, community integration, and recovery from mental illness. Services provided by peers include a wide range of supports, including advocacy and contribution to a client’s ability to engage in ongoing treatment. The PS provides guidance from their personal road to recovery and rehabilitative services that enable people to increase functioning in the living, working, and social environments of their choice.

The PS will:

  • Work with peers to identify wellness and recovery goals
  • Assist peers in creating a Personal Recovery Plan that identifies the individual’s self-determined recovery goals and specific objectives/skills needed to carry out these goals
  • Works with peers to identify and implement strategies for health maintenance and whole body health
  • Engages and supports peers in their communities, and collaborates with peers on expanding community connections
  • Assists peers in navigating the mental health and medical systems
  • Proactively works to engage peers and families in the treatment and recovery process
  • Assists peers in developing empowerment and self-advocacy skills and combating stigma
  • Facilitates individual and group based peer support services (focusing on recovery, resiliency and resources)
  • Creates and maintains up to date information on community resources related to self-help and recovery
  • Exemplifies recovery principles in order to show by example that recovery is possible and attainable. The PS may share his/her own recovery story as appropriate, and walks the road of recovery alongside the peer
  • Participates in required interdisciplinary meetings and provides peer advocacy
  • Offers a lived experience perspective to the clinical team
  • Ensures accurate and timely documentation of all peer contact at time of service
  • Receives regular supervision from staff, seeking additional supervision whenever necessary
  • Performs other related administrative duties as required.

To apply click on the link below (job number: 3042371)



Director of Recovery - Mass Department of Mental Health (MA)

Posted 8/15/2017

The Department of Mental Health, as the State Mental Health Authority, assures and provides access to services and supports to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages, enabling them to live, work and participate in their communities. The Department establishes standards to ensure effective and culturally competent care to promote recovery. The Department sets policy, promotes self-determination, protects human rights and supports mental health training and research. This critical mission is accomplished by working in partnership with other state agencies, individuals, families, providers and communities.

The Director of Recovery will play an integral role in the development and maintenance of key components of a person-centered, recovery-oriented and culturally sensitive service system in the Western MA Area. The Director will provide project management and oversight for targeted DMH initiatives including suicide prevention, community integration, peer -run services, trauma-informed approaches, services for co-occurring mental health and substance use issues, and the integration of peer perspectives in all aspects of the work of the Area. The Director will provide leadership, technical assistance, and programmatic expertise in project management activities with a demonstrated capacity for building consensus with a diverse group of stakeholders that includes people with lived experience, family members, providers of mental health services, other members of the community, and the DMH workforce.

The Director will provide leadership in the ongoing development of a system which is grounded in the principles of recovery, considers peoples background and culture and is trauma-informed.  The Director will provide input into policy development to ensure programs developed are continually evaluated for successes through defining expectations, measuring outcomes, and providing guidance for corrective measures to ensure programmatic success.

The Director will strive to increase the understanding and implementation of evidence-based and promising practices throughout the area.  Best practice standards for case management to achieve a person-centered, trauma informed, strengths-based, and culturally inclusive service delivery system will be identified and reinforced throughout the Area.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated understanding of the behavioral, social, vocational and other needs of people with Severe & Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI)
  • Some demonstrated training in peer to peer work
  • Demonstrated commitment to the peer to peer recovery movement.
  • Understanding of the intersection of health, mental health, and justice system issues
  • Strong foundation in recovery principles and practices
  • Strong foundation in trauma-informed and person-centered and culturally sensitive approaches
  • Ability to provide guidance, consultation and supervision to professional and paraprofessional staff
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Ability to coordinate and facilitate group processes
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
  • Strong team-building abilities and a collaborative approach
  • At least 5-7 years of experience working with issues affecting people who have experienced life-disrupting emotional distress, trauma, or mental health or addiction issues,
  • Prefer at least two years’ experience as a peer to peer worker
  • At least 2-3 years supervisory, administrative or teaching experience
  • Understanding of lived experience with Mental Health challenges.
  • Given the population served, bilingual or multilingual fluency

Pre-Offer Process:

  • A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit www.mass.gov/hhs/cori
  • Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

For questions, please contact Human Resources at 413-784-9339.


MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) four (4) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, professional internship, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in business administration, business management, public administration, public management, clinical administration or clinical management or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions below.

  1. Substitutions: I. A certificate in a relevant or related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.
  2. An Associate’s degree in a related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience. I
  3. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience.
  4. A Graduate degree in a related field may be substituted for three (3) years of the required experience.
  5. A Doctorate degree in a related field may be substituted for the required experience.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Official Title: Program Manager IV
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Northampton-1 Prince Street
Job: Management
Agency: Department of Mental Health Schedule:
Full-time Shift: Day Job
Posting: Aug 1, 2017, 12:22:51 PM
Number of Openings: 1 Salary: 35,247.68 - 95,078.02 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Joy Connell - 617-626-8133
Bargaining Unit: M99-Managers (EXE)

Apply online at https://massanf.taleo.net/careersection/ex/joblist.ftl [Sort by Job Title (Ascending Order) and look for Director of Recovery]


Two postions at the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NY)

Posted 8/15/2017

The New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS), a nationally acclaimed state and national mental health system change agent dedicated to advancing the recovery, rehabilitation, rights and full community inclusion of people with psychiatric disabilities or diagnoses, seeks to fill the following posts:


The Director for Peer Services oversees and supports the development and implementation of nationally replicated peer service innovations and corresponding training and technical assistance. This position may be located in the Albany or New York City areas. This position will ensure the successful delivery and continued refinement of NYAPRS peer service demonstrations and pilots using multiple forms of reimbursement; they will monitor Division budgets and evaluate data around referrals, responses and reports to achieve expected program outcomes; they will also deliver state and national presentations and certificate level training and technical assistance on the NYAPRS Peer Bridger model.

Requirements: The successful incumbent must have lived experience with the recovery process and behavioral health service systems as well as significant experience as a supervisor/manager of skilled peer personnel in a variety of direct service settings; Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in human services preferred; they will demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills, experience in leading support groups and providing formal training and/or leading groups, facility with computers and other technical equipment, proven organizational and time management skills and a valid driver’s license and ability to travel.


The Director for Policy and Public Engagement provides state and national leadership in the development and implementation of public policy advocacy, engagement and education strategies that advance the recovery, rehabilitation, rights and community inclusion of people with psychiatric disabilities and/or diagnoses. This position also provides support to NYAPRS Board, agency and individual members, will directly lobby federal, state and local officials and staff, testify at public hearings, provide representation at state and national work groups and meetings, manage public and media communications and support a variety of grassroots and anti-stigma campaigns.

Requirements: Significant experience and success working with policymakers in public affairs and/or government relations; a demonstrated understanding of state and federal policy issues and trends affecting behavioral health, health and human services; Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in public policy or related field preferred; strong multi-tasking, organizational, strategic thinking and relationship-building skills; demonstrated experience working with media and colleague groups; excellent written and verbal presentation, public speaking and facilitation skills; proficiency in Microsoft Office suite with ability to write and articulate public policy positions; and a valid driver’s license and ability to travel.  

We offer a highly competitive benefit package including health benefits, retirement plan, paid time off and paid holidays.  Please submit cover letter, salary requirements and resume by August 18, 2017 to hr1@nyaprs.org or by regular mail to NYAPRS, 194 Washington Avenue, #400, Albany, NY 12210 ATTN: HR Manager. www.nyaprs.org   

NYAPRS is an equal opportunity employer. Lived experience with mental health services and systems strongly preferred for all positions.


Multiple Job Opportunities - Northeast Independent Living Program (NILP) (MA)

Posted 7/12/2017

NILP is a human service organization for people with disabilities who wish to live independently in the community. As an Independent Living Center (ILC) funded under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, it is mandated to be an organization comprised of people with disabilities assisting people with disabilities. Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

We are always eager to hear from enthusiastic individuals who would like to join our team!

Please visit www.nilp.org/careers to view multiple job opportunities.


Senior Programs Manager - PEERS (CA)

Posted 6/26/2017

The ideal person for this job has a passion for eliminating stigma and discrimination towards people who have mental health experiences, diagnoses, and/or challenges. This person should have successful experience in supervision, program coordination, meeting contract requirements and program evaluation. Experience with budgeting is a plus. The ideal candidate will have an Advanced Level Facilitator certificate in WRAP. This person should enjoy working with peers within a team setting. 

The Senior Programs Manager is a part of the Leadership team and will manage the planning, outreach, implementation, supervision, and evaluation of mental health peer-led programs, including Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), Everyone Counts Campaign (Latino/a/x Campaign), Community Engagement/Outreach, and the Transition Age Youth (TAY) Program. The person in this position supervises staff, contractors, interns and volunteers.  The Program Director works closely with leadership team and reports to the Associate Director.

Programs Management:

  • Supervise and work closely with staff to evaluate the design, development, and implementation of all program/deliverable elements. In partnership with Program Coordinators, manage timeline and coordination of projects, programs, and staff.
  • Follow Results Based Accountability (RBA) and Prevention and Early Intervention, MHSA standards to manage the data and evaluation of assigned programs by analyzing data and reporting on program activities, including data collection, summary and analysis of program effectiveness.
  • Monitor costs for all program-related activities, ensuring appropriate tracking of budget items.
  • Sustain programs that hold high integrity of cultural foundation, including ethnicities, life experiences, gender(s), sexuality, socio-economic status, age, etc.
  • Stay abreast of the latest development in culturally appropriate recovery based mental health services and best practices approaches for reducing stigma and discrimination.
Staff Development and Supervision:
  • Supervise staff, contractors, interns, and volunteers; ensuring that high levels of performance standards are met.
  • In close partnership with the Associate Director, identify and coordinate trainings for staff.  Promote the value of continuous learning and wellness throughout the organization through empowering strategies; including coaching, team building activities, trainings, and leadership opportunities.
  • Provides leadership to all agency staff; assists other managers to create an atmosphere of cooperation, connection, and support. 
  • Supports a work environment that focuses on wellness, cultural humility and high accountability to eliminate stigma and discrimination.
Community Relations and New Partnership Development:
  • Develops and maintains professional relationships with individuals and organizations that share a stake in the mental health community (consumers, family members, mental health providers and community at large).
  • Work closely with Executive Director to create strategies that expand our reach (local, state, national level) with a focus on building new partnerships through various strategies including grant writing and fund development efforts.
  • Experience as a mental health consumer and/or family member is at the core of our mission and vision. We are seeking someone who understands that we are a peer-run and operated organization that honors lived experience as an expertise in the field of mental health.
  • Exceptional leadership skill, ability to take initiative and work independently to meet organizational goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully and from a strengths-based perspective with diverse populations.
  • Absolute commitment to confidentiality and discretion.
  • Excellent communication, administration, outreach/marketing, program management, and personnel management skills essential.
  • Advance level Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) facilitator preferred.
  • Exceptional training, public speaking, presenting, and group facilitation skills.
  • The individual in this position will have skills equivalent to someone who possesses a Bachelor’s degree. The degree itself, though valued, is not required.
  • Possession of valid driver’s license, auto insurance, and car.
  • Program headquarters is a standard office setting on the second floor of a multi-story building, requiring use of an elevator for access.
  • Environment with diverse populations internally and externally, with community members routinely coming in for workshops or trainings.
  • Innovative organization founded and run by people with lived-experience with mental health, wellness and struggles, and special messages, with strong ties to the community.
  • Business operating hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm, with some weekends and evenings.
Employment Status/Salary:  Full-time, Exempt (Annual Salary Range: $62,000 - $68,000)
To apply: Please complete ALL application steps to be considered for this position. This position will remain open until filled.
  • Submit a resume, cover letter, and supplemental questionnaire by e-mail to Lynn Rivas at hr@peersnet.org. Please include Senior Programs Manager as the subject line in the email.
  • Supplemental questionnaire:
    1. Do you identify as having lived mental health experience or do you have a family member with lived experience?
    2. What skills do you possess that would allow you to flourish in a mental health consumer-run peer organization?
    3. Briefly describe your experience managing programs and directly supervising staff.
DisclaimerThe above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performance by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Job duties/assignments may be modified as needed.
PEERS is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity as central to our work serving underrepresented communities, and we encourage candidates from a wide range of backgrounds to apply. People of color, women, transgender people, LGBQI people, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Peer Youth Mentors - Justice Resource Institute (MA)


JRI Boston Metro is hiring Peer Youth Mentors. This is a BA level position open to folks 21-30 who have lived experience with trauma, mental health concerns, and youth systems such as foster care and juvenile justice. Applicants must drive and be willing to transport clients. Applicants should hold HS diploma/GED. This is a 40 hour position with excellent benefits and room to grow. Supportive and progressive workplace. LGBTQ folk, and ethnically and culturally diverse individuals are especially encouraged to apply. Please contact Melissa Parker at mparker@jri.org for more information.

Click to download Job Description (PDF, 245KB, 3 pages)


Night Shift Peer Companion - The Iris Place Peer Run Respite (WI)

Posted 3/4/2017

The Iris Place Peer Run Respite, a program of NAMI Fox Valley is currently seeking to hire 1 Night shift Peer Companion. This individual in this position will be responsible for covering 3 to 4 eight-hour shifts per week (may include weekends and holidays), typically from 8:00 p.m. through 4:00 a.m. The A description of expectations and qualifications can be found at: https://www.unitedwayfoxcities.org/resources/nonprofit-job-opportunities/look-for-a-job/#B210217

We are looking to cast a wide net of experience including:

  • Peer Specialist Certification
  • Recovery Coach Training Certificate
  • Emotional CPR
  • Intentional Peer Support
  • Mental health or substance use recovery support group facilitation
  • Alternative Support / Healthy Living Trainers

Iris Place is values based, and there is an expectation that staff, volunteers and guests will hold the values of the space. Peer Companions are expected to fully understand and uphold the values of Iris Place.

Our Values:

  • We believe that healing happens in relationships.
  • We believe in hope and that recovery is possible for everyone.
  • We believe in respect for self and others.
  • We believe in creating a space that is welcome and healing.

For more info about NAMI Fox Valley and the Iris Place Peer Respite program please visit: www.namifoxvalley.org

Peer Companion applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to:

Jesse Heffernan, Iris Place Director

NAMI Fox Valley
Attn: Jesse Heffernan
211 E. Franklin Street Appleton,
WI 54911