Recovery Specialist – Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier, Inc.

Job Description:

Recovery Specialist – Sunrise Wellness Center


In the outpatient setting of the Sunrise Wellness Center, the Recovery Specialist is responsible for instilling hope, supporting wellness; and demonstrating that recovery is real and attainable. Recovery Specialists help clients explore their personal goals and engage them in community and social events using compassion, trauma-informed techniques, and peer support.


  • Bachelor’s Degree, Associate’s Degree, or college-level academic work in related field strongly preferred; or High School diploma with relevant work experience/knowledge-base of mental health recovery
  • Personal experience as a recipient of mental health and/or chemical addiction services with two years of successful recovery is required
  • Able to interact professionally and effectively with staff and clients
  • Experience/general understanding of documentation procedures including use of an electronic health record
  • Experience/basic proficiency with data entry and Microsoft Office
  • Working knowledge of issues facing persons affected by mental illness and chemical dependency
  • Familiarity with community supports and Federal, State, and Local services and systems
  • Qualify for and complete New York State Peer Specialist Certification within six months of hire
  • Ability to abide by the NYPSCB Code of Ethical Conduct
  • Approval by New York State Justice Center via fingerprinting and criminal background check is required
  • Must be able to drive with a valid driver’s license and a driving record acceptable to MHAST insurance carrier
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier’s mission and vision


  • Provide assistance, support, and advocacy to individuals in need of our services
  • Help individuals clarify problems and identify the need for change or improvement
  • Assist individuals with setting goals based on their individual preferences
  • Model wellness and recovery while helping individuals to identify interventions they can implement working toward their own wellness and recovery goals
  • Promote empowerment through meaningful activities and discussions using selective self-disclosure
  • Utilize wellness tools, such as a WRAP, and other problem solving techniques
  • Assist individuals in making community connections based on their preferences and needs
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records and documentation of services as well as any/all interactions with (or on behalf of) clients in our care
  • Demonstrate teamwork among co-workers
  • Communicate effectively with community contacts
  • Demonstrate ease with working with a diverse population
  • Ability to meet individuals where they are in life and promoting goal setting and supporting progress toward those goals
  • Flexibility with work schedule; with evenings, and/or weekend shifts required on occasion
  • Treat all clients and staff with dignity, courtesy, and respect
  • Occasionally ascends/descends stairs Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
  • Reports to: Peer Services Director Status: Non-exempt Hours: Full time/Part time

Contact Information

Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier, Inc.

Kim Taro

47 Broad Ave.

Binghamton, NY 13904

607-771-8888 ext. 335