• 47 Broad Avenue Binghamton, NY 13904

  • Phone (607) 771-8888

  • Fax (607) 771-8892

Recovery Specialist – Sunrise Wellness Center

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.


Ÿ 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

Ÿ Personal experience as a recipient of mental health and/or chemical addiction services with two years of successful recovery is required

Ÿ Able to interact professionally and effectively with staff and clients

Ÿ Experience/general understanding of documentation procedures including use of an electronic health record

Ÿ Experience/basic proficiency with data entry and Microsoft Office

Ÿ Working knowledge of issues facing persons affected by mental illness and chemical dependency

Ÿ Familiarity with community supports and Federal, State, and Local services and systems Ÿ Qualify for and complete New York State Peer Specialist Certification within six months of hire http://nypeerspecialist.org Ÿ Ability to abide by the NYPSCB Code of Ethical Conduct http://nypeerspecialist.org

Ÿ Approval by New York State Justice Center via fingerprinting and criminal background check is required

Ÿ Must be able to drive with a valid driver’s license and a driving record acceptable to MHAST insurance carrier

Ÿ Demonstrates a commitment to the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier’s mission and vision

Ÿ In addition to the English language, fluency in the Spanish language is strongly desired


Ÿ Provide assistance, support, and advocacy to individuals in need of our services

Ÿ Help individuals clarify problems and identify the need for change or improvement

Ÿ Assist individuals with setting goals based on their individual preferences

Ÿ Model wellness and recovery while helping individuals to identify interventions they can implement working toward their own wellness and recovery goals

Ÿ Promote empowerment through meaningful activities and discussions using selective self-disclosure

Ÿ Utilize wellness tools, such as a WRAP, and other problem-solving techniques

Ÿ Assist individuals in making community connections based on their preferences and needs

Ÿ 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

Ÿ Demonstrate teamwork among co-workers

Ÿ Communicate effectively with community contacts

Ÿ Demonstrate ease with working with a diverse population

Ÿ Ability to meet individuals where they are in life and promoting goal setting and supporting progress toward those goals

Ÿ Flexibility with work schedule; with evenings, and/or weekend shifts required on occasion

Ÿ Treat all clients and staff with dignity, courtesy, and respect

Ÿ Individuals in this role will have access to Protected Health Information (PHI) as part of their job duties:

o Access is only allowed on a “need to know” basis to perform the necessary job duties in this role

o Access to the PHI of individuals being served outside of this program is restricted (via the electronic medical record system)

o Access to, use of, and disclosure of PHI is to be done in compliance with the agency’s HIPAA policy manual

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