Date Posted: 12/1/2020

Location: Rochester, NY and surrounding counties.

Title: Peer Specialist OPWDD

Job Summary:

The Peer Specialist position is an opportunity for a person with a developmental disability to assist individuals transitioning from institutional settings to living in the community.  The Peer Specialist will meet face-to-face with people moving out of an institution.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Meet with people interested in moving out of an institution and provide support.
  • Talk to the person interested in moving out of an institution about your experiences in the community, including getting services and becoming active in community life.
  • If a consumer agrees to a referral to the Transition Center, complete referral information and contact the Transition Team.
  • Keep notes of meetings or be able to provide a verbal report to your support person.
  • Talk about supports you need to stay in the community, including support at work.
  • Let people know if you have had any challenges during the meetings.
  • Attend Agency’s in-service training and department meetings as well as any other agency-related activities.
  • Perform other program-related duties as assigned.

Peer Qualifications:

  • Personal experience with developmental disability.
  • Experience as a Peer or similar peer employment.
  • Must have been a recipient of a long term care services and/or receiving services at home or in the community and must be comfortable in talking about that experience when meeting with people.
  • Ability to get along with different groups of people.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation

Commitment Requirement:

  • Complete mandatory eight hour training session within two months of employment.
  • The time commitment for each session includes preparation, travel, one or two hours of meeting, and reporting afterwards.
  • Must be willing to participate in occasional Peer training and department meetings.

Essential Functions/Physical Requirements:

The duties show what would be required in this job. Being able to accept change is needed to handle possible sudden or unexpected things. Reliable transportation is needed, as travel is part of the position.

Is there any reason you are unable to fulfill the duties of this position with or without reasonable accommodations?

The Center for Disability Rights strives to be a consumer-controlled, cross-disability organization that is reflective of the community it serves. CDR values diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, cultural or ethnic group membership, disability status, education level, family status, gender, income, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation. People with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. CDR will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities

The Center for Disability Rights, Inc is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All reasonable accommodations will be made.

The Center for Disability Rights works for the full integration, independence, and civil rights of people with disabilities. It is vitally important to the mission of the organization that all employees understand, accept, and practice the values of the organization in the conduct of their work.

Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to and / or the belief in the civil right of persons with disabilities to live in the most integrated setting possible.


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