Job Application - Alcohol & Drug Council Of Tompkins Co

Job Posting OPEN

Recovery Peer Advocate


Classification: Full Time; Non-Exempt; 12-Month
Department: Clinic
Reports to: Clinical Director

QUALIFICATIONS: High School Diploma or GED required. CRPA/CRPA-P Certification preferred but will train the right candidate. Trainees will be required to complete an employer-paid CRPA training program and achieve CRPA-P certification in a timely manner thereafter. Familiarity and competency with computers is essential. Must have a valid driver’s license, proof of auto insurance, and be insurable under employer’s non-owned auto policy following a motor vehicle record check (MVR must be free of significant violations within the past 5 years).

The Recovery Peer Advocate provides recovery training, outreach, support, and peer mentoring to clients of Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County, Inc. The Recovery Peer Advocate serves as a role model, mentor, advocate, and motivator providing hope, encouragement, support, life coaching, and connection to the community for individuals in recovery from substance use disorder. Through creation of a recovery environment, the Recovery Peer Advocate helps prevent relapse and promotes long-term recovery. The ideal candidate will demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, relatability to clients and treatment professionals, strong problem solving skills, and the ability to develop authentic peer-to-peer relationships.


  • Assist with data collection and performance measures; maintain project logs, reports, and records.
  • Assist in the development of client-directed Recovery Plans through coaching and providing recovery education during every phase of the recovery journey from pre-recovery engagement, recovery initiation, recovery stabilization, and sustained recovery maintenance.
  • Support positive recovery process by communicating with and acting as liaison between clinical staff and clients while also promoting self advocacy.
  • Assist clients in identifying and overcoming barriers to full engagement in recovery by establishing community resource connections that support client goals and interests, referring clients to relevant recovery support services.
  • Model healthy coping skills and provide encouragement to maintain or increase commitment to healthy recovery behaviors.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of community social and support services to help clients access and utilize them in the development and improvement of healthy practices in their daily lives.
  • Collaborate with representatives of treatment programs, community organizations, and the public to improve the services provided to participants and increase community support for clients of Alcohol & Drug Council, Inc.
  • Assist clients in applying for benefits.
  • Prioritize psychosocial barriers to engagement in recovery such as: housing instability, transportation access, finances, and unmet educational or vocational needs.
  • Engage individuals in travel training for the purpose of learning to use public transportation independently.
  • Provide non-clinical crisis support to clients, especially after periods of hospitalization or incarceration.
  • Occasionally assist in or directly transport clients to relevant medical, psychiatric, financial, housing or similar appointments.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Compensation: $18/hr; Excellent benefits include exciting opportunities for professional development.

Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, amnesty status, veteran status, or disability.

Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County, Inc. is a STAR LRP-approved facility and a Certified Living Wage Employer