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E00918 -Peer Recovery Health Coach

Full-time Position



Position Overview: The Peer Recovery Health Coach will serve as a recovery wellness advocate and educator for our Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) patients and the community. This will include providing non-clinical educational and outreach events and services intended to aid individuals in establishing and maintaining individual recovery from addiction. The coach promotes a recovery-based approach to member care with an emphasis on respect, self-direction, and empowerment by providing peer support, personal assistance, education on community resources, and other supportive services for individuals with a substance use disorder (SUD).



Specific Responsibilities:

To perform the job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

  • Demonstrates positive beliefs and feelings regarding clients with varying levels of needs.
  • Able to share personal recovery experiences and can model effective coping techniques.
  • Collects client data and supports follow-up surveys to ensure long-term client engagement.
  • Helps navigate recovery support systems.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of trauma-informed care.
  • Provides clients and community with ongoing education regarding SUD, mental health, nutrition, fitness, or other health and wellness information as appropriate.
  • Finds creative and effective solutions to complex problems and justifies prioritization when needed.
  • Provides peer support in a positive and supportive manner through coaching, role modeling, and mentoring in order to assist members in developing skills to achieve their goals.
  • Effective written and verbal communication, including the ability to communicate in a professional manner.
  • Ability to facilitate recovery support groups as needed and addiction education groups.
  • Provide case notes for every interaction (e.g. appointment, phone call, etc.) in the clients electronic file.
  • Able to set up and host peer service sessions via Shoutout mobile platform and help clients navigate resources on the application.
  • Ensure clients are aware of all appointments and encourage meetings start and end promptly on time.
  • Maintains the patient’s comprehensive clinical record, including documentation of activities performed as part of the service delivery process (e.g., education provided).
  • Developing and implementing self-monitoring tools for patients to use in managing symptoms of SUD infectious disease and co-morbid illness.
  • Develop wellness stations and host other patient and community engagement events on site to supplement and assist patient and community education efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • New Jersey Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) and the continuance of meeting the requirements for certification.
  • High School Diploma, Associates or Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Certified Health Education Specialist preferred
  • Minimum of two (2) years in Behavioral Health or Psychiatric position preferred.
  • Knowledge of health care, addiction, co-occurring disorders, DSM Criteria, and terminology.
  • Ability to read and interpret written information; write clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar. Ability to speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; demonstrates group presentation skills; and participates in meetings.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Bilingual Preferred



  • Job Knowledge: Understands duties and responsibilities, has necessary job knowledge, has necessary technical skills, understands company mission/values, keeps job knowledge current, is in command of critical issues.
  • Communication: Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Creates accurate and punctual reports, delivers presentations, shares information and ideas with other.
  • Problem Solving: Identifies problems involves others in seeking solutions, conducts appropriate analyses, searches for best solutions; responds quickly to new challenges
  • Decision Making: Uses effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions and/or reaching conclusions; take action consistent with available facts, constraints, and anticipated consequences.
  • Collaboration: Works collaboratively with other health professionals in the organization and leaders from other disciplines when appropriate.


Work Environment: This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.

Travel: Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-the-area and overnight travel may be expected.