Certified Recovery Specialist at Council of SE PA (Bucks County)

Employer Name:

Council of Southeast PA


Bucks County


Certified Recovery Specialist


Full time- Evening and Weekend hours as needed

Position Description:

The Recovery Specialist’s role is to support others in recovery from a substance use disorder. The Recovery Specialist will serve as a role model, mentor, advocate and motivator to recovering individuals in order to help prevent relapse and promote long-term recovery. The Recovery Specialist must demonstrate an ability to share personal recovery experiences and to develop authentic peer-to-peer relationships.

Duties and Functions:
1. Maintain project logs, reports and records in appropriate files and database(s).

2. Provide recovery education to service recipients for every phase of the recovery journey from pre-recovery engagement, recovery initiation, recovery stabilization, and sustained recovery maintenance.

3. Provide a model for both people in recovery and staff by demonstrating that recovery is possible.

4. Assist recovering persons to identify their personal interests, goals, strengths and weaknesses regarding recovery.

5. Assist/coach recovering persons develop their own plan for advancing their recovery; for “getting the life they want.”

6. Recovery Planning — facilitate (via personal coaching) the transition from a professionally directed service plan to a self-directed Recovery Plan. The goal should be to transition from professionally assisted recovery initiation to personally directed, community supported recovery maintenance.

7. Promote self advocacy by assisting recovering persons to have their voices fully heard; their needs, goals and objectives established as the focal point of rehabilitation and clinical services.

8. Actively identify and support linkages to community resources (communities of recovery, educational, vocational, social, cultural, spiritual resources, mutual self- help groups, professional services, etc.) that support the recovering person’s goals and interests. This will involve a collaborative effort including the recovering person, agency staff and other relevant stakeholders.

9. Support connections to community based, mutual self-help groups. Link individuals to appropriate professional resources when needed. Provide vision-driven hope and encouragement for opportunities at varying levels of involvement in community based activities (e.g., work, school, relationships, physical activity, self-directed hobbies, etc.).

10. Develop relationships with community groups/agencies in partnership with others in the agency.

11. As recovery specialist position evolves and knowledge increases, visit community resources with recovering persons to assist them in becoming familiar with potential opportunities.

12. Identify barriers (internal and external) to full participation in community resources and developing strategies to overcome those barriers.

13. Maintain contact by phone and/or e-mail with recovering person after they leave the program to insure their ongoing success and to provide re-engagement support in partnership with others in the agency if needed. Long-term engagement, support, and encouragement.

14. Other duties as directed by Executive Director and/or Management Staff.

15. Develop, implement, and promote ongoing community training opportunities, including Saturdays at The Center.

16. Work with staff and other community professionals to implement and promote PRO-ACT recover

Job Requirements:

High school diploma/G.E.D. and 3 letters of recommendation; must have worked within the last three years with at least 12 months total of successful or part or full time paid or voluntary work experience and have acquired or meet the qualifications for certification as a Certified Recovery Specialist. Individual must have an understanding of and respect for each individual’s unique path to recovery. Specialist must have a working knowledge of the drug and alcohol treatment system and a demonstrated commitment to the recovery community.

Instructions on how to apply:

Send resume to: Jobs@councilsepa.org

Website: https://www.councilsepa.org/