Peer Supporter (Troy)

SALARY: $38,000

BENEFITS PACKAGE: Excellent benefits package; 100% Employer Covered Health Insurance

(Single), generous time off

EMPLOYMENT SITE: The Empowerment Exchange: 2136 Burdett Avenue, Troy NY 12210

The Mental Health Empowerment Project, Inc. (MHEP) is a recipient run, not-for-profit corporation organized in 1988 to develop and strengthen self-help and mutual support/recovery activities throughout the United States.

MHEP offers dynamic and cutting-edge education, training, skill building and support that helps people find their unique voice, connect to their personal power and recognize the power of peer support – a holistic alternative to medical model mental health services.


The successful candidate will have direct, personal experience using mental health services, be comfortable talking about that experience and be confident modeling principles of recovery and wellness.


  • Working with people in one-to-one and group settings, facilitating peer support groups, events and activities, in-person, by phone, and online.
  • Helping people establish creative community connections and assisting them to develop natural supports.
  • Establishing connections to community-based activities that enhance wellness, recovery and social engagement.
  • Providing individualized peer-to-peer outreach and support in their homes and other settings to people who may find it difficult to reach out and connect to their communities.
  • Offering individualized advocacy and support services to help a person learn about and protect their rights and interests.
  • Organizing and coordinating wellness/recovery events and activities.
  • Additional tasks as assigned by the supervisor.


  • Will be an active team member, offering support and assistance to ongoing projects.
  • Will be able to work independently on projects, meeting deadlines and taking initiative.
  • Will have basic computer skills; competence in Microsoft Office required.
  • Will demonstrate knowledge of job duties through follow-up and accurate record keeping.
  • A clean, NYS Driver’s License and reliable transportation is also required.
  • Candidates are expected to have or be willing to obtain their New York Peer Specialist Certification within six months of employment with MHEP.


MHEP is an equal opportunity employer. We actively recruit and hire qualified people without regard to race, color, religion, disability, gender, national origin, age or sexual orientation. We strongly encourage you to apply if you are from a marginalized or underrepresented group. Studies show that marginalized groups are less likely to apply to jobs with a long list of requirements, some of which may not reflect your experiences. We believe in your power to grow with us! If you think this is a role that you will be excited to work in every day and want to be a part of a culture like ours, we hope you will apply.

Send letter of interest and resume to or Mental Health Empowerment Project, 3 Atrium Drive, Suite 205, Albany NY 12205.