Team Leader (SUD) - Independent Living, Inc.


Team Leader – (SUD)


Program Manager




• Ensures individuals in the community have access to Recovery Support Services.

• Supervises a team of Recovery Peer Specialists while engaging with Community Partners.

• Oversees programmatic aspects of Independent Living’s State Opioid Response (SOR) program in the Mid-Hudson Valley Region. This includes leadership; monitoring ongoing progress; preparing reports in Foothold/Awards our Electronic Health care record system.

• Works with and trains Recovery Peer Specialists to provide street outreach, harm reduction, coaching, mentoring, systems navigations and other outcome-oriented supports targeted to individuals impacted by Substance Use Disorder (SUD).

• Train Recovery Peer Specialists on documenting in, and the proper use of Foothold/Awards.

• Network with other agency providers and community support services to maintain an integrated support system for persons with SUD.

• Maintain collaborative partnerships and positive relationships.

• Help individuals as well as support the Peer Specialists with creating individual recovery service plans based on recovery goals. Steps to accomplish this includes:

• Using recovery-oriented tools to help individuals address challenges.

• Assisting individuals to build their own self-directed wellness plans.

• Assisting individuals with accessing benefits, entitlements, legal assistance, civic restoration, transportation support, health management, stable housing, and education and employment connections.

• Supporting individuals in their decision-making.

• Advocating with individuals for what they need.

• Supporting individuals in crisis.

• Advocating for multiple pathways to recovery and engaging in (Medication Assisted Treatment) MAT program partnerships.

• Proactively engaging families and individuals on how to access and navigate the substance use treatment system and negotiate insurance barriers to treatment.

• Attend and actively participate in all meetings and training sessions provided by Independent Living, Inc. and specific to the job responsibilities of the position.

• Upon completing the required training, train community members and participants in Narcan.

• Participate in the interview process for new Recovery Peer Specialists.

• Assist with program coverage due to extended absences.

• Other duties as assigned or as required by the needs of the position.


• Must have lived experience with substance use recovery either personally or through a family member/loved one who has gone through recovery and be comfortable with self-disclosure as needed.

• Empathy, honesty, respect for diversity, high personal standards, language and behaviors reflecting such values and the Independent Living philosophy.

• Excellent written and verbal presentation skills.

• Must have good time management skills and be self-directing, especially if there is any downtime.

• Must possess a valid unrestricted driver’s license and have reliable transportation.


• Certified Recovery Peer Advocate and/or New York Certified Peer Specialist Preferred.

• Minimum of one year of management/supervisory experience, preferred.

• Must have lived experience with substance use recovery either personally or through a family member or friend who has gone through recovery and be comfortable with self-disclosure as needed.

• High School diploma/equivalent.

• Two years of Recovery Coaching experience.

• Must complete approved advocacy training programs within the first six months of employment.

• Must have a working knowledge of the recovery process and be willing to promote multi-pathways to recovery.

• Bilingual English/Spanish strongly preferred.

• Knowledge of ASL a plus.

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