Recovery Support Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Austin, TX
  • This position has been filled
  • Full Time
  • Austin, TX
  • This position has been filled

LifeWorks of Austin, TX

Recovery Support Specialist
Job Category: Peer Support Specialist
Requisition Number: RECOV001193
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Posted: June 6, 2022
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Austin, TX 78702, USA

Job Details
LifeWorks of Austin is looking for a resilient and motivated full-time Recovery Support Specialist for our Community-Based Services team. The Recovery Support Specialist will conduct outreach and engage individuals seeking or sustaining recovery. Through the process of coaching and group counseling, the Recovery Support Specialist promotes recovery by helping to remove barriers, connect to the recovery community, and engage in supportive services. The Recovery Support Specialist promotes resiliency and accountability and helps others initiate or achieve long-term recovery to enhance quality of life, health, and wellness.

This full-time, non-exempt position earns a competitive rate and benefits, including 24 PTO days per year and 11 paid holidays per year; a premium-free employee medical plan with $100 per month HSA contribution (plus other affordable employee or family medical, dental, and vision options!); a retirement savings plan with 50% match on the first 6% of contributions, and much more! 


Promotes recovery, resiliency, and accountability to help others initiate or achieve long-term recovery to enhance quality of life, health, and wellness.
Meets with individual clients or collaterals, as needed, to establish a safe, healthy relationship for learning, problem-solving, and participating in community activities; assists clients in building a network of support; makes referrals and coordinates client services, as appropriate.
Facilitates support groups in community sites through the implementation of program curricula, experiential activities, presentations and discussions, field trips and/or skill-based activities.
Plans, develops, and provides recovery-related presentations and outreach on a variety of topics, such as substance abuse and disease prevention/intervention, health/mental health promotion, trauma and recovery, community resources, relationship-building, and coping strategies.
Advocates for clients within the community as well as internally to ensure that client needs are being recognized, represented, and addressed.
Develops and maintains positive working relationships with agency staff and community contacts such as referral sources, recovery community organizations, peer-run programs in non-recovery organizations, and other service providers.
Prepares documentation of plans and activities to ensure compliance with contracts and agency requirements. Assesses and documents client progress toward recovery goals.
Maintains approved non-clinical supervision and continuing education.

Requires a GED or HS Diploma and 2 years of related individual and group support experience.
Requires lived experience with 1) trauma and 2) substance use or mental health challenges.
Record of maintaining own recovery over the past 2-year period.
Requires reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license.
Experience with databases; proficient level experience with Microsoft Office including, Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Preferred certification as a qualified Peer Supporter (or certification must be obtained within 9 months of hire).
Preferred two (2) years of volunteer or work experience in education, social services, adult education, community organizations, or related fields.
Preferred experience navigating child-serving systems (i.e. behavioral health, education, child welfare, foster care, juvenile justice).
Preferred bilingual fluency in English and Spanish.

With more than 50 years of experience working with youth experiencing homelessness, youth aging out of foster care, young adults, and young parents, we are a fearless advocate for youth and families seeking their path to self-sufficiency. LifeWorks goal is to be able to provide clients with the resources they need a place to call home, the chance to heal, and the opportunity to learn and to work. We have one of the most comprehensive continuums of housing and support options for vulnerable youth in the country. We are committed to innovative problem solving, shared accountability and a relentless focus on achieving real, sustainable, and measurable results for the clients we serve. A career at LifeWorks offers opportunities to grow and develop your professional skills while making an immediate difference in the lives of youth and families in our community.

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