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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 02/21/24

Applications Due03/06/24

Vacancy ID151750


AgencyPeople With Developmental Disabilities, Office for

TitlePeer Specialist

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary Grade09

Bargaining UnitISU - Institutional Services Unit (CSEA)

Salary RangeFrom $40193 to $49405 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 9 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County To Be Determined

Street Address



Zip Code12208

Minimum Qualifications Non-competitive: two years of experience participating in self-help activities, peer support or advocacy programs, or similar organizations.

Preference will be given to those with lived I/DD experiences.

*Both full-time and part-time opportunities are available. Schedule to be discussed at the time of interview.

Duties Description Peer Specialists use their lived experienced to provide advocacy and support services to individuals with developmental disabilities and to serve as role models to show individuals receiving services that they can live richer lives. Peer Specialists will work across multiple OPWDD divisions to provide input on emerging policies, assist with training and the use of accessible language in OPWDD communications. Peer Specialists will engage new employees by sharing their lived experiences to assist with training in the New Employee Orientation (NEO) program. In addition, Peer Specialists may work with the OPWDD Front Door team and other divisions to assist individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities with accessing services and developing life skills, hobbies, and interests, while also building relationships with their families by sharing common experiences, assisting in understanding and obtaining access to support services and community resources, and advocating on behalf of individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

-Advocates on behalf of individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) receiving services within OPWDD state operations and voluntary provider agencies on their rights.
-Serves as a liaison between the I/DD community and OPWDD.
-Provides input to various divisions on developing OPWDD policies, procedures, and direction using lived experiences as a key component.
-Collaborates with the Front Door team to help ensure services are easily accessible and understandable.
-Provides feedback and suggestions on effective communications and the use of plain language.
-Serves as a role model and provides advocacy and support services guidance to individuals with I/DD.
-Assists with New Employee Orientation sessions by incorporating lived experiences into new employee training.
-Interacts with individuals, parents, and caretakers by sharing common experiences and assisting individuals in identifying areas in which they need support.
-Guides individuals in identifying or clarifying goals, and in developing daily living, educational, social, vocational, and other skills for successful community living.
-Assists individuals in understanding and obtaining access to available community resources and benefits; provides information and links individuals to essential supports, such as legal, housing, education, medical, and financial services.
-Advocates for the needs of individuals and provides education and training on their perspectives to other I/DD and human service providers.
-Helps individuals work collaboratively with other government agencies, businesses, various aspects of the disability community to brainstorm new ideas and create innovative solutions that allow people with disabilities to live and work independently.
-Peer specialists may be asked to assist OPWDD division in their region or statewide on various projects and initiatives.


Additional Comments • The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and it's Division of Executive Office is committed to creating and sustaining a culture of inclusion. We believe that we are most effective in managing and improving our service system with a
diverse team of employees. With such a large workforce, we rely on the collective individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, self-expression, ideas and talent that our employees bring to their work. This speaks to our culture, and is a key part of our successes. As we continuously recruit people for our
team, we welcome the unique contributions that applicants bring in terms of their education, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.
• Preference will be given to OPWDD employees impacted by closures. If you are being impacted by closure, please indicate this on your resume/cover letter.
• In order to be eligible for appointment and to maintain employment, you cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the Federal and/or State Medicaid and Medicare exclusion lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program). If you are appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program), you may be terminated from your employment.
• OPWDD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Name Chelsea Williams

Telephone 518-473-4785

Fax 518-474-9902

Email Address


Street 44 Holland Ave

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12208


Notes on ApplyingPlease submit a cover letter and resume as an attached PDF or Word document by 3/6/2024. Please reference the EOA #2024-055 in all correspondence.

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