Job Opportunity with Community Access


Community Access, Inc. (CA) is a progressive not-for-profit organization that for the last 40 years has helped thousands of people diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities to make the transition from hospitals and shelters to independent living. Our primary mission is to identify needs and create solutions for homeless people with psychiatric disabilities. Our programs include over 1000 units of supportive housing in three boroughs, the Howie The Harp Advocacy Center,  East Village Access—a PROS-licensed training program, Parachute NYC – Crisis Respite Center and Support Line, Recovery Connections and the Art Collective.

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of


 to work in our Career Development Services department, located at 2 Washington St., New York, NY.

This is a full-time position; annual salary is mid 30s, plus an excellent benefits package.

Position Overview

The Employment Specialist’s primary responsibility is to assist staff with helping Community Access participants to attain employment, training and educational goals by finding, utilizing and sustaining vocational options in the community.  This staff person works collaboratively with Service Coordinators and other staff in all of the agency’s programs, cultivating team approaches and supporting the establishment and use of standardized agency-wide resources. Working within CDS, the Employment Specialist is instrumental in ensuring that data is collected and analyzed to forward agency initiatives. Direct services are provided in groups and individually and include a range of options: supported employment through ACCES-VR and OMH; internships; volunteer positions; vocational training; GED preparation; assessment, vocational exploration, job development and the provision of employment support and coaching.


Qualified candidates must have an understanding, appreciation, and commitment to the philosophy and mission of Community Access; minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) – bachelor’s degree, preferred; at least three years of experience providing vocational services, preferably to persons with mental health concerns, histories of drug/alcohol use, histories of homelessness or involvement with the criminal justice system; possess current and comprehensive knowledge of vocational resources in NYC, including ACCESS-VR; demonstrated capacity to motivate and inspire staff and participants; experience developing and facilitating staff training workshops; must be fingerprinted and cleared by the NYS Justice Center; commitment to recovery oriented, person-centered practice; be skilled in conflict mediation/negotiation and have an assertive approach to problem solving; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to utilize various computer programs, specifically Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint; be creative and flexible; show initiative and be responsible for follow through; ability to work independently and as part of a team; ability to travel via public transit; bilingual Spanish-speaking, preferred.

Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should apply on


Community Access is an Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.

Women, People of Color and Members of the LGBT community are strongly encouraged to apply.

CA is committed to the hiring of at least 51% consumer staff, in all of its departments and programs, and at all levels of management.