Welcome Employers

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Welcome to our Job Board!

Thank you for your interest in posting an opening on our Virtual Community site. This site is for the peer support workforce in New York State, and it is funded by the New York State Office of Mental Health through the Academy of Peer Services job training program.

If your posting is for a peer specialist (or related) position, we welcome your contribution! We also gladly post positions for supervisors, program managers, administrators of peer programs (any role within the peer support workforce). Just a few steps to get started…

Step 1: Register with the State Dept. of Labor

The Governor’s Employment First initiative is tracking the number of people with disabilities who are being hired, and all openings for Peer Specialists positions qualify and should be counted in this initiative.

If you have not already done so, register with the New York State Department of Labor and submit your job opening to the New York State Dept. of Labor site before submitting to the Academy of Peer Services.

The New York State Dept. of Labor log in/registration link:  https://newyork.usnlx.com
For general information, you can send email to: nysjobbank@labor.ny.
Or you can contact: Kerry.Douglas-Duffy@labor.ny.gov

Step 2: Submit your position to the APS/ Virtual Learning Community

To submit a job opening to the APS Virtual Learning Community, send email in the following format:

Job Location (City or County and State if not in New York)
Job Title
Hiring Organization

In an attachment or the body of the email provide the job description and responsibilities, minimum requirements, instructions about how to apply. Be sure to include the contact person. 

Send this to academy.virtual.community@gmail.com.

Learn More: The Governor’s Employment First Initiative

The Governor’s Programs to Hire Persons/Veterans with Disabilities consist of two specialized programs. These programs are coordinated efforts to place individuals with disabilities in entry-level State jobs. No initial written or oral examinations are required for appointment. You must however, submit a formal application and a medical evaluation may be necessary for program certification.

New York State Civil Service Law, Section 55-b authorizes the New York State Civil Service Commission to designate up to 1,200 positions in the non-competitive class to be filled by qualified people with disabilities. Additionally, Section 55-c of the law authorizes the designation of up to 500 positions in the non-competitive class to be filled by qualified wartime veterans with disabilities.

Visit the New York State Dept. of Labor Workers with Disabilities site to learn more:  https://www.cs.ny.gov/dpm/workersdisabilities.cfm