Recovery Support Specialist (Full-time; New Haven, CT)

September 10, 2022

Columbus House, Inc.

Job Posting: Full Time, FLSA Non-Exempt, Non-Essential

Recovery Support Specialist

VEVRAA Federal Contractor: Priority Referrals of Protected Veterans Requested


The RSS provides support services to clients from the Outreach & Engagement programs. The RSS role performs a wide range of tasks to mutually support homeless clients in gaining an understanding of recovery and wellness principles, practices and pathways, including: Hope, Choice, Empowerment, Recovery Culture and Spirituality; and the Trauma Informed Care Values: Safety, Trustworthiness, Choice, Collaboration, and Empowerment.


Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

The RSS has lived experience with serious mental illness or substance abuse and has demonstrated stability in their own recovery and is willing to identify self as a person in recovery. Must be a high school graduate or equivalent; have basic computer skills or willingness to learn; and have a valid Driver’s License and good driving record. RSS’ acknowledge that they are only the experts on themselves and recognize the same for the people they serve. The RSS must be respectful, non-judgmental, compassionate, and empathetic towards others while developing complimentary partnerships with team members and community resources. Organization and flexibility are essential as is the ability to employ recovery language as appropriate. The RSS must have an understanding of Trauma Informed Care services and the physical ability to outreach clients in a variety of outdoor settings and weather conditions.


Duties and Responsibilities

Performs outreach duties with other Outreach workers from Columbus House and Collaborating agencies. Assists clients in articulating and determining the steps they decide to take in order to reach their recovery goals; assists clients in building relationships within their community that will further enrich their daily life; orients clients to the agency and appropriate programs; role models good self-care, coping skills, self-help strategies and the regular use of wellness tools; participates in required recovery support team meetings, staff meetings, workshops and trainings; completes all required paperwork according to program standards in a timely manner; maintains regular contact with supervisor and actively seeks input from supervisor, co-workers, and persons in recovery. Primary outreach focus is the New Haven Green requiring collaboration with the NHPD, City of New Haven Community Services Administration Office, Coordinated Access Network, Overflow Shelter and the O& E team.

Supervised by: Senior Manager of Outreach & Engagement

Pay: $15.00 per hour plus excellent benefits

Schedule: Monday- Friday 8:00 am to 4:00pm with one early shift from7am-3pm and one late shift from 11am-7pm

How to apply (choose only one; indicate where you saw posting):

*Email your resume and a cover letter to

*Send your resume and a cover letter to Human Resources Generalist, Columbus House Inc., P.O. Box 7093, New Haven CT 06519

*Fax your resume and a cover letter to 203-773-1430

*Apply via our site


Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

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