Job Title: Family Recovery Support Specialist

Employer: LifeWorks

Location: Austin, TX

Status: Full-time non-exempt, benefits-eligible.

General Instructions to Apply: Go to LifeWorks website (, Get Involved > Careers

Job Role and Purpose:

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. 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

The Family Recovery Support Specialist provides support services and education to clients who are expectant and/or parenting via group facilitation, individual mentorship, community collaboration, and the provision of alternative activities.  The Family Recovery Support Specialist utilizes a trauma-informed, strengths-based model of support as well as their own lived experience in parenting and navigating mental, behavioral health, or child-serving systems to assist and empower families raising children and to foster and promote recovery and wellness with each client served. The overall goal of recovery support is to decrease bias and prejudice associated with behavioral health challenges and promote effective strength-based, cross-system services that are family-driven/youth-guided.

Required Qualifications:

  • 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.
  • Requires lived experience of parenting a child. Experience as a young parent preferred.
  • Experience with databases; proficient level experience with Microsoft Office including, Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 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.

Reports To: Community Based Peer Support Supervisor

Salary and Benefits:

This full-time, non-exempt position earns a competitive rate and benefits, including 24 PTO days per year (accrued); 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!

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