Current Employment Positions

Peer Support Specialist - Chicago

  • Job Tracking ID: 512588-654199
  • Job Location: Chicago , IL
  • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
  • Level of Education: High School/GED
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: December 06, 2018
  • Years of Experience: Less Than 1 Year
  • Starting Date: October 29, 2018

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Job Description:

Family Guidance Centers, Inc. (FGC), a not-for-profit behavioral healthcare organization, treats and prevents substance abuse, as well as an array of other related problems. Since 1969, FGC's comprehensive programming has educated and guided individuals toward their full potential as productive members within their own families and our society.

Family Guidance Centers Inc. offers opportunities for individuals with an interest in behavioral health. Our organization provides a comprehensive benefit package for full time employment that includes health insurance, dental, vision, life insurance, EAP and a 401k pension plan. Vacation, sick and personal days with 11 paid holidays off are included in our paid time off compensation package.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Peer Support Specialist will primarily focus on working with clients with substance abuse problems to enhance their recovery. Must be able to share personal lived successful substance use recovery experiences in a way that are helpful to others.This service will be provided to individuals and groups.

  1. To provide individualized, ongoing guidance, coaching and support.
  2. To provide training in the use of personal and community resources.
  3. Assist in developing formal and informal community supports.
  4. Assist the person served increasing social support networks of relatives, friends and/or significant others.
  5. To offer encouragement in times of crisis and stress to eliminate potential barriers to one’s ongoing recovery.
  6. To advocate on behalf of persons with behavioral health problems to protect the client’s rights and to assist in reducing associated stigma.
  7. To participate in required staff meetings, supervisions and needed training as deemed by Clinical Program Manager.
  8. To perform other related duties as assigned.

Number of Position Openings: 1

Schedule: Monday thru Friday 7:30 am - 4: 00 pm; Rotating Saturdays 6:00 am - 2:00 pm

Start Date: December 2018

Salary Range: $13.00 - $15.00 per hour

Experience and Skills:


A minimum of a high school diploma or GED with some formal or informal experience in behavioral healthcare and/or community relations arena is preferred. Past or present consumer of substance abuse services with a history of managing one’s own illness. Awareness of the importance of recovery in living with an addiction problem. Past experience working directly with people in a service oriented field is beneficial. Active membership in a consumer advocacy or self-help group


Possess and maintain a valid Illinois Driver’s License.