Current Employment Positions

Recovery Support Specialist

  • Job Tracking ID: 512588-671749
  • Job Location: Chicago, IL
  • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
  • Level of Education: BA/BS
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: March 08, 2019
  • Years of Experience: Up to 2 Years
  • Starting Date: March 18, 2019

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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 interested in behavioral health. Our organization provides a comprehensive benefit package for full time employment that includes health insurance, dental, vision, life insurance and a 401k pension plan. Vacation, sick and personal days with 11 paid holidays off are included in our paid time off compensation package.

We are currently seeking a new Recovery Support Specialist to join our team. The Recovery Support Specialist responsibilities include but are not limited to: Engaging patients in treatment through motivational interviewing and motivational enhancement techniques; Develop individualized Recovery Plans with patients that emphasize relapse prevention strategies and use of natural supports in patients' community; Assist with monitoring patient engagement and communicate with the treatment team regarding patient attendance, participation and any barriers or needs to support treatment involvement; Conduct recovery coaching groups providing recovery and relapse prevention education and support; Conduct individual recovery support sessions to assist patients in following and strengthening ongoing relapse prevention plans; Provide education both in group and individual settings on the appropriate use of medication assisted treatment (e.g. methadone, Vitriol; Provide employment coaching individual and group settings to assist patients in; identifying employment experiences and skills, identifying appropriate potential places of employment or appropriate job training services, developing patient employment resumes, completing employment applications, preparing for job interviews, and strategies for successful adjustment to new employment.

Schedule: Monday thru Friday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm rotating Saturdays pending caseload needs 7:00 am - 2:30 pm

Salary starting at: $41,000

Family Guidance Centers, Inc. is a Drug Free Environment, Equal Opportunity Employer

Experience and Skills:

Education and Experience: Minimum Bachelor's degree. Two years of experience working with substance abuse is preferred.

Certificates, Licenses and Registrations: IAODAPCA Certified Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselor (CADC) required. Specifically noted, a CADC is required at minimum within 2 years from date of hire. Additionally a Certified Recovery Support Services (CRSS) is preferred.

Standard Requirements: Possesses a working knowledge of FGC applicable Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

Knowledgeable of patient rights and ensures an atmosphere which allows for the privacy, dignity, and well-being of all patients in a safe, secure environment.

Attend in-service and other training events to continue education and expand knowledge to improve the quality of patient services.

Ability to follow written and oral instructions and procedures.


Active reflective listening, ability to engage and motivate, de-escalation.

Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Ability to use analytical software.

Ability to use calendar and scheduling software.

Experience using desktop computers, copier, and fax machine.