Peer Recovery Specialist (Hope United) Knox


The McNabb Center is the region's leading nonprofit provider of mental health, substance use, social and victim services. By focusing on an individual's "Well Mind, Well Being," we provide a quality and compassionate approach to care from infancy through adulthood.

Do you see yourself as a part of this life-changing work? If so, we are currently seeking a qualified and motivated professional for the following position: Hope United Peer Recovery Specialist

SUMMARY - Hope United Peer Recovery Specialist

The Ideal Peer Recovery Specialist serve as a member of the multi-disciplinary team, providing support to assist clients, family members and others impacted by substance use disorder and overdose reversal.

COMPENSATION: Starting salary for this position is approximately $13.27 /hr based on relevant experience and education

REQUIREMENTS - Hope United Peer Recovery Specialist


  • Must have experience as behavioral health services consumer and/or Lived recovery experience.
  • A minimum of HS Diploma or Equivalent.
  • A bachelor's degree in a health related field of counseling, psychology, social work is preferred, or three years' experience working with individuals with substance use disorders, or co-occurring diagnoses preferred.
  • Has or is willing to obtain the State of Tennessee Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Training, and complete the following to be eligible for state certification:
  • · Attend the 5 day training facilitated by State Certified Trainers
  • · Gain 75 hours of work or volunteer experience in Peer Recovery services


  • Must have coursework and/or experience and understanding in the areas of cultural diversity, human development, and treatment of substance use disorder, understanding of trauma-informed care, suicide prevention, crisis intervention referral and knowledge of overdose reversal.
  • Experience working with special populations including individuals with Co-occurring Disorders, substance use disorders and mental health disorders. 
  • Computer experience is helpful as timesheets, training modules and email are computer-based.  Experience working in a community or hospital setting is preferred.

Abilities / Skills:

  • Must be able to share your experience, strength and hope with those who have been revived from overdose in a hospital or community setting.
  • Must practice unconditional positive regard toward persons who have experienced overdose reversal and their families and significant others.
  • Applicants should possess the ability to relate to individuals and families of varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds, ages, educational levels, and economic circumstances with respect and dignity. 
  • Excellent verbal, written, and computer skills are necessary in order to work effectively and collaboratively with clients, collaborating agencies, and community professionals, as well as maintaining proper documentation. 
  • Clinical staff members must possess reliable transportation, the ability to acquire an F endorsement on driver's license, and transport clients.


  • Possible exposure to biological hazards.
  • Hearing of normal and soft tones as well as close eye work.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Pushing/pulling up to 150 lbs.
  •  Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, and reaching.
  • To ensure the safety of the clients and staff, this position requires certification in and adequate implementation of verbal and physical de-escalation techniques (Handle with Care) that include a wide range of bodily movements including but not limited to grasping, holding another person, going down on knees, running, and walking.
  • Trained in CPR and possesses an F-endorsement.
  • Regular attendance is an essential job function.
  • Strong knowledge of community resources and referrals is required.
  • Transporting clients in a personal or Center vehicle is an essential job function.
  • This position requires utilizing a personal dependable vehicle to conduct Center business.
  • Maintaining a dependable vehicle and certified driver status is a condition of employment.

The McNabb Center ( is a premier not-for-profit provider of behavioral health services.  The Center provides quality care and serves all ages in a continuum of prevention, early intervention, social, co-occurring, addiction, outpatient, and crisis services.

MC is an EOE. MC conducts background checks, driver's license record, degree verification, and drug screens at hire. Employment is contingent upon clean drug screen, background check, and driving record. Additionally, certain programs are subject to TB Screening and/or testing.  Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; and employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required.  This organization reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises.  Moreover, management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties, or working schedules based on their duty to accommodate individuals with disabilities.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.