Peer Support Specialist (Hope United) Knox

Help Others, Make a Difference, Save a Life.

Do you have lived experience in the area of addiction?  Do you wish to use your experience to share with others in need of hope and recovery?

You have a lot of choices in where you work…make the decision to work where you can use your experience to make a difference!

Join the McNabb Center Team as a Peer Support Specialist for Hope United today!

The Peer Support Specialist serves 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 $14.23/hour based on relevant experience and education.

Schedule: Flexibility is required to meet the needs of the program / clients. 

Travel:  F endorsement is required.  

Equipment/Technology: Basic computer skills are required for scheduling, time keeping, email, and documentation in the electronic medical record.

QUALIFICATIONS - Peer Support Specialist


  • High School Diploma or GED required. Bachelor's preferred. 
  • A bachelor's degree in a health related field of counseling, psychology, social work, or three years' experience working with individuals with substance use disorders, or co-occurring diagnoses preferred. 
  • 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.
  • 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:
    1. Attend the 5 day training facilitated by State Certified Trainers
    2. Gain 75 hours of work or volunteer experience in Peer Recovery services
  • Must have experience as behavioral health services consumer and/or Lived recovery experience. 
  • 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.


  • Minimal exposure to biological hazards.
  • Hearing of normal/soft tones and close eye work.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, and reaching.
  • CPR and First Aid certification required (training provided).
  • Required to be certified in and adequately implement verbal de-escalation techniques.
  • Clinical staff may be required to get an F endorsement to transport clients as necessary.

Apply today to work where we care about you as an employee and where your hard work makes a difference!

Helen Ross McNabb Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Center provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.

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.

Helen Ross McNabb Center 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.