Peer Support Specialist (Post Overdose Response) Knox

Help Others, Make a Difference, Save a Life.

Do you want to make a difference in people's lives every day?
Or help people navigate the tough spots in their life?
And do it all while working where your hard work is appreciated?

You have a lot of choices in where you work…make the decision to work where you are valued!

Join the McNabb Center Team as Peer Support Specialist for the Post Overdose Response Team today!

The Post Overdose Response Team Peer Support Specialist will co-respond (riding side-by-side) with first responders following an overdose event for purposes of encouraging treatment, providing positive social interactions, sharing story of recovery, and empowering clients.

  • Assist, mentor, educate, peer counsel, model, coach, support, encourage clients on home visits, and follow-up services.  
  • Follow-up with individuals served to confirm treatment and recovery at 24-72 hours, 30 days, and 90 days post referral. 
  • Provides direct service delivery in the community, develops and implements appropriate recovery planning, provides crisis intervention and emergency services, as well as utilizes center-wide and community resources as needed for client benefit.

COMPENSATION: Starting salary for this position is approximately $14.23 /hr based on relevant experience and education.


  • This position has a regular schedule of Monday-Friday 8am until 5pm but at times flexibility of hours may be required.  
  • There is no on-call for this position and employee is off on Center designated holidays.  
  • Job duties are performed in the community.


  • This position requires utilizing a personal dependable vehicle to conduct Center business.  
  • Valid driver's license- "F" endorsement required as well as valid, up-to-date insurance.  
  • Maintaining a dependable vehicle and certified driver status is a condition of employment. 


  • This position does require basic computer skills for timekeeping and use of electronic medical records entry.

QUALIFICATIONS - Post Overdose Response


  • Must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent, be a State of Tennessee Certified Peer Recovery Specialist or be eligible for certification

Experience / Knowledge

  • Must be in recovery from a substance use and/or a co-occurring disorder for at least two (2) years and a desire to be a role model for recovery.  
  • CPRS certification preferred.


  • 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.
  • Applicants should be able to exercise sound judgement under pressure.
  • 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.

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.