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We're Hiring: Employment Specialist

Job Title: Employment Specialist - Chicago Recovering Communities Coalition (CRCC)

Salary: $40,000 - $45,000 (DOE)

Position Overview: The Employment Specialist at Chicago Recovering Communities Coalition (CRCC) delivers specialized employment services within an assigned program. The primary objective is to provide training and support to individuals from diverse backgrounds and skill levels.

About CRCC: Our Mission Chicago Recovering Communities Coalition (CRCC) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing recovery support services to individuals in or seeking recovery from alcohol, other drugs, and mental illness. As a peer-driven and peer-led Recovery Support Organization, CRCC strives to make a difference in people's lives by increasing public awareness of alcohol and drug dependency and mental health services.

CRCC's mission includes educating communities in the metro Chicago-Land area about the nature of addiction, recovery, and mental illness. By reducing the stigma associated with addiction, CRCC actively contributes to the community, builds relationships with diverse populations, and helps individuals access and sustain long-term recovery. The organization works to improve the greater Chicago area by supporting those seeking or in recovery, reducing the stigma associated with addiction, and organizing the recovery community (people in recovery, family members, friends, and allies) to provide recovery support services.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assess current work skills training needs, develop curriculum and training materials, and facilitate life skills and job search skills classes.

  • Provide active case management services, including client assessment, service plan development, coordination of multiple community services, and monitoring client progress.

  • Utilize professional job placement skills to match job-seeking clients with employers. Participate in the interview process, facilitate completion of paperwork, and conduct work site visits to ensure successful client placement.

  • Provide retention services to ensure client success and employer satisfaction. Explore alternatives for addressing client barriers, mediate client/employer issues, and facilitate disability and cultural awareness training with employers.

  • Develop and maintain professional relationships with employers, placement agencies, and temporary agencies to ensure consistent contact for job leads within the community.

  • Design and implement employment service marketing programs. 

  • Present to businesses within the community to promote employment services programs and develop new jobs for clients.

  • Maintain case files, write detailed case notes, and track program/grant required statistics for reporting purposes.

  • Synthesize information from diverse services and act on information appropriately for each participant and grant.


  • High school diploma or GED certificate

  • Moderate computer proficiency

  • Valid state driver's license

  • A car is required to meet participants at community-based organizations.

  • Background in recovery support services and working with the target population (preferred)

  • State certification as a Peer Specialist or ability to obtain certification

  • High school diploma

  • Two years of continuous recovery from substance use disorder

To apply, email your resume and cover letter Dora Wright at


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