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Serving about 19,790 individuals annually, Gaudenzia operates more than 100 drug and alcohol treatment programs for men and women in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. Services include specialized programs for pregnant and parenting mothers, adolescents, and people suffering from co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse.

Gaudenzia is looking to immediately hire Peer Specialist at our Philadelphia & Dresher locations. We offer competitive salaries and a very generous benefit program whereas benefits become effective the first of the month following thirty days of employment. Benefit offerings include medical, vision, dental, disability, life, accidental death and/or dismemberment, AFLAC, Legal Shield, Flexible Spending, Tuition Reimbursement, and 403B Retirement plan with employer matching! Employee cost sharing is competitive and we offer on the job training with many opportunities for career development and advancement.

The Certified Peer Specialist provides support services, mentorship, and advocacy for persons in recovery from a substance use disorder. This individual is skilled at developing supportive and authentic peer relationships, maintaining ethical and professional boundaries, and respecting each individuals’ unique path to recovery. Under the supervision of the Program Director, Clinical Supervisor, or designee additional duties include: collecting and disseminating information and recovery resources; providing flexible peer support; assisting individuals in developing and adhering to recovery plans; assisting individuals in accessing community resources; and reinforcing skills and strategies supportive of recovery.


Work is performed in accordance with established regulations, and policies and procedures; however, this individual is expected to exercise considerable initiative and independent judgment in achieving objectives.

Philadelphia & Dresher

Treat all clients and staff with dignity and respect.1.Treat all clients with respect.

Maintain professional ethical boundaries and the confidentiality of all individuals supported.

Assist individuals in recovery with articulating their personal goal(s) for recovery and developing their individualized recovery/ aftercare plan.

Identify and support linkages to community resources (communities of recovery, educational, vocational, social, cultural, spiritual resources, mutual self- help groups, professional services, etc.) that support the individual’s goals and interests.

Identify barriers to full participation in community resources and work with individuals to develop strategies to overcome those barriers.

Liaison with established community support groups and advocate for effective recovery-based services.

Role model and assist individuals with effective techniques for coping, self-advocacy, problem-solving, and self-help.

Assist individuals in building and reinforcing newly learned social skills in the community that will enhance their job acquisition and tenure.

Accompany recovering person to appointments, meetings, and other events in the community, as needed.

Attend the treatment team meetings to promote individuals’ use of self-advocacy and self-directed recovery tools and support individuals in presenting their own agenda/progress, etc. at the team meeting.

Coordinate with treatment team to communicate the progress that the person in recovery makes toward meeting their objectives.
Monitor urinalysis testing of clients, as directed.


Education/ Training:     Must have high school diploma/G.E.D. and have and have acquired or meet the qualifications for certification as a Certified Recovery Specialist. Must have at least 12 months of related experience.

Knowledge of services, community resources, and regulations pertaining to recovery and co-occurring disorders.

Knowledge of and commitment to recovery community.

Ability to develop positive, ethical therapeutic relationships with individuals and promote their personal growth while maintaining confidentiality.

Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.

Ability to convey relevant personal recovery experience in an authentic and effective manner.

Ability to successfully work with others from various cultures and backgrounds.

Ability to plan and organize work and prepare appropriate, accurate records and reports.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, staff, health care providers, outside agencies, institutions and the general public.

Ability to transport clients to appointments using company vehicles.

Contact Info

All interested applicants can apply to this position by visiting our careers page at https://www.gaudenzia.org/careers/

To speak with someone directly, please contact Senior Talent Manager, Patrisha Williams at (215) 518-9355.