Open Position: Part-Time Peer Support Coordinator


Jobs at Access Living

Position: Part-Time Peer Support Coordinator

Position Snapshot:

  • $24-$25.50/hour
  • Hybrid work environment – In office two days per week, three remote, with flexible bank of additional remote work days to use throughout the year as desired.
  • Paid holidays and sick days

Basic Function:

Access Living seeks a part-time (20 hours/week) Peer Support Coordinator as a key member of the gun violence support program team. The Peer Support Coordinator is responsible for supporting survivors of gun violence and facilitate peer support groups for people who have become disabled through gun violence. This position will also work with peer facilitators that will run or co-run support groups for specific identity groups (e.g. youth who are disabled by gun violence). In addition, the Peer Support Coordinator will also help individuals understand Independent Living philosophy, disability awareness development, and advocacy. For this role, it is imperative that the Peer Support Coordinator build relationships with service providers, community organizations, hospitals, city officials, and more to better serve the directly impacted individuals. The Peer Support Coordinator will work with with Access Living’s Independent Living and Advocacy departments to best support participants.

Specific Duties:

  • Provide feedback and implement Access Living’s gun violence survivor peer support program.
  • Meet with newly diagnosed survivors and those re-engaging in the community. Talk through the survivors’ concerns and assess their peer support needs.
  • In conjunction with Gun Violence Independent Living Navigator, assist survivor/consumer with learning the ins-and-outs of transitioning back into the community after leaving rehab.
  • Manage peer facilitators (compensated) who will run or co-run specific identity-based peer support groups (e.g. youth who have become disabled by gun violence).
  • Attend/facilitate peer-led support groups, as needed.
  • Document work as required through data entry, quarterly reporting, time tracking logs, and intake forms.
  • Attend external/internal meetings as assigned.
  • Attending training as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and Training:

  • Preferred: Bachelor’s degree, certificate(s) or equivalent experience in community development, racial justice, or a similar field.
  • Must have established community networks within the City of Chicago.
  • Familiarity with how structural racism, poverty, homophobia, xenophobia and other forms of oppression affect disabled people of color.
  • Familiarity with community dynamics related to communities directly impacted in the City of Chicago.


Lived experience as a disabled person of color who is a gun violence survivor highly preferred. Experience working with communities of diverse backgrounds, familiarity with facilitating support groups and 1:1 support. Trauma Informed. Comfort with talking 1:1 or in-group settings.

Physical Demands:

Ability to travel within state; will need to travel out of state on occasion.

Equipment Operated:

Computers, copier, scanner

Working Environment:

Access Living operates under a hybrid office plan with staff working remotely and in-office. Access Living’s office is an open floor plan with individual cubicles and desks.

Professional Affiliations:


No. of Employees Directly Supervised:

The Peer Support Coordinator will work with peer facilitators.

Salary Range (Hourly):


Supervised By:

Senior Manager – Independent Living

How to Apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume to Candace Coleman ( and Katherine Blank (