Date Posted (Reposted)
March 26, 2019
Closing Date
Open Until Filled
Base Salary
$ 3,426 Per Mo - $ 4,165 Per Mo
Salary Note
Starting salaries are assigned considering the applicant’s qualifications and experience measured against internal factors; the successful applicant is typically appointed at the beginning steps of the salary range.
SUD Treatment Services
Employment Type
Full Time, Non-Exempt, Saturday Hours Will Apply
Job Location
1610 Woods Court Hood River, 97031, Hood River, Oregon
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Position: Alcohol and Drug Counselor I

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Position title
Alcohol and Drug Counselor I


The Alcohol and Drug Counselor 1 provides professional Substance Abuse Disorder (SUD) evaluation, treatment, referral, and monitoring services in an outpatient treatment environment. The Drug and Alcohol Counselor 1 position requires a CADC 1 (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor 1), and it provides services within the scope of that certification.


TO APPLY: Download and submit your application using the links at the left hand side of the page.  A signed, completed application is required; submission of a resume is optional and does not replace the application form.   For first consideration, please submit application materials as soon as possible!  MCCFL is an Equal Opportunity / ADA Employer.

Due to the volume of applications received, we regret that we can contact only those applicants who are invited to interview. If you are not contacted for an interview, please know that we are grateful for your interest in employment opportunities at MCCFL!


The following list represents the essential responsibilities (functions) of the position. It does not include, however, all of the duties the position may be asked to perform.

  • Provide screening and assessment in the treatment of substance abuse disorders. Evaluate and screen clients in accordance with procedures and policy guidelines; verify personal information and records; determine level of care, education and treatment. Make referrals as necessary.
  • Provide individual, group and family therapy services as appropriate.
  • Coordinate client placement into residential treatment and/or transitional housing as necessary.
  • Performs joint case planning and coordination in substance abuse treatment and prevention issues with other community agencies such as schools; group homes; community corrections and detention facilities; community hospitals; and other Department of Human Services programs.
  • Provide timely and accurate clinical documentation utilizing Agency clinical software system; this includes treatment records, service plans, progress notes and other required documentation. Maintain the integrity of the electronic records system within the scope of practice.
  • Provide screening and participate in the treatment of mental health issues. Actively participate in joint case planning and coordination with internal multi-disciplinary team and agency psychiatrists.
  • Regular and reliable attendance, professional communication, maintaining confidentiality standards.
  • Participate in all team and agency meetings as scheduled.
  • Certification as CADC 1, OR
  • Documented equivalence to CADC 1 certification standards AND ability to achieve a passing score on the NCAC 1 national certification exam within 60 days of hire.
  • Bilingual fluency Spanish/English is desirable.
  • Work experience in a behavioral health service milieu is desirable.
  • Must pass all criminal history check requirements as required by ORS 181.536-181.537 and in accordance with OAR 407-007-0200 to 407-007-0370.
  • Must possess a valid Oregon or Washington Driver’s license, maintain an acceptable driving record, and be insurable for client service purposes and for travel between business offices, meetings and/or trainings. The successful applicant must be able to be approved to provide transportation for clients using Agency vehicles.


Knowledge: Knowledge of substance abuse disorder and its progression, knowledge of substance abuse treatment and recovery models and strategies; knowledge of interviewing and group counseling practices and techniques; knowledge of local and regional resources available for client services; basic knowledge of mental health evaluation and treatment.

Skill: Skill in the use of clinical software systems; skill in the use of standard office software and keyboarding.

Ability: Ability to understand and effectively apply the concepts and practices of a trauma-informed philosophy in performing the work. Ability to work within strong professional ethics and rules of confidentiality to provide effective substance abuse disorder assessment, referral and treatment. Ability to work with consumers to develop an effective service plan; ability to write and maintain timely and cogent progress notes, service plans, reports and other professional documents; ability to maintain a strong service orientation; ability to organize and execute work effectively under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines; ability to speak before groups of various sizes; ability to work with grace and good humor under pressure; ability to work cooperatively with other departments; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, within Sanctuary Model guidelines; ability to establish and maintain harmonious work relationships with co-workers at all levels of the organization, consultants, contractors, community partners, and consumers.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The Alcohol and Drug Counselor 1 must have the ability to quickly assess and respond to concerns related to interpersonal and environmental safety as well as client care. While performing the essential duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to use office automation including computer and phone system that requires fine manipulation, grasping, typing and reaching. The employee may be required to sit or stand for several hours at a time, depending on environment and need. This position may occasionally be required to lift up to twenty (20) pounds, and to kneel, reach, bend or squat while in the office or in the community.  The employee should possess a valid driver’s license for vehicle travel between business offices in order to attend required meetings and/or trainings. Additionally this employee must be approved to provide transportation for clients using agency vehicles.

Work is performed in various settings, including clinic office environment, community settings and other agency stakeholder facilities. The office environment is typically with moderate stimuli and may often result in exposure to increased sensory experiences. Community settings, such as residence, police precincts, respite facilities, hospitals and other public spaces may pose additional risks or discomforts which require safety precautions.

Supervision Received

This position works under the supervisory leadership of a Clinical Supervisor or Program Supervisor. The designated supervision emphasizes independence of method and process while indicating accountability for results. Leadership will include triage with staff, guidance and support of clients while demonstrating initiative and responding to concerns within the framework of the Sanctuary Model.