Per -Diem Registered/Certified Substance Use Counselor
Job Details
Per Diem
$17.24 - $17.24 Hourly
Nonprofit - Social Services


Position Overview:  We are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced Counselor to join our Recovery and Wellness Department in the Oakland Area of Alameda County. The Counselor is responsible for conducting intakes/assessments and providing individual, group, and family counseling, psychoeducation, case management, and other support services for adolescents with a substance use disorder and their families. This position will report to the Program Supervisor.


  • Conduct initial intake and assessments;
  • Formulate treatment plans for clients;
  • Conduct individual, group, and family counseling sessions;
  • Provide assessment and appropriate referrals to clients for educational, training, and other supportive services as needed;
  • Maintain all client files;
  • Represent clients and advocate on their behalf with probation officers, law officials, etc.;
  • Maintain and submit all program documentation and reports in an accurate and timely manner;
  • Actively identify and engage new clients by developing relationships with referral sources and guiding/implementing grassroots outreach strategies;
  • Develop community resources for clients and family members;
  • Provide assessment and appropriate referrals to clients for educational, training, and other supportive services as needed;
  • Attend collaborative meetings with other agencies;
  • Plan, develop and implement educational, social and recreational activities for clients;
  • Develop and complete compliance reports or performance reports as assigned;
  • Participate in all agency activities, meetings, training, events, etc.;
  • Complete other duties as assigned by the Program Supervisor.


  • Drug and Alcohol Certification (must be either a "CADC" from CCAPP, or "CATC" from CAADE, please list this designation and number clearly after candidate name on resume/C.V.)
  • Bilingual Spanish/English is preferred;
  • Knowledge of alcohol and drug prevention and recovery/treatment programs and principles;
  • Knowledge of the effects of alcohol and drug abuse;
  • Knowledge of and sensitive to the needs of the Latino and African American Community;
  • Ability to take instructions;
  • Ability to work as part of a team;
  • Strong oral and written skills;
  • Strong Problem solving skills;
  • Ability to comprehend written material and accurately process information;
  • Ability to organize and prioritize several projects simultaneously;
  • Valid Driver’s License and Insurance.
  • Willingness to perform related duties as assigned.

Other Requirements:

  • Assumes responsibility for doing assigned work and for meeting deadlines. Completes assigned work on or before deadlines in accordance with directives, policies, standards and proscribed procedures.
  • Demonstrates an awareness of and sensitivity to clients including cultural and ethical beliefs; and implements care in a thorough, skillful, consistent and continuous manner.
  • Knowledge of community resources for client referrals.
  • Attends work regularly and adheres to policies and procedures regarding absences and tardiness.  Provides adequate notice to supervisor and management with respect to vacation time and time-off requests.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of legal issues including client confidentiality and risk management in all aspects of client care and department functioning.
  • Performs other duties as necessary.

Team Commitment:

  • Viewed by others to be an effective team member who is flexible, cooperative, and willing to assist others; and acts as a resource to team members and clients where appropriate.
  • Handles difficult or conflict situations constructively and seeks appropriate assistance.
  •  Takes accountability for own actions and accepts constructive criticism.
  • Attends all mandatory meetings and staff meetings as required, and actively participates in other departmental professional development including providing training and consultation.
  • Participates in the assessment of current and future department learning needs and assist in the development of learning plans.
  • Observes and keeps self-informed of activities in the department and makes recommendations for change.
  • Develops and maintains cooperative and courteous relationships with fellow employees, supervisor, managers in other departments, senior management and executive staff, and community stakeholders.
  • Tactfully and effectively handles requests, suggestions and complaints from other departments and persons in order to maintain good will within the agency. 


Working Conditions and Job Setting

  • Driving and access to a car is required
  • Periodic lifting up to 25 pounds is required
  • Position involves extensive computer use and sitting



  • Work life balance
  • Great working hours
  • Supportive/Collaborative work environment
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Opportunities for Growth and Professional Development
  • Holiday and employee celebrations