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School-Based: Substance Use Counselor Charitable Ventures of Orange County/ Project Kinship Santa Ana, CA $21 - $24 an hour - Full-time - Drug and Alcohol Counseling

Date Posted: Nov 22, 2021

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Health insurance
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Position Summary: Under supervision of SAUSD Prop 47 Program Coordinator, the Counselor will facilitate school-based individual and group substance use counseling sessions to participants engaging in/using, abusing or at-risk for using/abusing substances in the Santa Ana Unified School District. Serve as liaison with SAUSD and other providers in Prop 47 program.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

· Provide direct care counseling and case management to SAUSD students assigned across multiple school sites within Santa Ana Unified School District.

· Collaborate with Program Coordinator, School Social Workers, Restorative Practice Interventionists, Principals, Teachers and others as needed.

· Provide substance use counseling, case management and relapse prevention services.

· Maintain caseload of at minimum 20 students for intensive substance use services, case management and counseling.

· Develop and implement treatment plans to address substance use concerns.

· Collaborate Program Coordinator and team in development of substance abuse related housing placements (i.e. detox, residential treatment, emergency shelter) and assist in placing participants in need from all 8 sights.

· Build partnerships with felon-friendly employers and work with the School Clinicians and PK Counselors to facilitate job placements for participants at 3 high school sites.

· Collaborate with PK Restorative Practice Interventionists at 5 of the targeted schools to support the program.

· Provide substance use counseling groups, individual sessions and collaborate with others as needed.

· Develop prevention and intervention methods for substance use related behaviors.

· Assist in develop protocols, policy and procedure for substance use related behaviors (using, abusing, overdosing, etc.).

· Collaborate effectively with school site personnel, school district officials, other community organizations, county services, and wrap-around services to establish continuity of care and needed referrals for the students and their families with attention to cultural relevance and competency.

· Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

· Master’s Degree from an accredited university in the field of Human Services, Social Work, Counseling or related field preferred; CADC or other certified substance use counselor, must be current and must show proof of degree/certification.

· Minimum of 2 years of experience in position providing substance use counseling (individual and group), case management, crisis response, restorative and trauma-informed practices in a school setting is required.

· Experience working as part of a dual diagnosis treatment team with substance using, gang-involved, incarcerated or formerly incarcerated clients is preferred.

· Must possess knowledge of 12 Step recovery curriculums; drug and alcohol addiction; relapse prevention strategies; trigger behavior identification; family systems dynamics; impact of trauma; and common obstacles clients encounter at all stages of recovery.

· Must have understanding of harm-reduction philosophy, AA /NA, and Smart Recovery.

· Must pass a Live Scan Background Check.

· Must have a valid California Driver License and proof of auto insurance

· Experience in implementing and scaling up school-based programming and working within contract reporting requirements is preferred.

· Bilingual in Spanish or other threshold languages is preferred.

Other Qualifications:

· Ability to recognize individuals under the influence, at-risk for relapse, or at-risk for harm to self or others.

· Knowledge of ASAM criteria, levels of care in substance use treatment, abstinence based and harm-reduction based philosophies.

· Ability to work and communicate effectively as part of a treatment team consisting of staff, family members, law enforcement and court officials, service providers and community members.

· Extensive knowledge of social service, welfare, legal, corrections, health care, substance use, mental health care and other systems associated with targeted population.

· Must be empathetic, have excellent listening skills, and be able to advocate on behalf of client.

· Must adhere to policies regarding professional ethics, appropriate boundaries, and client confidentiality.

· Ability to demonstrate respect for cultural, gender, and lifestyle diversities of clients and staff.


Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for assistance; Meets commitments.

Interpersonal Skills - Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.

Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Participates in meetings.

Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for accuracy; able to read/interpret written information.

Teamwork - Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests.

Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.

Language Skills -Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

Working Conditions

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; climb stairs; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, or crouch. Sits for extended periods of time at a computer work station or desk.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Requires work with the public. Job tasks are performed in close proximity to other people. Requires contact with others face to face, by telephone, and in the field. Required duties may be performed during evening and weekend hours and may be in an outdoor setting.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $21.00 - $24.00 per hour


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Work Location: Multiple Locations

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