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Job Title: Alcohol and Drug Specialist

Reports To: Program Manager and Clinical Supervisor

Classification: Exempt, Program

Position Time: 1.0 FTE

Position Summary

The Alcohol and Drug Specialist, CADCI, II or III, (A&DS) works as a member of a treatment team providing evidence-based substance abuse treatment, case management and recovery support services. The Alcohol and Drug Specialist will work in the community collaboratively with community partners and a Northwest Family Services team to ensure that families maintain linkages with all the community support services needed by and available to the family. Tasks will include outreach, education, assessment, treatment, referrals, community resource connection, and community partnerships.

The detailed job description can be found at NWFS requires an application, resume, and cover letter to be completed.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Training and experience related to counseling/treatment principles for individual, family and group counseling; adolescent development; family systems theory, and treatment/intervention.
  • Incorporate a trauma-informed approach whenever working with families.
  • Knowledge of current best practice treatment for members and their family members needing addiction intervention and/or treatment services.
  • Knowledge of legal requirements for reporting abuse and maintaining confidentiality.
  • Working knowledge of accepted best practice protocols and ethical guidelines and behaviors for counselors, as identified by licensing and /or Certifying Boards
  • Ability to assess, diagnoses, and treat youth and families.
  • Ability to objectively and thoroughly document all case records and maintain them in a timely manner.
  • Able to discern appropriate expressions of feelings and boundaries in group and 1:1 situations
  • Understand difficulties and barriers individuals need to overcome for behavioral change
  • Familiar with DSM-V diagnoses and implications for treatment
  • Understand pharmacological effects on brain chemistry and development
  • Apply ASAM/HIPAA & 42CFR policies to case management and charting


  • Be willing to successfully complete or be a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor III (CADC II or III) as certified by the Mental Health Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon (MHACCBO).
  • A bachelor’s degree is preferred.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish strongly desired.
  • Ability to identify dual diagnosis and accurately diagnosis and produce an assessment with the information that is available.
  • Must have experience in chemical dependency treatment and demonstrate a working knowledge of evidence-based treatment.
  • Able to work a flexible, non-traditional work schedule that will include evening and weekend work periods and willing to conduct home visits.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of community and social service agencies.
  • Knowledge and skills in chemical dependency treatment methods and crisis intervention.
  • Willing to accept the guidance of clinical and programmatic supervision.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge and skills in counseling and case management techniques with individuals and groups.
  • Must pass a pre-employment background check and drug test.
  • Must adhere to agency’s policies.
  • Ability to effectively interact with co-workers and clients with diverse ethnic backgrounds, religious views, cultural backgrounds, life-styles, and sexual orientations and treat each individual with respect and dignity.
  • Bilingual, bi-cultural English and Spanish preferred, but not required
  • Must be able to lift up to 30 lbs.
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Proven ability to follow through
  • Works well with others
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Office
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable car, and automobile insurance
  • High energy, self-directed, organized

Working Conditions

Able to work a flexible, non-traditional work schedule that will include evening and weekend work periods and will to conduct home visits. Work is performed typically in an office environment and involves periodic use of a computer and phones.

Wage: $19 to $20.20 per hour depending on experience

Benefits: Major health and dental insurance, matching 401k, vacation/personal leave.

Please print out and mail or email Employment Application along with cover letter and resume to:

Northwest Family Services
6200 SE King Rd
Portland, OR 97222