Substance Abuse Counselor

Full Time
Posted 2 years ago

POSITION:  Substance Abuse Counselor  
REPORTS TO:  Systems Navigator
LOCATION:  San Bernardino City, CA

HOURS:   This is a full-time position.  Hours will fluctuate based on needs of programs, some evenings and weekends will be required. 

HOURLY RATE:  Range is $19 – $20 an hour. After successfully completing 90-day probation period, benefits will include: sick and vacation time, paid holidays, plus optional employee health insurance plan.

BASIC DUTIES:  Provide formerly incarcerated youth ages 14 – 26 with weekly evidence-based prevention services including substance abuse education classes and individualized/group counseling Provide weekly substance use disorder education classes. Provide weekly support groups and peer-to-peer counseling. Overseeing the entire project documentation and reporting requirements.

HOW TO APPLY:   All interested candidates are encouraged to send their resumes with a cover letter to James Bolas, our Youth Services Manager, via email


Opening Date: 6/17/2021                                                     
Closing Date: until job is filled



  • Assist in developing, modifying and implementing substance abuse programs and new procedures based in a Harm Reduction philosophy and approach.
  • Participate in management meetings to resolve issues in access to, and deliver of, services and operations.
  • Conduct street and community-based outreach as part of prevention/intervention efforts
  • Collect and maintain program data to prepare and submit required reports.
  • Coordinate programs with other directors and outside service groups, if required.
  • Ensure implementation and accomplishment of grant-stated program goals and objectives.
  • Interpret and apply all applicable regulations, policies and procedures in grant package. 
  • Develop and implement training and treatment programs based in a Harm Reduction philosophy and approach.


  • Knowledge Trauma Informed Care and Harm Reduction.
  • Two years of work experience as a Substance Abuse counselor.
  • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Possession of a current certificate as an Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor issued by a certifying agency approved by the state of California. Certification must be maintained as defined by the department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, California Code of Regulations. OR possession of a license to practice medicine issued by the Medical Board of California or Psychologist licensed by the Board of Psychology or Clinical Social Worker or Marriage and Family Therapist licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences or an intern registered with the Board of Psychology or the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
  • Pass a background check, and be open and honest about any convictions.
  • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle with a valid registration and insurance, have a good driving record, and be willing to travel between offices and units during the workday.
  • Have received at least the first dose of Covid-19 vaccination at employment time. 

Family Assistance Program is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment is based on experience, training, and ability work without regard to sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, creed, color, national origin, marital status, age, physical, mental, or sensory disability.

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