Principal Substance Abuse Counselor

Horizons Unlimited San Francisco, CA
  • $21.34 - $21.98 Hourly
  • Full Time
  • Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance
  • Employer Fairly Likely to Respond




Union Position

Horizons Unlimited of San Francisco, Inc., established in 1965, is a youth development and empowerment organization and offers substance use prevention, substance use and mental health treatment, employment, entrepreneurial, and after school services, for Latino and other youth of color, ages 10 to 25, residing in the Mission District and the city and county of San Francisco.

The Substance Use Outpatient Treatment Program (OP) addresses the needs of youth in our community through individual, group, and family counseling, case management, etc.

Services are provided on-site, at participating schools, through after-school programming, and late night activities.



Reports to:           PROGRAM DIRECTOR


  1. Conduct client intakes, screening, and assessments, knowledge of ODS-DMC requirements, ASAM Multidimensional Assessment and Level of Care Recommendations (LOC).
  2. Develop strength-based, individualized Plans of Care for each patient and consistently monitors progress.
  3. Conduct individual, group, and family counseling, including follow-ups and referral.
  4. Document and maintain up to date patient files while ensuring confidentiality, according to clinical procedures.
  5. Attend weekly interdisciplinary clinical meetings with clinical staff and bi-weekly individual supervision meetings with the Clinical Director.
  6. Act as an advocate for patients and families to ensure service delivery.
  7. Provide case management services that includes communicating regularly with schools, probation officers, social worker, family members and other caregivers, regarding patient’s treatment progress, etc., when appropriate.
  8. Conduct outreach activities for the purposes of engaging youth in substance use services.
  9. Develop and facilitate workshops, as required.
  10. Accumulate knowledge of, and coordinate services with other providers, when appropriate.
  11. Provide coordination support to achieve the mission and objectives of the Outpatient Program.
  12. Perform other duties as assigned by the Program Director.
  13. Prepare written monthly reports and submit to the Program Director.
  14. Considered leadership position; will work with Program Director & Clinical Director on team building and assessment activities.
  15. Develop and implement an outreach plan and corresponding activities for the purpose of engaging youth in programming, including preferential population (i.e.; pregnant injecting drug users; pregnant substance abusers; injecting drug users; and all others).
  1. Address the comprehensive needs of SUD clients including medical, psychosocial, behavioral,            and spiritual needs; partnering with clients to problem-solve and explore treatment options.
  2. Promote patient self-advocacy, self-care, and self-determination.


  1. Proactively ensuring that transitions to other levels of care are effective, safe, timely and complete (“warm hand-offs”); improving patient safety and satisfaction; and helping patients reach their optimal level of health, well-being and recovery.
  2. Must be a State Certified Counselor having attained CAADE’s Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor credential (CATC), or CCAPP’s California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CADC) or equivalent organization or in the process of obtaining AOD Certification.
  3. Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred.
  4. Knowledge of youth service providers in San Francisco preferred.
  5. Knowledgeable of clinical treatment, ODS-DMC qualifications and requirements; Youth ASAM criteria; healing arts, intervention techniques, and approaches to youth development.
  6. Experience working with youth within the juvenile justice system, youth with disabilities, youth with co-occurring disorders, and/or gang-affiliated, etc.
  7. Knowledgeable about youth development and empowerment principles, prevention strategies, best practices in serving high-risk youth, behavior modification, harm reduction, relapse prevention, etc.
  8. Ability to meet deadlines and juggle multiple competing deadlines/tasks in a fast paced environment.
  9. Able to maintain confidential, accurate, and complete records including documentation of daily encounters in Avatar; progress notes; court-ordered reports; weekly and monthly reports, etc.
  10. Excellent organizational, communication, written, and verbal skills.
  11. Ability to work as a member of a team and willing to be flexible (that may include working evenings).
  12. If in recovery, must be clean and sober for at least two continuous years.
  13. Must be able to complete a background check and clear a TB test before first day of employment.
  14. Must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to operate the agency van.

Status:           Full-time permanent position after successful completion of 6-months probation. Eligibility for benefits (medical, dental, vision, and life) begins 30 days after start date. This position is “at-will” and may be rescinded at any time for unforetold reasons.

Salary:                $21.34 per hour during probationary period (first 6 months). Contingent upon

passing probation, hourly rate will increase to $21.98 per hour.

Date Posted:                  June 2019

Deadline:                                     Open Until Filled.

Application process:       Email cover letter and resume to:                               

                              Shirley Maciel

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