Alcohol and Drug Specialist

LOCATION:                        SW Portland, OR

SALARY RANGE:            $33,000-$36,000

HOURS:                                 Full-time, Tuesday through Saturday & occasional evenings


About New Avenues for Youth:
New Avenues for Youth imagines a community where all young people thrive and experience health, well-being, and a self-determined home. New Avenues works in partnership with the Portland community to provide homeless, foster-care, and at-risk youth of all backgrounds with the resources and skills needed to lead healthy, productive lives. We are a diverse non-profit organization in our 20th year serving youth.

Our Commitment to Equity:
New Avenues for Youth imagines a community where all young people thrive and experience health, well-being, and a self-determined home. Historical inequities and intersecting forms of oppression such as racism, poverty, adultism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism, among others contribute to marginalization and exploitation of youth. We believe, to redress youth homelessness and housing instability we must challenge and dismantle racism and other forms of oppression and build relationships within our communities that advance equity.

At New Avenues, advancing equity is an ongoing commitment without closure. We remain open-minded and presume best intentions, knowing that discomfort and conflict are inevitable. We take risks and make and learn from our mistakes. We seek multiple perspectives, strive for transparency, remain humble, and resist the urge to silence hard truths.

The Position:

The A&D Specialist provides crisis counseling, assessment, referrals and treatment connection supports to young adults between the ages of 18-24 dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues.  The A&D Specialist works as a part of the ROSE Team which is a collaborative effort of the Multnomah County Homeless Youth Services Continuum to support youth in building recovery and gaining the resources and treatment necessary to exit homelessness. This program is guided by the principles of the Positive Youth Development, Trauma-Informed Care, Stages of Change theory, Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, and Strengths-Based Practices.

The ROSE Team believes in involving youth in their own treatment decisions by utilizing creative engagement strategies and innovative approaches, including meeting youth where they are at and working with them in the community.

Skills & Knowledge:

  • Ability to perform assessments, short-term counseling, service coordination & referrals, and facilitate skill building groups
  • Competency working within an interdisciplinary treatment team
  • Knowledge of or experience with co-occurring disorders, trauma, adolescent development, homeless youth and the LGBTQ community
  • Familiarity with DSM-V and ASAM criteria preferred
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Supervisory skills preferred
  • Bilingual – English/Spanish – a plus

Education & Experience:

  • CADC I (Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor) required or Masters in related field
  • At least two years of experience in human services, social work or addiction services, preferably working with at-risk youth

New Avenues offers a very generous benefits package.  To apply, send your cover letter and resume to  Please be sure to include where you came across this opportunity in your response.  You can learn more about New Avenues by visiting our website at  New Avenues for Youth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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