Recovery Specialist

Location:                             Portland, OR

Salary Range:                   $34,000-37,000

Hours:                                   Full-time, including Saturdays and 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 Recovery Specialist for New Avenues works with homeless and at-risk youth ages 18-25 to provide assessment, referrals, and treatment connection supports for those dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues.  This position 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 Approach, 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, individual & group counseling, service coordination & referrals
  • 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
  • Supervisory skills preferred
  • Familiarity with computer documentation and organizational skills
  • Bilingual – English/Spanish speaking a plus


Education & Experience: 

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


New Avenues for Youth offers a generous benefits package.  To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to  You can learn more about us by visiting our website at  New Avenues for Youth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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