Volunteers of America-Greater New York (VOA-Greater New York) is the local affiliate of the national organization, Volunteers of America, Inc. and is one of the largest providers of human services in the metropolitan New York area. Founded in New York City in 1896 as a charity staffed by volunteers tending to the city’s poor, today VOA-Greater New York has 1,300 paid staff that provide life-changing, often life-saving services through 80 programs in New York City, Westchester County and Northern New Jersey.
VOA-Greater New York services extend to survivors of domestic violence; individuals and families — including veterans — experiencing, or at risk of homelessness; people living with HIV/ AIDS, behavioral health, and substance use issues; adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities; preschoolers with developmental delays; older adults on limited incomes, many with a history of homelessness; and at-risk youth.
VOA-Greater New York expands, and introduces new services in response to community needs. As such, it is at the forefront of building affordable, supportive housing for seniors; providing a service-rich continuum of care for formerly homeless veterans; and expanding its services for those recovering from domestic violence. Battle Buddy Bridge®, a peer counseling program for veterans, and the work VOA-Greater New York is doing to raise awareness of the impact of Moral Injury, are examples of the organization’s responsiveness, creativity and life-altering work.
Many of VOA-Greater New York’s programs are nationally recognized and meet the rigorous standards of accrediting bodies CARF, COA and the NAEYC. Operation Backpack® is the organization’s signature community service campaign that ensures every student who calls a NYC shelter “home” has a new backpack full of supplies in time for the first day of school.
Summary:The Substance Abuse Counselor provides direct counseling, guidance and case management services to clients with specific substance abuse problems. The counselor participates in delivery of services to all clients as needed.
Minimum Qualifications:The position requires a bachelor’s degree in a related field and certification as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC).
Supervisory Role:This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.
Principal Responsibilities:The below enumerated principal responsibilities are inclusive of both program specific and firm-wide related administration, as applicable.
1. Provide appropriate counseling services to individuals with specialized needs as defined in the service plan, including intake and assessment where required.2. Develop service plans with clients that address individualized needs.3. Maintain client records.4. Maintain linkages with community treatment providers.5. Complete accurate and comprehensive service delivery reports.6. Conduct individual and group counseling sessions.7. Serve as a resource to staff on substance abuse issues.8. Perform other related duties as requested.
Expected Results of Principal Responsibilities:1. Clients receive appropriate services designed to support their stabilization in the community.2. Progress is monitored and evaluated for adjustment to meet changing needs.3. Client records are accurate and up to date.4. Clients have access to community treatment providers.5. Reports are submitted in a timely and professional manner.6. Clients participate in the appropriate counseling sessions, both individual and group sessions as needed.7. Staff understand substance abuse issues receive information needed to provide the best service to their clients.8. All other related tasks are completed on time and accurately.
Work Environment:While performing the duties of the job, the employee will be in a residential housing shelter environment.
Physical Demands:While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to have visual acuity, talk and hear while communicating with peers, clients and/or vendors. This is an active position and requires sitting, standing, bending and walking. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move items up to 20 pounds.
Position Type:This is a full – time position. Make a living by making a difference. Apply online today! Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Vets/Disabled/Other Protected Categories.