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Recovery Advocates

JOB TITLE:                               Recovery Advocate (Registered Counselor)

FLSA STATUS:                        Non-Exempt

DEPARTMENT:                       Programs

DIRECT SUPERVISOR:       Program Coordinator


SALARY RANGE                   $18-23 per hour



Under the supervision of the Program Coordinator, the Recovery Advocate, Counselor Intern, will perform duties and responsibilities outlined below, as well as other duties as assigned.


NOTE: Performance reviews are conducted annually upon the anniversary of your hire date. Raises and promotions are based on merit, good performance, work ethics, attendance, etc.) which will be at the discretion of the Executive and Program Directors. Raises are not guaranteed upon review.



  • Will be responsible for conducting Living in Balance groups, Clinical Intervention, and discharge planning.

  • Will be responsible for overseeing self-administered medication of consumers and documenting all medications appropriately.

  • Must have knowledge of the ASAM criteria.

  • Will be responsible for BPS assessment and development of initial treatment plans as well as updates of the treatment plan during recovery process.

  • Will be responsible for documenting progress, individual, and weekly notes in client files

  • Will be responsible for community resource development and referral services.

  • Will have case management knowledge.

  • Will be responsible for keeping up-to-date UA documentation.

  • Must have knowledge and the ability to utilize the 12 core functions to AOD counseling.

  • Must maintain updated and current certifications and/or registrations from DHCS-approved registration/certification organizations such as CCAPP or CADTP.

  • Will assist the counseling staff in the day-to-day activities as required.

  • Will assist the Program Coordinator in the day-to-day activities as needed and as required.

  • Any other tasks assigned by any supervisor.



  • Must maintain a working knowledge of all state and county regulations.

  • Must have the ability to multi-task, often changing assignments on short notice. Must accomplish assigned tasks thoroughly with concern for all aspects no matter how minor the detail.

  • Must be sensitive to the feelings and needs of others.

  • Must possess the ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing; including professional Telephone Etiquette and when talking with individuals and groups, as well as clear, concise, and professional written communication.

  • Must possess Interpersonal Skills; working well as a team with colleagues and clients to achieve goals and assignments with tact and professionalism.

  • Must have a valid California Driver’s License or the ability to acquire one.

  • Must have an understanding of the nature of substance abuse and its respective treatment and recovery.

  • Must be free of alcohol and/or other drugs on a daily basis.

  • If a recovering alcoholic or drug abuser, a reasonable amount of current sobriety will be required. Determination to be made by the Executive Director.

If a recovering Alcoholic/ Addict a reasonable amount of sobriety will be required. Determination to be made by the Executive Director.



High School Diploma or Equivalent required. Must be involved in the process and time lines of obtaining a Certified Counselors Certificate. Some work experience in the field of Alcohol and Drug Recovery Programs preferred. Must possess a valid California Driver's License or the ability to acquire one.



Must have reasonable mental and physical ability to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The duties, responsibilities and qualifications listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. May be required to lift up to 25 pounds of paper and/or office supplies. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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