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Alcohol and Drug Specialist

New Avenues for Youth Portland, OR
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.

About New Avenues for Youth:

New Avenues is a social services agency working in partnership with the Portland area 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 21st year serving youth.

Our Commitment to Equity:

New Avenues for Youth imagines a community where all young people experience health, wellbeing, and a self-determined home. We understand that racism, poverty, and experiences of oppression lead to social injustice and housing instability for youth. Due to current and historical exploitation and racism, youth of color are disproportionally impacted. In order to advance equity at New Avenues and fulfill our mission, we must address how privilege has shaped our organizational culture, policies, and practices.

New Avenues believes equity is an ongoing commitment without closure; in taking risks, we will learn from our mistakes. We will listen to and learn from young people’s lived experiences. We will seek multiple perspectives, strive for transparency, remain humble, and resist the urge to simplify or silence hard truths. We make these commitments because we believe in social justice and the inherent human dignity of each individual.

The Position:

The ROSE 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 for Youth offers a very generous benefits package. To apply, visit our website at to submit your cover letter and resume. Please be sure to include where you came across this opportunity with your submission. New Avenues for Youth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

New Avenues for Youth

Why Work Here?

Come be a part of the solution to end youth homelessness.

New Avenues for Youth is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and intervention of youth homelessness. Since 1997, our programs and services have impacted more than 20,000 young people as they work to overcome barriers, pursue their goals, and realize their potential. From supporting basic needs like meals and counseling to providing opportunities for education, job training, employment, and housing, we meet youth where they are—and help them get where they want to go.


314 SW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR