Outpatient Substance Use Counselor - AAHC

Job Overview

HealthRIGHT 360 is currently looking to fill a SUD Counselor position opening at our African American Healing Center Outpatient program in San Francisco, CA! The African American Healing Center is a corner stone of the Bayview Community; providing critical substance use and mental health services for a vibrant and diverse community in an undeserved area of San Francisco. The ideal candidate has experience in a combination of the following areas: counseling, case management, substance use disorder, mood and disorders, PTSD, harm reduction, diverse cultural sensitivity and competency, group therapy facilitation, collaborating as part of a team, and partnering with other organizations. In this position you will gain invaluable experience working with a diverse population in a harm reduction and trauma-informed treatment setting as you help clients navigate needed mental health and substance use disorder services to reach health and recovery. Sound interesting? Below you will find a more detailed description of some of the duties and requirements for this position.

HealthRIGHT 360 has provided outpatient services for behavioral health disorders since 1985. The San Francisco Outpatient Program is specifically designed for people who struggle with substance use disorders, mental health issue/co-occurring disorders, and criminal justice involvement. The Outpatient Program works with high-risk populations from a variety of backgrounds providing trauma-informed care aimed at reducing the harmful impacts of substance use. Our programs are open and welcoming to adult participants of any gender identity. We accept the majority of participants who seek Outpatient treatment; including walk-in’s, referrals from other agencies, and step-down transitional clients from residential treatment programs. Participants and their counselors work collaboratively to design an integrated, individualized, strengths-based treatment experience geared towards addressing each client’s specific needs and goals.

Key Responsibilities

  • Works as part of an integrated, multi-disciplinary treatment team.
  • Provides treatment is in accordance with contracts/license expectations, including Drug Medi-Cal (DMC) requirements.
  • Maintains an assigned caseload of clients seeking substance use treatment and mental health treatment.
  • Conducts face-to-face assessments, telehealth, and phone based individual counseling sessions, and conducts progress reviews with each client.
  • Utilizes principles of a trauma-informed care and harm reduction to attend to client facing services. 
  • Facilitates group counseling sessions focused on substance use recovery, trauma recovery, addressing mental health symptoms, and other personal change topics.
  • Proactively links clients with available internal and external resources to develop/maintain treatment plans, transition plans, progress notes and appropriate updates in support of the health and recovery needs of each caseload client.
  • Attends regular trainings, meetings, and events related to furthering professional development.
  • Responsible for documenting all individual and group counseling sessions.
  • Maintains accurate records by data entering documentation into various electronic systems for all caseload clients in accordance with guidelines established by HealthRIGHT 360 to satisfy internal and external evaluating requirements.    

Education and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Education Required:

  • Registration or Certification with drug and alcohol counseling organization recognized by DHCS.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field.

Background Clearance Required:

  • Must not be on active parole or probation.
  • Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Knowledge Required:

  • Culturally competent and able to work with a diverse population.
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, specifically Word Outlook and internet applications.
  • Experience working successfully with issues of substance abuse, mental health, criminal background, and other potential barriers to economic self sufficiency.
  • Available Evenings and Weekends.

Required Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Ability to enter data into various electronic systems while maintaining the integrity and accuracy of the data.
  • Professionalism, punctuality, flexibility and reliability are imperative.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Integrity to handle sensitive information in a confidential manner.
  • Action oriented.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent organization skills and ability to multitask and juggle multiple priorities.
  • Outstanding ability to follow-through with tasks.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively as part of interdisciplinary team and independently assume responsibility.
  • Strong initiative and enthusiasm and willingness to pitch in whenever needed.
  • Able to communicate well at all levels of the organization including working with organization leadership and high-level representatives of partner organizations.
  • Able to work within a frequently changing project scope while maintaining overall direction and structured priorities.


  • Knowledge of co-occurring disorders and trauma informed treatment.
  • Knowledge of Clinical documentation (treatment plans, progress notes etc.).
  • Experience working with criminal justice population.
  • Bilingual.

We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


Compensation: $28.00-$33.00
Type: Hourly/ Non-exempt
Benefits: HealthRIGHT 360 offers a competitive benefits package.
City: San Francisco, CA
Hours/wk: 40

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