SUD Counselor II - Union City Outpatient Program

Job Overview

The AARS SUD Counselor truly believes that people deserve a second chance, that people can overcome their barriers to wellness and that with the right guidance, people can learn to live a fulfilling and productive life.

As an SUD Counselor at AARS Union City Outpatient Program, you will get to work with Transitional Aged Youth (TAY) and Adult clients in an outpatient substance use disorder treatment program, many of whom have been affected by trauma and substance use. As the first line of response for these clients, you will provide individual and group counseling in-person or via telehealth. The SUD Counselor utilizes a client-centered, strength-based and recovery-oriented approach to empower people in rediscovering their fullest potential! Our team supports our community by providing compassionate, integrated care, at a personal and caring level.

Intensity of services is based on the client's stage of change and response to treatment. Hours of operation are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00AM to 6:00pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00AM to 8:00PM.

Key Responsibilities

This job might be for you if:

  • You enjoy working in a fast-paced environment. 
  • You think on your feet. You like learning new things, quickly!
  • You can roll with the punches when things change and still keep your sense of humor.
  • You get a kick when you are faced with new challenges and can stay organized in uncertainty.
  • You communicate clearly, both verbally, and in writing.
  • You get a kick out of supporting clients meet those “aha!” moments. You are patient, level-headed, and cool under pressure.
  • Supporting others makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside.
  • You are driven. You volunteer to new challenges without being asked. You are not afraid of paving your own path!

What else can you expect?

  • You will facilitate intakes, assessment, treatment planning sessions, and provide case management to help clients get linked to resources based on their needs.
  • You will work with families where appropriate.
  • You will run groups, and host educational workshops.
  • You will participate in outreach activities with the API/ TAY communities.
  • You will be responsible for timely documentation.
  • You will be participating in several trainings for professional growth and development.




Education and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Education Required:

  • Certification in a Drug and Alcohol program recognized by DHCS OR Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling, Social Work, or related field with current registration in a Drug and Alcohol Certification program recognized by DHCS.

         - SUD Counselor I: AOD registered

         - SUD Counselor II: AOD certified

         -  First Aid Certified within 60 days of employment

         - CPR Certified within 60 days of employment

         - Valid California driver’s license


  • Ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree in Counseling, Social Work, or related field and have extensive experience with substance abuse treatment including certification with a Drug and Alcohol Certification program recognized by DHCS.

Background Clearance Required:

  • Must not be on active parole or probation .

Knowledge Required:

  • Knowledge of substance abuse recovery principles and resources; including co-occurring disorders and trauma informed treatment.
  • Knowledge of cultural stigmas of counseling and treatment services.
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques of social work, case management, crisis intervention, client centered counseling, and group facilitation.
  • Knowledge of best practices with TAY and cultural populations.
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, specifically Word Outlook and internet applications.


  • Knowledge and experience with Medi-CAL documentation standards.
  • Knowledge of mental health recovery and evidence-based practices.
  • Experience with Alameda County Behavioral Health system.

Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Experience and ability to work with the criminal justice population.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work at minimum one late day (until 8pm).


  • Experience working within the Alameda County Behavioral Health system.
  • Verbal and written skills in one of the County’s threshold languages, including Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Mandarin/Cantonese.


Compensation: $53,000.00-$58,000.00
Type: Hourly/ Non-exempt
Benefits: HealthRIGHT 360 offers a competative benefits package.
City: Union City, CA
Hours/wk: 40