Substance Abuse Counselor

Job Type

Full Time




1333 N Street NW
United States


About N Street Village

N Street Village is a community of empowerment and recovery for homeless and low-income women in Washington, DC. With comprehensive services addressing both emergency and long-term needs, N Street Village helps women achieve stability and make meaningful gains in their housing, income, employment, mental health, physical health, and addiction recovery. N Street Village also provides affordable rental housing for low and moderate-income individuals and families. Please visit our website for more information at:

Position Summary

The Substance Abuse Counselor assesses and provides recovery support for individuals with mental health, emotional, and substance use problems. Responsibilities include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, education, and client advocacy. This position reports to the Director of Programs.

Specific Job Duties/Responsibilities

  • Develop and ensure a safe and supportive environment for participants
  •  Counsel clients in individual or group sessions to assist them in dealing with substance use
  • Monitor, evaluate, and document client progress with respect to case plan goals
  • Interview potential clients for entry into program
  • Maintain regular communication with the Program Manager on issues involving the community, program, clients, and other stakeholders
  • Collaborate with partner agencies and other professionals to coordinate client needs and preferred supportive recovery methods
  • Participate in organization-wide meetings and committees, departmental meetings, and trainings as assigned
  • Create, develop, and implement individual and group activities to educate and promote recovery
  • Develop case plans and therapeutic goals
  • Refer client to community resources for housing, employment, or substance use supportive services to assist in recovery
  • Other duties as assigned

Education and Experience Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work with LGSW or LICSW licensure
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience with a focus on mental health, addictions, aging, and/or trauma
  •  Knowledge of DC social services resources and compliance requirements

Skills and Competencies

  • Experience in individual and group counseling
  • Outstanding problem solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Strong cultural competence, including excellent interactions and communication ability with a diverse population
  • Mature abilities in developing interpersonal relations, problem-solving, conflict resolution
  • Ability to multi-task with strong organizational skills
  •  Ability to work independently and maintain confidentiality
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, and the ability to learn a database system


Paid vacation, sick leave, holidays. Medical, dental, vision, Aflac insurance. Short and long-term disability. Life Insurance. 403b with match.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree