Lead Substance Abuse Counselor in Arlington, VA at Volunteers of America Chesapeake and Carolinas, Inc.

Date Posted: 9/12/2020

Career Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
  • Location:
    Arlington, VA
  • Career Type:
  • Experience:
    Greater than 15 years
  • Date Posted:

Career Description

Assist the VOACC-RPC Program Director with providing program oversite ensuring the  coordination, implementation, evaluation; tracking, monitoring, and enforcing guidance and delivery of services specific to early recovery, as defined by Arlington County Department of Behavioral Health Services and the Virginia State Department of Behavioral Health and Disabilities Services (VA-DBHDS).  Current services provided within the “Early Recovery (ER)” program is governed and licensed as a residential substance use treatment program, which serves eligible adults 18+ years of age. The delivery of individualized treatment and recovery support services, under the auspices of a residential treatment program, are required. The Early Recovery Program provides services supported by criteria identified under the ASAM 3.3 Clinically managed Population-Specific High-Intensity Residential Services.  Services are delivered, in a 24-hour care facility with trained counselors and medical staff,  to stabilize multi-dimensional imminent danger to participants, who have the voluntary option to complete 90 days, inclusive of services to enhance the recovery process.

The RPC -ER program meets VA Statue 12VAC30-130-5000 and 12 VAC 35-105 and supports the delivery of contracted services as described in the Arlington County Contract agreement.  All residential treatment services provided include a structured process for recruitment, referral, intake, admit, treatment/services planning and discharge. Direct services incorporate individual and group counseling; peer support services to residents of the Arlington County funded “Early Recovery” program participants.

The Lead-SAC will assist the RPC- Program Director in collaboration with the Arlington County Department of Behavioral Health Services, ensuring appropriate delivery of services to the eligible population. The L-SAC interacts with county agencies including Drug Court, community-based hospitals, and urgent care centers; shelters; public safety and health departments and other organizations responsible for delivering health, mental health, and substance use service.  All activities support RPC to ensure a client’s successful transition and return to their community.   Participate in the development of curriculum/schedule for program participants. Ensure and provide oversight of appropriate compliance of the electronica health record (E.H.R.) and management of clinical/health records and other required documentation for reporting and submitting to the County.   

Principle function is to support the clinical management of RPC services, with an emphasis on client-centered treatment services for residents, as a strategy for supporting and maintaining the individual’s recovery.  The Lead SAC functions as lead-counselor with supervisor duties, is support of the Program Director.


  • Assess substance use clients.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate client treatment plans.
  • Provide training and counseling to clients and significant others as appropriate.
  • Document clients’ progress; prepare and maintain client reports and records.
  • Coordinate client activities with County and community services, as well as family members.
  • Respond to crisis situations
  • Provide client transportation when appropriate/necessary.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of groups and therapeutic activities.
  • Assist with planning and coordinating special projects.
  • Develop and maintain communication/coordination with other service providers.
  • Provide clinical supervision to other treatment staff.
  • Provide training on treatment techniques to other staff and volunteers.
  • Supervise and carry out the substance use testing program.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Master’s degree from an accredited college or university required with course work in substance use, psychology, or social work. Four years of experience in providing services in a substance use treatment program is preferred. Bilingual in Spanish preferred. One year of supervisory experience is preferred.  Experience in residential substance use preventions, treatment, and recovery, is required.

Licensure in the field of counseling and or social work required, in Virginia, and or eligible for Reciprocity.   

Must have knowledge of the theories, principles and practices of substance use counseling; knowledge of the formulation, planning and evaluation of individualized program plans, knowledge of community services and resources; knowledge of client assessment procedures; the ability to communicate ideas clearly, concisely and effectively, orally and in writing. Required., is the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees, clients, clients’ families, and the public.  Must be able to provide supervision to Peer Specialist and be knowledgeable of personnel practices.  The ability to communicate effectively is required.


  • This position requires driving your personal vehicle for company business.  Must be privileged to drive according to the criteria set forth by Agency MVR guidelines.
  • Valid driver’s license in jurisdiction of residence
  • Vehicle liability coverage if driving personal vehicle (on occasion, may be required to transport clients in personal vehicle)
  • Acceptable Criminal background check, OIG Exclusion check
  • Negative Drug Screening
  • CPR/First Aid Certification must be acquired and maintained once employed


The physical requirements described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

  • The ability to safely operate a motor vehicle to transport oneself, consumers, and program supplies, as necessary.
  • The physical ability to travel to assigned locations, stand, stoop, bend, reach, pull, push, lift, grasp, climb, talk, see, hear and perform basic and light home maintenance activities, and operate office equipment.
  • Operating office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive hand/arm movements.
  • The ability to remain in a sitting position for extended periods of time.
  • Occasionally, ability to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.


  • Compliance with contractual and licensor obligations.
  • Provision of a safe supportive environment for clients.
  • Maintenance of a positive public image for the program and VOACC within the community.
  • Support for the commitment of residents in recovery.