Volunteers of America Oregon Alcohol & Drug Outreach Worker in Portland, Oregon

  • Direct Care/Outreach/Mentors

  • ALCOH02304


Position Summary: The Alcohol & Drug Outreach Worker is responsible for providing quality outreach services for substance abuse assessment and treatment programs to parents referred by DHS Child Welfare. The A & D Outreach Worker will work individually with parents by building on strengths and reducing barriers to available services, and as a team member with other A & D Outreach Workers and Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselors.

Education, Training & Experience:

  • One year of relevant experience in the chemical dependency field is required.
  • Experience in the addiction and recovery process, motivational interviewing skills, and client engagement strategies.
  • Certified Recovery Mentor certification preferred.


  • Knowledge of mental health issues and child welfare services.
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing and orally.
  • Computer literate, including MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook).
  • Time management and organizational skills.

Additional Eligibility Requirements:

  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.
  • Reliable vehicle, active driver’s license, current insurance and the ability to pass our insurer’s driving standards.
  • Individual in recovery from alcohol or drug addiction must have maintained continuous sobriety under non-residential, independent living conditions for at least the immediate past two years at the time of hire and maintain sobriety for duration of employment in this role.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Help eliminate barriers to treatment for parents referred by DHS Child Welfare by providing transportation, resources, and support. Initial contact with clients’ needs to occur within 24 hours of receiving the referral.
  • Prepare accurate records of client services provided daily by preparing clear, concise reports.
  • Maintain good communication and relationships with DHS Child Welfare case workers, treatment providers/case managers, coworkers and other community partners.
  • Attend family meetings, child safety meetings, and Court Review Hearings as needed.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Perform other duties as assigned by Program Supervisor.
  • Maintain ongoing education and training as needed.

*Pay range: *Depends on Experience and/or Certifications.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

Posted: December 7, 2018

Rate: $14 USD per hour

Close Date: 1/6/19