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Youth Residential Counselor

De Paul Treatment Centers, 4310 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97218

Job - Health

Close Date: 07/31/2020

De Paul Treatment Centers is one of Oregon’s oldest and largest providers of residential and outpatient chemical dependency treatment for adults and youth. Our mission is to create freedom from addiction for individuals, families, and communities. Founded by the Portland Society of St. Vincent de Paul in 1974, De Paul became an independent, secular 501(c)3 nonprofit agency in 1977. More than 40,000 people have been served since De Paul’s inception. De Paul Treatment Centers uses proven and effective treatment strategies to fulfill its mission.

The Youth RC staff are the most critical component to a successful residential program. Youth Residential Counselors (RCs) play an integral role in De Paul’s residential program by providing oversight and support to clients. The RC is responsible for maintaining a safe and therapeutic treatment environment for our clients, demonstrating healthy models of communication, ethics, and professional boundaries. RCs help facilitate and engage youth in pro-social activities, teaching them that life can be fun and rewarding without the use of substances. Responsibilities include administering medication, assisting with day-to-day activities, supporting groups, taking clients for off-site outings, updating documentation for clients during each shift, and supporting and/or facilitating classes. Duties also include monitoring the behavior of our clients and intervening when necessary. The RC plays an important role by working closely with the mental health and addictions counselors to keep them aware of the clients’ specific struggles on the milieu. The interactions that RC staff witness the client having are often used in developing a client’s treatment plan.

We offer competitive wages, continuing education training (including CEUs), in-house supervision towards licensure, opportunities for internal career advancement as well as a generous and comprehensive benefits package that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, 401k with a 6% match, 4 weeks of paid vacation & sick leave plus 10 paid holidays and loan forgiveness for qualified medical positions!


Position Title: Residential Counselor
Employment Status: Full-Time or On-Call
Shifts:Flexible days/ times
PAY RATE $14.25 to $14.75 per hour (plus shift differential for swing and graveyard shifts)

Either a college degree OR 2 years of experience working with addictions and/or mental health clients
Must demonstrate strong initiative and problem solving skills, be organized, show attention to detail, communicate effectively, and have the ability to remain calm and focused under pressure.
Flexibility, organization, problem solving skills
Candidates must possess valid driver’s license and be able to drive a 15 passenger van
We encourage applications from those in recovery, but we require 2+ years of continuous sobriety for candidates who identify with being in recovery. A DHS criminal background investigation is conducted on all new employees. Convictions are evaluated for each position and are not necessarily disqualifying.

All applicants are required to apply through our career site at
De Paul is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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