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Recovery Specialist at Volunteers of America Southwest

Posted in Management 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: San Diego, California

Job Description:

About Us:

For nearly 120 years, Volunteers of America has been the charity to step forward and help the most vulnerable in communities across the United States. Volunteers of America, Southwest inspires hope through its ministry of service by providing individuals and families with the tools they need to improve their quality of life. We operate twenty- eight human service programs in the areas of education and social development of young children, treatment and rehabilitation, housing, veterans and aging services. Each year, more than 16,000 lives are changed through our services. Our programs are located in San Diego, Imperial, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. To learn more, visit us online at

Job Opportunity:

We are seeking energetic, self-motivated, dynamic professionals to join our growing team.

Do you enjoy working with other professionals in a group setting? Are you passionate about helping those in need? Are you interested in joining and organization devoted to transforming lives? If so, we want to hear from you.

Under direct supervision, the Recovery Specialist is expected to effectively support the center's mission to provide client-centered care to those with substance disorders or with co-occurring substance and psychiatric disorders. Recovery Specialists are expected to engage clients in continuing care and treatment by using interventions which are diagnosis-specific, and communicate empathically with clients regarding addiction, mental illness, medications and recovery.

Promotes client's self-determination, personal responsibility and empowerment inherent in self-directed recovery; facilitates and teaches clients role recovery elements. The Recovery Specialist role models competency in recovery and serves as a mentor for clients in an Outpatient, Field-based or Wellness Center setting. In addition, this position will conduct outreach to identify potential clients, provide case management services, benefits enrollment, housing assessments and facilitate self-help/wellness groups. The position reports to the Director of Admissions and Aftercare. This is a full-time position and may be require working weekends.

Job Duties:

  • Implements and consistently practices evidence-based practices, harm reduction, trauma informed care, and integrated care interventions.

  • Develops case plans and makes appropriate placement and referrals for recovery treatment services/programs and other supportive services.

  • Facilitates self-help/support groups at co-located site locations as required.

  • Demonstrates an ability to develop respectful interpersonal relationships with clients while maintaining appropriate boundaries.

  • Provides supportive assistance to and the modeling of self-efficacy with the consumer, to help him/her identify, access and effectively utilize the following community resources:

    • Provides program outreach and navigation of client services.

    • Assists and supports members with identifying, linking to and utilizing healthcare resources, Primary Care Physician, specialty care providers, dental care and vision care.

    • Assists and supports members with establishing benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medi-Cal, etc.

  • Some travel is required.

  • May lift and carry up to 25 lbs. regularly, occasionally up to 50 lbs.


Applications are only accepted online. This Employer participates in E-Verify.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

  • Must have direct service experience in a substance abuse and mental health treatment center or recovery setting.

  • Minimum of high school diploma or equivalent required; Bachelors degree in health or human service field preferred.

  • Must have competencies in any of the following areas: life experience, training, certification, education, or other background in service area.

  • Must have a valid California Drivers License.

  • Must be able to obtain TB, physical, and drug screen prior to employment.

  • CPR/First Aide must be obtained within 3 months of employment.