Substance Abuse Counselor - Si a la Vida

Agency Description:

Instituto Familiar de la Raza, Inc. is a multi-service community health and social service agency. We emphasize serving the Chicano/Latino/Indígena community in San Francisco with a special focus on the diverse needs of the Mission District. Our services include a wide range of mental health, HIV-related services, and social services, including health promotion, education, prevention, early intervention, case management, psychological and psychiatric interventions, and cultural/social and spiritual re-enforcement. Our agency serves children, youth, adults, and families. We have a rich history of working collaboratively with other agencies to meet the needs of the Chicano/Latino/Indígena community and other cultural/racial communities in San Francisco. We accomplish this by providing culturally integrated services rooted in our three pilares: Tú eres mi otro yo, La cultura cura, and Sí se puede.

Job/Program Description: 

Si a la Vida –Integrated HIV Services offers a continuum of HIV services to diverse Latino communities in San Francisco, including HIV prevention and mental health services. Our goals are to support Latinos in reducing their risk of HIV infection and transmission; to improve the quality of life of those living with and at risk of HIV; and to reduce stigma related to HIV, sexual orientation and gender identity. We accomplish this through client-centered, nonjudgmental, culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

The Substance Abuse Counselor is part of the mental health team at our Mission Center of Excellence (for HIV care) in collaboration with Mission Neighborhood Health Center. The Substance Abuse Counselor is responsible for providing substance use and mental health services to individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Services are delivered primarily in Spanish. The SF Department of Public Health, through a multi-year contract, funds this position.

Essential Job Duties are, but not limited to the following:

  • Conduct substance abuse assessments and develop individualized care plans in collaboration with other providers they may be working with
  • Provide outpatient substance abuse counseling based on individual care plans
  • Provide case management services based on individual care plans
  • Work closely with psychotherapists, medical care providers, case managers, and other staff to achieve treatment goals regarding substance abuse and HIV care
  • Provide direct linkage, navigation and accompaniment to other substance abuse and related services as needed
  • Facilitate a weekly psycho-educational group utilizing a harm reduction model
  • Maintain proper notes and documentation in clients’ electronic medical record, and comply with HIPPA and standards of care guidelines
  • Submit monthly client data reports
  • Participate in clinical supervision and attend required training and agency meetings
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Skills 

  • Must speak Spanish and English fluently (the majority of clients are Spanish speaking)
  • Demonstrated skills in the facilitation of groups and workshops
  • Demonstrated competence in creating spaces that are affirming of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expression
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and take initiative, as well as foster teamwork

Preferred Skills

  • Possession of a substance abuse counselor certification or experience with this population
  • Experience working with people living with HIV, immigrant communities, and socially and economically disadvantaged Latino communities


This position is full-time at 35 hours per week, and the job is primarily on-site at the IFR, with work-from-home options.

The salary range for the Substance Abuse Counselor I position is $25.50 - $29.98 hourly, depending on qualifications and experience. The salary range for the Substance Abuse Counselor II position is $29.42 - $33.90 hourly, depending on qualifications and experience. 

Positions at 17.50 hours or more can participate in health benefits, Employee Assistance Programs, Flexible Spending Accounts, dental coverage, access to vision plans, paid vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, and ongoing opportunities for learning. 


Interested applicants should submit their cover letter and resume in a Word or PDF format to [email protected] with “Si a la Vida Substance Abuse Counselor” in the subject line and include:

Please note that resumes without a cover letter will not be considered.

Instituto Familiar de la Raza is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, culture, age, disability, gender, or sexual orientation. People of color are encouraged to apply.

² Please note that IFR reserves the right to change its benefits and contributions at any time at its sole discretion.

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