Substance Abuse Counselor, Recovery Center

Project Renewal is a leading non-profit organization with the mission of ending the cycle of homelessness by empowering individuals and families to renew their lives with health, homes, and jobs. Our comprehensive and integrated 24/7 programs are designed to offer the holistic care our clients need. With a staff of 950+ and an annual budget of $82 million, Project Renewal is one of the larger social service nonprofits in New York City.


Title:                     Substance Abuse Counselor

Program:             Recovery Center


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The counselor’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Conduct substance abuse assessments; development of treatment plans for assigned caseload.

  • Provide individual counseling to twenty (20) to thirty (30) clients per week; case management as needed.

  • Facilitation of substance abuse education groups, relapse prevention groups, anger management groups, and/or life skills groups.

  • Documentation of all client contact in compliance with OASAS and DMH regulations. Documentation completed within OASAS timeframes.

  • Attend and participate in all staff and team meetings, and in-service training; case consultation with interdisciplinary staff.

  • Completion of caseload reports to NYC HRA STARS system and NYS OASAS Vocational Rehabilitation, and NYS Department of Probation programs; completion of OASAS PAS Admission and Discharge forms.

  • Identification and outreach to possible referral sources to recruit new clients to the clinic.



  • Bachelor’s degree, LMSW, LCSW or,

  • New York State Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse certificate (CASAC), or CASAC-eligible.

  • Must be able to provide CASAC number or proof of CASAC-eligible status

  • Minimum two (2) years’ experience providing direct care to individuals with alcohol and substance dependence; experience with homeless and forensic adults

  • Five (5) years uninterrupted sobriety is required for candidates who are themselves in recovery

  • Good writing skills are essential

  • Computer Literacy: familiarity with OASAS documentation requirements


Work Hours 

Thirty-five (35) hour week; Monday to Friday.  Specific hours to be negotiated; one evening required. (Some weekend work may be required. Must be willing to travel to different PRI locations to provide services.)


To apply: e-mail resume with cover letter indicating position and salary requirements to: