Substance Use Specialist

265 E Burnside Ave, The Bronx, NY 10457, USA Req #2306
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Make a bigger difference


The Jewish Board delivers innovative, best-in-class mental and behavioral health services to over 45,000 New Yorkers each year. We are unique in serving everyone from infants and their families, to children, teens, and adults. That adds up to countless opportunities to use your skills, training, and compassion to make a difference in the lives of others.  

Similarly, we support our employees through benefits like, professional development opportunities and paid supervision. Some of our other benefits include:

  • Positions offer competitive compensation
  • Continuing CME/CEU support through our tuition assistance program
  • 15 agency holidays and 15 sick days in addition to generous vacation days
  • Health/dental/vision plans that are subsidized up to 80%
  • Access to 403(b) retirement benefits and a pension
  • Unlimited employee referral bonus opportunities
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) through our many company initiatives, including employee resource groups (ERGs) like Confronting Structural Racism (COR), Coalition Against Anti-Semitism (CAAS), and the LGBTQ Steering Committee




The Jewish Board’s Adult Residential Division supports adults with severe mental illness to live in the community with as much independence as possible. Using a non-judgmental, harm-reduction approach, staff model and guide residents to create and meet personalized recovery goals, develop independent living skills, and live in a healthy and secure manner. Our work is guided by principles that underscore the critical importance of stable housing, use a culturally competent and anti-racist lens, and respect the dignity and legitimacy of each individual’s Journey. 


The Substance Use Specialist provides assessments, interventions, and referrals to residents in multiple sites throughout their assigned Borough who use substances, including nicotine.  For residents seeking outpatient or inpatient substance abuse treatment, the Substance Use Specialist will provide appropriate referrals and follow up.


Tasks include but not limited to:

  • Engage residents who use substances in a variety of settings, including residences,  scatter-site apartments, and office sites
  • Evaluate and assesses resident’s substance use status using targeted evaluation tools.
  • Apply Harm Reduction principles to support program staff and residents to implement safety strategies to manage risk.
  • Provides residents with harm reduction counseling, intervention and strategies in individual and group modalities.
  • Develops curricula, recruits for, and facilitates groups for residents who are substance-involved
  • Advocates on behalf of residents with other services providers and in a way that takes into account health disparities and systemic racism.
  • Resolves crises and de-escalates situations threatening resident comfort and well-being. 
  • Develops Action Plans with residents.



The Jewish Board is currently looking for talented professionals of all cultures, religions, races, and gender expressions with the following qualifications:

You should have:

  • CASAC with at least 2-4 years substance abuse experience or MSW or BA with experience
  • MSW preferred, or BA in related field with substance use experience.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite of products (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.).
  • Ability and willingness to learn new systems and application software
  • Ability to travel throughout New York City.
  • Ability to travel to visit residents in apartments or to escort residents in the community. 


We respect diversity and accordingly are an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, disability, sex, gender, gender identity or expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

This applies with respect to recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, termination, assignments, benefits, employee activities, access to facilities and programs, and all other terms and condition of employment as well as general treatment during employment.

 We will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of qualified employees with disabilities, without regard to any protected classifications, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. Any employees who need assistance to perform their job duties because of a physical or mental condition should contact human resources.

Other details

  • Job Family Direct Care [200s]
  • Job Function Social Workers
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Employment Indicator 8810 - Clerical Office Employees NOC
Location on Google Maps
  • 265 E Burnside Ave, The Bronx, NY 10457, USA