Organizational Summary:
Envision a future where health disparities do not exist, where HIV transmission is extremely rare, and where people living with HIV have access to the medications and social support they need to live healthy, long lives. San Francisco AIDS Foundation has worked to create such a future since 1982 through education, advocacy and direct prevention, substance use health and supportive services. More than 16,000 people every year access free HIV testing and STI screening, harm reduction and syringe access and disposal, community engagement, and health navigation services. We need passionate agents of social change, vanguards of public health, and creative problem-solvers to join our fight.

Position Overview:
The Stonewall Counselor position is responsible for implementing all aspects of service delivery with limited supervision, and within the scope of their training and experience. Provides individual and group counseling to clients in the area of harm reduction related to substance use (including injection drug use) and HIV/HCV transmission. Candidates are expected to operate independently in providing psychiatric diagnosis, treatment planning, discharge planning, crisis intervention and case management. Stonewall is a substance use  counseling and treatment program rooted in the philosophy of Harm Reduction that integrates substance use, mental health, and HIV/ HCV counseling and education for gay men and other men who have sex with men (G/MSM). Stonewall serves approximately 800 clients each year. 
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
  • Counseling: Provide group and individual integrated mental health and substance use counseling and treatment. Conduct intake, assessment, and treatment planning including substance use, mental health, HIV, HCV and other physical health concerns. Provide provisional DSM diagnosis, crisis intervention and case management.
  • Group Facilitation: Facilitate a wide-variety of counseling, education, and process groups for G/MSM including groups that offer low-threshold walk-in services to G/MSM who are actively using. Develop, maintain and/or write group curricula. Maintain group materials including those used for outreach. Coordinate & conduct recruitment & retention of target populations.   
  • Trainings: Develop, maintain, and conduct trainings on the use of harm reduction interventions ranging from substance use management, partial abstinence, to full abstinence.  Audiences range from target populations to providers in health care and/or other substance use facilities.
  • Outreach:  Collaborate with other agencies, case managers and medical providers to achieve common goals of our mission statement and purpose through meetings, trainings and other events.  Write outreach materials and assist in the development of social marketing materials designed to provide: education, information, reduce stigma, reduce shame, assist with access to treatment and/or support.
  • Administrative: Maintain all records and paperwork in a timely manner and within the guidelines established by the program and all funding and licensing bodies.
  • Supervision: As assigned (Clinical Intern(s) and/or counseling staff)
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Strong knowledge of the harm reduction model, motivational interviewing, drug and alcohol counseling, safer injection techniques and practice, and other therapeutic models and interventions. Ability to work comfortably with diverse populations of drug and/or alcohol users – including injection drug users Posses sensitivity to issues concerning substance use, injection drug use, disability, HIV/HCV infection and transmission, trauma, alcohol use, homelessness. Understanding of HIV treatment, prevention and transmission risk factors and opportunities including the use of biomedical interventions (I.e. PREP). Ability to maintain confidentiality.  Ability to use considerable judgement and initiative in the course of executing responsibilities.
Supervision: T.B.D. (As assigned: clinical intern(s) and/or STW Counseling Staff)
Physical Requirements and Work Environments: Skill in operating office equipment such as a personal computer, copy machine and telephone system. Ability to perform routine bending, stooping, twisting, and reaching. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The position may require de-escalation of hostile clients
Education and Experience: Master’s degree in Counseling, Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy preferred or Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor required. Preferred CA State Licensed or license eligible as a Social Worker, Marriage & Family Therapist, or Licensed Professional Counselor.  

2 to 4 years of counseling experience required preferably with G/MSM target populations – including G/MSM who use methamphetamine and/or other party and play drugs or alcohol. Significant experience with substance use, mental health, injection drug use, and/or HIV/HCV counseling required. Must have experience with or be interested in providing services to active injection, non-injection or alcohol users in a model or care that accepts participant goals ranging from managed use, targeted abstinence full abstinence. Experience working in low threshold walk-in centers or milieu-based community mental health settings strongly preferred.

Must have excellent computer skills and be proficient in all standard Microsoft programs including Outlook. Experience facilitating skills based groups i.e. DBT, Seeking Safety, Relapse Prevention, Anger Management, preferred. Training and/or experience with Avatar preferred.
This position will have access to protected health information (PHI) and may only access, use or disclose the minimum information necessary to perform their designated role on behalf of San Francisco AIDS Foundation, regardless of the extent of access provided
Work Environment:
Market: This position is primarily located at 1035 Market Street; San Francisco, but will also work as needed at 470 Castro Street, and 117 6th Street in San Francisco. May require traveling to other office locations and/or off-site meetings or trainings as required by the job. Evening and weekend shifts required. Must be willing and able to work Saturday and Sunday however may require traveling to other office locations or off-site meetings as required by the job.
The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for personnel so classified.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
The San Francisco AIDS Foundation is an Equal Opportunity employer. We actively seek applications from people living with HIV/AIDS, and other disabilities, women, gay men, lesbians, transgender, queer and people of color.
Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
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