Substance Abuse Counselor, Ryan White Clinic
Job ID: R0034319 | Health Services Professional | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The Department of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Disease at the University of Virginia's School of Medicine seeks applications for a Substance Abuse Counselor. This position will be a full-time counselor role serving patients of the UVA Ryan White Clinic with a history of substance use problems. The successful candidate will work independently and have the authority to make decisions without supervisory guidance.

The successful candidate will be expected to:
  • Provide counseling and assessment of people living with HIV with active or past histories of substance use disorders.
  • Develop and coordinate a treatment plan with patients aimed at modifying substance use disorders and related behaviors.
  • Coordinate patient treatment and care with clinic team members, UVA clinicians/team members and outside providers.
  • Make referrals to team members or providers as needed.
  • Case management of patients who use substances.
  • Make decisions regarding patients' eligibility for programs.
  • Coordinate, monitor and evaluate options and services to meet the patient's health and daily living needs.
  • Develop and maintain an engaging relationship with the patient throughout the episode of care.
  • Perform outreach counseling.
  • Maintain records related to compliance and regulatory standards.
  • Provide individual and group counseling sessions.
  • Engage in weekly clinical supervision meetings.
  • Participate as a provider of or participant in ongoing clinical skills training events for clinic team members.
  • Provide monthly updates on services provided for Ryan White Funders and others.

In addition to these job duties, other duties may be assigned.

Required Qualifications:
  • Education: Bachelor's degree in social work, counseling, psychology or related field.
  • Experience: At least 2 years of experience working with people with addiction issues.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in social work, counseling, psychology or related field.
  • Clinical experience in an alcohol or other drugs (AOD) and/or mental health setting.
  • Expertise with professional computer software and prior usage of electronic medical records systems.

Required Skills:
  • Comfort with professional computer software and ability to learn electronic medical records systems.
  • Qualified to apply for the Certified Substance Abuse Counselor designation.
  • Strong communication and documentation skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a range of team members to optimize patient care.
  • Ability to implement evidence-based case management and counseling techniques for substance use and related behaviors in individual and group formats.
  • Strong reflective listening skills and the ability to form a working alliance with diverse patients.
  • Knowledge of local, federal and state laws and regulations regarding people with addictive disorders.
  • Ability to help patients analyze and solve daily living challenges and complex problems.
  • Ability to exchange information with patients, families and colleagues in a positive and professional demeanor that is supportive, timely and understandable.

Physical Demands:
Job requires sitting/standing for prolonged periods, frequently bending/stooping/traveling (distance: 1-2 miles/day), climbing (ladder, steps) and reaching (overhead, extensive, repetitive). Proficient communicative, auditory and visual skills. Attention to detail and ability to write legibly. Ability to lift/push/pull 20-50 lbs.

The Substance Abuse Counselor will report to Everlyne Sawyer, Unit Administrator & Ryan White Program Manager. For additional information about the position, please contact Everlyne Sawyer, Unit Administrator & Ryan White Program Manager, at

This position is located in Charlottesville, VA. The anticipated start date is June 1, 2022. This position will remain open until filled

This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding and performance. This is an exempt-level, benefited position. For more information on the benefits at UVA, visit

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. A completed pre-employment health screen and drug screening are required for this position prior to employment.

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