Requisition Number: MCHOC-ADDSP-S-09-2020-02
Job Title: Addiction Specialist
City: Norristown
State: PA

Minimum Degree Required: C - 4 Year Degree
Minimum Years of Experience: 1
Salary Range: $48,000 per year

Addiction Specialist

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Description/Job Summary

The Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center (CHOC) provides emergency shelter for single male and female homeless individuals in Montgomery County. The Addiction Specialist works in collaboration with case managers, floor staff, to assist individuals identified as having substance use/abuse issues that hinder their ability to obtain and maintain housing and/or income. The Specialist provides unconditional and nonjudgmental listening while supporting the utilization of skills needed for individuals to begin creating a higher quality of life with fewer harmful effects.

Responsibilities/Duties

  • Responsible for continuous engaging all residents who identify as having a substance use issue and/or any past substance use history
  • Encourage and conduct drug and alcohol screenings
  • Encourage and link to drug and alcohol assessments
  • Connect individuals with appropriate supports
  • Conduct regularly scheduled meetings to appropriately engage individuals to identify their interests, strengths, goals, dreams, and aspirations by encouraging and empowering through shared experience to enhance strengths and capabilities
  • Provide Psychoeducation around substance use through weekly scheduled groups 
  • Coordination of useful substance use resources in Montgomery County
  • Prepare and submit required reports to Montgomery County
  • Have weekly face to face interaction with individuals who have a substance use issue and/or a substance use history at the CHOC
  • Develop an aftercare plan with CHOC residents who move into housing


Required Experience

  • 1 year of experience with individuals exhibiting sustance abuse disorder, homelessness, and other health and beahvioral health challenges 
  • Valid Driving License
  • Good written and verbal communication skills

Required Education

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Sociology, Human Services, or other social service related fields 

Required Qualifications

  • Valid Driving License
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge in Microsoft Office

Program Summary

The Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center (CHOC) is a homeless shelter for single adults that reside in Montgomery County PA.  It is designed to offer short-term (approximately 3 months) safe shelter for individuals until affordable and appropriate housing can be located. As an organization it coordinates with many service providers in the community to Identify and overcome the personal and systemic barriers that lead to and prolong homelessness for individuals. In keeping with our values, we do this in a way that fosters respect for one another and strives for the growth of every individual.We welcome your energy, your ideas, and your enthusiasm.  We hope you find your work rewarding, challenging, and fun.


CHOC, is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran or disability status.


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Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.