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Substance Abuse Counselor

Posted January 5, 2022

Sandia Resort & Casino
Albuquerque, NM
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Position Summary

Provide individual, group, and family counseling primarily on substance abuse and other psychosocial issues; engage in community education and prevention activities. Coordinates with Tribal Court and other Tribal, federal and state agencies to provide services in treating substance abuse and addiction. Locate treatment resources; conduct assessments, treatment planning, evaluation and aftercare for Native American clients.

Supervision Exercised

Reports to the Behavioral Health Manager.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides individual, group and family counseling at the Health Center and in other locations as appropriate.
  2. Screens clients for program eligibility; refers ineligible clients to other community resources.
  3. Conducts assessment, evaluation and treatment for clients in Sandia Pueblo.
  4. Liaison with Tribal Court and other referring agencies.
  5. Insures that all client charts have complete documentation, including assessment, treatment plan, progress notes and other reports according to established procedures, timeliness and clinical standards.
  6. Maintain confidentiality of treatment and records according to federal and other applicable standards.
  7. In collaboration with other programs and departments, provides educational materials to the community, including presentations and workshops.
  8. Plans and implements community prevention and wellness initiatives.
  9. Promotes coordination and teamwork with Health Center clinical, administrative and contract staff in providing and coordinating client services; attends case consultation sessions and health clinic staff meetings.
  10. Participate in planning programs and developing specific substance abuse policies and procedures.
  11. Locate treatment resources and provide referrals if necessary for inpatient treatment, and intensive outpatient treatment. Provide placement as necessary.
  12. Reports all client and family concerns, complaints and grievances and attempts at resolution to the Behavioral Health Manager.
  13. Establishes and maintains professional relationships with clients, their families, and Health Center clinical and administrative staff.
  14. Performs other duties as assigned.

Secondary Duties and Responsibilities

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. Knowledge of current clinical principles, methods, operations and procedures for the delivery of counseling services, including assessment, treatment planning, documentation and outcome measures.
  2. Knowledge of physical, social and economic effects of substance abuse and special problems facing Native Americans.
  3. Knowledge of client records and documentation standards.
  4. Knowledge of community resources for substance abuse and behavioral health treatment.
  5. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  6. Ability to work effectively with clients of all ages and their families in a Native American community, demonstrate age-specific competencies; ability to respond in a flexible, culturally competent manner to changing community needs and preferences.
  7. Computer literate in word processing, spreadsheets and internet.
  8. Knowledge of experience with accreditation standards and regulatory requirements.
  9. Knowledge of client and adult learning motivational techniques to provide education to patients and families and assist other staff in developing counseling and teaching skills.
  10. Skills in self-directed organizing and prioritizing of responsibilities and schedules.


Minimum Qualifications, Education and Experience


  1. High School Diploma, GED certification or equivalent.
  2. Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or other human service field from an accredited college or university
  3. The following license is required prior to employment start date:
    •  NM License for independent counseling practice (e.g., LISW, LPCC, LADAC, etc).
  4. Minimum two (2) years experience in a related professional activities. 
  5. Must possess and maintain a valid, unrestricted New Mexico Driver’s License. 


  1. Experience in Native American healthcare setting.

Licensing Status

  1. Must be able to successfully pass a stringent background and character investigation in compliance with PL 101.630.
  2. Successful candidate must be prepared to submit degrees, licenses, certifications, etc. to be photocopied and added to personnel file.
  3. Will require a post-offer, pre-employment and random drug screening.

Working Conditions

  1. Work is performed primarily indoors in Medical Clinic environment with some occasional travel within the immediate area of clinic to visit in their homes or to other community agencies.
  2. Flexibility of Work scheduled is required to provide early evening counseling hours one or more times per week; occasional prevention and education program presentations on Saturdays.
  3. Maybe required to submit to a TB screening, rubella screening; may be required to submit to Hepatitis screening, maybe offered Hepatitis vaccine. Proof of previous Hepatitis Vaccine may be submitted.
  4. Subject to hazards which may cause personal bodily harm; smoke; diseases; cuts bruises, burns, common cold, influenza, dust, odors and elevated noise levels.
  5. Tasks may be performed on uneven, inclined, hard and soft carpeted floors, cement structures and surfaces.
  6. Duties may involve walking, standing for long periods of time, sitting and crouching.
  7. Specific required movements include the following:
    • Trunk- bend, twist, rotate, push, pull, carry.
    • Arms – reach, carry, lift, twist, and rotate.
    • Legs – lift, push, pull, twist, and rotate.
    • Hands – Grasp, manipulate bilateral coordination, hand and eye coordination, and overall and finger dexterity.

Additional Information

Salary:  $47,916.00 – $64,687.00 Annually

All applicants must be able to demonstrate their US work authorization during the employment verification process.

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Sandia Resort & Casino

30 Rainbow Road, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113

(505) 796-7500

Casino Resort

The Sandia Resort and Casino is situated on the Northeast corner of Interstate 25 and Tramway Road in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since it first opened in 1994, The Sandia Resort and Casino has undergone extensive developments to its property to provide a truly all-inclusive and luxurious experience for visitors.

Owned and operated by the Pueblo of Sandia, it was the very first Indian casino in New Mexico at its opening. Now there are approximately 25 tribal casinos in the state, including Sandia.

The goal was to create an upscale experience that was close to home for New Mexicans, while encompassing Southwestern pride and culture for out-of-state visitors. With friendly customer service and opulent amenities, this goal was not only realized, it made Sandia Resort & Casino the best place for entertainment in the state.

The Vegas-style casino floor offers 140,000 square feet of your favorite games, including more than 2,300 slots, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Mini Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Bingo, Live Keno, and the state's largest non-smoking Poker room.

This is only the tip of the iceberg in regards to all that Sandia Casino has to offer. With the addition of the hotel in 2005, and another expansion in 2014 to add the golf pavilion and parking garage, Sandia Resort & Casino slowly became much more than just a place to game.

Visitors from all over the nation can now get lost in the lights and sounds of the casino floor, relax at the luxurious Green Reed Spa, dive into the outdoor pool, tee off on the 18-hole championship golf course, listen to their favorite singer at the amphitheater, dine at any of the numerous restaurants, bars, and lounges, get married to their best friend, and spend the night in one of the grand, luxury suites – all available onsite.

Come say hello to New Mexico’s best place to play – Sandia Resort & Casino!