Chemical Dependency Counselor Aide

The Chemical Dependency Counselor Aide is responsible for client supervision, and to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team to address issues of addiction in a 24/7 residential inpatient treatment setting.

• High School diploma or equivalent required. Higher education is desirable.
• Provide client transportation to scheduled appointments.
• Considerable knowledge of the disease concept and addictions.
• Familiarity with the philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous.
• Understanding of non-traditional treatment modalities.
• Familiarity with and sensitivity to culture and tradition of the Mille Lacs Band.
• Commitment to multi-cultural programming.
• Ability to maintain highest level of confidentiality with respect to clients to maintain integrity of program.
• Ability to communicate effectively with others.
• Ability to make effective and appropriate decisions.
• Ability to write effectively.
• Basic computer skills, including Windows and Word.
• If chemically dependent, must be free of dependency for at least one year and be able to demonstrate documentation of sobriety. Documentation shall include two letters of support.
• To complete all tasks and jobs as assigned.
Many chemically dependent people relate better to program staff that are in recovery and can act as a role model in successful recovery of an addiction. Therefore, while not mandatory that the incumbent be in recovery, consideration will be given to incumbent personal history. If in recovery, a minimum of 1 year of sobriety at time of hire.
• Must have current driver’s license, reliable personal transportation, proof of current insurance coverage, and insurability under the Band’s Auto Insurance Policy.
• Must pass a background check.
• Must pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol test.

• Coordinate and facilitate educational/life skills groups for treatment program.
• Transport clients as necessary.
• Assist clients as necessary and appropriate while in treatment and recovery.
• Confer with program staff to keep them informed of treatment planning and progress towards recovery.
• Provide written and verbal communication to program staff.
• Maintain client confidentiality of program records.

• Nature of work is such that incumbent experiences infrequent periods of moderate to high stress levels while dealing with clients, family members, and others.
• Work is almost exclusively in doors in a controlled climate area.
• Little threat of personal danger or risk, although working with certain patients may subject incumbent to periods of moderate to high stress levels.
• The facility is open 24 hours a day seven days a week. Employees must be willing to work shifts needed for program coverage. Extra hours and weekend work may also be required. May also require occasional "on call' availability to cover emergency situations.
• Will involve working with many different people who are often distressed in some way.
• Local travel is required, travel outside the state is very limited.

Submit resume, cover letter, and employment application to:

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Employment Coordinator
43408 Oodena Dr.
Onamia, MN 56359

Fax: (320) 532-7492