Current openings at NARA 

The Native American Rehabilitation Association (NARA) is a private non-profit that provides culturally appropriate education, physical and mental health services, and substance abuse treatment to Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and vulnerable people.



Posted 4/1/14

Responsible for processing and recording NARA’s bi-weekly payroll, reconciling general ledger payroll accounts, and assisting with other accounting projects as needed.


  • Process bi-weekly payroll.
  • Prepare and enter payroll journal entries and related accruals.
  • Process payroll related liabilities (garnishments, taxes, 401(k), etc.).
  • Reconcile vacation/sick accruals.
  • Reconcile general ledger payroll accounts.
  • Prepare and submit retirement plan contribution transmission and reconciliation.
  • Prepare and reconcile monthly benefit plan insurance bills and allocations.
  • Calculate quarterly workers compensation report.
  • ADP/EZ Labor training for staff.
  • ADP/EZ Labor data management (employee updates, changes, etc.).
  • Work with co-workers and independently on special projects.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

To Qualify:

  • Accounting/finance degree or the equivalent combination of education, training and work experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Requires working knowledge of electronic payroll systems, basic accounting principles, Microsoft Office products, and 10 key by touch and/or equivalents.  Full cycle accounting experience preferred.
  • Must have exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills and superior organizational, multi-tasking, & prioritization skills.
  • Requires flexibility, confidentiality, a high level of accuracy and attention to detail, and the proven ability to work professionally and collaboratively in a faced paced team environment.

Child Care Worker – On Call

Posted 4/1/14

The successful candidate will provide care, education, and recreation for children whose parents are attending NARA’s Residential Treatment Center for alcohol and drug treatment.  Also prepares and serves snacks, completes progress reports, maintains daily log, works collaboratively with parents and counselor, and ensures the safety of children.


To Qualify:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Two years experience in the childcare field
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs
  • First Aid/CPR certification preferred

Reliable transportation is required as there is no bus service to this NW Portland location


1st Contact / In Home Safety and Reunification Specialist

Posted 4/1/14

Will provide crisis intervention, safety assessment, advanced short-term case management to American Indian/Alaskan Native families determined to be at risk for possible out of home placement. This service will be provided under the direction and in collaboration with DHS caseworkers.


  • Provide timely response to Native American/Alaskan Native  families in crisis,
  • In collaboration with DHS staff will identify and address safety issues related to children remaining in the home, when children are returning home, or when planning for imminent family reunification.
  • Works in partnership with DHS caseworkers and other service providers in the community to ensure accurate and culturally appropriate assessment and intervention related to child safety and improve parental protection of children.
  • Assist Native American/Alaskan Native families to access necessary formal and natural supports and community resources.
  • Provide prevention intervention related to re-abuse and/or re-entry into the Child Welfare system.
  • Complete all necessary forms, documentation and reports related to services provided.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in order to fulfill NARA’s mission


To Qualify:

Requires a minimum of 2 years experience in the following areas:

  • Experience/ knowledge of Native American/Alaskan Native cultures w/ability to successfully engage Native American/Alaskan Native clients
  • Experience working w/families + knowledge of crisis intervention, parent/family education and skill building.
  • Demonstrated skills and ability to advocate for clients, and preference for those with direct experience with clients obtaining DHS services
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with clinical program managers and supervisors
  • Willing and able to travel to multiple locations in a day.  Oregon drivers license and transportation required
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate professionally and effectively with DHS and other community agencies and partners
  • Must be energetic, have superior communication skills and the ability to multitask.
  • CADC or progress toward a CADC a plus


Grant Writer

Posted 2/28/14

Primary responsibility will be to write proposals to obtain new grants, contracts, or other funding for new and existing programs for NARA. Responsible for other technical and policy writing as needed.


  • Research foundations, tribal, state, and multiple funding sources.
  • Maintain active grant book records and grant archive files.
  • Develop and maintain boiler-plate and documentation templates as required for funding requests.
  • Perform data collection and data entry for grant management, grant opportunity research, and program evaluation activities.
  • Conducts grant opportunity research utilizing reference directories and Internet web sites.
  • Preparation of new grant proposals by writing proposals, researching necessary data, assembling supporting documents, etc.
  • Prepare grant applications for submittal and assist grant managers in prepare quarterly or annual reports as required by granting agencies.
  • Provides on-going assistance in the development of grant reports, data management, and budgets.
  • Researches and writes other documents as needed to further the work of the organization.

To Qualify:

  • Bachelors Degree in relevant field and one year grant writing/fund raising experience OR post high school education and 3 years grant writing/fund raising experience.
  • Must love to write and have a proven track record of writing successful applications.
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Skill and experience in organizing information, technical report writing, library research.
  • Must have exceptional interpersonal, and verbal and written communication skills.
  • Requires a high attention to detail, strong organizational skills, the ability to multi-task and prioritize effectively in an individual or team environment and maintain flexibility with changing priorities.

Experience in writing grants for health and behavioral health care organizations preferred


Chemical Dependency Counselor – Outpatient

Posted 2/28/14

Responsible for a collaborative process that facilitates the client’s progress toward mutually determined treatment goals and objectives. Work with clients to establish realistic, achievable goals consistent with achieving and maintaining recovery.


  • Provide screening, evaluation, referrals and complete intakes for all potential clients as per assigned.
  • Develop and implement, based on the assessment, individualized comprehensive treatment plans per Federal/State requirements for all clients assigned to caseload.
  • Conduct weekly goal planning and weekly progress evaluation sessions for all outpatient clients.
  • Provide weekly one to one counseling sessions for each assigned client.
  • Refer assigned clients to family counseling sessions when appropriate.
  • Facilitate group sessions as assigned, and organize material, books, slides, films, and equipment needed for group sessions scheduled.
  • Conduct scheduled hours of structured group therapy each week as per treatment calendar.
  • Refer Residential Treatment Center clients assigned to caseload to Outpatient component prior to discharge date.
  • Complete discharge and aftercare plan on all clients assigned to caseload prior to discharge from outpatient treatment, and send discharge summaries to referring agency within three working days after client’s discharge.
  • Supervise attendance of weekly scheduled AA meetings and/or all activities specific to treatment plan for each client through documentation and review of attendance books.
  • Maintain all client records in accordance with state and federal regulations.
  • Participate in on-call service coverage.
  • Assist with on-going audits of all client files, assuring that all are in compliance with State and Federal regulations.
  • Assist Outpatient Manager with hiring, firing, evaluations, and disciplinary actions with Outpatient Counselors.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings, presenting each client’s file assign to caseload.
  • Attend relevant meetings as assigned.

To Qualify:

  • High School Diploma or General Education Diploma required.
  • Must be a Certified Chemical Dependency Specialist I with at least one year’s paid experience as a chemical dependency counselor.
  • Candidates must demonstrate disciplined empathy for alcohol/drug abuse clients and an understanding of the illness concept of alcoholism/drug abuse, plus demonstrate knowledge of AA, NA, Alateen and other support program.
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries with clients, the community, and other staff members.
  • Work collaboratively with clients, other NARA staff, team members, and to treat everyone with respect and dignity at all times.
  • Experience working within the Native American/Alaska Native community is considered a plus.


Mental Health Therapist – Adult, Full Time

Posted 2/11/14

The Mental Health Therapist – Adult, Full Time will provide intake and assessment and follow-up services for adults. Hours of work are flexible to meet program needs, with some evenings and weekends.


  • Provide intakes and assessments
  • Provide therapy sessions.
  • Contribute to the Women’s Intensive Outpatient Program as needed.
  • Serve as consultant and liaison with referral sources and treatment providers.
  • Complete written diagnostic assessments and impressions, treatment plans, progress notes, discharge summaries and other documentation as required. Contribute to development of treatment plan with residential counselor.
  • Provide crisis intervention services as needed including referral and follow up.
  • Participate in community mental health awareness and community outreach programs of NARA NW.
  • Provide referral and follow up and outreach services as needed.
  • Participate in residential and clinic staff meetings as needed.
  • Participate in quality assurance activities including chart reviews.
  • Attend and provide relevant training as assigned.
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary clinic staffing and meetings as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

To Qualify:

  • Master’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or psychiatric nursing plus two years paid experience as Mental Health Specialist, dual diagnosis experience.
  • Licensed as LCSW, LPC, or LMFT.
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries with clients, the community, and other staff members.
  • Work collaboratively with clients, other NARA staff, team members, and to treat everyone with respect and dignity at all times.
  • Experience working within the Native American/Alaska Native community is considered a plus.
  • If in recovery, must have a minimum of two years sobriety/clean time.
  • Ability to pass a pre-employment or for cause drug tests.
  • Ability to pass criminal background and DMV checks.
  • Mental Health Therapists must be able to pass a CRIMS finger printing and background check.

Gambling Addictions Treatment Counselor

Reposted 1/7/14

The Gambling Addiction Treatment Counselor is responsible for development, implementation, and delivery of outpatient gambling addiction treatment in the outpatient treatment setting.


  • Develop and implement culturally specific Gambling Addiction Treatment curriculum into the outpatient treatment schedule.
  • Provide direct outpatient client care, to include intakes, referral routing, assessment, treatment planning, case management, and individual and group counseling.
  • Attend meetings and develop relationships with external organizations to maintain communication and cooperation between NARA and outside tribes/agencies/organizations.
  • Organize, attend, and participate in outpatient PGS staff meetings.
  • Prepare reports as required (weekly, monthly, quarterly) for submission to the applicable program management/staff as well as Herbert and Louis monthly reports.
  • Participate with outpatient staff to identify community self-help resources and provide aftercare treatment for clients with gambling addiction.
  • Provide staff training on Gambling Addiction identification, assessment, treatment planning, and treatment.
  • Make appropriate referrals to mental health professionals, medical or any other appropriate needs and collaborate for continuity of care.
  • Maintain clinical records and/or oversee maintenance of clinical records
  • Public contact person for intakes, assessments, and general questions about problem gambling


  • High School diploma or GED
  • A&D certification not required but recommended background in addictions theory / treatment.
  • Certified as Gambling Addiction Counselor II
  • Candidates must demonstrate disciplined empathy for alcohol/drug abuse clients and an understanding of the illness concept of alcoholism/drug abuse, plus demonstrate knowledge of AA, NA, Alateen and other support program.
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries with clients, the community, and other staff members.
  • Work collaboratively with clients and staff, treat everyone with respect and dignity at all times.


Physician (part time or full time)

Posted 11/13/13

We are searching for an outstanding community service Physician to join our multi-disciplinary team. The NARA Indian Health Clinic approaches healthcare in a holistic manner. We believe in treating our community by addressing their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs.


  • Provide culturally-sensitive primary health care services,
  • Provide advocacy, & treatment of acute & chronic illnesses, minor injuries, & episodic illnesses
  • Assure medical services are in compliance w/standards, ethics & license requirements
  • Ongoing collaboration with the Clinic team & referents to develop & document plan of care & complete outcomes evaluation in a timely fashion
  • Provide risk factor prevention & modification, mental health referrals, self-care measures for health maintenance, & family planning.


  •  Board Certified or Board Eligible in Family Practice or Internal Medicine;
  • Have an unencumbered Oregon medical license;
  • Have the ability to maintain professional boundaries with clients, the community, and other staff members;
  • Be able to work collaboratively with clients, other NARA staff, team members, and to treat everyone with respect and dignity at all times.
  • Experience working within the Native American/Alaska Native community is considered a plus.

We offer full and part time employees a very generous benefits package of employer paid medical and dental insurance, thirteen (13) paid holidays each year, separate vacation and sick day accruals which increase with years of service, an employer matched 401(k) program, employer paid short and long term disability, and employer paid life insurance.


Full-Time Residential Assistant (Overnight/Grave Shift)

Edited 03/18/14

The Residential Assistant is responsible for attending to all client-related needs during the scheduled work shift at the NARA Residential Treatment Facility.


  • Monitoring clients and children, assuring their safety, facilitating medication call,
  • Complete all relevant documentation and making appropriate referrals.
  • Perform regular sweeps of the facility, poison checks, client checks, ground checks,
  • Help assure the facility is kept clean.


  • High School Diploma or GED;
  • Understanding of 12-step philosophy;
  • Ability to serve as a positive role model for clients;
  • Superior interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Requires a high level of confidentiality;
  • Strong maintenance of professional boundaries;
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs;
  • Ability to stand/walk for extended periods of time;
  • Current CPR certification or ability to obtain one.
  • Reliable transportation is required as there is no bus service at this location in NW Portland

NARA Job Application

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Please send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements by email to jobs@naranorthwest.org, or fax to [503-224-4494]. Requires a minimum of two years sobriety and clean time. Employees are asked to commit to modeling a drug and alcohol free life. All potential hires are required to pass a pre-employment (post-offer) drug screen and criminal background check.

EOE: Within scope of Indian Preference, all candidates receive equal consideration. Preference in hiring is given to qualified Native Americans in accordance w/the Indian Preference Act (Title 25, US Code, Section 472 &473).

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