Employment

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.

 

Peer Support Specialist

Posted 8/12/2014

The Peer Support Specialist facilitates the establishment of a welcoming, supportive, and safe environment for individuals seeking services at the Native American Rehabilitation Association’s (NARA) S.E. Portland location called Totem Lodge. This site provides integrated, strengths-based recovery services to individuals living with severe and persistent mental health concerns. Integrated services include intensive case management, therapy, addictions counseling, group counseling, psychiatric services and primary healthcare services. In addition, the Totem Lodge milieu serves as a community space where individuals can access basic services including showers, soup, and coffee. Services provided by peers (people who have had the experience of mental health treatment and have certification in Peer Support) include a wide variety of supports, services and advocacy that contribute to an individual’s ability to engage in ongoing treatment and work towards their highest level of wellness.

 Essential Job Duties

  • Openly identify as a person who has lived the experience of receiving mental health services.
  • Act as a role model to inspire hope and share life experiences as appropriate to the recovery process.
  • Provide initial welcome and supports to clients and assist with linking to Totem Lodge and other NARA services.
  • Facilitate community activities, which may include community meals and wellness activities.
  • Monitor well being of individuals in the Totem Lodge milieu setting.
  • Provide crisis prevention and intervention in collaboration with Totem Lodge team members as needed.  
  •  Provide triage and supports for individuals who present at Totem Lodge without an appointment, as needed.
  •  Provide back-up coverage of front desk reception duties as needed.
  • Assist individuals’ learning about and accessing cultural resources and activities.
  •  Identify clients’ abilities, strengths and assets and assist them to recognize and use them.
  • Identify barriers to clients’ full participation in recovery and focus on strategies to overcome them.
  • Assist individuals in learning to recognize early triggers and signs of relapse and use their individual coping strategies as an alternative to more structured services.
  • Act as an advocate for individuals being served when appropriate, both within the organization and also with other entities.
  • Actively participate in team meetings and promote a recovery perspective as a key component of all discussions.
  • Maintain appropriate and timely documentation as required by agency policy and OARS, and maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Actively seek information and trainings to maintain professional level skills.
  • Act as a positive role model for individuals being served, showing a recovery and healthful lifestyle orientation
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 To Qualify:

  • Requires a high school diploma or GED
  • Bachelors or advanced degree and experience working with individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness preferred.
  • At least one year of experience as a Peer Support Specialist or one year of experience working/volunteering in a helping profession is preferred
  • Competent with computers for word processing, internet, email and scheduling, or able to learn these skills.
  • Must have completed a Peer Wellness Training approved by The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and qualify to be certified as a Peer Wellness Specialist within six months of hire date.
  • Must self-identify as a current or former recipient of mental health services and be willing to share lived experiences as appropriate.
  • Knowledge and understanding of mental illness, addictions, and physical health and ability to work within an integrated system of care program. 
  • Must demonstrate a high degree of comfort working with individuals actively experiencing symptoms of mental illness
  • Requires exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills and the ability to engage and interact positively with clients to promote strengths and improve health and well being and to work collaboratively as part of an integrated team to coordinate care.
  • Requires flexibility, confidentiality, demonstrated ability and ongoing commitment to the maintenance of professional boundaries w/clients, the community, and other staff members, and the proven ability to work professionally and collaboratively in a team environment, treating everyone with respect and dignity at all times.
  • Must be able to perform CPR and First Aid. CPR/ First Aid certifications are required and must remain current.
  • Ability to report to work reliably and in a timely fashion.
  • If in recovery from substance abuse, must have a minimum of two years sobriety/clean time.
  • Experience working within the Native American/Alaska Native community is considered a plus.

 

Medical Records Specialist

Posted 7/29/2014

Responsible for the maintenance and safe-keeping of all medical records at the Native Health Clinic. The position is also responsible for the quality assurance of the medical records, ensuring that the medical records are in compliance with the federal and state regulations, Indian Health Service regulations and Joint Commission Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

Responsibilities:

  • Supervise the collection, filing, processing, maintenance, retrieval and distribution of medical records.
  • Maintain chart tracking system and facilitates a direct flow of medical records from the retrieval of charts to refilling.
  • Maintain secure storage and confidentiality of medical records.
  • Review charts to ensure complete documentation and appropriate filing of progress notes, triage notes, laboratory results, x-ray reports, and other pertinent medical notes.
  • Coordinate Quality Assurance Review of medical records.
  • Coordinate all correspondence relevant to medical records, adhering to the Privacy Act of 1974, court orders and patient requests.
  • Enter patient data into computer tracking system.
  • Type and/or transcribes correspondence for medical and mental health staff.
  • Ensure accurate coding on encounter forms and appropriately directs to Billing Coordinator.
  • Provide back-up support for Medical Receptionist.

To Qualify:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Post high school graduate; prefer college course work in medical terminology and Certified Medical Records Clerk.
  • Two years experience working in a medical health clinic and/or doctor’s office performing the above responsibilities.
  • 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.

 

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Administrative Assistant

Posted 7/23/2014
 
This position will be responsible for coordinating schedules as well as tracking data collection and maintaining appropriate behavioral health records.  Helps to maintain the daily office routine and activity to help promote business excellence.  Also responsible for coordinating closely with the billing department to ensure appropriate billing documentation has been submitted. Provides administrative support to other Totem Lodge-based programs and backup coverage for front desk reception duties as needed

To Qualify:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Demonstrated high level of organizational and communication skills
  • High proficiency with databases and spreadsheets
  • At least one year experience providing similar administrative support
  • Experience in a community behavioral health setting a plus
  • 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

 

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) RN Case Mangager

Posted 7/23/2014

 Will provide case management and nursing services.  Under the direction of the psychiatric provider, this position will be responsible for assessment and triage of medical needs for all ACT clients and medication monitoring.  Case manager duties include formal and informal ongoing clinical and non-clinical assessments of all clients, within the appropriate scope of practice; developing, writing, implementing and revising treatment plans with clients; assisting clients obtain income and housing, attending medical and psychiatric appointments, building relationships with families and support systems, acting as a liaison between the client and other community services; and providing crisis intervention as needed.  As the RN specialist, this position will assist other team members in further developing skills to promote client wellness and physical health.  

To Qualify:

  • Registered Nurse with QMHP preferred
  • At least one year experience providing direct services to individuals living with severe and persistent mental illness, preferably in a behavioral health setting
  • Experience providing culturally appropriate behavioral health services for American Indian/ Alaska Native individuals and communities strongly preferred
  • 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

  

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Psychiatric License Medical Practitioner (Part Time)

Posted 7/23/2014

This position will supervise all medical and psychiatric services provided by ACT team members and will be a primary liaison with other NARA and external medical providers.  Responsible for ensuring all medication management and monitoring protocols are followed in accordance with appropriate OARS.  Will also provide all psychiatric evaluation and medication management services for ACT clients. 

To Qualify:

  • PMHNP or Licensed Psychiatrist
  • At least two year’s experience providing medication management services to individuals dually diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness and substance abuse/dependence, preferably in an integrated community behavioral health program.
  • Experience providing culturally appropriate behavioral health services for American Indian/ Alaska Native individuals and communities strongly preferred
  • 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

  

Counselor – InPatient Facility

Updated 7/29/2014

Responsible for a creating a collaborative process that facilitates clients’ progress toward mutually determined treatment goals and objectives. Works with clients to establish realistic, achievable goals consistent with achieving and maintaining recovery. This location is in NW Portland and is not serviced by public transportation.

To Qualify:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Must be a CADC I or a Certified Chemical Dependency Specialist I
  • 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
  • Demonstrate knowledge of AA, NA, Alateen and other support programs
  • 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

 

Family Partner

Posted 7/23/2014

Responsible for leading and facilitating young men’s skill building groups and co-lead services provided through the Innovative Fathers Program. Provides peer support to parents served by NARA’s Wraparound services program and assists them to successfully engage with and navigate the services; help to reduce barriers to access.  Facilitates assessment of services, makes referrals to services as appropriate for client needs, and follows-up on referrals to determine outcome of interventions.  Ensures services are family driven and child focused.

To Qualify:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Bachelor of Arts of Bachelor of Science preferred
  • One year’s experience performing the stated job duties noted or equivalent
  • Must have personal or professional experience assisting parents with children/youth who have had or are receiving mental health services 
  • Direct experience working with fathers preferred
  • Successful experience working with community resource and social service agencies preferred
  • Ability to organize and maintain activity logs, contact tracking forms, and other documentation
  • 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

  

Recovery Coach (two positions)

Posted 7/23/2014

Provides support, mentoring and follow-up services to families, conducts outreach intervention and aftercare for clients, and facilitates family intervention as needed.

To Qualify:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Understanding of 12-step model of recovery
  • Must be clean and sober for a minimum of two years
  • One year’s experience performing the duties noted above or equivalents
  • Willingness and ability to work flexible work schedule; this may include evenings and weekends
  • 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

  

Outpatient Manager

Posted 7/23/2014

Responsible to provide clinical coordination and monitoring of standards of care between the Residential Treatment Facility and the Outpatient treatment service components of NARA.  Ensures a treatment model that is family and community based; includes child & family development, mental health care, health care, and a gambling addiction treatment component. 

 To Qualify:

  • Masters Degree
  • Dually licensed/certified preferred
  • Current A & D Counseling certificate
  • Minimum of two years paid counseling or social service experience  
  • Minimum five years management experience
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and exercises judgment within generally defined practices and policies when selecting methods and techniques in problem solving.
  • Ability to present ideas, transmit information and convey concepts to individual or groups of people of varying educational, cultural, and experiential levels in an effective way.
  • 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.

  

Cook – Part Time and On-Call

Posted 7/23/2014

Responsible for following Indian Health Services, Multnomah County, and State of Oregon standards and guidelines for food service operations in a Residential Treatment Facility.  The primary responsibility of this position is food preparation for the clientele of the residential treatment facility.

To Qualify:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • One year’s experience cooking for residential treatment facility, school or hospital (preferred)
  • Knowledge of meal preparation and menu planning
  • Must be able to lift up to a minimum of 50 lbs
  • Ability to stand for extensive hours
  • Current Food Handler’s card
  • 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

 

Recovery Support Services Manager  

Updated 08/12/2014

The Recovery Support Services Manager has responsibility for the ongoing development and implementation of recovery support services for the Native American Rehabilitation Association’s (NARA) Outpatient clients. Develops services to achieve the highest quality of services and best outcomes for clients and community. Serves as member of addiction services leadership team. Supervised by the Integrated Care Director. The position must work collaboratively with the Residential Treatment Center staff, Residential Treatment Director, and Outpatient managers to develop and maintain a system of care.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Ensures the cultural appropriateness of client services and that clients have access to the cultural services.
  • Provides direct management of the Recovery Support Services. 
  • Supervises the Housing Specialist, Employment Services Specialist, Outreach Team, and the Recovery Coaches. 
  • Develops housing resources and establishes a system for helping clients and their families. 
  • Develops employment resources and establishes a system for helping clients and their families. 
  • Works with the utmost collaborative approaches internally and externally. 
  • Assists with development of resources for our clients. 
  • Supervises staff and ensures opportunities for their training and professional development. 
  • Ensures program business success with achieving and exceeding financial and service goals. 
  • Oversees the implementation of all related grants and contracts. 
  • Manages budget and monitors expenses and revenue to meet programmatic requirements. 
  • Manages expenses of department to keep in alignment with the budget. 
  • Writes grants and reports as needed. 
  • Develops and maintains relationship with the community and the recovery community and ensures their involvement in program design and programming. 
  • Represents NARA locally, statewide, and nationally. 
  • Functions as a key member of the Agency Clinical Leadership team. 
  • Works collaboratively with all components of NARA to provide the best services possible. 
  • Responsible for risk management, quality assurance and adherence to compliance programs in order to achieve the highest standards of care possible. 
  • Responsible for working with internal and external evaluators for specified components of grants and contracts. 
  • Ensures consultation between all disciplines and external sources when needed. 
  • Ensures program meets requirements for documentation, data collection and report-writing
  • Facilitates regular team meetings. Participate in agency and interagency meetings.
  • Participates in agency wide program development. 
  • Participates and leads agency events and planning efforts. 
  • Ensures the maintenance and care of the facility. 
  • Ensures the highest level of quality of services.

Knowledge, skills & Abilities

  • High level of cultural sensitivity with knowledge of Native American cultures.
  • Excellent communication skills required.
  • Knowledge and experience with Oregon tribes
  • Ability to work with the native community. 
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding Of addiction services required. 
  • Documented effectiveness in presenting ideas, transmitting information, conveying concepts to individuals or groups of people of varying educational, cultural and experience levels.
  • Minimum of two years sobriety/clean time, if in recovery /or commitment to modeling drug and alcohol free life if not in recovery. 
  • Ability to pass background investigation and ability to pass pre-employment drug screen.
  • Evidence of ability to help a work group use all of its resources and expertise to manage complex situations and achieve positive results.
  • Ability to work flexibly as a part of a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary team. 
  • Ability to work with tribes. 
  • Motivational interviewing skill and ability to engage clients and staff at varying stages of commitment to change

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

  • CADC II required; CADC III preferred. 
  • Masters degree required. QMHP or licensed mental health provider. 
  • Two years supervisory experience required 
  • Two years management/program administration experience required.
  • experience working with the Native American or Alaska Native population a plus 

Mental Health Therapist/Care Coordinator

Update 7/29/2014

Will provide assessment and psychotherapy services for children, parents, couples, group, and family therapy; referral and follow-up services.  Hours of work are flexible to meet program needs, with some evenings. When performing care coordinator duties the duties will include completing a strengths and needs assessment of youth & their families, working in full partnership with team members to develop a Plan of Care, overseeing the implementation, identifying providers of services or family-based resources, facilitating youth and family team meetings and monitoring all services that are authorized by the Team.

To Qualify:

  • Master’s degree in social work or related human service field required.
  • Demonstrated skill in team building or facilitation.
  • Strong knowledge of and genuine respect for youth and adults with mental health issues and a firm commitment to empowering and meeting the needs of their families.
  • Strong knowledge of working with Native American/ Alaska Native community is preferred.
  • Strong communication and writing skills and ability to use sound judgment and intuition.
  • Proficient computer skills including familiarity w/Microsoft Word, PowerPoint & Outlook.
  • Must demonstrates a commitment to exceptional customer service, support organization values and exude professionalism through appropriate conduct and demeanor, assure confidentiality and work collaboratively with other NARA staff and team members.
  • 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.

 

CLINICAL SUPERVISOR – Mental Health

Posted 5/15/2014

The Clinical Supervisor will have clinical and operational oversight of QMHA and QMHP staff at Totem Lodge, including Mental Health Intensive Case Managers, Mental Health Therapists, Peer Support Specialists, and staff dually certified as Alcohol and Drug Counselors. Totem Lodge provides integrated and recovery-based services for adults living with severe and persistent mental illness, including intensive case management, skills training, therapy (individual and group), addictions counseling, psychiatric services and primary care services. The Totem Lodge milieu also offers services including access to showers, mail, coffee, soup, and social supports. The clinical supervisor facilitates and supervises the development and implementation of all behavioral health services for adults with serious mental illness and with severe and persistent mental illness. The supervisor provides clinical and administrative supervision for direct service staff, and will provide direct services to a small number of clients as needed.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:

  • Supervise QMHA and QMHP clinical staff and oversee their day-to-day activities.
  • Develop, implement and promote culturally appropriate behavioral health treatment for Native Americans diagnosed with severe and persistent mental health and alcohol and drug disorders.
  • Provide culturally appropriate clinical consultation and advocacy.
  • Develop and oversee implementation of protocols for communication, referral, consultation, documentation, data collection and report-writing.
  • Facilitate regular team meetings. Participate in agency and interagency meetings.
  • Coordinate and promote outreach activities and other agency services.
  • Function as a leader and member of an integrated multidisciplinary team that incorporates mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, and primary medical care.
  • Lead and participate in quality assurance activities including chart reviews.
  • Participate in hiring process and performance evaluation of team members.
  • Provide new employee orientation and training as needed.
  • Attend, as well as develop and deliver relevant trainings as assigned.
  • Meet regularly with Program Manager for supervision and seek supervision as needed.
  • Provide consultation in crises and on-call services as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Masters degree in Social Work, Psychology or Counseling. Meet minimum requirements as a QHMP.
  • Licensure as LCSW, LPC, LMFT, or RN preferred.
  • Two years’ experience providing clinical supervision.
  • Alcohol and Drug Certification, a plus.
  • Minimum five years experience serving the behavioral health needs of adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Experience in a setting integrating behavioral health and primary healthcare preferred. Experience with providing community-based services preferred.
  • Knowledge of local service systems, including services for homeless individuals, housing services, mental health services, and medical services.
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries with clients, the community, and other staff members.
  • Ability 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.
  • 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.

This job description is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all-inclusive list of all the responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with the position.  While it is intended to accurately reflect the position’s activities and requirements, the agency reserves the rights to modify, add or remove duties and assign other duties as necessary.

Residential Assistant – On Call

Posted 5/13/2014

This position is responsible for attending to all client-related needs during the scheduled work shift in the NARA Residential Treatment Facility (inpatient alcohol & drug treatment). This includes monitoring clients and children, ensuring their safety, facilitating medication calls, and completing all relevant documentation and making appropriate referrals. Also will do regular sweeps of the facility, poison checks, client checks, ground checks, and help ensure the facility is kept clean.

TO QUALIFY:
• High school diploma or GED.
• An understanding of 12-step philosophy.
• Ability to serve as a positive role model for clients
• Have excellent 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.
• Be able to stand/walk for extended periods of time;
• Possess a current CPR certification or ability to obtain one.
• Must have reliable transportation as there is no bus service at this location in suburban NW Portland.

 

Child Care Worker – On Call

Posted 5/13/2014

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

 

Physician (part time or full time)

Posted 11/13/13

Assists the Medical Director to ensure the NARA Indian Health Clinic’s medical services are in full compliance with standards, ethics and license requirements of the medical profession.  This may include supervision of medical students, coordination of locum tenens physicians and contractual physicians.

Responsibilities:

  • 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.

Qualifications:

  •  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.

 

NARA Job Application

Download job application here  (Note – a PDF file, “right click” to save on your computer)

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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