Substance Use Disorder Clinician

Denver, CO
Aug 18, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, ARTS

Signal Evaluator

Position #217942 Requisition 10768

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at *

SOM - ARTS has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Signal Evaluator - Health Care Professional position.

The University of Colorado Denver seeks a full-time, University Staff (non-classified) Substance Use Disorder Clinician within the Adult Outpatient Program (AOP) at Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS), in the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. AOP provides drug and alcohol assessment, psychosocial and pharmacological treatment for adult outpatients. Programs in various AOP clinic locations include traditional outpatient, intensive outpatient and may contain specialty services for clients referred by the criminal justice system, county departments of human services, and services for pregnant women, individuals who are HIV-positive and gender responsive services.

This position provides Substance Use Disorder Evaluations for Denver Department of Human Services (DDHS) clients, and makes recommendations for any required substance abuse treatment, referrals for care, and identifies the level of care needed. This position is located at the Denver Department of Human Services (1200 Federal Boulevard, Denver, Colorado 80204). Parking permit payment is required, but other services such as computer equipment, internet connection and phone service are provided.

Job Responsibilities:

The position requires knowledge and experience providing treatment services for substance use disorders in order to assess social services clients and provide appropriate referrals to drug/alcohol treatment services. This position will not provide ongoing therapy; however, it will be responsible for assessments and brief interventions. This position works closely with Denver Department of Human Services and is a part of an intervention team serving individuals involved with the social services system. Work duties will include, and not be limited to, the following:

Primary job responsibilities
  • Conduct Substance Use Disorder assessments, recommend appropriate interventions, consult with DDHS Case Workers, and enter data into the TRAILS system.
  • Represent ARTS, Denver Department of Human Services (DDHS), and Signal Behavioral Health Network with professionalism and expertise, maintaining positive interpersonal relationships.
  • Attend on a consistent basis ARTS team/staff meetings, trainings, and other events as needed.
  • Possess and utilize strong knowledge of diagnostic impressions, according to the DSM-5, as well as ASAM placement criteria.
  • Work closely with DDHS as a part of an intervention team serving individuals involved with the social services system.
  • Provide substance use disorder training and consultation for Denver Human Services staff.
  • Provide referrals to patients for necessary, appropriate resources.
  • Collaborate with supervisor and staff, and coordinate efforts to ensure successful delivery of services.
  • Identify any problems, challenges, or obstacles in coordination of services, identify potential solutions, and resolve such problems, challenges or obstacles in a timely manner.
  • Ensure all duties and responsibilities are performed for effective and appropriate benefit of patients to whom care and/or services are being provided.
  • Ensure confidentiality of patient health information and/or health records.

  • Continuously maintain accurate and up-to-date records and/or notes as required by agency policy.
  • Use electronic health record systems to ensure timely documentation, recording and tracking of communications, interventions, and patient data.
  • Schedule and maintain multiple, internal and external appointments.
  • Enter data into, and maintain, accurate records of activities.
  • Gather, analyze and report patient statistical data.
  • Order, maintain, and accurately track expenditures of office and medical supplies.
  • Manage confidential patient information and health records.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned, including but not limited to: data entry, data tracking, and data analysis/reporting.
  • Document intervention activities in an accurate and timely manner, and seek consultation from supervisor or other staff as necessary.

Customer Service
  • Provide superior in-person and telephone reception and customer service.
  • Provide excellent customer service to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Provide information on program services and respond promptly and courteously to queries.
  • Work comfortably among patients with or without substance use disorders.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or required.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring salary for this position is $41,149 and is commensurate with skills and experience. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees. To ensure ARTS program integrity, prospective employees may be required to submit to pre-employment urine testing.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Human Services, Social Work, or a closely-related field.
  • Must be fluent in Spanish, in order to conduct evaluations in Spanish.
  • Individuals in recovery from substance abuse must have a minimum one-year abstinence from alcohol and drug problems, and agree to continued abstinence.

  • Successfully completed college or university course work that is appropriate to this position's work assignment, may substitute for the required work experience on a year-for-year basis.

Conditions of Employment:
  • Must be certified as a Certified Addictions Counselor, Level III (CAC-III). A Master's degree in a related field may substitute for the CAC-III certification.
  • Individuals who are not CAC certified must obtain a CAC-II or CAC-III certification within one year of hire date.
  • Must agree to, and pass, background checks through the University of Colorado, and the Colorado Department of Corrections.
  • Have no felony convictions.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience working in a substance use disorder treatment clinic/facility, which included medication-assisted treatment.
  • Experience working with social service populations.
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with an Associate's degree or higher in psychology, social work, counseling, human services, or another related field.
  • Experience working with clients who are involved with the criminal justice system, probation/parole, human services, and/or other similar referral sources.
  • Experience providing administrative support to clients, families, staff, and other stakeholders in a substance abuse treatment setting.
  • Experience managing financial paperwork including creating invoices, tracking expenditures, and gathering statistical data.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of substance use disorders.
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize the DSM-5 and ASAM to provide accurate diagnosis and treatment recommendations.
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to manage difficult behaviors.
  • Ability to engage successfully with substance-dependent clients in treatment.
  • Ability to comply with established rules, policies and procedures and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to be open-minded and nonjudgmental.
  • Ability to develop healthy relationships and boundaries with clients.
  • Working knowledge of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain patient confidentiality.
  • Ability to effectively and accurately check for typographical, grammatical and/or spelling errors in documents.
  • Knowledge of basic care coordination, medical/hospital and/or community resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain rapport, positive relationships and critical thinking.
  • Experience with motivational interviewing techniques.
  • Experience working with electronic health records
  • Experience working successfully with multiple tasks in a high-pressure environment.
  • Knowledge of basic therapeutic confrontation and structures.
  • Experience using Microsoft Word to create documents, tables, mail merge, reports, etc.
  • Experience using Microsoft Excel to create, revise, update and maintain spreadsheets and reports.
  • Experience using Microsoft Outlook to create, send and receive e-mail communication.
  • Experience using Microsoft Access to create databases, and conduct accurate, timely data entry.

Special Instructions to Applicants:*Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at * REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS: 1). A cover letter/letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 2) A current resume/CV. 3) List of 3-5 professional references. Questions should be directed to Shingo Sean Ishida at

Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 3-5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for an interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Job Category: Health Care

Primary Location: Denver

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20280 - SOM-PSYCH-ARTS SP/G

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Aug 17, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Paula Woodstrom

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00217942