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Substance Use Disorder Professional (SUDP)

3009 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA Req #149
Thursday, December 5, 2019
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is committed to protecting and exercising the inherent inalienable sovereign rights of the Tribe and Individuals in the interest of the Medicine Creek Treat Territories, as stewards to ensure preservation of our cultural and environmental integrity for common good and prosperity for all.

Closes:   January 30, 2020 @ 8:59 p.m. PST


Department:    Community Family Services
Reports To:     Director
Hours:              40 Hrs/Wk – Full Time
Salary:             $29.16/Hour + Benefits*   


*The Puyallup Tribe of Indians provides a generous benefits package that includes employer paid medical, dental, vision, life insurance, a retirement/401(k) plan with profit sharing, paid holidays, and paid time off including birthday leave.


Position Summary:
Under general supervision, provides professional counseling, treatment and other recovery-related services in an outpatient setting. In addition, incumbents assess, evaluate and facilitate community resources that will be needed by the client in an effort to reduce relapse/recidivism.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Provide client intakes for drug and alcohol assessments. Determines level of care needed.
  2. Develops individual treatment plan; coordinates with service providers, determines community resources needed for clients and families.
  3. Provides services and intake to inmates incarcerated in the tribal jail.
  4. Provides direct counseling, develops and conducts group and one-on-one counseling sessions and educational trainings for clients; develops and conducts education and crisis intervention sessions for client’s families.
  5. Perform ongoing monitoring and progress reviews to assess client’s progress and adjust case plan as needed.
  6. Refer patients to internal and external resources as needed and monitor activities and progress.
  7. Participate in meetings, trainings, treatment planning, and case staffings as required.
  8. Develop rapport with clients in order to facilitate clients’ movement toward self-sufficiency by ensuring that clients remain consistent with their treatment.
  9. Develop and maintain positive working relationships with personnel at various institutions, treatment agencies and other appropriate agencies in order to advocate for all client’s needs to ensure receipt of appropriate services in a smooth and timely manner.
  10. Establish and maintain client case files, ensuring current quality standards, as required by supervisor.
  11. Work collaboratively and respectfully with Community Family Services staff, Social Services staff, Administration and support staff.
  12. Demonstrates a working knowledge of ethical standards for the industry as it relates to the job by dealing with clients and co-workers in a sincere, trusting and fair manner.
  13. Maintains confidentiality of all protected health information in accordance with HIPPA.
  14. Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

                                       Qualifications and Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

HS Diploma or GED required. Must have a maintain Certification as a Substance Use Disorder Professional (SUDP).  Two (2) years of experience in the field of chemical dependency and client advocacy working with youth and families.  Must demonstrate the ability to provide program intake, advocate for and procure client services.  Or satisfactory equivalent combination of education and experience relevant to the job, SUDP required.  Intermediate computer skills in Word and Excel, and Outlook required.  Must be able to effectively and accurately utilize client data management systems. 


Language Skills

Effectively conveys and receives ideas, information and directions.  Demonstrates good verbal and written communication.  Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.


Mathematical Skills

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.


Reasoning Ability

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.


Licenses or Certificates

  • Must acceptably pass Washington State Department of Social and Health Services criminal history and background inquiry prior to and periodically throughout employment.
  • Must have and maintain a Valid Washington State Driver’s License and proof of insurance.  Driver’s License must not contain restrictions that would otherwise prohibit the employee from driving a GSA vehicle.
  • Must have and maintain current state licenses: Substance Use Disorder Professional (SUDP).    

Other Requirements

  • Must have a minimum of two (2) years documented recovery from substance or chemical dependency issues; or no prior history/diagnosis of chemical misuse, abuse or dependency.
  • Knowledge of local, state, federal and private programs resources.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse individuals, groups, and communities.  Sensitive to and knowledge of Indian customs, traditions and culture.  Attends in-service training as appropriate.
  • Maintain appropriate and ethical boundaries with clients.
  • Uses effective teaching and modeling methods while interacting with clients.
  • Successfully works with others to achieve desired results by working and communicating in an understanding, supportive and flexible way.
  • Ability to work in crisis situations.
  • Must be willing to attend trainings for professional development.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of HIPAA and other relevant Puyallup Tribal policies.  Commitment to respecting confidential nature of program. Effectively incorporates confidentiality into daily work habits. 
  • Demonstrates knowledge and effectively applies pertinent SUDP regulatory standards to the work to assure compliances with such standards.
  • Conforms to scheduled work hours; follows established department norms for attendance, punctuality and dependability so as not to negatively impact client care.
Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Requires the ability to frequently operate a personal computer for extended periods, multi-line telephone, calculator, facsimile and photocopier.

  2. Requires the ability to read, write, communicate, and interpret information accurately in English.

  3. Requires the ability to concentrate and consistently produce accurate work.

  4. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit for prolonged periods; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.

  5. The employee occasionally is required to stand and walk.

  6. The employee is occasionally required to stand and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

  7. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

  8. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.    

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. The noise level is moderate.

  2. The physical exertion is low to moderate.

  3. Work is performed in an office setting, school and in the field.

  4. There are frequent contacts and interruptions during the day.

  5. Up to 50% of work activities are performed outside and require local travel.  Some duties are performed at other Tribal and non-Tribal service centers and homes. 

  6. Work may occur outside of the regular Monday-Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM work day.


    The Puyallup Tribe of Indians reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. This position description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

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Native American preference applies and job placements are given on a competitive basis, using job related factors.  Because of the large number of applications received and limited job positions, your application will not guarantee employment.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • 3009 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA