Post Date:  Feb 11, 2024

Minneapolis, MN, US

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Job Title: Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor- Mental Health Support- 2023  and Requisition ID number: 100355

Close Date: 11:59 PM on  

Organizational Unit:  Mental Health Support (10001426) 

Site:  Davis Center (0001) 

FTE 1.0 FTE; 52 Weeks; this is based on full-time equivalency with 1.0 being full time

Union:  AMP(42) 

Functional Area:  Teaching 

Resume and Cover Letter are mandatory to apply for any position.



Two positions available 


Under general supervision, oversees the comprehensive on-site school-based and/or district wide chemical health and intervention services; provides access to prevention resources and best practices, and short term counseling to students and families.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS -- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills.  This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Provides counseling and assistance on substance abuse issues for MPS students, staff and families.
  • Serves on pre-assessments and site student support teams, emergency response and other related committees.
  • Administers alcohol & drug screening tools as requested.
  • Provides short term support for students and families including return from suspension, IEP, and Administrative Transfers.
  • Provides staff training around youth drug trends, classroom prevention materials, stigma reduction, and non-use promotion.
  • Consults with site administrators and/or related services team to address acute student use concerns.
  • Collects and analyzes student use data.
  • Assists in implementing curriculum for classroom substance abuse prevention programs.
  • Works with community leaders to identify program needs and community service improvements.
  • Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment 
  • Enthusiastically promotes the Superintendent’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.
  • Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.
  • Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis



Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

Bachelor’s Degree in Alcohol & Drug Counseling, including completion of Alcohol And Drug Counselor practicum; AND four (4) years of professional experience in substance abuse counseling; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources. 


Knowledge of:
  • Rules and regulations of the Minnesota Department of Health, and Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.
  • Public health and safety protocols and regional substance abuse issues.
  • Counseling techniques and procedures, and professional rules of conduct.
  • Fundamentals of substance abuse patient behavior, counseling procedures, and mental hygiene.
  • Ethnic and socio-economic minority cultures, and barriers to counseling services.
  • Regional community service agencies and other governmental assistance programs.
  • Principles of record keeping and confidential records and file management.


Skill in:

  • Interpreting and applying applicable Federal, state and local rules and regulations; and MPS policies.
  • Reviewing operations, identifying potential problems, and verifying MPS compliance with state and Federal regulations.
  • Analyzing and identifying substance abuse problems, and recommending effective solutions.
  • Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.
  • Researching, collecting, analyzing, and preparing data and generating reports.
  • Operating a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software.
  • Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.



A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License may be required. 

Must possess and maintain a valid Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADC) license from the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.



Work is performed in a standard office environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage.



Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee. Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.

Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready.  Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, age, family care leave status, or veteran status.


Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

Posting Notes: | 12:01 AM On | Mental Health Support (10001426) | Davis Center (0001) | Teaching 

Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis