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Life Recovery Counselor 

EOE StatementIt is the policy of Union Gospel Mission to grant equal opportunities for employment to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, biblical marital status, ancestry, age, the presence of sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, honorably discharged military or veteran status, genetic characteristic or any legally protected status.
Category Program  

Job Title: Life Recovery Counselor Departments: Men's Recovery Locations: Trent

Reports To: Director, Life Recovery FLSA Status: Exempt/Admin Date Revised: May 2022

UGM considers every position one of ministry and a vital and valued part of our team. Therefore, it is essential that all employees of UGM have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and subscribe to our Statement of Faith and Core Values. Additionally, employees must be willing to lead and/or participate in Bible study, prayer, devotions and sharing the Gospel.


Provide counseling/client management services for individuals and groups utilizing the Genesis Process and Biblical Counseling/Mental Health Counseling modalities. Facilitate or teach Recovery Program process groups and assigned program classes. If Master's level, licensed counselor, supervise counseling interns.



  1. Will have an assigned caseload of up to 12 men providing weekly one-on-one counseling/case management utilizing the Genesis Process.
  2. Provides trauma therapy as needed or assists in arranging outside counseling to meet the trauma needs of the resident.
  3. Each client will have an individualized Recovery Plan, including specific goals and benchmarks that measures success towards Life Recovery; addressing addiction recovery, relapse prevention skills, physical, emotional, behavioral conditions, childhood trauma, vocational, legal, spiritual issues, and a plan to develop relationships outside of UGM that support recovery.
  4. Recovery plans will be a collaborative process, involving the client and when appropriate, other professionals (Probation Officer, etc.)
  5. Clients written goals in their recovery plans are monitored and assessed regularly to evaluate and encourage ongoing growth/progress.
  6. Attend scheduled treatment team meetings, presenting & reviewing resident caseload concerns, status reports, pass needs, and updates.
  7. Biblical truth is fully-integrated into the recovery process.
  8. Consistently maintains confidentiality in accordance with established Program Guidelines and HIPAA.
  9. Supports our Genesis Process guidelines in the care of all residents, utilizing Genesis Process tools in counseling and classes.
  10. Complete class critiques at the end of each phase and turn in to Program Director.


  1. Participates in accountability and focus meetings when necessary; staff and residents are coordinated for caseload.
  2. Assists in leading community meetings as assigned and actively participates in the self -evaluation process.
  3. Individualized client benchmarks are clearly identified and progress evaluated by mid-semester and at the end of each semester before a client is advanced to the next phase.
  4. Regularly informs program team of changes in resident's schedule, passes, work therapy, etc.
  5. Client Files are accurate and up to date.
  6. Department Statistics are maintained on a monthly basis.
  7. Outside service providers are engaged in appropriate ways in the client's recovery plan.
  8. Regularly collaborates with case manager, VocEd staff, shelter staff, Work Therapy team, class instructors, Aftercare, etc..
  9. Leads & supervises multilevel care of resident - case manager, vocational education, and work therapy.
  10. Ensures ongoing accountability in regards to resident's money management.


  1. If Master's level, licensed counselor, supervise counseling interns.
  2. UGM's Core Values and their indicators are personally applied and observed.
  3. LIFE Recovery Counselor is collaborating with Vocational Advancement and Aftercare to promote successful transition and continued recovery.
  4. Program Director is aware of all critical activities and concerns.
  5. Participates in the Outcome Based Management Process, e.g. SWOT's, SMART goals, One-on-one's.
  6. SMART goals are being identified and achieved that are effective in the life transformation of program men.
  7. Regular team building and planning meetings are attended to discuss the effectiveness of collaboration and programming.
  8. Collaborates, assists, and participates in program recreational activities.

Key Result Area #4: VOLUNTEERS

  1. Providing leadership and support for volunteers serving in the department, as assigned.
  2. Coordinates with and supports case managers on matters pertaining to individual clients financial, legal, and recovery goals or needs.


  1. Healthy, affirming communication occurs with other staff and residents frequently.
  2. Conflicts will be resolved using the Peace Maker/Genesis Conflict Resolution tools/skills.
  3. Participates in holding others and self-accountable and participates in self-evaluation process.
  4. Comes to meetings prepared.
  5. Other assigned duties are satisfactorily completed.


  1. Committed Christian, able and willing to model servant-leadership and interested in being part of a ministry for the poor, homeless, drug addicted and mentally ill. Grounded in the Christian faith as a mature, active member of the body of Christ. In accordance with Union Gospel Mission Statement of Purpose, Statement of Vision and Statement of Faith.
  2. Strong Interpersonal skills - exercise compassion and discernment while modeling the teachings of Jesus Christ.
  3. As a unified team member, willing to honor the leadership, chain of command, and standards and ministry objectives of Union Gospel Mission.
  4. Follows UGM policy regarding addressing and resolving conflict amongst team members, volunteers, & residents.
  5. Know and able to communicate and embrace UGM's cultural Core Values and their indicators. The Core Values are applied and observed
  6. Computer literate (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook); able to complete documents, reports and accurately record information. Willing to continue education as needed or required.
  7. Excellent communication skills: written, verbal and instructional.
  8. Must have a teachable spirit and the ability manage multiple emotional and task related variables, listen, and make sound decisions in alignment with UGM's purpose.
  9. Minimum five years of sobriety, if in recovery.
  10. Insightful, trustworthy, honest, reliable, model appropriate boundaries, maintains confidentiality and demonstrates strong work ethic.
  11. Valid Washington driver's license- required.
  12. CPR/First Aid certification - required.
  13. Yearly TB clearance - required.
  14. Criminal background check clearance - required.


Occasionally = 1%-33%; Frequently = 34%-66%; Continuously = 67%-100%

  1. Work is primarily indoors and may require climbing two flights of stairs, sitting, standing, bending, reaching, and going from building to building - Continuously.
  2. Requires working with a diverse population, many of whom struggle with homelessness, addiction and mental illness - continuously.
  3. Requires a sustained level of high energy, stamina, and the ability to move about the facilities on a regular and ongoing basis - frequently.
  4. Requires the ability to hear, see, and speak clearly - continuously.
  5. Requires participation in program recreation outings and activities - occasionally.


  1. Computer (Word, Excel, Database, Power Point, Outlook, Internet), Copier/printer, Phone, Fax.


  1. Four+ year's prior counseling experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience - required.
  2. Master's Level Licensed Counselor - preferred.
  3. Experience with chemical dependency and addiction recovery counseling - preferred.
  4. Trauma therapy experience - preferred.


Union Gospel Mission is a privately funded 501 (c)3 non-profit, evangelical Christian ministry. Our designated purpose is religious and we are a Christ-centered ministry which is dedicated to sharing the Gospel and helping the homeless and impoverished. We consider every position to be essential in the fulfillment of our ministry and Statement of Purpose. As such, each employee must have a relationship with Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord. All employees must:

  • Be able and willing to share the Gospel and participate in all of the ministry activities of Union Gospel Mission;
  • Subscribe to Union Gospel Mission Statement of Faith and Statement of Purpose upon hire and continuously while employed;
  • Adhere to Union Gospel Mission Employee Handbook.
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Position Life Recovery Counselor  
About the Organization Welcome to Union Gospel Mission Online Application. Union Gospel Mission is a 501 (c)(3) and is charitable, non-profit, Christian organization and a Christian Community. As such we require all people joining our Community to share our beliefs (Traditional Non-Denominational Christianity) and Code of Conduct. The details of this will be included in the application process. These distinctives are allowed as an organizational religous exemptions contained in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, concerning religious discrimination in employment.

It is the policy of Union Gospel Mission to grant equal opportunities for employment to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, biblical marital status, ancestry, age, the presence of sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, honorably discharged military or veteran status, genetic characteristic or any legally protected status.

You are invited to begin the questionnaire for this position. This process should take about 15-20 minutes. In order to be considered you will need to complete all of the sections of the online application, and provide your work history, educational background, and references. If you are not prepared with the information, please return at a more convenient time for you. If you have a Resume you will be able to upload it and it will work to autofill much of the application.  

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