Job Description

Position Title: Student Assistance Counselor, School-Based


Link to Current Open Positions: RISAS Open Positions

Join our awesome team! Rhode Island Student Assistance Services (RISAS), a division of Coastline EAP, brings a 35+ year history of providing school-based mental health promotion, substance use prevention, education and early intervention, case management, and referral services to middle and high school youth in Rhode Island. We currently serving 70 schools in 32 districts. Our employees love their jobs—just ask them! Turnover is exceptionally low.

Position Summary: To provide prevention, early identification, assessment, intervention, and referral of substance misuse and mental health problems in school setting; to provide group services to children and teens who use substances, children of parents with substance use disorder and other vulnerable youth; to provide school-wide awareness and outreach activities to students and families. 

RISAS is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status.

REQUIRED Qualifications:
Master’s degree in behavioral health specialty: Social Work, Counseling or Psychology
A minimum of 1-2 years supervised counseling experience 
Knowledge of adolescent and child development
Knowledge of alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and other drugs
Ability to engage adolescents in individual, group and classroom sessions
Professional verbal, written and presentation skills
Ability to exercise sound professional judgment.
Computer competence using the Internet, Word and Excel
Ability to learn electronic data collection systems required by funding sources

Preferred Qualifications:

Bi-lingual (Spanish)
Experience with motivational interviewing (MI) and SBIRT (will train)
Public speaking
Competency with virtual platforms e.g., Zoom, Google classroom (will train)

Excellent Benefits: including, but not limited to, school vacations and summers off, licensed clinical supervision, professional development and coaching, paid family sick time, 403B, and health, vision, and dental insurance.

Work Environment: position is based in the school to which the counselor is assigned.

COVID-19 Considerations: To keep our counselors as safe as possible, we provide PPE, including masks, face shields, desk shields and disinfecting/cleaning supplies.

Interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter to:

Jane Donohue, Manager of HR







RISAS is a Recovery Friendly Workplace and an equal opportunity employer.