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Entry-Level Interns or Professionals Needed for Chemical Dependency Program

Project: 32 Chemical Dependency Program
Location: Multiple Locations
Pay Range: 13.75-15.14 Per hour
Shift: Office Day
Shift Differential: N/A
Insurance Benefits: Dental, Life, Long-term Disability, Medical
Other Benefits: Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), ORCA card, Paid Time Off (34 days per year), Retirement Plan
Days Off: Saturday, Sunday
Schedule Details: 8am-5pm

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Do you have a passion for helping others overcome significant obstacles? Do you want to be a part of a team that collaboratively assists in helping clients engage in treatment? Are you interested in learning unique interventions? The Chemical Dependency Program (CDP) at DESC may be for you!

Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) is the largest multi-service agency serving homeless adults in the Puget Sound region. DESC opened its doors in 1979 as an emergency shelter, a place for vulnerable adults living with behavioral health disorders and chronic homelessness to come in out of the cold for the night. In 2009, DESC celebrated 30 years of opening doors to end homelessness. Today our mission is not merely to offer shelter, but to end the homelessness of our community's most vulnerable people, through an integrated array of clinical services and supportive housing that allows men and women to reclaim their lives and reach their highest potential.

The clients who participate in the CDP have a sustained and/or complicated substance abuse history in addition to their co-occurring mental disorder. Often people suffering from mental illness, who lack access to psychiatric treatment, attempt to self-medicate with street drugs or alcohol to lessen the symptoms.

Current Openings:

Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee: Means an individual working toward the education and experience requirements for certification as a chemical dependency professional.


Location: Downtown Seattle, Wall St, and Other

Pay: $13.75-15.14 Hourly

Union: This position is represented by SEIU1199

Hours: Full-time (37.5 hrs/week), non-exempt, hourly

Shift: Office Day (8am-5pm)


This is considered a paid internship. You will have access to your first 50 hours paid which takes about 5 weeks to complete at DESC, on average. If you reside within King County, you can get reimbursed for classes and tests that are required. You will also receive an extensive benefits package!


Chemical Dependency Professional: Licensed by the state of Washington as Chemical Dependency Professional and any other government-required certification, registration or license as may be appropriate.

Location: Downtown Seattle, Wall St, and Other

Pay: $33,033-37,167 Annually

Union: This position is represented by SEIU1199

Hours: Full-time (37.5 hrs/week), exempt, salary

Shift: Office Day (8am-5pm)

Benefits include: Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), ORCA card, Paid Time Off (34 days per year), Retirement Plan, Paid Dental, Life, Long-term Disability, and Medical.



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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required to sit, communicate with other employees, required to lift and carry items weighing up to 40 pounds and to operate computer hardware systems. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


DESC is committed to diversity in the workplace, and promotes equal employment opportunities for all staff members and applicants. The Agency will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability in any employment practice, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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