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The Rescue Mission of Utica welcomes applications from people who are committed to the mission of this ministry, which serves people with financial difficulties and/or who are homeless, in recovery from an addiction, and/or mentally ill.  The Rescue Mission is looking for employees with compassion and steady work histories to minister to our clientele by demonstrating and sharing the Gospel of Christ.


Benefits for full-time positions include health & dental insurance, paid vacation, and 401(k) plan.

Interested applicants can visit our website www.uticamission.org/employment, download and complete our employment application and forward it to HRSupport@uticamission.org with the contact information and email address for (3) professional references that supervised your work performance.

As of October 7, 2014 the following positions at the Rescue Mission are open and accepting applications


Position:             Chemical Dependency Counselor (CDC)

Department:       Addictions Crisis Center

Posting Date:              June 24, 2014
Reports To:                 ACC Program Director
Classification:             Part-Time, Per Diem, Hourly
Shift:                          varied shifts as needed, Monday-Sunday, including nights, weekends and holidays.
SUMMARY:  The CDC works under the supervision of a Credentialed Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) or other Qualified Health Professional (QHP) as designated by the Program Director.  The primary role of the CDC is to provide coordination and implementation of direct substance abuse clinical services for clients experiencing withdrawal.  The CDC participates in case review with the multidisciplinary treatment team, completes client assessments, provides referrals for substance abuse treatment, participates in the client discharge planning process, completes all necessary forms and documentation, supervises interns and provides assistance with the orientation and training process for new staff.
• Complete client admissions with LPN. 
• Complete Psycho Social Assessment (PSA) assessment of clients.
• Assist in prescreening and routing incoming phone calls to appropriate staff.
• Report all observations, interactions and behaviors of a medical nature to the LPN. 
• Correctly document shift notes, opening notes, behavior incidents, client activity logs, discharges and complete all NYS OASAS forms as required.
• Utilize sound clinical judgment with regard to assessment and referral for client services.
• Participate in daily case review meetings.
• Direct observation of client urine screening.
• Responsible for the discharge planning including but not limited to making appropriate recommendations for continued Substance Abuse, Mental Health and community support meetings under the supervision of QHP.
• Provide individual motivational counseling for our clients.
• Prepare records and reports within the time frame as required by NYS OASAS Regulations Part 816.
• Provide didactic groups related to the disease of addiction using lectures and various audio/visual materials.
• Provide problem centered, solution focused group therapy under the supervision of a QHP. 
• Maintain positive liaison relationships with other community agencies, i.e. Department of Social Services, Probation, VESID, and other Addiction Services, Alcoholic Anonymous, Al-Anon, and ACOA.
• Assist in general daily duties such as: complete client laundry, stock shelves, request and stock kitchen and refrigerator items, clean kitchen and dishes, supervise clients in kitchen at all times, supervise client in lounge area, supervise clients during meals, clean client areas and clean and remake beds after discharge, and receive and document deliveries.
• Strictly follow all established infection control policies.
• Help maintain safety and security by monitoring cameras, checking client belongings and monitoring client activities, performing building checks and practicing defensive driving.
• Update the Clinical Coordinator and/or Director in a timely manner about all matters, seek advice and counsel and develop a spirit of cooperation in carrying out the job responsibilities.
• Transport clients to appointments, as needed.
• Participate as a member of the Treatment Team and attend staff meetings as requested by supervisor.
• All other duties assigned by supervisor.
• Minimum of (1) year of internship and/or work experience in an OASAS certified substance abuse program or comparable setting.
• Must currently be a CASACT and/or eligible to apply for CASACT.
• AAS degree in substance abuse and/or human services or related field.
• Prior experience with treatment centered activities preferred.
• Intermediate skills with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
• Must have a current, clean and valid New York State driver’s license.
• Ability and commitment to the Ethical Principles of Substance Abuse Counselors.
• Enthusiastic support of our Mission Statement.


HR Generalist

Department:  Human Resources

Job Status:   Part-Time, Hourly - 18 hours per week

SUMMARY:  The primary goal of the HR Assistant is to provide support to the HR Manager with a variety of HR related functions.


  • Advertises job openings.
  • Conducts pre-screening interviews & provides assessments to optimize quality of hire.
  • Completes reference and other background checks and pre-employment testing.
  • Conducts new employee orientation.
  • Ensures timely and accurate entries to the HRIS database.
  • Assists with HR audit and compliance functions as requested.
  • Maintains and updates the departmental bulletin boards with required posters.
  • Conducts research for projects.


  • Associates degree in Human Resources or related field.
  • Two (2) years relevant experience preferred.
  • Imtermediate skills iwth Microsoft Work, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Enthusiastic support for our Mission Statement.


Resident Counselor

Department:      Enriched Living Center

JOB STATUS:    Part Time/Hourly/Schedule:  16 hours per week

Position #1PT employment opportunities

Week One –   7:00 am – 3:00 pm - Saturday and Sunday

 Week Two –  7:00 am – 3:00 pm – available any days

Position #2PT employment opportunities

Week One –  3:00 pm – 11:00 pm - Saturday and Sunday

 Week Two – 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm – available any days

Position #3 - PT employment opportunities

Week One - 11:00 pm - 7:00 am - Saturday and Sunday

Week Two - 11:00 pm - 7:00 am – available any days                                              

SUMMARY:  The Resident Counselor will function to maintain a safe and secure living environment for residents in the Enriched Living Center, a 52-bed OMH-certified residence for people with mental illness.


  • Interact with the residents as frequently as possible in order to build trust and rapport.
  • Promote, model and teach acceptable social behaviors to the residents.
  • Monitor the security camera system to maintain a safe environment.
  • Teach the residents with: personal hygiene, laundering, and social skills.
  • Prompt and assist residents to maintain the cleanliness of their rooms.
  • Assist in housekeeping duties, and oversee the cleaning of residents’ rooms, as necessary.
  • Monitor medications with the residents: supervise the self-administration of medications by residents.
  • Perform hourly rounds of the building by checking doors, windows, alarms, and looking for liquid spills, etc.


  • High school diploma (or equivalent), preferably with one year of experience with the severely and persistently mentally ill population.
  • Compassionate, caring demeanor
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to set appropriate boundaries with residents
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Ability to work as a team player
  • Agreement with Rescue Mission of Utica’s Mission Statement



Department:            Emergency Shelter/Aftercare Program

Reports To:               Director of Community and Emergency Services

Classification:           Per Diem

Shift:                        Various Nights and Weekends

SUMMARY:  The primary goal of the Residential Aide is to hold clients and residents accountable to the guidelines and structures of the Residential and Emergency Shelter programs. The Residential Aide serves as a role model and spiritual mentor to men who are homeless and/or in recovery from an addiction to alcohol or drugs.


  • Maintain the safety and security of the facility.
  • Adhere to all policies of the facility and of the Rescue Mission so as to act as an example for the men.
  • Maintain necessary boundaries with the men; achieve balance between upholding the regulations of the program and acting as a trusted source of support.
  • Enforce all rules of the facility.
  • Accompany the clients/residents to chapel services (twice a week).
  • Escort the clients/residents to meals and maintain order in the dining room during mealtimes.
  • Complete all paperwork and computer data entry accurately and in a timely manner where applicable.
  • Attend and participate in regular staff meetings as requested by supervisor.
  • All other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent preferred
  •  Strong interpersonal communication skills
  •  Basic working knowledge for Microsoft Office Word/Excel/Outlook
  • Ability to use sound judgment and discernment when interacting with residents
  • Ability to exhibit compassion and care for men
  • Understanding of the homeless population in general and/or experience working with this population
  • Understanding of people who have had problems with alcohol and substance abuse and/or experience working with this population
  • Commitment to and desire to help fulfill the Mission Statement of the Rescue Mission
  • Enthusiastic support of our Mission Statement


NURSE (LPN): (Addictions Crisis Center)

Part-Time/Per Diem/Hourly

Varied shifts as needed, up to 12 hours shifts, Monday-Sunday, including nights, weekends and holidays.

The Addictions Crisis Center is a 25-bed New York State certified primary and extended care facility for men and women addicted to alcohol and other drugs.  Clients are provided with safe shelter, nourishment, medical attention, counseling, assessment, evaluation and referrals.   

SUMMARY:  This is a professional staff position responsible for providing direct care to chemically dependent individuals, as well as direct supervision of primary care staff.


  • Screen potential clients.
  • Initiate and follow all medical and/or psychiatric emergency procedure in situations dictating need for such interventions.
  • Obtain, transcribe and administer medications per physician order and agency policy. 
  • Provide direct clinical nursing care per physician orders and in accordance with all clinical protocols.
  • Monitor and report withdrawal process and medical condition of any clients under the influence of alcohol or other chemical substances.
  • Arrange for the transfer of any client needing medical evaluation or higher level of care to local hospital as necessary.
  • Correctly document or oversee delegated documentation of shift notes, opening notes, behavioral incidents, obtaining prescriptions and refills form, admission and discharge reports and all NYS OASAS forms. 


  • Must be a graduate of an accredited school of nursing with current LPN licensing and registration from a NYS Education Department.
  • Experience working with people with addictions preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • CPR certification preferred.
  • Agreement with Mission Statement of the Rescue Mission of Utica.  

Interested applicants can visit our website www.uticamission.org/employment, download and complete our employment application and forward it to HRSupport@uticamission.org with the contact information and email address for (3) professional references that supervised your work performance.


Thank you for considering the Rescue Mission of Utica for your future employment.

212 Rutger Street . Utica, NY 13501 . Fax (315) 793-8211

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