Substance Abuse Trainer (9595)

Lutheran Services Florida
September 10, 2021
Jacksonville, FL
Job Type


Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) envisions a world where children are safe, families are strong and communities are vibrant.

Since 1982, Lutheran Services Florida has been providing and sharing solutions to protect Florida’s most vulnerable. Today, we are one of the largest nonprofits in Florida touching 1 in 50 Floridians with a wide range of services, including:

  • early childhood education
  • refugee and immigration
  • mental health and substance abuse
  • juvenile justice
  • child welfare

LSF is looking for a talented Substance Abuse Counselor who wants to make an impact in the lives of others.

Purpose & Impact

The purpose of the State Opioid Response (SOR) Trainer is the execution of trainings related to the SOR Grant objectives. They will function as a substance use/opioid overdose subject matter expert and trainer on the team. They will contribute to training development, delivery, and evaluation of training activities within the region.

A Day in the Life of a Substance Abuse Counselor

  • Deliver evidence-based trainings to promote the full spectrum of treatment and recovery support services including, but not limited to MAT and new innovative strategies for future directions (BHIVES models, etc.).
  • Develop training materials and assist with coordinating meetings and events to raise awareness of the importance of naloxone and other prevention methods.
  • Assess the need for training and promote community trainings with clients and partners.
  • Work in the spirit of collaboration with the SOR Project Coordinator, Peer Specialists, Family Navigators and Recovery Agencies in understanding grant outcomes.
  • Using SAMHSA's Opioid Overdose Prevention TOOLKIT, organize and conduct opioid overdose prevention train-the-trainer sessions.
  • Collaborate with LSFHS internal departments on best practices and procedures.
  • Maintain a strong working relationship with key partners in the community and at the provider organizations.
  • Schedule and coordinate trainings and events by recruiting and registering target audiences, ordering and organizing supplies, preparing, and packing materials for trainings, conferences, and special presentations, completing staff travel arrangements and expense reports.
  • Develop, format, edit and/or proofread written project documents, email communications, and other materials and correspondence for meetings, trainings, conferences, and presentations.
  • Input data and maintain databases for trainings, e-mail communications, conference registration, and evaluation data; develop regular reports.
  • Ability to offer technical assistance and coaching to provider organizations in order to identify training gaps and barriers to treatment.
  • Present publicly on the initiative and its activities.
  • Prepare, share and submit all required reports to LSFHS and the Department of Children and Families.


Physical Requirements:

  • Sedentary to light work exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity such as a calculator, copy machine and computer printer.


  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a specialization in behavioral health field, license or Certified Addiction’s Professional preferred.
  • A minimum of three years of experience working in a behavioral health setting.


  • Knowledge of substance abuse issues and harm reduction practice and theory, including syringe exchange, overdose prevention and education for HIV and Hepatitis C prevention.
  • Aptitude for prioritizing responsibilities and meeting critical deadlines.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team within a face-paced work environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, constructively and supportively with staff, providers and community stakeholders while also maintaining high standards of excellence.
  • Experience in Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point and Outlook
  • Strong written communication skills and demonstrated ability to produce professional documents and reports
  • Understanding of principles of effective training also including data analysis and data driven decision-making, using data to measure and implement system changes to programs.
  • Ability to frequently travel to various locations throughout the state of Florida.

Why work for LSF?

Ability to Make an Impact in Multiple Areas

LSF offers several programs, spanning across a wide range of populations in need. This gives our team members an opportunity to learn and potentially work in programs outside of their direct area. Either way, members of the LSF family will play a part in transforming the lives of those in need.


A career at LSF means working and learning alongside talented professionals in a dynamic and inclusive environment. The values of our organization – OPEN-MINDED, COMPASSIONATE, GENEROUS, VISIONARY and HONESTY – drives each one of us.

People working at Lutheran Services Florida treat each other like family. Whether you work on the front lines or work in an office, you share a common bond that is felt throughout the organization.

Growth Opportunities

Because of the variety of programs we offer throughout Florida, team members have the option to explore areas of interest in other programs or grow within their existing program/department.

Amazing benefits package including:

  • Medical, dental and vision
  • Teledoc (24/7 access to doctors via phone and video)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Long-term disability
  • Employer paid life insurance (1X salary), AD&D
  • Health and dependent care FSA
  • 12 paid holidays + 1 floating holiday
  • Generous PTO policy
  • 403(b) Retirement plan with 3% discretionary employer match
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • LifeMart Employee Discount Program

Additional Voluntary Benefits

  • Short-term disability
  • Group life insurance
  • Accident, critical illness/Cancer and hospital policy
  • Legal Shield coverage

Lutheran Services Florida embraces diversity, equity and inclusion in all business practices. LSF is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.



  • Masters or better in Human Services or related field
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