Women's Recovery Growth Leader (CADC 1)

Portland, OR

Portland Rescue Mission is seeking a Women's Recovery Growth Leader to serve in its New Life recovery program at Shepherd's Door. This gifted servant will personify wise and compassionate counsel as they guide individuals into freedom from addiction alongside a Christ-centered team with an award-winning culture and a commitment to serving others.

Are you ready to transform and be transformed as you lead women recovering from homelessness and addiction towards healthy relationships and long-term success? If so, we invite you to thoughtfully consider this unique opportunity. 

The Women’s Recovery Growth Leader will have the opportunity to serve program participants experiencing life transformation by overseeing the delivery of case management and addictions recovery program components, carrying a case load of up to 12 women. This person will cultivate transformed lives by equipping the Shepherd's Door community for effective addictions recovery, relapse prevention, and in-depth growth. Join a team of skilled servants to make a lasting difference in the lives of women seeking freedom from homelessness and addiction.


  • Full Time, Exempt
  • Monday-Friday, occasional evenings, weekends, and on call availability as needed

Shepherd’s Door, Portland Rescue Mission’s women’s facility, is set in a retreat-like setting located in East Portland, designed specifically to support the transformation and growth of women, and women with children, impacted by homelessness and addiction. This 42,000 square foot facility has the capacity to serve 42 adults and 25 children.


  • Oversee, develop, and coordinate the growth of a Family Group of program participants (up to 12 women) through weekly one-on-ones and other interactions, integrating addictions recovery, spiritual formation, and life skills training
  • Clearly communicate and coordinate with other Shepherd's Door staff about each participant through regular database documentation (including DAP case notes) and staff meetings so that the staff team can work together to provide healing and growth
  • Regularly communicate with volunteer mentors and sponsors to support each participant’s spiritual, recovery, and relational growth
  • Equip and train participants towards a peer-to-peer ministry environment
  • Utilize the Bible to support recovery, healing, and growth so participants develop the ability to apply it to daily living
  • Support participants to become embedded in a partner church resulting in supportive community, accountability, discipleship, and service involvement
  • Teach and lead curriculum, classes, and groups for all participants at Shepherd's Door according to the needs of the program


  • A passionate relationship with Jesus Christ and a testimony of continued growth in faith
  • Alcohol/drug certification (CADC 1 or higher) required
  • Excellent knowledge of Christian spiritual formation, chemical dependency, addiction recovery, and counseling specific to relapse prevention
  • A personal ethos and work ethic that reflects Portland Rescue Mission’s ministry culture – Highly Relational, Christ-Centered, Joyful Servant
  • A calling to serve women impacted by homelessness and addiction
  • Passionate and skilled in discerning and coaching women to success in Christian discipleship and addictions recovery
  • Proficient in communication, documentation, organization, scheduling, and group and classroom participation
  • Agreement with Portland Rescue Mission’s Statement of Faith and Code of Ethics


We exist to demonstrate the compassion of Christ

From the first sandwich that was shared in 1949, to today's fully integrated emergency, recovery, and training services, Portland Rescue Mission is a highly relational ministry. Portland Rescue Mission builds supportive and caring communities, meets people at their point of need, equips them, and provides a path forward. In-depth partnership with churches and volunteers, multiple tiers of services, and a focus on growing Christian disciples is fundamental to Portland Rescue Mission’s success.  

About 80% of the women who have graduated from the New Life recovery program in the past 5 years remain in stable housing and free of addictions.