CAP Social Worker Career Opportunity


Riverhead CAP has an exciting career opportunity for a school-based social worker. CAP is a nationally recognized, award-winning nonprofit. We serve the economically and ethnically diverse schools and communities that comprise the Riverhead Central School District. CAP provides substance abuse and mental health prevention programs and services across the lifespan with the primary focus on youth. CAP encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply, especially those who are bilingual (Spanish-speaking).

Riverhead CAP offers competitive salaries and benefits, in addition to a supportive and fun work environment. CAP is a drug-free, smoke-free, and drama-free workplace. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information about CAP, visit our website. To apply, submit a resume to indicating this career opportunity in the subject line.


Counseling: CAP social workers are responsible for assessment, short-term individual, family, and group prevention counseling, crisis intervention and referral services, according to the criteria set forth by NYS OASAS Prevention Counseling Guidelines. The high school social worker also facilitates Teen Intervene for students referred as an alternative to suspension for substance-related issues.

Peer Leadership and EBPs: The high school social worker is responsible for coordinating the High School Peer Leadership program. The program consists of weekly training for high school students who assist with providing an evidence-based program (EBP) for elementary school students.

Networking: CAP social workers need to interface with school personnel, and community agencies. Social workers may have to attend school meetings, including faculty meetings, LST meetings, educational conferences, and other more personal meetings with school staff to coordinate services for the students.

Community Coalition: CAP social workers participate in the Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth. The mission of the coalition is to engage collaborative partners in the planning, implementation and evaluation of strategies that prevent youth substance use.

Professional Growth: Supervision is an integral part of the job and is provided by the CAP clinical supervisor. Social workers are expected to stay current with prevention science and evidence-based strategies in their field and to attend conferences and trainings to acquire specialized skills. Attendance at staff meetings is required to address program issues.


A master’s degree in Social Work, LCSW certification, and a minimum of 2 years’ experience is required. Some flexibility is required as there may be meetings before or after school.

skills and knowledge

CAP social workers must possess good interpersonal and communication skills, oral and written, and the ability to create and sustain school and community partnerships and work collaboratively. Timely record-keeping and written reports are also required. CAP social workers also prepare and facilitate youth and adult trainings and workshops throughout the year.

Additional information
  • Amount of Travel: A valid driver’s license, transportation, and current auto liability insurance is required. Some travel is required to attend meetings and trainings/conferences
  • This position is year-round, full-time, 35 hours per week.
  • Health care benefits are provided as well as a Simple IRA plan with 1-3% match. Additional benefits include school holidays and breaks, three weeks’ vacation in summer, and professional development opportunities. CAP provides a supportive, professional, and drama-free work environment.
  • CAP requires all staff to provide valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination and pass a background check in accordance with NYS OASAS regulations.
About Riverhead CAP

Riverhead Community Awareness Program, Inc. (CAP) is a non-profit community-based organization founded in 1979 by volunteers to address problems caused by alcohol and other drugs within the Riverhead schools and community. Today, CAP is the major provider of drug and alcohol prevention, counseling services, community coalition initiatives, and Mental Health First Aid training in the communities that comprise the Riverhead Central School District. The Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth includes active participation from twelve community sectors that include youth, parents, business, media, school, youth-serving organizations, law enforcement, religious or fraternal organizations, civic or volunteer groups, healthcare professionals, state or local agencies, as well as other local organizations.

The coalition has been instrumental in changing community conditions that contribute to youth substance use and changing policies to reduce youth access to and availability of alcohol and other drugs. In 2019, the coalition was named Coalition of the Year by CADCA, the nation’s leading drug prevention organization. The award was for demonstrating positive long-term outcomes in reducing underage drinking from 2008-2018. This was the third consecutive Coalition of Excellence Award for the coalition, which was also recognized for short-term outcomes in 2017, and intermediate outcomes in 2018 for reducing prescription drug abuse. In 2017, the coalition was named NY National Guard Counterdrug Task Force 2017 Community-Based Organization of the Year honor. Both CAP and the coalition are an integral part of the Riverhead schools and community and receive widespread support from our partner organizations, elected officials, funders, and community members.