September 28, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.
Open Until Filled
Salary: $20.27 - $24.62
Job Type: Full-Time
Job Status: Permanent
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The Calaveras County Substance Abuse Program of the Health and Human Services Agency is seeking a Counselor to join their amazing team. This position will provide services to high-risk offenders in the Day Reporting Center, the Probation Department and/or the county jail and will work as a member of a multidisciplinary team that includes Mental Health, Probation, Substance Abuse, a Sheriff’s Deputy and other local agencies. This is a full-time position that will work Monday- Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in the Day Reporting Center and comes with a comprehensive benefits package.
This position will, under general direction and supervision, provide professional substance use disorder education and treatment services including but not limited to: group and individual counseling, crisis intervention, and case planning and management for adults with substance use and co-occurring disorders in a recovery-oriented environment. Assists with the planning, implementation and provision of alcohol/substance abuse prevention and education programs in the Day Reporting Center. Performs related work as assigned.
This is the mid-level position in the Alcohol/Substance Abuse job classification series. Applicants are expected to possess considerable knowledge of substance use disorders and addiction issues; best practices and treatment methodologies for counseling individuals with substance use disorders; dual diagnosis issues; and ethical and professional standards to be followed in the substance use disorder treatment field.
- Conducts client intakes, prepares individual assessments, treatment plans and recommendations.
- Prepares clear and concise reports.
- Collaborates with public and private agencies including but not limited to the Courts and Probation.
- Provides education, counseling, crisis intervention and case management services for individuals and their families with alcohol/substance abuse problems.
- Collaborates and coordinates referrals with a variety of treatment resources including but not limited to inpatient residential treatment facilities or self-help groups as needed.
- Serves as a liaison with individuals, families, community groups and public and private agencies interested in the prevention of chemical dependency, educational and rehabilitation activities.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and understanding about the science of addiction, alcohol/substance abuse issues and related problems resulting from alcohol and chemical dependency. Applicants must show a commitment to continuing education and rehabilitation activities. Applicants must be clean and sober at least five years in order to be considered.
Education and Experience:
Equivalent to graduation from high school and at least three years of substance abuse counseling experience.
Valid CA Association of Drug and Alcohol Counselors certification (CADAAC) highly recommended.
Individuals working towards certification or a degree program in the substance abuse treatment or related field may substitute units for a year’s experience.
Possession of a valid California Driver’s License issued by the CA State Department of Motor Vehicles.
Applicants must be clean and sober at least five years.
Must be able to pass an in-depth Sheriff’s background investigation.
Interested individuals must submit the following:
- Calaveras County Application
- Cover Letter
- Supplemental Questions
Application materials will be reviewed to evaluate the specific qualifications of each applicant and determine which applicants will continue in the screening process. Incomplete application information will result in the candidate being screened out of the process. Those candidates identified as having qualifications best suited for the position will be invited to participate in the interview process.
1. What are the most important lessons you have learned from working with persons who are incarcerated or on probation/parole?
2. In your experience, what is the most effective approach to working with persons who are incarcerated or on probation/parole?
3. How do you take care of yourself while working with these challenging populations?
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
Mobility to work in a standard office environment; use standard office equipment; physical ability to sit or otherwise remain stationary at work post for long periods of time; manual dexterity to use standard office equipment and supplies and to manipulate both single sheets of paper and large documents holders (binders, manuals, etc.); vision to read handwritten and printed materials and a computer screen; hearing and speech to communicate in person and by telephone.
This class description lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Not all duties are necessarily performed by each incumbent. Incumbents may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in the documents and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.