Alcohol and Other Drug Services Counselor I - Full-Time & Part-Time

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • May 16, 2019
Full Time Human and Social Services Other
  • Salary: $53,534.63 - $65,055.54 Annually

Job Description

Position Information

Make a difference in the lives of others in our community!

Starting salary up to $31.17*/Hr. plus a cash allowance of $3.45/Hr.

The County of Sonomaseeks candidates for full- andpart-timeAlcohol and Other Drug Services (AODS) Counselor positions. These positions may be filled at the I or II level.If you are interested in applying at the II level, you will need to apply to the separate, concurrent recruitment being conducted for that classification.
Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $850 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County paid premium contribution to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
* Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Engineers and Scientists of California Union Local 20 Memorandum of Understanding (ESC MOU) .

About the Positions

Full-Time: Adolescent Treatment Program (ATP)/Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities (TASC)

This position will work in both the ATP and TASC Programs. Within the ATP program, this position conducts assessment, education, individual and group counseling to juvenile (under age 18) detainees at LosGuilicosand Probation Camp, utilizing evidence-based curriculum. As a part of the TASC program, this position will provide advocacy, case management, assessment and treatment placementand supervision services for adults currently involved in the criminal justice system and who are ready to participate in treatment. The selected candidate for this position is required to pass Juvenile Hall and Probation background processes to work in this facility.

Part-Time: In-Custody Starting Point Program
This position provides SUD (Substance Use Disorder) services for inmates located in designated housing units within the North County Detention Facility (NCDF) and the Main Adult Detention Facility (MADF). This position facilitates group counseling sessions, community meetings, and education groups covering a range of topics related to alcohol and other drug use and abuse, recovery, life skills, Cognitive Behavior Therapy,Dialectical Behavior Therapy, criminal thinking & trauma, as well as post-release planning. The selectedcandidate for this position is required to pass the Sherriff's office background process and receive a D Pass clearance.

The ideal candidates forAODSCounselor I positionswill possess:
  • An AODS Counselor registration or certification
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • The ability to communicate effectively and work with individuals from a variety of social, cultural, and economic backgrounds
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • A desire to work in a fast-paced, highly dynamic environment
  • The ability to develop rapport and maintain cooperative relationships with clients and service providers
  • An understanding of working with in-custody clients to reduce recidivism and increase access to services
Please note:California Health and Safety CodeSection 11833(b)(1) nowrequiresAODSCounselorsto be licensed, registered, or certified.Please see the "Minimum Qualifications" section of this job announcement for more information about this requirement.

The employment list established from this recruitment may also be used to fill future full-time and part-time positions as they occur during the active status of this list. County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Any combination of training and experience that would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be either: One year of experience with responsibilities involving alcohol and drug treatment and education programs and academic coursework in sociology, psychology, alcohol and other drug services and other closely related fields.


Some experience with responsibilities involving alcohol and other drug treatment and education programs and possession of a bachelor's degree in sociology, psychology, alcohol and other services drug treatment or other closely related fields.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignmentto perform the essential job functions of the position.

Special Qualification:Current registration and the ability toobtain and maintain a Counselor Certification as defined by the California Code of Regulations, Chapter 8: Certification of Alcohol and Other Drug Counselors. Employees will have five years to obtain Certification from an ADP approved certifying organization whose curriculum includes a minimum of 240 hours of formal classroom training.
California Health and Safety CodeSection 11833(b)(1) requires that any individual who provides counseling services in a licensed or certifiedAODSprogram, except for licensed professionals*, must be registered or certified with an organization approved by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). Individuals must be currently licensed, registered,or certified to be eligible for employment.

A list of approved certification agencies recognized by theDHCSmay be foundat the following site:
* Licensed professionals include a physician licensed by the Medical Board of California; or a psychologist licensed by the Board of Psychology; or a clinical social worker or marriage and family therapist licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, or an intern registered with the California Board of Psychology or the California Board of Behavioral Sciences .

Additional Special Qualification: Some positions may require the ability to fluently speak and write a language other than English.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Working Knowledge of: the needs, problems, attitudes and behavior problems of the alcohol and drug abusing person; basic principles of individual and group behavior; socio-economic, environmental, and cultural factors affecting the behavior of alcohol and drug abusing persons; principles and techniques of group, family and individual counseling; laws, rules, regulations and department policies related to client confidentiality; counseling techniques related to the treatment of alcohol and other drug abusing clients; services and resources provided through other governmental agencies and community-based organizations.

Knowledge of: County program policies and procedures; court procedures and etiquette; County, State and Federal laws governing public alcohol and other drug abuse programs.

Ability to: understand and apply County alcohol and other drug program policies and procedures; provide consultative services in complex situations involving behavioral and physiological conditions of the alcohol/drug client; evaluate the behavioral and physiological conditions of the alcohol/drug client; coordinate the delivery of alcohol and other drug abuse services; analyze situation accurately and adopt an effective course of action; recognize problems which call for the use of public and private community resources; effectively listen, mediate and resolve complaints; read, interpret, apply, and explain complex regulations and reports; communicate effectively with persons from a variety of social, cultural, and economic backgrounds; establish and maintain effective work relationships with all types of persons encountered in the course of work; develop rapport and maintain cooperative relationships with clients and service providers; read, understand, apply and explain regulations and procedures governing job training programs; work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team; use computers and related equipment as necessary for job assignments.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all your employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting a Jobwith the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

AnApplication & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination(weight 100%).Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted on-line at . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people.Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

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