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Alcohol and Other Drug Services Specialist - Bilingual...
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County of Sonoma, California | Santa Rosa, CA
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Position Information

Are you an experienced bilingual Alcohol and Other Drug Services professional?

Join our Behavioral Health team in this critical role!

Starting Salary Up To $35.87/Hr ($74,864/Yr.), plus Bilingual Premium Pay of $0.90/Hr.*

The County of Sonoma seeks a fluent Bilingual (Spanish/English) Alcohol & Other Drug Services (AODS) Specialist to join the Behavioral Health Division of the Department of Health Services (DHS). This critical position will act as one of two lead workers for the Drug Court and DUI Court programs, providing expanded service opportunities for clients of the Veterans Court Program.

Please Note: Fluent (reading, writing, conversation) Spanish is required for this position. Applicants who do not indicate they possess this skill will not be considered for this recruitment. An examination will be conducted prior to employment to confirm level of skill in this area.

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).

The AODS Specialist will screen potential clients for the Drug and DUI Court programs, attend clinical reviews with contract agencies, attend coordination meetings with clinical teams, communicate with officers of the court, attend pre-court and court, and manage issues that arise with clients.

The Drug and DUI Court programs are a collaborative effort of the Sonoma County DHS, Sonoma County Courts, and Center Point Drug Abuse Alternatives Center. The programs serve adult clients charged with non-violent misdemeanors or felonies related to drug abuse. The Drug and DUI Court programs are 12-month programs that include intensive counseling, drug testing, participation in self-help programs, daily monitoring, and regular appearances before the Drug and DUI Court judges.

The Ideal Candidate Will Possess:

* An AODS Counselor registration or certification
* Experience screening and assessing for substance use disorders, formulating treatment plans, and providing case management services
* Experience providing substance use disorder interventions including motivational interviewing, substance abuse counseling, and crisis intervention
* Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships within interdisciplinary teams and between different programs and/or departments
* Extensive knowledge of the Behavioral Health System of Care within the County of Sonoma
* Experience using electronic records systems (SWITS and/or other external data systems), electronic billing and/or claiming, data entry, trainings, and generating reports
* Experience leading, scheduling, coaching, or training staff

Please note: California Health and Safety Code Section 11833(b)(1) now requires AODS Specialists to 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 Spanish/English bilingual full-time, part-time, or extra-help 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: Three years of experience equivalent to the Sonoma County class of Alcohol and Other Drug Services Counselor II and academic course work that directly relates to the knowledge and skills listed, including college level coursework in sociology, psychology, alcohol and drug treatment and closely related fields. A bachelor's degree in any of the areas described is highly desirable.


Four years of experience with responsibilities involving the development, implementation and administration of alcohol and drug treatment and education programs and academic course work that directly relates to the knowledge and skills listed, including college level coursework in sociology, psychology, alcohol and drug treatment and closely related fields. A bachelor's degree in any of the areas described is highly desirable.

Special Qualification: All employees of this class must register, obtain, and maintain a Counselor Certification as defined by the California Code of Regulations, Chapter 8: Certification of Alcohol and Other Drug Counselors. Upon appointment to this class, employees will have six months to register and five years to obtain Certification from an ADP approved certifying organization whose curriculum includes a minimum of 240 hours of formal classroom training. Human Resources will waive the Counselor Certification requirement for licensed professionals (or registered interns) who successfully pass a written examination similar to that administered for Certification. This examination will be administered by the Sonoma County Human Resources Department, and will be designed to measure those areas included in the curriculum required for certification.

Due to regulatory changes, California Health and Safety Code Section 11833(b)(1) requires that any individual who provides counseling services in a licensed or certified AODS program, 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 the DHCS may be found at 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

Knowledge of: treatment and rehabilitation techniques used in the identification and treatment of alcohol and drug abuse County, State and Federal laws governing public alcohol and other drug abuse programs; the principles, methods, and techniques used to develop formal and informal training programs associated with the assigned specialty area; the methods and techniques used to develop community information and educational programs; the needs, problems, attitudes and behavior problems of the alcohol and drug abusing person; modern methods of diagnosing and treating persons who misuse alcohol and drugs; 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 for alcohol and other drug abuse treatment and education; methods and techniques used to plan and control the work of others assigned to specific projects; County program policies and procedures; court procedures and etiquette; community organizations involved in alcohol and other drug abuse programs; principles of supervision; effective personnel practices including recognition, performance evaluation, and progressive discipline; principles and techniques of employee training.

Ability to: plan, organize, conduct, and evaluate the effectiveness of training and educational programs; use community resources to establish and maintain community alcohol and other drug abuse care, treatment, and education programs; oversee and coordinate the work of other staff; train, develop and lead staff; 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 that call for the use of public and private community resources; assess situations, identify problems, develop problem solving options, identify associated risks, and make most appropriate decision; 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; prepare clear and concise oral and written reports; 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 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-Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.


Responses to supplemental questions will be used in assessing minimum qualifications. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & 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: www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org. 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. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted. 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.

HR Analyst: TF

HR Technician: AC