Alcohol & Other Drug Services Counselor I/II - EXTRA-HELP
County of Sonoma - Santa Rosa, CA

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This recruitment is being conducted to fill several extra-help (intermittent) vacancies in the Alcohol and Other Drug Services (AODS) Division of the Department of Health Services. Currently, we are recruiting for DUI and TASC programs. Bilingual (Spanish/English) applicants are encouraged to apply! This employment list may also be used to fill future extra-help vacancies as they occur during the active status of this list.

Salary Information:
AODS Counselor I $23.47 - $28.52/Hour
AODS Counselor II $25.88 - $31.46/Hour
Bilingual Premium (If applicable) $.90/Hour DUI Program Vacancies:
These vacancies will be focused on Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Programs and therefore the California State Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs have specific requirements under Title 9 of the California Code of Regulations. Applicants applying for positions in the DUI Program require a minimum of two years of experience in providing alcohol and/or drug education and information to persons with alcohol and/or other drug problems in a classroom setting.

TASC Program Vacancies:
The Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities (TASC) Program provides case management, and supervision services for adults currently involved in the criminal justice system who have a desire to participate in treatment. TASC services include:
assessment for eligible inmates who submit requests while incarcerated;
treatment assessment and advocacy with the Probation Department, the District Attorney's Office, and the client's defense counsel to determine if an alternative sentence is feasible;
regular counseling sessions until the individual is placed in treatment;
supervision throughout the treatment services;
and monitoring compliance through random drug testing. The Alcohol & Other Drug Services (AODS) Counselor I/II provides case management, individual, group, and family counseling, education, and evaluations to clients of the Alcohol & Other Drug Services Division of the Department of Health Services; and performs related duties as required. The AODS Counselor II differs from the AODS Counselor I in the degree of independence, discretion exercised, breadth and complexity of duties. Extra-Help Employment Information: Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Intermittent, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most regular employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation and sick leave; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Intermittent, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of 1,380 hours within any twelve month consecutive period. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements (generally worked 11 consecutive pay periods with a minimum of 440 hours and are scheduled at least 40 hours per pay period) may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage. Please complete the required supplemental questionnaire.

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:

AODS Counselor I: 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. OR 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.

AODS Counselor II: Two years of experience equivalent to the Sonoma County class of Alcohol and Other Drug Services Counselor I with responsibilities involving alcohol and drug treatment and education programs that directly relate to the knowledge and skills listed above and academic coursework in sociology, psychology, alcohol and other drug services and other closely related fields. OR One year experience equivalent to the Sonoma County class of Alcohol and Other Drug Services Counselor II 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.

** Important Information - Applicants to the DUI program will be screened using these additional requirements for DUI Program positions:
California State Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs requires two years of experience which meets the requirements of Title 9 of the California Administrative Code in providing services to persons with alcohol and/or drug problems. To meet the requirements candidates shall have a minimum of two years of experience in providing alcohol and/or drug education and information to persons with alcohol and/or other drug problems in a classroom setting.
License : Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position.

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.

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. In addition, the AODS Counselor II will possess working knowledge of modern methods of diagnosing and treating persons who abuse alcohol and drugs.

Knowledge of : County program policies and procedures; court procedures and etiquette; County, State and Federal laws governing public alcohol and other drug abuse programs. In addition, the AODS Counselor II will possess knowledge of: 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 : 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. In addition, the AODS Counselor II will possess the ability to oversee and coordinate the work of other staff; and train, develop and lead staff.

Selection Procedure:
Application Instructions:
The information contained in the application and responses to the supplemental questions will be evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the employment process. Applicants should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and 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, please list each position separately. Failure to comply with these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification. For more detailed information about examination steps and the hiring process, you are encouraged to go to http://hr.sonoma-county.org/content.aspx?sid=1024&id=1464 and review the Hiring Process Overview.
Please complete required supplemental questionnaire.
An Application and Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal (pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of the minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications for the position will be placed on an Extra-help employment list and referred to the department. The department may contact candidates from the employment list who possess the most appropriate job-related qualifications for further consideration.

Background Information:
A background investigation may be 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.
Additionally, a pre-employment medical examination, including a drug screening, will be required prior to employment.

How to Apply:
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. 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 is committed to a policy and actively pursues a program of equal employment and non-discrimination. More information can be found at: http://hr.sonoma-county.org/content.aspx?sid=1024&id=1304
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HR Technician: KW

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