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Alcohol and Drug Treatment Specialist II

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Alcohol and Drug Treatment Specialist II in Ventura County

  • Ventura County
  • Full time
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  • Ventura County
  • 17/07/2018
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The County of Ventura seeks multiple, experienced alcohol and drug counselors. 

Under general direction, performs educational and counseling services for clients with alcohol and/or other drug problems.

The ideal candidate will have education (at least an AA in Addictive Disorders Studies or equivalent), experience (at least 2 years of full-time alcohol and drug counseling in both one-on-one and group sessions), possess an AOD Counselor certificate, and be bilingual (English/Spanish).

EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVE: Some positions may be eligible for educational incentive. This incentive may be 2.5%, 3.5%, or 5% for incumbents in eligible positions based on completion of an Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree that is not required for the classification.

BILINGUAL INCENTIVE:  Some positions may be eligible for bilingual incentive depending on the applicable memorandum of agreement and the needs of the department. In order to qualify for this incentive, incumbents in eligible positions must take and pass the applicable bilingual fluency examination with a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher.

AGENCY/DEPARTMENT:  Health Care Agency – Behavioral Health

Alcohol and Drug Treatment Specialist II is represented by the Service Employees' International Union (SEIU) and is eligible for overtime compensation.

The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future Regular (including Temporary and Fixed-Term), Intermittent, and Extra-Help vacancies within the Health Care Agency. There are currently six (6) Regular vacancies.

Examples Of Duties:
Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
  • Conducts intake interviews, one-on-one interviews, teaches classes, and leads small groups;
  • Makes presentations to alcohol and other drug dependent clients and their families as well as to community groups and other agencies;
  • Assists in the development of recovery and treatment plans, makes referrals, and assists in supervising volunteers or students;
  • Provides case management and data/record management;
  • Assists with on-call duties;
  • Conducts individual, group, and family counseling to alcohol and other drug dependent clients and their families;
  • Performs client intake and discharge processes and prepares and administers individual recovery/treatment programs;  refers clients to appropriate social services;
  • Provides educational presentations on alcohol and other drug abuse to community groups and other agencies;
  • Maintains client records and data management;
  • May provide supervision of other staff; and
  • Performs other related duties as required.


These are entrance requirements to the examination process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.


  • Two (2) years of experience relative to alcohol and/or other drug abuse treatment or prevention.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: In accordance with Health Care Services Section 11833(b)(1), incumbents in this job classification who do not hold Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certification and are not licensed LCSWs, MFTs, Psychologists, or the like must be registered or certified with a Department of Health Care Services approved certifying organization and must achieve certification within five (5) years of initial registration as a condition of continued employment.


  • Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certification from a State of California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs-approved certifying organization.
  • Bi-lingual (English/Spanish)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of: the philosophy and goals of the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs; counseling and recovery intervention with persons presenting problems with alcohol and other drug use and abuse; program development; interviewing techniques; community resources, including mental health and social services agencies and 12-Step Programs; addiction and recovery; and maintaining a professional ethical code, including client/counselor relationship.

Working ability to: function under minimum supervision; perform client intake and termination processes; perform individual and group counseling; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; maintain client confidentiality; maintain records; become familiar with specific laws relating to the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs; lead and train subordinate staff; and effectively interface with other agencies in the community. 

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$36,995 - $51,803 per year

Ventura County

To provide superior public service and support so that all residents have the opportunity to improve their quality of life while enjoying the benefits of a safe, healthy, and vibrant.

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