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Recruitment #0513PM-08621-01

DATE OPENED:     5/17/2013 10:30:00 AM
JOB TYPE:      Open
FILING DEADLINE:     5/30/2013 11:59:00 PM
SALARY:     $3,924 - $4,770/month
City of San Luis Obispo
Morro Bay/Los Osos/Cayucos
Northern Coast (e.g. Cambria)
North County (e.g. Atascadero/Paso Robles)
South County (e.g. Pismo Beach/Nipomo)
DEPARTMENT:     Drug and Alcohol Services

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Conditional employment offers are based on successful completion of any pre-appointment background investigation, drug testing, and medical/psychological evaluation.

ABOUT THE POSITION:  Classes in this career series provide a variety of professional alcohol and other drug related prevention, intervention, or treatment services; and do other related work as required.

Factors that affect position assignment and placement within career series include:  Complexity of responsibility assigned; nature and size of program, independence of action and decision making responsibility; level of specialized training and experience; and the existing need of Drug and Alcohol Services.  Valid licensure must be maintained for those positions requiring license(s).

Drug and Alcohol Services Specialist II: Under general supervision and within scope of license(s) currently held, may conduct client assessments/diagnoses, per DSM-IV; develop and implement treatment plans and recovery education oriented activities for individuals and groups; facilitate referrals; provide case management services; evaluate client progress; prepare and present treatment progress, history, and summary reports as requested; responsible for caseload services, document all services and activities in accordance with a variety of local, state, and federal guidelines, for individuals with alcohol and other drug related problems.  Under general supervision, may also provide facilitation to community groups; organize and provide educational activities; collect and analyze relevant data; participate in development and marketing activities.  In addition, may provide training to new staff; monitor and review records for regulatory compliance; and be responsible for selected cases.


  • Prevention assignments:  May work with community groups providing consultation and facilitation in networking and community empowerment to reduce alcohol and other drug problems; plan, organize, and provide educational activities; collect, analyze, and evaluate relevant data; coordinate development (grant writing and fundraising) and marketing activities; other duties as assigned.
  • Treatment assignments:  May conduct clinical evaluations and assessments of individuals with alcohol and other drug problems; within scope of practice, diagnose alcohol and other drug related problems per DSM IV; develop and implement treatment/recovery plans; evaluate client progress; facilitate referrals; collect data and prepare a variety of reports as required; document all services and activities in accordance with a variety of local state, and federal guidelines; other duties as assigned.
  • Drinking Driver Program assignments:  Prepare, present, and evaluate material for Drinking Driver Programs; instruct classes and facilitate group process on the causes, effects, and alternatives to drinking and driving; conduct case management sessions for Drinking Driver clients; document all program services and abides by specific Drinking Driver Program regulations per the State Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs; other duties as assigned. 


Knowledge of: Diverse populations; social, cultural, psychological, biological, and economic factors contributing to alcohol and other drug problems; principles, practices and techniques designed to reduce or ameliorate alcohol and other drug problems relevant to assigned duties in prevention, intervention, or treatment services; relevant local, state, and federal regulations pertaining to alcohol and other drugs.

Ability to:  Communicate effectively both orally and in writing; plan, organize, and/or conduct activities consistent in prevention, intervention, treatment or recovery activities; to include scope of licensure where appropriate; establish and maintain the confidence and cooperation of clients and co-workers from diverse backgrounds; work independently under appropriate or limited supervision; read and interpret rules, regulations and guidelines with specific emphasis on operating within appropriate confidentiality and ethics norms.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Drug and Alcohol Services Specialist II:  Either A:  California Registered Nurse with two (2) years work experience in drug and alcohol related medical interventions with diverse populations; Or B:  A one (1) year Master's Degree from an accredited institution in a human/social services or related behavioral or health science field; Or C:  A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution in a human/social services or related behavioral or health science field and one (1) year professional drug and alcohol treatment or prevention experience; Or D:  California Licensed Vocational Nurse, Psychiatric Technician, or Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and three (3) years professional drug and alcohol treatment or prevention experience; Or E:  Four (4) years professional drug and alcohol treatment or prevention experience as a Drug and Alcohol Services Specialist I or equivalent

SPECIFIC PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:  Each recruitment will indicate the program responsibilities and/or specific license required to fill an existing vacancy based on the needs of the County.  Future assignment may change based on the needs of the County.

LICENSES/CERTIFICATES:  A valid driver license may be required at the time of application.  When a driver license is a condition of employment, a valid CALIFORNIA driver license is required at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment.

IN ADDITION:  This class specification generally describes the duties and responsibilities characteristic of the position(s) within this class. Duties of a particular position within a multi-position class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class. Accordingly, the essential functions of a particular position (whether it be a multi-position class or a single-position class) will be identified and used by medical examiners and hiring authorities in the selection process. If you have questions regarding the duties or the working conditions of the position, please contact the Human Resources Department.

AGENCY SHOP:  Employees hired into the Public Services, Supervisory and Clerical bargaining units represented by SLOCEA labor contracts are covered by Agency Shop provisions which require that new employees become SLOCEA dues paying members or pay an agency shop service fee in lieu of dues.

NOTIFICATIONApplicants will be notified 2-4 weeks after the final filing deadline. However, some recruitments may take less or more time depending on the type of exam and number of applicants. Notifications will be posted on-line on the Applicant Status Board for each phase of the recruitment process and will be sent by US mail and/or email.  Therefore, notify the Human Resources Department of any mailing or email address changes for all applications submitted.

SELECTION PROCESS:  The examination process will include a competitive examination consisting of an evaluation of job-related education and experience through one of the following methods of testing:  A) competitive application rating, based solely on application information presented OR B) oral board rating as determined by an interview panel OR C) application screening and an oral board rating OR D) any combination thereof.  In any case, the evaluation will be weighted 100% in determining a candidate’s placement on the eligible list.  Applicants are urged to submit sufficiently detailed information in their application materials for proper qualification evaluation.   The hiring department will be provided a list of the top nine ranks of eligible candidates and one additional rank for each vacancy. The hiring department may hire any of the candidates certified to the department.  Veterans and disabled veterans preference points will be assigned when applicable. Please note: any part of this selection process may be waived or changed as deemed appropriate by the Human Resources Department at any point during the recruitment. Eligible lists may be used to fill regular, limited term or temporary positions.

PENSION BENEFIT INFORMATION:  Effective January 1, 2013 the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA or AB340), makes substantial changes to public employee pension plans. PEPRA impacts the pension benefits of current employees (employees hired on or before 12/31/12) and all future hires (those hired on or after 1/1/13).  Please refer to our website for additional information including summary of impacts and FAQs at:  http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/hr.htm

Should you have additional questions, please contact Human Resources staff at 805.781.5959 or hr_labor_relations@co.slo.ca.us .  Note:  Those employees with reciprocity who are returning or entering into SLO County employment within a 6 month break in service, may be eligible to enter into the SLO County pension plan that was in existence for new hires as of December 31, 2012 for that bargaining unit.  Contact Pension Trust (805.781.5465 or pension@co.slo.ca.us) for specific questions related to reciprocity.   All other questions should be directed to HR.

OTHER PROVISIONS:  New employees are required to complete an INS Employment Eligibility Verification form to certify citizenship or legal residency and authorization to work. Essential functions of a job for purposes of the Americans with Disabilities Act will be determined prior to the filling of each vacant position. A REASONABLE EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO ACCOMMODATE THE NEEDS OF THE DISABLED AND THE RELIGIOUS NEEDS OF AN APPLICANT. IF YOU REQUIRE SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS, YOU MUST INFORM THE COUNTY HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT IN WRITING OF THE TYPE AND EXTENT OF ACCOMMODATION NO LATER THAN THE FINAL FILING DEADLINE.