Alcohol and Other Drug Services Counselor II - English and Bilingual (Spanish/English) - Extra-Help

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Sep 08, 2020
Variable Shift Clerical and Administrative Support Human and Social Services
  • Salary: 31 USD

Job Description

Position Information

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

Starting salary up to $37.34/hour plus
anadditional$0.90/Hr. bilingual premium pay for bilingual positions*

( *** Please Note: The Department of Health Services has filled the non-bilingual extra-help positions and is currently seeking to fill only bilingual extra-help positions. *** )

The County of Sonoma seeks candidates for multiple Extra-Help (intermittent), English andfluent bilingual (Spanish/English)Alcohol and Other Drug Services (AODS) Counselor II positionsto join their Behavioral Health team. Thesepositions may be filled at the I or II level.If you are interested in applying at the I level, you will need to apply to the separate, concurrent recruitment being conducted for that classification.

AODSCounselorII's providecase management, counseling, education, and evaluations to individuals, groups, and families participating in the Driving Under the Influence (DUI)program. In addition,AODSCounselor II's screen and assess clients, prepare court and client program reports, and provide diversion services.The ideal candidates forAODSCounselor II positionswill possess:
  • Two years of experience as anAODSCounselor
  • AnAODSCounselor certification
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • The ability to work with individuals from a variety of social, cultural, and economic backgrounds
  • The ability to work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary 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
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.

About the DUI Program

Through collaboration between the courts and community treatment providers, clients are provided case management, compliance services, and alcohol and other drug education in outpatient and residential settings. The program provides clients the opportunity to address their addiction while remaining active members of the community. Participants are monitored by the court system with the dual goals of remaining abstinent from alcohol and other drugs, as well as not driving under the influence.


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; 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 may qualify for aCounty contribution toward medical coverage.This employment list may also be used to fill future bilingual (English/Spanish) extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of this list.

*Salary is negotiable within established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice.

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: 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.


One year of 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.

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.

Due to regulatory changes, 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; modern methods of diagnosing and treating persons who abuse 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. Knowledge of: County program policies and procedures; court procedures and etiquette; County, State and Federal laws governing public alcohol and other drug abuse programs; 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: 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 which call for the use of public and private community resources; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; 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:

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.


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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