Substance Abuse Counselor

State of North Carolina Burgaw, NC
Description of Work


SALARY RANGE: $33,960 - $54,337


* For current State employees, please note that as of June 1, 2018, promotional and RIF priority and salary administration will be made based on the new Statewide NC Classification System.*

This positions are located at Pender Correctional Institution in Burgaw, NC. The Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency Program (ACDP) staff plans, administers and coordinates chemical dependency screening and substance use disorder treatment services within the Department of Public Safety. Substance Abuse Counselors are the front line for the prison treatment programs for ACDP. They develop, implement and coordinate treatment plans for each client. Other responsibilities include: intake, assessment, gathering social histories, conducting treatment progress evaluations, documenting in OPUS and preparing discharge summaries. SAC's also assist clients in developing recovery plans and community support, as well as maintaining appropriate participation and progress in attaining treatment goals. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

Listed below are the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) associated with the position. These KSAs, along with the minimum education and experience listed, are required in order to be deemed "eligible" for the position therefore you must provide supporting information, within the body of your application, to demonstrated your possession of each KSA listed.

* Documented group and individual counseling

* Documented ability to conduct assessment, treatment and discharge planning

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

High school or General Educational Development (GED) diploma or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Necessary Special Qualifications

Credentialed as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) or as a Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional (CCJP) to practice under the provisions of the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Act.

Supplemental and Contact Information

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages qualified men and women to apply. DPS uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified individuals. Hiring salary will be based on relevant qualifications, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position.

* Online applications are only accepted through

* To receive credit for all of your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the State of North Carolina application. Any information omitted cannot be considered for qualifying credit. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the state application.

* The Knowledge, Skills and Abilities AND the Minimum Education and Experience are REQUIRED in order to be considered qualified for the position. Therefore, you MUST provide supporting information within the body of the application that clearly demonstrates your possession of the KSA's and the Education/Experience requirements. DPS will NOT accept "see attached resume" in lieu of education and work experience completed on the application.

* Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

* Applicants seeking Veteran's Preference must attach a DD form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, along with your application.

* During the online application process, if additional documentation is required, attach the documentation at the bottom of Step 4 in the application process. If applying for a position certified through the North Carolina Department of Justice-Criminal Justice Standards Division, refer to for specific certification requirements.

* The N.C. Department of Public Safety must adhere to the United States Department of Justice Final Rule on the "National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape" under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standards at 28 C.F.R. Part 115 Docket No. OAG-131 RIN 1105-AB34. Refer to for hiring and promotion prohibition requirements for all positions in the N. C. Department of Public Safety.

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. You can check the status of the application by logging into your account at and clicking "Application Status."

For technical assistance with completing the application please contact our applicant customer support line at 855-524-5627. If there are any questions specific to this posting, please contact DPS Human Resources at 919-716-3800.

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