Substance Abuse Coordinator - Northern Regional
State of Massachusetts
 Lawrence, MA

The Department of Children and Families seeks dedicated child welfare professionals who are committed to upholding the Department's fundamental mission of protecting children from abuse and neglect to ensure they are able to grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment. The Department's vision is that all children have the right to grow up in a nurturing home, free from abuse and neglect, with access to food, shelter, clothing, health care and education. DCF works toward establishing the safety, permanency and well-being of the Commonwealth's children by: stabilizing and preserving families; providing quality temporary alternative care when necessary, safely reunifying families; and when necessary and appropriate, creating new families through kinship, guardianship or adoption. Preferred applicants will possess a demonstrated commitment to the core practice values: 1) child-driven, 2) family-centered, 3) community-focused, 4) strength-based, 5) committed to diversity/cultural competency, and, 6) committed to continuous learning.


The Substance Abuse Regional Coordinator is responsible for DCF RegionalArea efforts to address substance abuse within the child welfare system. Their primary role is to act as a consultant to RegionalArea DCF staff to build substance abuse capacity and expertise in the field and to create linkages to the substance abuse provider community.

The daily roles and function of this position will be RegionallyArea Based. The Regional Clinical Director will provide supervision for this position. The Coordinator will also function as part of the DCF Statewide Substance Abuse Unit and will receive clinical and technical support as part of the Unit. There is a common vision and mission for all of the Substance Abuse Regional Coordinators.


  • Implement substance abuse capacity building in assigned RegionArea Offices. Provide resources, support and training to increase the level of substance abuse expertise in assigned Region.
  • Provide case consultation to assigned Area Offices.
  • Participate in ongoing substance abuse projects and grants within assigned Region.
  • Participate in RegionalArea team meetings – including CQI teams, family group conferencing, and other clinical meetings.
  • Participate as part of the Statewide Substance Abuse Unit to assist in shaping policy and providing best practice guidelines to the field. Participate in statewide trainings and interagency efforts as needed.
  • Work with community-based substance abuse providers to establish working relationships between the provider and the local DCF Area Office. This includes improving communication with the provider, developing protocols to improve access to services for DCF clients and to streamline service provision. Provide cross training as necessary to local substance abuse providers.
  • Participate in RegionalArea interagency or community-based substance abuse or child welfare meetings.


  • Extensive knowledge in Substance Use Disorders and the substance abuse treatment continuum in Massachusetts.
  • Experience with the child welfare system.
  • Experience with community development and cross-systems collaboration.
  • A Bachelor's or Master's degree in human services, social work, or a related field.
  • Licensed professionals are encouraged to apply, particularly Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors.
  • Please ensure that you attach a resume with your application submission to this requisition.


A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. gov/hhs/cori and click on “Information for Job Applicants“.

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

For questions, please the contact the Office of Human Resources at 1-800-510-4122 and select option #2.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.


REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE: Four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in social work, social casework, health care administration, public health, program administration, hospital administration, or program management.


  • A Bachelor's degree in social work, health care administration, hospital administration, public health, health services administration, or vocational rehabilitation may be substituted for two years of the required experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.
  • A Master's or higher degree in social work, health care administration, hospital administration, public health, health services administration, or vocational rehabilitation may be substituted for an additional year of the required experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.
  • One year of education equals 30 semester hours. Education toward a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

LICENSES: Based on assignment, travel may be required. Those employees who elect to use a motor vehicle for travel must have a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's license or the equivalent from another state.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.