Alcohol and Drug Specialist II English and Bilingual Spanish

Tulare County Tulare, CA
Benefits Supplemental Questions

Two vacancies with the Health and Human Services Agency in Visalia. This recruitment will establish an employment list to fill current and future vacancies throughout Tulare County. The anticipated life of the list is six months

For the Spanish bilingual designated position, it is entitled to an additional $.50 (cents) per hour. A Spanish proficiency exam will be required. Applicants must be fluent in the ability to read, write and speak in the Spanish language as well as in English.

Typical Duties:


Provide professional level counseling and education services to clients including screenings and assessments, preparation of court and client reports and case management; perform assessment interviews and evaluate potential clients; respond to emergency situations and calls in the office and community including on-call after hours duties when necessary; conduct home visits as needed; assess client recovery needs, goals, and general condition to develop the treatment/service plan; provide consultation, information and education, including public presentations, and support services; provide training and consultation in assigned specialty areas; monitor progress of clients; prepare client progress reports for courts and probation department; transport clients to appointments and treatment facilities; may testify in court concerning an individual's amenability or acceptability for treatment; oversee and conduct alcohol/drug testing; attends various professional and staff meetings; provide alcohol and drug expertise and diagnostics in a multidisciplinary team setting; make appointments, gather data, keep records, write reports and maintain case documentation; take part in community organization activities; may serve on committees; assist crisis workers in 5150 evaluation; provide crisis counseling to families of clients with COD; assist in organizing county-wide workshops on COD and co-facilitate; respond to inquiries regarding program services and client activity; assist in the preparation and review of materials for use in assigned programs; select and monitor volunteer staff; develop and implement comprehensive training and orientation programs, maintain records of work performed; provide evaluations and references for volunteer staff; collaborate in a multidisciplinary team; provide expertise feedback, advise and direction in alcohol related matters

Employment Standards:


Education/Experience – Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be two years of college with major course work in the behavioral or social sciences or closely related field and programs and two years of experience equivalent to a Tulare County Alcohol and Drug Specialist I.

Knowledge of – The needs, problems, attitudes and behavior problems of the alcohol and drug abusing person; basic principles of individual and group behavior; socio-economic, environmental, and cultural factors affecting the behavior of alcohol and drug abusing persons; group, family and individual counseling; services and resources provided through other organizations; methods of diagnosing and treating persons who abuse alcohol and drugs. County program policies and procedures; court procedures and etiquette; county, State and Federal laws governing alcohol and other drug abuse programs; principles of integrated treatment for co-occurring disorder.

Skill/Ability to - To provide consultative services in complex situations involving behavioral and physiological conditions of the alcohol/drug client and clients with co-occurring disorder; evaluate the behavioral and physiological conditions of the alcohol/drug client and clients with co-occurring disorder.

LICENSE OR CERTIFICATE - A current certificate as an Alcohol and Other Drug specialist issued by a certifying agency approved by the State of California. Certification must be maintained, as defined by the California Code of Regulations, Chapter 8. Failure to maintain certification will result in release from employment.

Additional Information:

Conditions of Employment

Candidates selected will be required to pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol screening. Additionally, a background investigation may also be conducted. Some job classes may also require a physical exam.

College Cost Reduction Access Act

This may be a qualifying position for student loan forgiveness through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA). Only student loan payments made after October 1, 2007 and in a qualified repayment plan are eligible. For more information you are encouraged to speak with your student loan servicer or visit: