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Job Title: Drug Counselor
Hiring Organization: Alachua County Board of County Commissioners
Salary Range: $18.93 Hourly $39,374.40, Annually
Closing Date: 02/05/2019
Job Location: Florida
Description: NOTE: TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY, ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ONLINE AT: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/alachua Bachelor's degree with major course work in counseling, social work, behavioral sciences, criminal justice or related field; or any equivalent combination of related training and experience. Must satisfactorily complete local, state and national criminal history and fingerprint checks. Applicants within six months of meeting the minimum education/experience requirement may be considered for trainee status. Must successfully obtain the FDLE Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) Certification within 6 months of employment or upon assignment which requires access to the Florida Crime Information Center (FCIC)/National Crime Information Center (NCIC). Certification must be maintained as a condition of employment; re-certification required every two years. This is Level One certification. There are two Drug Counselor positions available in different locations, applicants applying for one will not be considered for the second position unless they apply for the other. Position Summary: This is an entry-level counseling position assigned to the Department of Court Services. An employee assigned to this classification is responsible for assessing and counseling clients and families. Work also involves related responsibilities including maintaining client records, evaluation and assessment, individual and group counseling, conducting didactic and educational groups, and meeting with community groups to inform them of treatment programs. Work is performed under the general direction of a higher level supervisor and is reviewed through conferences, reports, and observation of results obtained. Examples of Duties: ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS Upon declaration of a disaster and/or emergency, employees in this classification may be required to report to work. Exudes a positive customer service focus. Advocates building organizational culture through aligning decisions with core values including: integrity, honesty, respect, diversity, innovation, accountability and communication. Conducts comprehensive psych-social assessments. Maintains client records; counsels individuals and groups concerning addiction and recovery. Participates in group discussions and seminars. Informs local government and social service agencies such as parole, welfare agencies, hospitals or police regarding available resources for treatment. Meets with local community groups such as churches, schools and business organizations to inform them of County substance abuse programs. Submits written reports on the quality/quantity of work completed. Performs case management functions. Assists in the training of subordinate personnel. Performs the duties listed, as well as those assigned, with professionalism and a sense of urgency. NOTE: These examples are intended only as illustrations of the various kinds of work performed in positions allocated to this class. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES Knowledge of the dynamics and problems of addiction, abuse and treatment methods. Knowledge of psychology counseling theory and practice with the ability to apply to substance abuse. Knowledge of laws, developments and literature in the field of addiction. Knowledge of local public and private substance abuse programs and their requirements, and the available community resources helpful to clients. Knowledge of community services provided by community public health agencies and hospitals. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Ability to counsel effectively with addicted clients and families. Ability to relate goals and methods of substance abuse treatment to community groups and agencies. Ability to prepare and submit narrative and statistical reports. Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, verbally and in writing. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands to finger, handle or operate objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and the ability to adjust focus. WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Work schedule of 40 hours per week may vary depending upon unit needs and could be a variety of hours and shifts including some evening and weekend hours.
Special Instructions: NOTE: TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY, ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ONLINE AT: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/alachua
Additional Online Information: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/alachua
Contact Information: Jonathan Flynt
Equal Opportunity Specialist
12 SE 1st Street
Gainesville, Florida US
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