Alcohol and Other Drug Services Assistant I - Extra-Help

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Mar 17, 2020
Variable Shift Clerical and Administrative Support
  • Salary: $19.11 - $23.23 Hourly USD

Job Description

Position Information

Join the Department of Health Services as an Alcohol and Other Drug Services Assistant I!

Starting Salary up to $22.54/hourly*

The County of Sonoma Department of Health Servicesis seeking qualified candidates to fill multipleintermittent, extra-helpAlcoholandOther Drug Services(AODS) Assistantpositionsfor the Drug Testing Programin Santa Rosa.

Depending upon experience, we are hiringAODS Assistantsat the I or II level. If you are interested in applying at the II level, you must apply to the separate recruitment being conducting for that level.

Please Note :These positions engage in direct observation of urine collection processes. For the current vacancies, the Department of Health Services plans to hire one male and one female to maintain adequate staffing levels of both genders. Candidates of all genders are encouraged to apply.
Under close supervision, an AODS Assistant I learns how to work within a framework of standard policies and procedures toprovide paraprofessional services and clerical support for the Behavioral HealthDivision's Drug Testing Unit. Responsibilities include checking in and verifying client identity,monitoringclients while they perform drug test screening and drug tests, maintaining chain of custody of the urinalysis (UA) specimen, operating the equipment used to perform the various tests, providing office support activities, and processing client payments.Employees in this entry-level position are expected to become proficient in various duties on all shifts and complete related training in order to qualify for the next level of AODS Assistant II after the initial training and development period of one year.

The ideal candidate will possess:
  • Current licensure, registration, or certification as an AODS counselor in accordance withCalifornia Health and Safety CodeSection 11833(b)(1)
  • Experience working with AODS clients in an AODS program
  • Familiarity with the concepts related to chain of custody
  • The ability to communicate effectively and work with individuals from a variety of social, cultural, and economic backgrounds
  • The ability to develop rapport and maintain cooperative relationships with clients, service providers, and partner agencies
  • The ability to work a flexible schedule, as needed, including some evening and weekend shifts
  • Strong attention to detail to ensure accurate data entry, recordkeeping, and documentation
  • Strict adherence to Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 42, confidentiality
Please note:California Health and Safety CodeSection 11833(b)(1)nowrequiresAODSAssistants to be licensed, registered, or certified.Please see the "Minimum Qualifications" section of this job announcement for more information about this requirement.

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.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can found in the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021 Memorandum of Understanding .

The employment list established from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of the list.

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: six months of experience either paid or volunteer working with alcoholics and/or drug addicts in a treatment and/or recovery program that would provide basic understanding of the needs of alcohol and other drug abusing persons.


Related coursework, training, conferences and workshops that would provide basic understanding of the needs of the alcohol and other drug abusing person.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Special Qualification: All employees of this class must register, obtain, and maintain a Counselor Certification as defined by the California Code of Regulations, Chapter 8: Certification of Alcohol and Other Drug Counselors. Upon appointment to this class, employees will have six months to register and five years to obtain Certification from an ADP approved certifying organization whose curriculum includes a minimum of 240 hours of formal classroom training. Human Resources will waive the Counselor Certification requirement for licensed professionals (or registered interns) who successfully pass a written examination similar to that administered for Certification. This examination will be administered by the Sonoma County Human Resources Department, and will be designed to measure those areas included in the curriculum required for certification.

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. Knowledge of: Basic principles of individual and group behavior; Socio-economic, environmental, and cultural factors affecting the behavior of alcohol and drug abusing persons; Services and resources provided through other governmental agencies and community-based organizations.

Ability to: learn how to interpret and apply County Alcohol and Other Drug Services Program policies and procedures; learn informal/peer counseling techniques; work irregular hours, different shifts, weekends and holidays; understand and follow oral and written instructions; stand for long periods of time, stoop, lift clients, and lift heavy articles in accordance with accepted safety standards and perform physical tasks as required; learn how to evaluate the behavioral and physiological conditions of the alcohol/drug client; learn how to 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; 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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