Substance Abuse Specialist

County of Fresno
Permanent $51,870 - $63,076 Per year CA CalViva Health, 7625 N Palm Ave, Fresno, CA 93711, United States


Scheduled Salary Increases:
Step 6 effective 7/8/24 ($51,870 - $66,222 Annually)

3% effective 1/20/25 ($53,430 - $68,198 Annually)
APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE ONLY The Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health has excellent and rewarding opportunities for individuals who are committed to assisting clients in behavioral health programs throughout the Fresno County area.
Substance Abuse Specialists provide services to adults and families affected by substance use disorder and/or identified as at risk for substance abuse and dependence. Responsibilities include: assessing client needs; providing substance abuse education; providing individual, group and family counseling for substance use disorders; referring clients to community resources; case management services; and performing related work as required.
Fresno County is a richly diverse community, and in order to support and serve ALL persons in our community, the Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health is dedicated to ensuring an inclusive overall system of care through a commitment to equity, diversity, and affirming care. We are dedicated to providing quality, culturally responsive services that promote wellness, recovery, and resilience for individuals and families whom we serve.
It is imperative for us to protect and improve the lives of Fresno County residents served by the Department and our partners in our system of care by acknowledging the long-standing historic and ongoing inequities that black, indigenous and people of color, those living in poverty, LGBTQ+ members and other marginalized and underserved communities have experienced with the behavioral health system.
We place a great deal of importance on having Behavioral Health system of care team members who possess lived experience, are reflective of our community, and have the expertise to ensure our workforce is culturally and linguistically responsive and maximizes our diversity to render quality services in the most responsive, affirming, and caring manner possible for the persons we serve. Substance Abuse Specialists may be required to work shifts as assigned, including nights, weekends and holidays. As a condition of employment some departments may require candidates to undergo and pass a background investigation. These investigations include employment/credit histories, verification of education, arrest/criminal records, drug/alcohol use, and personal conduct. This list is neither inclusive nor exclusive; other relevant areas may be investigated and verified. The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill both extra help and permanently allocated positions. Individuals selected for extra help appointment may be transitioned to a permanently allocated position at a later date as authorized by the Fresno County Personnel Rules. Although the current vacancy is in the Department of Behavioral Health, the eligible list established from this recruitment may also be used to fill future Substance Abuse Specialist vacancies in other county departments.
Positions in this classification are in Medical Group I - Light Physical Activity (Personnel Rule 8): This group includes positions which require only light physical effort and may include lifting of small, light objects and some bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, and reaching. Considerable walking or standing may be involved.
Eligible candidates must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

Samples of Duties

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Completion of sixty (60) semester units of coursework that is acceptable within the United States’ accredited college or university system. At least twelve (12) of the required semester units must be in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling, Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Rehabilitation Counseling, Education Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, Criminology, or a closely related field.
Substitution: One (1) year of full-time, paid work experience working with clients as a Substance Abuse Counselor, Rehabilitation Counselor, Marriage and Family Counselor, or closely related field may be substituted for up to one (1) year (thirty (30) semester units) of the required education.

CertificateCurrent certificate as an Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Counselor issued by a certifying agency approved by the State of California.  Certification must be maintained, as defined by the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, California Code of Regulations, Chapter 8, Title 9, Section 13035.  Failure to maintain certification may result in release from employment.(A copy of your AOD Counselor certification is required; Copy may be attached to your application or faxed to (559) 455-4788, Attn: Sidney Thompson).
Pursuant to Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, California Code of Regulations, Chapter 8, Title 9, licensed professionals, as defined in Section 13015, are not required to obtain AOD certification if their licensure is in good standing with their licensing board. Licensed professionals may be required to complete additional hours of continuing education. (If applicable, a copy of your professional license is required; Copy may be attached to your application or faxed to (559) 455-4788, Attn: Sidney Thompson).

 Possession of a valid Class "C" driver's license, or equivalent, may be required. 

  • Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications and filing requirements for this position by the filing deadline.
  • A completed Fresno County employment application is required (must be current, complete, and accurate; amendments will not be allowed after the filing deadline).
  • Resumes and attachments are not accepted in lieu of a completed application.
  • Please fully list your education/work experience; including current position. Failure to list current, complete and accurate education/work experience within the job application (including employment with the County of Fresno) may result in the disqualification of your application.
  • In the Education section of your application, please provide complete information for each school attended. Please provide the school's name, school's location, the type and number of units earned (semester or quarter). Failure to completely list education within the job application will disqualify the applicant from consideration.
  • College/university transcripts may be requested to verify completion of qualifying units.
  • If you have completed education in a foreign college or university and are using this education to meet the minimum qualifications, you must provide documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received within the United States' accredited college or university system or your application will not be accepted. Documentation must be provided by the closing date and time of this recruitment. You may either attach a copy to your application; fax a copy to (559) 455-4788, Attn: Sidney Thompson; hand deliver a copy to our office; or email it toLate submission of documentation will not be accepted.
  • A copy of your AOD Counselor certification, or if applicable, a copy of your professional license, is required. You may either attach a copy to your application; fax a copy to (559) 455-4788, Attn: Sidney Thompson; hand deliver a copy to our office; or email it to. Late submission of documentation will not be accepted.