Substance Abuse Program Manager (#RM1122)
$34.99-$42.54 Hourly / $6,065.73-$7,372.93 Monthly / $72,788.80-$88,475.24 Yearly


Under direction, performs responsible supervisory and administrative work in directing a San Joaquin County Substance Abuse Program; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the management class in the Substance Abuse series. Incumbents manage the activities of a large, independent alcohol and other drug program, performing a full range of administrative duties including staff management, budget preparation and monitoring, program development, and other management duties. Incumbents in this class are certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselors. This class differs from the Substance Abuse Program Supervisor in that incumbents of the latter class are first line supervisors in alcohol and other drug programs.


  • Directs the activities of a large drug or alcohol program, including case management activities; selects, assigns, trains and evaluates staff; designs and implements orientation, training and staff development programs.
  • Prepares budget requests and monitors the program budget; determines staffing and program needs; prepares justifications; reviews and authorizes expenditures.
  • Plans, develops and implements alcohol and other drug programs including annual program plans; monitors programs for compliance with state and federal laws; assists state and federal officials with program audits; may respond to audits and recommend program changes.
  • Develops program goals and objectives; develops and implements program policies and procedures in compliance with state and federal regulations; assists in developing department policies, procedures, goals and objectives.
  • Plans and conducts individual and group counseling sessions; discusses and evaluates individual and family behavioral, social and psychological issues which affect treatment and progress; determines most effective treatment plans, implements plans and evaluates progress.
  • Leads group discussions and education classes; works with groups to provide a supportive environment to encourage clients to remain substance free; participates in training programs to maintain group facilitator skills.
  • Perform special project assignments such as assisting in developing, implementing and modifying curricula; performing special assignments related to new programs or changes in existing programs; developing and implementing new procedures; participating on committees and task forces; resolving issues in delivery of services and operations.
  • Gathers and analyzes data and maintains records; prepares a variety of reports, correspondence and informational literature; designs reports and forms.
  • Serves as liaison between Health Care Services and community agencies and groups; speaks before public groups. Maintains records; gathers and analyzes data; prepares reports and correspondence.
  • Participates in staff meetings; coordinates programs with other directors and outside service groups.


Experience: Two years of work experience as a Substance Abuse Program Supervisor in San Joaquin County service.

Education: Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a major in psychology, social work, business or public administration, or closely related field. 

Experience: Three years of counseling or case management experience in a substance abuse or social crisis program, two years of which must have been in a supervisory capacity. 

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education up to two years, but may not substitute for the specialized education requirement. 

Certification: Possession of a current 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 9. Failure to maintain certification may result in release from employment. 

Substitution for Alcohol and Other Drug Certification: Possession of a license to practice medicine issued by the Medical Board of California; or Psychologist licensed by the Board of Psychology; or Clinical Social Worker or Marriage and Family Therapist licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences; or an Intern registered with the California Board of Psychology or the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, can substitute for the above-required certification.

License: Possession of a valid California driver’s license.


Laws, regulations, policies, and procedures relevant to the County’s Substance Abuse Program; principles and practices of supervision, training and management; methods and techniques of individual and group counseling; physiological, psychological and sociological aspects of drug and alcohol abuse and dependency; community agencies and resources; program development; public relations techniques; budgetary principles and practices; basic computer and modern office automation technology and computer software programs relevant to department operations.


Plan, assign and direct the work of others; supervise and train others; interpret and apply all applicable regulations, policies, and procedures relevant to the County’s Substance Abuse Program; establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, co-workers, community agencies and the public; interview and counsel others; develop and implement training and treatment programs; operate computers and related software; utilize computers and office automation equipment; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.


Mobility-Frequent sitting for long periods; operate a data entry device; some walking; occasional standing, pushing, pulling, bending, squatting, climbing; driving; Lifting-Frequent lifting of 5 pounds or less; occasional lifting of 5-30 pounds; Visual-Constant need for good, overall vision and reading/close-up work; frequent need for color perception and use of hand/eye coordination; occasional use of depth perception and peripheral vision; Dexterity-Frequent holding, reaching, repetitive motion, writing; Hearing/Talking-Frequent need to hear normal speech, talk/hear on the telephone and talk in person; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent public contact, decision making, exposure to emotionally charged situations and distraught clients; deal with emergency situations; constant concentration; occasional exposure to trauma, grief, or death; Special Requirements-May require working weekends/nights; working alone; Environmental-Occasional exposure to varied weather conditions.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RM1122; EST: 6/8/1988; REV: 6/12/2013;