Substance Abuse Services Coordinator (#RS1015)
$38.58-$46.90 Hourly / $6,687.80-$8,129.07 Monthly / $80,253.70-$97,548.88 Yearly


Under direction, directs and coordinates substance abuse programs or related administrative and support programs; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


Incumbents of this management level class are responsible for planning, organizing and directing substance abuse programs through Substance Abuse Program Managers. Duties may involve managing assigned administrative functions for Substance Abuse Services. Direction is received from the Deputy Director-Behavioral Health Services-Substance Abuse.


  • Plans, organizes and directs the activities of substance abuse programs; may direct clerical and/or support services in Substance Abuse Services.
  • Selects, assigns, and evaluates staff; conducts, participates in and/or approves orientation, training and staff development programs.
  • Directs and participates in the preparation and administration of budgets and operating objectives; authorizes expenditures.
  • Plans for program activities and related space needs and utilization; negotiates terms of leases or service agreements with outside service providers, trainers and others; makes appropriate recommendations for contracts; monitors contracts.
  • Develops, reviews, evaluates and/or audits short, mid-range, and annual plans for programs; monitors programs for compliance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations.
  • Directs and participates in the development of program, unit, and department policies, procedures, goals and objectives.
  • Reviews and evaluates new and/or pending legislation, grant proposals, rules and regulations; analyzes impact on programs; makes appropriate recommendations.
  • Prepares reports and correspondence; may prepare grant applications.
  • Serves as liaison between Substance Abuse Services and agencies and community groups; participates on committees as assigned.
  • Acts for the Deputy Director-Behavioral Health Services-Substance Abuse as assigned.


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: Four years of progressively responsible counseling or program management experience in a substance abuse or social crisis program, including one year at a level equivalent to Substance Abuse Program Manager in San Joaquin County service.

Substitution: Possession of a master's degree in social work, public health, public administration or a closely related field may be substituted for one year of the general experience.

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 management; methods and techniques individual and group counseling; physiological, psychological and sociological aspects of drug and alcohol abuse and dependency; community agencies and resources; program development; grants application and management; public relations techniques; budgetary principles and practices; information systems; basic computer and modern office automation technology and computer software programs relevant to department operations.


Direct and participate in the development and administration of substance abuse prevention and treatment programs; prepare and monitor budgets; understand and interpret pertinent laws, rules and regulations; analyze data and draw logical conclusions; 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: RS1015; EST: 8/10/1994; REV: 1/10/2007;