Job: Choices Senior Community Program Specialist-Correctional Health (Open)

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Job Title:Choices Senior Community Program Specialist-Correctional Health (Open)
Closing Date/Time:Mon. 02/05/18 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$37.38 - $46.71 Hourly
$2,990.40 - $3,736.80 Biweekly
$6,479.20 - $8,096.40 Monthly
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on January 30, 2018 from a continuous recruitment to closing. The Final Closing Date will be February 5,2018. 
**Please note:  This position has been filled.

Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on December 18, 2017 to extend the Final Filing Date.  This recruitment has been changed to "Continuous."

The Health System's Correctional Health Services Division is seeking an experienced Choices Senior Program Specialist - Correctional Health. The Choices Program is a chemical dependency treatment program for incarcerated adults. The Program provides substance abuse education, parenting skills and domestic violence prevention training, and helps inmates move from jail to community treatment programs.

The current vacancy is at the Maple Street Correctional Facility located in Redwood City.

The Choices Senior Program Specialist will work as part of a collaborative team and perform a variety of technical tasks and community development work related to the planning, implementation and coordination of the Choices Program as they relate to a comprehensive service-delivery system; management of ASAM process for authorization of treatment; in-custody Vivitrol medically assisted treatment for alcohol and other drugs; provide lead direction for assigned staff working on specific projects; establish basic programmatic policies and coordinate functions with other areas which may include transportation, veteran's services, employment and training, rehabilitation, inmate services, or related community education, outreach, public service and enforcement activities; assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of goals, objectives, policies and procedures related to the Choices Program. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Direct and review the work of assigned program staff.
  • Plan, develop and maintain plans for a program or a major function of a program.
  • Develop and implement planning and research methodology that serves to identify service needs and priorities including the development of survey instruments for use in data collection.
  • Collect and analyze data and develop a community profile on specific programs.
  • Identify and pool existing resources in the community.
  • Analyzes changes in regulations; evaluates the impact upon program operations.
  • Arrange and/or provide assistance or staff services to service providers, community groups and other special interest groups.
  • Coordinate and work with community partners in a specific community program to identify problems or facilitate program goals.
  • Organize and coordinate workshops, meetings, or sessions for individuals and groups in the community involved in specific programs.
  • Evaluate specific projects, project goals, program goals and client impact.
  • Coordinate specific components of a service-delivery system by identifying, researching and analyzing potential or available resources, by mobilizing resources through to preparation of required documents and materials and by maintaining functional and supporting linkages among service providers.
  • Hold meetings, provides information, identify gaps in services and determine clients' needs.
  • Prepares a variety of correspondence, periodic and special reports, informational publications, program documentation, policies, procedures and other written materials.
The ideal candidate will have:
  • A recognized AOD certification (i.e. CADAC); in process or willing to acquire certification; 
  • Experience in working with individuals with substance use issues;
  • Experience working in a correctional facility/environment;
  • Experience providing lead direction to assigned program staff; 
  • Demonstrated experience with program development and implementation;
  • Experience conducting program review and evaluation; 
  • Knowledge of available community resources; and 
  • Understanding of a therapeutic community model (i.e. Delancey Street or Choices Program).
NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.

Security Clearance: This position requires that the applicant obtain and maintain a security clearance as a condition of employment.

Education and Experience:  Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to qualify is five years of experience in an organization providing social services, which has included responsibility for community service development such as planning, evaluating, monitoring or coordinating projects.

Knowledge of:  Basic supervisory principles and practices; principles, practices, and administrative requirements of the program to which assigned; contemporary social, political and economic trends and problems related to community services; principles of social planning and program development related to community services; specialized technical knowledge related to assigned program area; monitoring and evaluating systems for community services programs; formulation and function of community and volunteer organizations; current social and community needs; principles and practices in community development and services planning; methods applied to the collection and evaluation of statistical data; principles of community organization; applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations and County and program policies and guidelines; computer applications related to the work; and office administrative practices and procedures, including records management and the operation of standard office equipment.

Skill/Ability to:  Plan, assign, direct and review the work of others; train, coach and instruct others; prepare concise reports and recommendations; plan, organize, promote and coordinate diverse community program activities; make independent judgments and work independently; prepare concise reports and recommendations; communicate effectively in writing and orally; coordinate multiple facets of a program function; interpret rules, regulations and guidelines at all government levels; compile, analyze and interpret data using statistical and research techniques; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with members of other departments and diverse community groups; and plan, organize, promote and coordinate diverse community program activities.
Anyone may apply. Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense. 

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

Final Filing Date:  February 5, 2018
County of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

HR Contact: Yvonne Alvidrez (120417) (Senior Community Program Specialist - G228)


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