DRUG COUNSELOR (SPANISH SPEAKING)
(CONTINUOUS RECRUITMENT OPEN COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION**)
CIVIL SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>COUNTY ANNUAL SALARY $47,502
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>GRADE 19
<![if !supportLists]>· <![endif]>SALARIES VARY BY JURISDICTION
SPECIFICATION # 2700
All statements made on the application may be verified and the backgrounds of successful candidates are subject to investigation by the appointing authority.
APPLICATION PROCESSING FEE and FEE WAIVER
The application processing fee is $40. Application may be made via the internet at https://apps2.suffolkcountyny.gov/civilservice/efile/default.aspx. Payment must be made by VISA or MasterCard credit card and there will be an additional convenience fee of $1.95. An acknowledgement of receipt of application will be sent to all internet applicants via e-mail. A separate application and processing fee are required for each examination (identified by examination number) for which you are applying. The application processing fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
The application processing fee may be waived for Suffolk County residents who are veterans, active duty military, members of the reserves or National Guard, auxiliary police, firefighters, members in good standing of a local fire district or ambulance company, members of a Volunteer Fire Department or Volunteer Emergency Medical Services Agency Explorers programs, volunteer CERT members and members of the Suffolk County Police Explorers program. The fee may also be waived if you are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household and for recipients of Medicaid, SSI, Public Assistance or those in a training program under the Job Training Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act administered by a state or local social service agency. Applicants should complete the “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification” form online. All claims for application fee waiver are subject to verification.
The eligible list for this title will be used to fill future vacancies in Suffolk County departments and non-county jurisdictions under the jurisdiction of the Suffolk County Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service.
An employee in this class provides screening and counseling services to individuals seeking admission to, or currently enrolled in, substance use disorder treatment programs. Work involves interviewing patients and prospective patients, as well as planning, implementing, and monitoring individualized treatment plans for each patient. This class is distinguished by the fact that the incumbent can screen and conduct interviews and counseling sessions in either Spanish or English. Work is reviewed by a clinical and/or administrative supervisor through conferences and written reports. Does related work as required.
Current certification from NYS Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC)*, or possession of the requirements necessary to be designated as a Qualified Health Professional (QHP)** as defined in Title 14 NYCRR Part 800.3 (L), with one year of experience or satisfactory completion of a training program in the treatment of substance use disorders.
Necessary Special Requirement
At time of appointment and during employment in this title, candidates are required to maintain status as a QHP. Depending on the nature of the assignment, at the time of appointment and throughout employment in this title, employees may be required to possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State. Candidates may be subject to a background investigation.
*Please attach to the application a copy of your credentials as a NYS CASAC or possession of the requirements to be designated as a QHP. **Please attach to the application a copy of your requirements to be designated as a QHP.
SCOPE OF THE EXAMINATION
This examination will consist of two parts:
I. There will be an evaluation of the candidates’ training and experience. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will receive a rating based on an evaluation of their training and experience against the background of the duties of the position.
All candidates should submit an application on or before the last filing date. After a preliminary review of qualifications, all approved candidates will be required to complete and return a questionnaire describing their relevant training and experience. The rating of training and experience will be based upon the information candidates provide in the questionnaire. Ambiguity and vagueness will not be resolved in the candidate’s favor. Additional information concerning a candidate’s training and experience will not be accepted after the questionnaire has been rated.
II. Spanish Language Proficiency Test (Speaking): Candidates who pass the written examination and do not qualify for waiver*** of the Spanish language proficiency test will be scheduled for the language test as the needs of the service require. This part of the examination will be administered during the work week (Monday- Friday) and is designed to evaluate speaking proficiency in the Spanish language at a level appropriate for the position(s) being filled. *A candidate may qualify for a waiver of the Spanish language proficiency test if a comparable or higher level Spanish language test was previously passed and administered by the Suffolk County Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service.
Candidates must pass both parts of the examination in order to be eligible for appointment. Rank on the eligible list will be determined solely on the basis of the score received on the training and experience evaluation plus veterans’ credits where applicable.
<![if !supportLists]>1. <![endif]>**This examination is given on a continuous recruitment basis. This is a training and experience evaluation. The names of candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be continuously added to the eligible list on the basis of the scores received on the training and experience evaluation plus veteran’s credits where applicable. Candidates will remain eligible for appointment for a maximum of one (1) year after which time the name of candidates who have not been appointed will be removed from the eligible list.
<![if !supportLists]>2. <![endif]>A candidate whose name appears on this eligible list may not submit application for re-evaluation until his/her one (1) year period of eligibility expires.
<![if !supportLists]>3. <![endif]>Should it become necessary to amend any part of this announcement, the Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service reserves the right to make such amendment on the Department’s web page without notification to applicants. The most current copy of this announcement is available during the filing period at https://apps2.suffolkcountyny.gov/civilservice/efile/default.aspx.
DATE PREPARED: December 2, 2022
GENERAL CONDITIONS OPEN-COMPETITIVE ANNOUNCEMENT
<![if !supportLists]>1. <![endif]>Application may be made using the Suffolk County Application for Employment (Forms CS-205A and CS-205B).
<![if !supportLists]>2. <![endif]>Applicants may complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification” form and submit it with Forms CS-205A and CS-205B.
<![if !supportLists]>3. <![endif]>Unless otherwise stated, candidates must meet the minimum qualifications upon submission of the application. Unless otherwise stated, part-time experience will be pro-rated.
<![if !supportLists]>4. <![endif]>If an application is rejected, due notice will be sent. Candidates found ineligible to compete in the training and experience evaluation may appeal to the Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service for reconsideration by submitting additional information in writing within five (5) business days of the postmark of the notice of ineligibility.
<![if !supportLists]>5. <![endif]>Candidates who fail the training and experience evaluation will be eliminated from further consideration for purposes of this competition. Unless otherwise specified, the final rank order of the eligible list will be determined on the basis of the scores received on the training and experience evaluation, plus veterans’ credits where appropriate.
<![if !supportLists]>6. <![endif]>There may be restrictions on employment for those who are under 18 or over 70 years of age.
<![if !supportLists]>7. <![endif]>When the training and experience evaluation is prepared and rated by the Suffolk County Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service, the provisions of the Suffolk County Civil Service Rules dealing with the rating of training and experience evaluations will apply.
<![if !supportLists]>8. <![endif]>When the training and experience evaluation is prepared and rated by the New York State Department of Civil Service in accordance with Section 23-2 of the Civil Service Law, the provisions of the New York State Civil Service Rules and Regulations which deal with the rating of training and experience evaluations will apply.
<![if !supportLists]>9. <![endif]>The eligible list established as a result of this training and experience evaluation will remain in force for at least one year and may be extended by the Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service Department for a maximum of four years. Changing conditions may make it necessary to certify to future vacancies at higher or lower salaries than those announced.
<![if !supportLists]>10. <![endif]>Information regarding eligibility for veterans' credits appears on the open-competitive application form.
<![if !supportLists]>11. <![endif]>Pursuant to Section 85-a of the Civil Service Law, children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty shall be entitled to receive an additional ten points added to a passing score attained in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his or her parent served. If you are qualified to participate in this examination, and you are the child of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty, please so notify us in writing when you submit your application for examination. A candidate claiming such credit must submit appropriate documentation to verify eligibility to receive these additional credits before the eligible list is established. No additional credits will be granted after the eligible list is established.
<![if !supportLists]>12. <![endif]>Inquiries may be made as to character and ability and all statements made by candidates are subject to verification. Some employers may require the candidate to be fingerprinted and to pass a background investigation.
<![if !supportLists]>13. <![endif]>Candidates must be medically, physically and psychologically capable of performing the duties of the job. Candidates who are appointed to positions in the Suffolk County service may be required to pass qualifying medical and/or physical and/or psychological evaluations.
<![if !supportLists]>14. <![endif]>Residency is not required for taking any examinations. However, some jurisdictions, such as schools, libraries, etc., give hiring preference to residents. Some towns also require employees to establish residency within the township. For employment in a Suffolk County Department, with only limited exceptions set forth in Suffolk County Law, residency within Suffolk County is required within five years of employment with the county. In any case in which residency preference is given, the appointee(s) must meet a specific residency standard as defined in the Civil Service Rules.
<![if !supportLists]>15. <![endif]>For any questions regarding competing in a continuous recruitment training and experience evaluation please contact the Suffolk County Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service.
Suffolk County Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service
725 Veterans Memorial Hwy.,
William J. Lindsay County Complex, Bldg. # 158
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788-0099
Phone: (631) 853-5500