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ADMHS Service Coordinator

Salary: $23.19-$28.31 hourly / $4,033-$4,924 monthly / Range: 5636

DEFINITION: Under general direction, assesses existing needs for and oversees the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of community-based alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment programs and services; provides best practice guidance and technical consultation to colleagues, local communities, contract service providers, and public sector agencies; conducts data analysis and prepares system-oriented reports; performs related duties as required.

Incumbents in this class work within a system of interdisciplinary departmental teams and/or contract service agencies providing assessment, prevention, intervention, treatment, and related ancillary support services via an integrated service delivery system to people with alcohol and other drug-related problems, mental illness, and/or co-occurring conditions.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is the lead worker class. This class differs from the Alcohol & Drug Service Specialist class by the Coordinator's responsibility for lead work, and for using greater independent judgment in providing more complex technical consultation to service providers about how to design and implement programs and services related to alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment. ADMHS Service Coordinator class also places more emphasis on needs assessment in the community, whereas the Alcohol and Drug Service Specialist class is more concerned with monitoring and evaluating the compliance and appropriateness of existing programs, and on developing educational and training programs.


  1. Confers with community alcohol and drug program service providers to plan, develop, and evaluate prevention and treatment programs, including budgets, scope of services, contract requirements, and evaluation and reporting methods; assists in the development and modification of contracting policies and procedures; coordinates planning of services by service providers to avoid duplication; provides consultation on program content, training, and development of educational materials to service providers; develops and maintains liaison between the County and service providers.
  2. Collects and analyzes demographic data to identify and assess community needs for education and services related to the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse; solicits community input to identify problem groups and at-risk populations; conducts community surveys; evaluates Requests for Proposals and grant applications.
  3. Organizes public awareness and involvement activities to promote understanding of alcohol or drug abuse problems; formulates strategies to address community needs for alcohol or other drug abuse prevention and treatment services; makes presentations to community groups to educate the community about prevention and treatment and encourage participation in programs.
  4. Acts as lead worker to staff by providing training, prioritizing work, delegating tasks, and managing projects; makes recommendations to the ADMHS Program Manager about the selection and evaluation of staff; coordinates and supervises volunteers.
  5. Assists the ADMHS Program Manager in identifying funding sources and in preparing and monitoring the department's budget.


  1. Possession of a bachelor's degree in the behavioral or social sciences or a closely related subject and three years of experience coordinating an organization's prevention or treatment efforts or supervising client-related services to persons experiencing alcohol or drug dependency; or,
  2. possession of a Master's degree in the health or social sciences or a closely related field and two years of experience coordinating an organization's prevention or treatment efforts or supervising client-related services to persons experiencing alcohol or drug dependency; or,
  3. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to an Alcohol and Drug Service Specialist with Santa Barbara County; or,
  4. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualifications: Positions in this class require possession of a valid driver's license or the ability to arrange transportation for field travel. Employees in this class may be required to use their personal vehicle for work-related travel.

Knowledge of: principles of program design, administration, and evaluation; techniques for negotiating contracts with healthcare service providers; current issues, trends, and best practice treatment/prevention methods for alcohol and drug abuse; strategies for responding to alcohol and drug abuse problems at the individual, family, and societal levels; principles of budget preparation and administration; survey and program evaluation methods; basic statistics and statistical analysis; social, cultural, psychological, and economic factors related to alcohol or drug addiction and abuse; community resources typically available for alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment; standard English usage and grammar.

Ability to: gather and analyze data, identify trends, draw conclusions, and make recommendations; manage complex departmental projects; organize, prioritize, delegate, and coordinate tasks; exercise objectivity and independent judgment; prepare written and oral reports; establish and maintain working relationships with colleagues, contractors, clients, and community groups; communicate clearly and effectively in a variety of situations including public forums; work within a collaborative environment.

Background Investigation: Finalists for positions in this class will be required to pass a pre-offer, job-related background investigation.

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