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Substance Use Disorder Professional, Tacoma, WA

Organization: Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
Category: Behavioral Health Professional
Location: Tacoma, WA
Date Job Posted: March 16, 2023
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Substance Use Disorder Professional

Salary $55,848.00 - $71,947.20 Annually
Location Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, WA
Job Type Regular
Division Strengthening Families
Job Number 23-00015
Closing 4/2/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Job Summary

Are you looking for a position that will allow you to use your knowledge and experience with drug addiction treatment counseling to make a difference in the health of residents of Pierce County? If this sounds like the position for you, we invite you to join our team as a Substance Use Disorder Professional in our Substance Abuse Services Program. This is a Regular, Full-Time (1.0 FTE) position.

The usual work schedule for this position is four ten-hour days, typically from 5:00am to 3:30pm.

Some of what you'll do:

  • Development, implementation and monitoring of individualized service plans that reflect thoughtful, appropriate professional interventions consistent with elements of Washington Administrative Code (WAC) and Registered Code of Washington (RCW) and federal statutes relating to medication assisted treatment for substance use disorders.
  • Perform ongoing monitoring and progress reviews to formulate, assess, identify and address clinically sound diagnostic impressions.
  • Conduct detailed charting and individual client electronic file maintenance.
  • Provide educational consultation and individualized evidence based psychosocial and group therapy services for treatment of substance use disorders as defined by Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) V.
  • Primary counselor responsible for case management of assigned patients
  • Coordinate and/or attend program and medical team staffing
  • Attend all program staff meetings
  • Facilitate treatment and education groups
  • Intakes as assigned
  • Responsible for maintaining electronic patient records per program, policy/procedure and Washington Administrative Code
  • Responsible for completing and submitting daily activity records
  • Write patient evaluations, reports and other correspondence as required
  • Responsible for maintaining qualified Substance Use Disorder Professional license

Click here for a detailed Classification Specification. *See Drug Addiction Treatment Counselor I

What you bring to the table

  • Knowledge of social science assessment, intervention, and consultation principles and practices affecting substance abuse, addiction, and treatment (Drugs & Alcohol, etc.)
  • Knowledge of public health issues as they relate to specific social science disciplines.
  • Knowledge of pharmacology for commonly abused drugs and treatment modalities for drug addiction.
  • Skill in applying interviewing and assessment methods to a culturally and socio-economically diverse population of clients.
  • Skill in communicating effectively within a sometimes stressful environment utilizing professionalism, diplomacy and tact.
  • Skill in recording, compiling, and analyzing data for case histories, medical records, reports, and other general correspondence.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, community-based agencies, departmental personnel, etc.
  • Ability to identify relative community-based agencies and departmental programs involving health care and social services for client referral.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Possession of a current State of Washington Chemical Dependency Professional certification.
  • Ability to successfully pass a background investigation.

Who should apply

An Associate Degree in Chemical Dependency, Substance Abuse, the Social Sciences, or its academic equivalent; and two years of work experience at facilities approved by the Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse affording familiarity with client assessment, intervention, and counseling in drug addiction treatment as a chemical dependency counselor. (In accordance with Washington Administrative Code 440-22-220.) Additional education may substitute for one year of work experience.

Required Licensure:

  • Possession of a current State of Washington Chemical Dependency Professional certification.

Working Conditions & Physical Requirements

Work Setting:

  • Work is performed almost exclusively indoors in an office environment. Exposure to hazards is limited to those commonly found in government office environments.
  • The potential for dealing with dissatisfied or angry customers exists, requiring skills in conflict resolution.
  • Work is stressful due to the nature of the job, i.e. counseling, handling of biohazards, blood, etc.
  • Working with bodily fluids where exposure to disease and illness requires proper safety precautions.

Physical Demands:

  • None

Tools and Equipment:

  • Duties require the use of standard office furniture and equipment (e.g., desk, filing cabinet, computer, printer, telephone, fax machine, copy machine, etc.)


  • Driving a vehicle requiring a license.
  • Some travel is required, and is typically local or regional, to meet with clients, conduct business, or attend or provide training.
  • Extensive local travel may be required.


When public health responds to an emergency you may be assigned duties that are outside your regular job description. This may involve responding at any time, including nights and weekends, with possible deployment to locations other than the department.

Agency Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
Address 3629 South D St.
Tacoma, Washington, 98418
Phone 253-649-1551

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