Drug Treatment Specialist

Job Series Number: 0101

Drug Treatment Specialists conduct interviews to determine inmate treatment eligibility; conduct drug education classes to groups of inmates; provide group and individual counseling to inmates with substance use disorders; write treatment plans and psychosocial histories; and write treatment summaries that are used to develop aftercare plans upon inmate release to the community.

Pay Levels GS-09, GS-11

Basic Requirements

Must possess one of the following:
  • 4 year degree that included at least 24 semester hours in courses such as:
    • Sociology
    • Correctional administration
    • Criminal justice
    • Government/Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Social work
    • Counseling
    • Other related social or behavioral science courses
  • Combination of experience and education (at least 24 semester hours in the behavioral or social sciences) that resulted in the same knowledge gained.

For consideration at the GS-09 level

One of the following:
  • 2 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Master's Degree
  • 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level that was gained in:
    • Casework in a correctional institution or in another criminal justice setting
    • Counseling in any setting provided it required diagnostic or treatment planning skills to achieve specific social or occupational goals
    • Work treating persons in need of social rehabilitation

Plus one of the following selective factors:

  • 9 semester hours of undergraduate course work in alcohol and/or drug abuse
  • 12 months of professional experience in counseling drug and/or alcohol abusers

For consideration at the GS-11 level

One of the following:
  • 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. You must demonstrate how the education has provided you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to carry out the work related to this occupation.
  • 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level

Plus one of the following selective factors:

  • 15 semester hours of graduate course work in alcohol and/or drug abuse
  • 18 months of professional experience in counseling drug and/or alcohol abusers

We are hiring for this position at many locations across the country.

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  • Apply for this position using the usajobs.gov website as you would do with any other federal job.
  • Select any two locations that you want to work at.
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  • After your application is accepted, you will be added to a standing register of qualified candidates.
  • When a position becomes available at one of the facilities that you selected, you will be considered for that position, and if you are selected we will contact you with an offer.

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We offer:

  • A supportive, safe, and secure environment with opportunity for growth and advancement.
  • A competitive federal government salary and benefits, including health care and retirement.
  • Potential for recruitment incentives.
  • Flexible work options.

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