Addictions Counselor 3

Grade 21

New York State has approximately 23 positions* in this title statewide. You may view a breakdown of positions by county. This position exists in Addiction Services and Supports. View links to all New York State agencies including agencies that have this title. For more information, New York State employees can contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322. If you are not a current New York State employee, you can use the Department of Civil Service Web site to explore possible employment opportunities.

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Career Ladder

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  1. Addictions Counselor 1

    Grade 16

  2. Addictions Counselor 2

    Grade 18

  3. Addictions Counselor 3

    Grade 21

Summary of Job Description

As an Addictions Counselor 3, you would participate in the formulation, management, development, and oversight of treatment services, including the provision of direct clinical services to clients. You would coordinate an interdisciplinary team and take a lead role in quality improvement activities. You would supervise assigned staff, interns, and students, and be responsible for promoting and managing staff skill development activities. In addition, you would be expected to continue the development and expansion of your own professional skills.

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Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

You must take and pass a Civil Service examination in order to be considered for this position.

There are two examinations held for this position. Please note: New York State employees may qualify for both.  

For employees of New York State, on or before the date of the examination the candidate must be a qualified employee of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and have had three months of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as either:

A. Addictions Counselor 2 or Addictions Counselor 2 (Spanish Language);


B. Nurse Administrator 1, Nurse Administrator 1 (Psychiatric), Nurse Administrator (Rehabilitation), Nurse 3 (Psychiatric), Licensed Master Social Worker 1 (and parenthetics), or Licensed Master Social Worker 2 (and parenthetics); AND current registration as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) in New York State.

For all other qualified individuals, on or before the date of the examination, you must have a bachelorís degree or higher AND current registration as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) in New York State AND three years of post-CASAC addictions counseling experience in a certified or licensed program. One of the three years must have included the clinical supervision*** of staff.

***Clinical supervision is defined as the supervision and oversight of one or more clinical disciplines such as credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counseling, nursing, social work, rehabilitation counseling, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and psychology.

For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.

26-520 37-912

How to Apply

When this examination is scheduled to be held, the announcement can be found on the Department of Civil Service, Examination Announcements web page. If you do not see an examination currently scheduled please check back on a monthly basis or sign up for announcement notification by email so that you will automatically be notified when new examinations are being offered.

Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience or transfer opportunities. For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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