Employment Opportunity: Drug and Alcohol Analyst

Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs
Harrisburg, PA

Work Hours: 8:00-4:30 p.m.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN COMMONWEALTH-WIDE. THIS IS AN ENTRY LEVEL POSITION. This Union covered position is subject to the promotion provisions of a collective bargaining agreement.

Prior to a final job offer, the selected candidate for this vacancy may be required to provide an official transcript in order to verify education.

Are you passionate about public health? Do you want to help drive efforts to promote healthy youth development and build healthy communities? Then the Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs is the place for you.

This is professional work managing public health programs related to alcohol, tobacco, other drugs (ATOD) and problem gambling prevention. The employee provides guidance, direction, and technical support to Pennsylvania State Agencies, Single County Authorities (SCAs), contracted providers and other stakeholder groups, in the planning, developing, and implementing of prevention programs and initiatives to advance the field of prevention of substance use/misuse/abuse, problem gambling and related issues. This includes understanding prevention science, collecting, organizing, analyzing, and reporting information/data, and making recommendations for policies/standards to enhance the delivery of prevention services.


Provides guidance and oversees the delivery of ATOD and problem gambling prevention activities and services of the SCAs to help ensure compliance with state and federal requirements.

Provides technical assistance to SCAs and contracted prevention providers on policies, program standards, reporting, and data requirements related to ATOD and problem gambling prevention services.

Provides technical assistance to SCAs in the implementation of the Strategic Prevention Framework planning process to include needs assessment, capacity building, planning, implementation, evaluation, sustainability and cultural competence.

Reviews and approves SCA prevention needs/resource assessments and plans.

Assists in the management of grants or projects related to prevention by:
- Serving as the subject matter expert on grant/project
- Organizing and leading meetings of grant/project partners
- Preparing grant/project plans and reports
- Participating in the development of scope of work for grant/project contractors
- Reviewing reports or other deliverables submitted by grant/project contractors
- Identifying problems or challenges with grant/project and opportunities for improvement
- Conducting programmatic review of budgets, invoices and expenditure reports as applicable

Analyzes issues and information to identify patterns, trends, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

Utilizes the Department's prevention data system to analyze data to assist in the preparation of outcomes reporting, monitoring SCA compliance, and overall evaluation of ATOD and gambling prevention programming across the Commonwealth.

Monitors the accuracy and timeliness of data entered into the prevention data system to ensure data integrity.

Organizes, analyzes, and interprets data received from SCAs and contracted prevention providers, as collected through the prevention data system and other reports or sources.
Participates in statewide or county-level workgroups, meetings, or committees, as assigned.

Researches new and existing prevention issues, programs and strategies.

Provides initial review of SCA media that requires Department approval.

Provides input into development and enhancement of prevention data collection systems used by the Department.

Assists in the development of processes, guidance, tools and trainings related to SCA needs assessment, planning and evaluation.

Analyzes data to determine ATOD and gambling trends and their impact at the state and local level.

Responds to written, email, and telephone inquiries from SCAs and others related to ATOD prevention; prepares correspondence related to ATOD prevention issues.

Reviews available research and participates in relevant trainings, webinars and conferences in order to stay current on ATOD and problem gambling prevention.

Organizes and facilitates peer sharing conference calls among assigned SCAs as a form of technical assistance and information sharing.

Assists in the preparation of draft documents to be included in DDAP's Annual Report, State Plan, Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant, and other reports or applications.

Assists in the writing of policy bulletins, information bulletins, prevention requirements in the SCA's grant agreement, and evaluation criteria.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Essential Functions:
1. Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing
2. Communicate complex ideas
3. Evaluate and analyze information/data
4. Establish and maintain effective working relationships
5. Utilize Microsoft Office Suite software and other computer systems/software
6. Utilize standard office equipment
7. In/Out-of State travel, including overnight
Recruitment Method(s):

Applicants must meet one (or more) of the following methods(s) to be considered for this vacancy:

Civil Service Lists (Fill by examination in accordance with collective bargaining.)
Promotion Without Examination
Voluntary Demotion


Eligibility - all candidates:

1. Meet the minimum experience and training required for the job:

Two years of professional experience in social service or human development programs including one year of program planning, developing, and monitoring experience of the same; and a bachelor's degree;


Any equivalent combination of experience and training.

2. Be a resident of Pennsylvania.

3. Be eligible for selection in accordance with Civil Service rules.

Eligibility - Competitive Promotion Without Examination Only:

Class Restrictions

1. Have held regular civil service status in one of the following classifications:

Public Health Nutritionist, County Caseworker 2, Public Health Educator 1, Drug & Alcohol Treatment Specialist 1, Drug and Alcohol Case Management Specialist, Drug and Alcohol Prevention Specialist, Social Worker 1, Income Maintenance Caseworker, Drug & Alcohol Treatment Specialist, County Social Worker 1, Forensic Social Worker 1, Residential Program Director 1, Senior Center Services Director 2, Youth Development Activities Specialist

Consideration may be given to Commonwealth employees that currently hold or previously held regular civil service status in a pay scale group 6 job title or local government employees that hold or previously held regular civil service status in a job title for which there is a logical occupational, functional or career development relationship to the posted position, or if there is a clear linkage between the required knowledge, skills and abilities of the previously or currently held job title with those needed for the posted position. (Management Directive 580.19)

Selection Criteria

2. Minimum experience and training required for the job.

3. Meritorious service; defined as (a) the absence of any discipline above the level of written reprimand during the 12 months preceding the closing date of the posting, and (b) the last due overall regular or probationary performance evaluation was higher than unsatisfactory or fails to meet standards.

4. Seniority, defined as a minimum of one year(s) in the next lower class(es) by the posting closing date.

Contact Info: 


613 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120

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