Employment Opportunity: Drug and Alcohol Program Analyst

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.

Are you interested in working on various initiatives affecting public health and combating the opioid epidemic in PA? Then Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs is the place for you!

This position, in the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, Bureau of Treatment,Prevention & Intervention, supports the organization's mission of preventing, controlling and reducing addictions through data analysis, reporting, and communications with stakeholders on various drug, alcohol, problem gambling and related support service programs.


Project Officer for the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Grant. Responsible for overall oversight of the grant to include monitoring program activities, developing reports, conducting meetings, ensuring grant requirements are being met, conducting site visits, etc. The Project Officer will work closely with various stakeholders both internally and externally.

Provide support for DDAP's portion of the implementation of the statewide county Medical Assistance project. Develop protocols, policies, and metrics for identifying inmates serving time for non-violent drug and alcohol related crimes, tracking ability to get Medical Assistance turned on immediately upon release, and measuring effectiveness based on a variety of demographics.

Assist the project manager of the competitive Funding Initiative Announcements to address statewide substance use epidemics. Participate in the development of tools for assessing the applicants' ability to address this crisis by improving intervention strategies, increasing the implementation of best practices, and increasing utilization of Medicaid and private insurance funding to achieve better outcomes. Monitor grants once awarded, to include use of program evaluation tools and metrics.

Foster collaborative relationships in addressing treatment options for epidemic situations. Conduct outreach to law enforcement, hospital emergency departments, educational institutions, local government, other state agencies, and varied stakeholders to provide education and ensure consistent and coordinated approaches to treatment.

Serve as project officer for LGBT treatment related issues. Foster collaborative relationships among federal, state, and local agencies in addressing treatment options for LGBT individuals. Participate on related task forces, work groups, and committees relative to the LGBT population.

Develop collaborative efforts among federal, state, and local agencies to address issues of military veterans dealing with drug and/or alcohol addiction and co-occurring post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Prepare grant proposals to secure federal dollars for addressing homelessness for individuals with substance use disorders, to include veterans who may have co-occurring post-traumatic stress disorder.

Research evidence based practices for medication assisted treatment (MAT). Serve as project officer for MAT concerns including reviewing and approving or denying applications for Buprenorphine services, oversight of the Buprenorphine Access Workgroup, Methadone related issues, and providing technical assistance and consultation.

Reviews provider plans, analyzes goals and objectives, and makes recommendations for the disbursement of State and Federal funds in relation to provider contract requirements and monitoring of SCAs.

Collects, analyzes and interprets data received from SCAs and other contracted providers for state and federal reporting and public health program planning and monitoring.

Provides written reports for inclusion in the Department's Annual Report, State Plan, and SAPT Block Grant.

Monitor and evaluate SCAs through review and approval of Treatment Needs Assessments, Treatment Plans, and Treatment Plan Updates; provide technical assistance to SCAs on the completion of the Treatment Needs Assessments, Treatment Plans and Treatment Plan Updates; make recommendations on the Needs Assessment, Plan and Plan Update processes.

For problem gambling and substance use disorders, perform the following duties:

• Collect, organize, analyze, and report on data for planning, developing, and implementing treatment projects.

• Monitor and evaluate contracted provider performance through the review of reports and on-site visits.

• Provide technical assistance to contracted providers on program policies, standards, and reporting requirements.

• Write contract language and work statements for various deliverable services in the development of policies/standards associated with treatment.

• Assist in developing grants, monitoring requirements, and ensuring compliance with federal and state Request for Proposals.

• Draft reports, policies, procedures, and guidelines.

• Conduct research on new treatment issues and strategies.

• Respond to written, email, and telephone inquiries related to treatment access and availability.

Represent the department on various committees and workgroups as assigned.

Perform related duties as required.

Essential Functions:
1. In/out-of-state travel, including overnight, to areas not served by public transportation.
2. Operate standard office equipment and software.
3. Chair or participate in meetings.
4. Public speaking.
5. Effective verbal communications with internal and external persons.
6. Communicate effectively in writing.
7. Evaluate information/data and provide analysis.
8. Establish effective working relationships.
9. Research, collect, and organize information/materials.
10. Assist in the development of program policy, procedures, and guidelines.


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.

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