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.

Do you enjoy being on the cutting-edge of program development and innovation? Are you interested in a fast-paced, challenging position that interfaces with both the macro-level of policy development and micro-level of program implementation? Then the Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs is the place for you!

This is professional work in planning, developing, and monitoring innovations in the drug and alcohol and gambling services systems. It includes work in all aspects of the continuum of care including treatment, intervention, prevention, and recovery support services in the addictions field. Work involves exploring and engaging resources (human, financial, etc.) from within and outside of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) and working across departmental lines to launch new initiatives; researching opportunities for grants to transform substance abuse and problem gambling systems and programs; implementing new initiatives designed to provide comprehensive and collaborative public and private partnerships to address substance abuse and problem gambling; developing programs to address cultural competency and specific demographic populations in prevention, treatment and recovery initiatives.

Analyze current systems and processes, identify weakness and gaps, and recommend areas for improvement with the goal of carrying out the agency's mission.

Combine an existing knowledge of the addiction field with current trends surrounding addiction and substance use abuse treatment and prevention to ensure Pennsylvania remains in step with progress being made nationally.

Collaborate and communicate effectively with a wide range of business partners and stakeholders for the purpose of successfully implementing DDAP initiatives.


In accordance with Act 50 of 2010 (the statute that created DDAP), works across all State agencies to implement policy statements and clarifications of transformative prevention, intervention and treatment initiatives.

Conducts research on addiction trends and services, engages in analysis and makes recommendations for potential system transformation initiatives.

Develops processes, methodologies and strategic plans to cultivate start-up programs and transform them into institutional programs by building a strong foundation, establishing meaning performance and evaluation metrics, defining resources, determining aggressive yet reachable outcomes, and fostering collaborative relationships and partnerships necessary for implementation.

Writes and presents summaries on information related to potential or newly initiated programs and processes.

Participates in the implementation of initiatives designed to provide access to quality, affordable health care as it relates to the continuum of care in substance use disorder/gambling services.

Provides technical assistance to others, inside and outside of DDAP regarding newly established or modified programs for which the unit has been engaged in implementing.

Assists with transitioning new initiatives that are being institutionalized elsewhere in the department or system.

Leads and/or serves on assigned workgroups and committees related to system transformation initiatives and collaborations.

Analyzes proposed legislation related to system transformation initiatives for substance abuse and problem gambling.

Essential Functions:
1. Research, collect, organize and review materials.
2. Analyze processes and make recommendations
3. Establish and maintain effective internal working relationships.
4. Forge and maintain strategic partnerships.
5. Represent the vision and mission of department leadership.
6. Effectively and professionally communicate verbally, to include public speaking.
7. Effectively and professionally communicate in writing, to include the ability to create documents that may be for publication.
8. Organize, schedule, and provide oversight to workgroups.
9. Operate standard office equipment and use standard computer software.
10. Travel to locations not accessible by public transportation, some overnight.


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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