Substance Use Disorder Specialist – TLT

King County Public Health

Protecting and improving the health and well-being of King Count

Public Health- Seattle & King County values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is seeking to hire a full-time, Term Limited Temporary (TLT) Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Specialists within Public Health – Seattle & King County, Jail Health Services (JHS) Division!

The purpose of JHS is to assure that basic health and human services are available to the incarcerated population in the King County adult correctional facilities. They provide a broad range of health care—including medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with buprenorphine for individuals with opioid use disorder.

This is a unique opportunity to be part of a team that is dedicated to having an immediate and lasting impact on their community.

Lived experience is deeply valued. Individuals in recovery and those who have had personal experience with the criminal legal system (and are not under any current jurisdiction) are encouraged to apply.

Term-Limited Temporary positions are “at-will” positions but are eligible for benefits. This TLT is currently anticipated to last for two years. However, funding sources for this work remain uncertain and dependent upon decisions actively being made at both the federal and local levels. As a result, the end date of this position may be adjusted based on those decisions. The County and the Department continue to work to secure long-term funding sources.


Work Location:

This position works with patients inside and outside of the Maleng Regional Justice Center (MRJC) in Kent and the King County Correctional Facility (KCCF) in Seattle and requires travel between facilities and to multiple community locations. The MRJC is located at 401 4th Ave N, Kent, WA 98032 and KCCF is located at 500 5th Ave., Seattle, WA 98104.

Some of the work associated with this position may be performed remotely, at least through July 5, 2021 in compliance with King County’s telecommuting mandate. Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements. There will be situations where the employee is required to report to a County worksite. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer.

To support employees during this time King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.

Work Schedule:
40-hour workweek including weekend and evening shifts.

Job Duties

  • Provide outreach, screening, assessment, brief-intervention, and psycho-educational support services to patients receiving MOUD services.
  • Assist participants referred through Coordinated Discharge with resources, referrals, and navigating and attending appointments in the community, especially those that are thought to improve treatment retention. This includes activities such as outreach, maintaining contact with patients, and escorting and arranging transportation directly to the treatment provider upon release.
  • Facilitate shared treatment decision making with participants in part by providing education to participants on the in-jail and in-community options to treat opioid use disorder.
  • Advocate for participants while in custody and as they transition back to the community, including assisting with enrollment in healthcare coverage and disability-related benefits, linkage to substance use disorder treatment, accessing community resources, and communication with the criminal legal system.
  • Assist participants with navigating and attending appointments in the community, especially those that are thought to improve treatment retention. This includes activities such as outreach, maintaining contact with patients, and escorting and arranging transportation directly to the treatment provider upon release.
  • Use a trauma-informed, harm reduction, and strengths-based approach when working with patients.
  • Provide and monitor cash incentives if any for eligible participants.
  • Document patient contact and services delivered in electronic health record system.


Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Registration as a Substance Use Disorder Professional under WAC 440-22-240.
  • At least 2 years of experience working with individuals with substance use disorders and legal system involvement.
  • Knowledge of intake and assessment techniques and case management practices.
  • Knowledge of community resources and referral agencies appropriate to services offered.
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed care principles and approaches.
  • Knowledge of client-centered principles and approaches.
  • Knowledge of harm reduction principles and approaches.
  • Knowledge of recovery-oriented principles and approaches.
  • Knowledge of anti-racism principles and approaches.
  • Skill in written and oral communications.
  • Skill in working and building rapport with people of color and other diverse groups.
  • Skill in outreach and screening program participants.
  • Skill in understanding and interpreting complex program regulations.
  • Skill in developing effective intervention plans.
  • Ability to travel on a flexible schedule as needed.
  • Must possess valid Washington Driver’s License to drive a county vehicle.


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