Senior Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Care Coordinator

  • Full-Time
  • Seattle

Website King County Public Health

Salary: $83,865.60 – $106,308.80 Annually
Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week
Division: Jail Health Services

2/26/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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

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

King County is seeking to hire a career service Senior Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Care Coordinator 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 individuals who are incarcerated in the King County adult correctional facilities. They provide a broad range of health care—including screening for substance use disorders, prescribing medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD), distributing naloxone, and providing overdose prevention and response education.

The SUD Care Coordinators provide person-centered, trauma-informed care and engage participants while they are in-custody and as they connect with health and social services upon release. Regular tasks include screening, assessment, brief intervention, supportive counseling, and discharge planning.

As Senior SUD Care Coordinator, you will balance your time between working independently when no other SUD Team member is available and working as team leader where you will lead daily huddles, assign duties, provide case consultations, and help formulate and implement policies and protocols for the SUD team.

This is a unique opportunity for someone who wants to be part of a multidisciplinary health team that works to remove barriers to medical, behavioral, treatment and social services and is committed to reducing stigma and building power with people who use drugs.
People with lived experience of substance use, incarceration, houselessness, and/or sex work; people of color, women, and members of the LGBTQIA+ communities; and people living with HIV/AIDS and/or hepatitis C are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Duties

  • Lead daily meetings to assign work, check progress, follow up on issues, and ensure the team has what they need to complete the day’s task.
  • Support team members by providing case consultations, facilitating group supervision, identifying training needs, mentoring new team members, and assisting in performance monitoring activities.
  • Work with manager and other team members to train and onboard new hires.
  • Provide person-centered care by treating participants with respect and dignity, using shared-decision-making approaches, and involving them in their care whenever possible.
  • Promote diverse cultural health beliefs and practices, participant preferred languages, health literacy, and other communications needed for participants referred to care.
  • Conduct standardized screenings and assessments to identify emergent social, physical, and behavioral health needs and determine what intervention or referrals are necessary.
  • Facilitate access to care, including access to community and recovery resources using standard case management practices (i.e., outreach, screening, assessment, brief-intervention, crisis counseling, and psycho-educational support services).
  • Assist participants as they release from custody with resources, referrals, and scheduling same-day or next day appointments.
  • Distribute harm reduction supplies and provide accurate health and safety information using established messages on safer drug use and overdose safety planning. Adapt health information based on clients’ priorities, cultural beliefs, and value systems using accessible realistic language to convey pertinent, complex information.
  • Document all participant contact and services delivered using electronic health record system.
    Develop and maintain relationships with and knowledge of commonly used community-based services, especially harm reduction and other substance use disorder services.
  • Participate in activities and learning to further develop professional expertise, improve services, and to maintain up-to-date knowledge of statutory and regulatory requirements and best practices.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Registration as a Substance Use Disorder Professional under WAC 440-22-240.
  • At least five years of recent, relevant work experience with people involved in the criminal legal system within King, Pierce, or Snohomish County with priority given to people with experience providing harm reduction and recovery-related services for participants with substance use disorders.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and coordinate the work of social service professionals, associated staff, and provide authoritative technical and analytical assistance and guidance.
  • Demonstrated commitment to ongoing development of your clinical skills, especially those related to cultural humility, anti-racist practices, and shared decision making.
  • Demonstrated skills, experience and knowledge of anti-racism concepts and approaches.
  • Demonstrated advanced clinical skills, experience, and knowledge of the following:
    1. Ethics (including building and maintaining appropriate boundaries with participants).
    2. Participant-centered concepts and approaches to case management, including outreach, screening, intake, assessment, intervention, and referral.
    3. Trauma-informed care concepts, approaches, and trauma responses.
    4. Recovery-oriented concepts and approaches.
    5. Crisis intervention and suicide risk assessment.
  • Knowledge of specific challenges, trauma responses, behavior and needs for people experiencing legal involvement, housing instability, poverty, substance use disorder and mental health diagnoses that are compounded by discrimination and systemic oppression.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft programs such as Outlook, and the ability to use drop down menus, point and click software, and multiple screens.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to travel on a flexible schedule as needed.
  • Must possess valid Washington Driver’s License to drive a county vehicle.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working independently with little supervision.
  • Experience working nights and weekends or high desire for working nights and weekends.
  • Experience working on complex cases with multiple disciplines involved.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Who May Apply 
This position is open to all qualified candidates.

Application Process:
The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:

  • An electronic application through or (use the “Apply” link) including work history and position duties.
  • Candidates must submit a resume
  • Responses to ALL supplemental questions.

Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the application. Cover letters and/or resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state “see my resume” or “see my personnel file” are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.

  • The selection process may include but is not limited to evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, interviewing, and testing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
  • Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities, work location, and working hours.

Necessary Special Requirements 

  • The selected candidate will be required to submit to a thorough background investigation.
  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
  • Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing required training on time.

Union Affiliation:  N/A

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