Chemical Dependency Program Supervisor
Full-Time Chemical Dependency Program Supervisor at Ramsey County
Available Openings: 1
Industry: Government, Supervisor
Pay Type: Salary
Compensation: $74,192.35 - $110,123.39 Annually
Education Preferred: Yes
Education Level: Bachelor's Degree
E-Verify: Yes
Criminal Background: Yes

Basic Function

The current vacancy is in the Detoxification and Withdrawal Management department.  The eligibility list created by this vacancy may be used to hire other vacancies in the department or County.


To supervise the activities of the Chemical Health Assessment Unit - of Ramsey County Withdrawal Management Program; to oversee the provision of services to clients with a history of substance use disorder and co-occurring serious and persistent mental illness- and oversee the use of funds for chemical -health unit activities; and to perform related duties as assigned.

Covid 19
All job offers are conditioned on the candidate being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine authorized for emergency use or FDA-approved.  You will be required to show proof of vaccination on or before your first day of employment and complete a form certifying that you are vaccinated.  Religious and medical exemptions or reasonable accommodations will be considered upon request as required by applicable law.

If an internal candidate is selected, salary will be set in accordance with the personnel rules (i.e., promotion, transfer, or voluntary reduction).

To view or print a copy of the complete Ramsey County job (class) description for this position, go to: Job Descriptions. Once at this page, you can browse the alphabetical list or search for a job description.

Eligible List:  The names of all applicants who filed a properly completed application and passed the examination/screening process shall be placed on the eligible list for an employment opportunity as a Chemical Dependency Program Supervisor. This list will be certified to the appointing authority which may use this list to conduct interviews to fill a vacancy. Candidates will remain on the list for two of months or until hired, whichever occurs first. A notice will be sent to applicants at the time the eligible list is posted, informing them that the list has been posted and their rank on the list.

Veteran's Preference:  This is a classified position requiring an open, competitive selection process.  Veteran's Preference points will be applied after a candidate passes the examination process.  Applicants who are eligible for veteran's preference should update their veteran's DD214, and other supporting documents, and submit them as an attachment at the time of application.

Criminal Background Checks:  All employment offers are conditioned upon the applicant passing a criminal background check. Convictions are not an automatic bar to employment. Each case is considered on its individual merits and the type of work sought. However, making false statements or withholding information will cause you to be barred from employment, or removed from employment.
In addition, you may be subject to one or more of the following:
Department of Human Services (DHS) Background Check
Psychotherapist Check

E-Verify Participation:  Ramsey County participates in the federal E-Verify program. This means that Ramsey County will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If the Government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, Ramsey County is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact DHS and/or the SSA before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers may not use E-Verify to pre-screen job applicants and may not limit or influence the choice of documents you present for use on the Form I-9.
Equal Opportunity Employer:  Ramsey County provides equal access to employment, programs, and services without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex (except when sex is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification), disability, familial or marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, public assistance status, place of residence, political affiliation, or national origin. Ramsey County is deeply committed to advancing racial equity and promoting diversity and inclusion within all areas of our workforce.

To print a paper application for this posting click Paper Application (Download PDF reader). You will need to print this posting and answer the supplemental questions associated with this exam and submit them with your completed paper application.
For further information regarding this posting, please contact Melva Holmes at


Examples of Work Performed

  1. Promote a diverse, culturally competent, and respectful workplace.
  2. Supervise unit staff by hiring staff; reviewing and assigning cases referred to the Chemical Health - Assessment - Unit, including withdrawal management and detoxification services; conducting case consultations to monitor the work performed by direct reports and service delivery provided by the unit; and recommending and administering disciplinary action.
  3. Monitor and evaluates program performance and provides administrative direction for chemical dependencies and dual diagnosis (chemical dependency/mental illness) programs and services.
  4. Train staff on all job duties required in compliance with Withdrawal Management Services (245F[A1] ).
  5. Audit case documentation in the electronic health record including comprehensive assessment, DAANES, screening tools, release of information etc.
  6. Monitor client population and adjusts program services or recommends program changes to meet client needs; and monitors the distribution of funds in order to comply with state regulations.
  7. Recommend legal actions to the courts regarding client cases.
  8. Maintain liaison with other departments and outside agencies to develop an extended care treatment system for clients; and coordinates services with other agencies such as hospitals and treatment providers to maintain continuity of care to clients. 
  9. Monitor service delivery to clients by contracted vendors; assists in the development and ongoing review of contracts with service vendors and monitors corrective action; and authorizes payments to vendors in accordance with state guidelines.
  10. Participate in interdepartmental planning teams by providing data on trends and changes in client characteristics; participates in meetings with vendors for the purpose of addressing problems or changes, and planning for future program needs.
  11. Interpret and explain chemical dependency counseling services, programs and policies to local agencies and groups whose activities are supportive of or otherwise related to the chemical dependency program.
  12. Maintain records of and prepares reports on program activities; reviews evaluative data to identify trends and develop goals and objectives.
  13. Develop policies and procedures regarding counseling and assessment services and to assure cost containment.

(The work assigned to a position in this classification may not include all possible tasks in this description and does not limit the assignment of any additional tasks in this classification.  Regular attendance according to the position’s management approved work schedule is required.)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,7 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.


Minimum Qualifications

Education: Bachelors degree in a behavioral science, or Bachelors degree in another field and certification in the field of chemical dependency treatment.


Experience: Six years experience in providing treatment services (such as chemical dependency counseling and/or mental health services) appropriate to the client population to be served. 


Substitutions: None


Certifications/Licensure: None. 


Preferred: Licensure by the State of Minnesota as a Licensed Alcohol Drug Counselor.


Exam/Screening Process Information

The examination process will consist of the following section with each section weighted as indicated:
Training and Experience Rating = 100% 

The examination for Chemical Dependency Program Supervisor will consist of a training and experience rating, comprised of the questions in the attached supplemental questionnaire. Not all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will pass the training and experience rating.  The rating on this supplemental questionnaire will depend on your answers to the questions – do not mark “see resume” or “see work history” as a response. Please answer all your questions clearly and completely.  Failure to respond could affect your score and final rank on this examination.

Ramsey County

Contact: Melva Holmes
402 University Avenue
Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota 55130
Transit: On bus line