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Chemical Dependency Counselor

*** $2,000.00 Hiring Incentive ***
Job ID: 21469
Agency: Department of Corrections/Correctional Behavioral Health
Location: Sioux Falls
Salary: $20.61 per hour - depending on licensure
Pay Grade: GH
Closing Date: Open Until Filled 
This is a Full-Time 40 Hours Weekly position with the Department of Corrections - Correctional Behavioral Health. For more information on the DOC, please visit
This position will provide intake assessments and/or group counseling services to inmate clients within a correctional institution. There will be daily collaboration with the larger behavioral health team and other prison personnel. This is a 40 hour per week position.
***The South Dakota State Penitentiary is a National Health Services Corps (NHSC) approved site which can provide opportunities for student loan reimbursement.
Licenses and Certifications:
  • A bachelor’s degree in alcohol and drug abuse studies, counseling, psychology or related field preferred. 
  • A license in addiction counseling or application for recognition as an Addiction Counselor Trainee within 10 days of hire is required. Trainees must meet all requirements for certification per the South Dakota Board of Addiction and Prevention Professionals (BAPP) by the end of the recognition period. One required course, as outlined in the academic requirements by BAPP for certification as an addictions counselor, will be paid for by the Department of Corrections per semester following six months of employment. Additionally, work experience hours and supervised hours of practical training experience required by BAPP will be provided. Preference for candidates with current chemical dependency certification.
The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
  • experience in the delivery of clinical services. 
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Competencies essential for this position include professionalism, customer service, initiative, teamwork, attention to detail, composure, empathy, and information seeking. 
This position is eligible for Veterans’ Preference per ARSD 55:10:02:08.
Successful applicant(s) will be required to undergo a background investigation. An arrest/conviction record will not necessarily bar employment. Successful applicant(s) will undergo an abuse and neglect screening. Offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of a drug screening.
NCRC: If you possess a National Career Readiness Certificate, please submit the certificate with your application. For more information on how to acquire a National Career Readiness Certificate contact a South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Job Service Office. A certificate is not necessary to be considered. 
The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9. The State of South Dakota as an employer will be using E-Verify to complete employment eligibility verification upon hire.
The State of South Dakota offers employer paid health insurance plus eleven paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, and other insurance options, and retirement benefits. You can view our benefits information at This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.
You must apply online, emailed resumes or submissions will not be accepted.
South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
Telephone: 605.773.3148 Email:
"An Equal Opportunity Employer"