Youth Counselor

San Mateo County in

  • Industry: Education - Excluding Post Secondary - Others
  • Type: Full Time
position filled
Description of Work

**Recruitment Range - $36,761 - $57,493**

This posting is for an anticipated vacancy.

This position is located at the Edgecombe Youth Development Center, a secure facility in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Edgecombe County, with an overall mission to provide committed juveniles with a safe, secure environment that fosters healthy decision-making and personal responsibility.
The Juvenile Justice Section is committed to the reduction and prevention of juvenile delinquency by effectively intervening, educating and treating youth in order to strengthen families and increase public safety. Click here to learn more about the North Carolina Department of Public Safety's Juvenile Justice Overview. If you have a passion for making a difference in the lives of North Carolina's youth, we would welcome you to be part of the team.

Work in this class involves providing counseling and therapeutic intervention while supervising juveniles offenders housed in a youth development center. These residential facilities are the most restrictive, intensive dispositional option available to North Carolina's juvenile courts.

Employees are responsible for safeguarding juveniles from each other at all times and utilize a range of counseling techniques and skills in crisis interventions to effect individual treatment plans and facilitate group interaction processes. Employees are responsible for administering scoring, interpreting a variety of assessment tools to evaluate treatment progress, and reviewing treatment strategies to achieve rehabilitation goals. Employees function as a member of the therapeutic treatment team and participate in the development of individual treatment, educational, vocational and community reintegration programs. Work also involves planning, orchestrating and supervising juvenile movement; monitoring juveniles to maintain safety; and providing behavioral intervention and restraint as needed.

**Evening, Weekend and Holiday Work Required.

**Must meet the hiring and training standards established by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

Listed below are the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) associated with this position. These KSAs, along with the minimum education and experience listed, are required in order to be deemed 'eligible' for the position. You must demonstrate through documented experience or provide supporting information within the body of your application to demonstrate your possession of ALL KSAs listed.

Knowledge of the methods and procedures of discipline and rehabilitation of juveniles confined in a secure long-term facility which emphasizes the use of behavior management techniques.
Knowledge of individual and group behavior, child and adolescent development, family systems, individual and group counseling techniques, and crisis intervention techniques.
Knowledge of minority group cultures, techniques of communicating with adolescents, and behavioral and developmental challenges and their treatment.
Demonstrated ability to assess clients to develop appropriate treatment plans, formulate clear goal oriented treatment plans, and document progress of juveniles.
Demonstrated ability to communicate (verbal and written) with juveniles, families, and other treatment team members to explain the behavior and progress of the juvenile.


Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor s degree in human services field or related human services field from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of experience working with at-risk youth; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Bachelor s degree in a related Human Services field, such as Criminal Justice, Sociology, Education, Religion or similar subjects shall include 25 semester hours of coursework related to the human services field. Necessary Special Qualifications Applicants for positions designated as Juvenile Justice Officers are subject to and must meet the hiring and training standards established by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission, as defined in Title 12, Chapter 9 of the NC Administrative Code, by the statutory authority of GS 17C.

Supplemental and Contact Information

The N.C. Department of Public Safety (DPS) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages qualified men and women to apply. DPS uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified individuals. Hiring salary will be based on relevant qualifications, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position.
Online applications are only accepted through
Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the state application. Embedded or attached resumes ARE NOT accepted as a substitution for a completed application.
To receive credit for all of your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the State of North Carolina in the Education and Work Experience sections of the application form. Any information omitted cannot be considered for qualifying credit.
Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Applicants seeking Veteran's Preference must attach a DD form 214, Certificate of Release or
Discharge from Active Duty, along with your application.
During the online application process if additional documentation is required, attach the documentation at the bottom of Step 4 in the application process.
Necessary Special Qualifications:
Selected applicant must attend and successfully complete and pass the Juvenile Justice Officer Basic Training certification program. The certification requires four weeks to complete and is comprised of classroom and physically demanding training. This training is carried out at regional training centers and requires consecutive overnight stays. In addition the selected candidate must:
· Have or be able to obtain required documentation for certification as a Juvenile Justice Officer (i.e. a diploma).
· Pass a Criminal Background check
· Pass a Drug Screening test
· Pass a Psychological test
· Pass a Sexual Risk Screening test
· Pass a Physical
· Be a US citizen
· Be at least 20 years of age
· Have a valid driver's license
Information regarding required documentation and the JJO certification requirements may be found on the NC Dept of Justice website:
If applying for a position certified through the North Carolina Department of Justice-Criminal Justice Standards Division, refer to to for specific certification requirements.

The NC Department of Public Safety must adhere to the United States Department of Justice Final Rule on the "National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape" under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standards at 28 C.F.R. Part 115 Docket No. OAG-131 RIN 1105-AB34. Refer to,002149 for hiring and promotion prohibition requirements for all positions in the NC Department of Public Safety.
Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account and click "Application Status."
If there are any specific questions to this posting, you may contact DPS Human Resources at 919-324-6281

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