Overnight Counselor (probation Counselor I)

Fairfax, Virginia
$51,873.74 - $86,455.41 Annually
Jan 28, 2023
Feb 11, 2023
Full Time
Job Announcement

This position is located at Stepping Stones (10650 Page Ave, Fairfax, VA 22030), a community-based residential treatment program for adolescent males who have been court-ordered into the program through probation. The primary goal is to assist the client and family in addressing the underlying issues that brought them to the attention of the program, and increase the ability to accept personal responsibility through therapeutic treatment.

The position requires a bachelor's degree in counseling, social work, or criminal justice, or four years of equivalent professional-level experience in related areas. Experience working with adolescents in a residential setting, and knowledge regarding trauma informed practices, juvenile justice reform and the child welfare system are critical. The incumbent must have ability to be a self-starter and take initiative.

The awake overnight counselor provides direct sight and sound supervision to residents in the building. In addition, they will coordinate recreational and community activities for the residents and provide case management support in connecting clients to resources. Ensures facility operation and building safety, maintenance, and security on overnight shifts. Ensures the health care and physical well-being of residents through appropriate disbursement of medication and administration of first aid. Provides quality assurance to County, Court and Department of Juvenile Justice standards and policy. Operates a 15-passenger van and transports residents to a variety of community activities.

Note: This position covers four overnight shifts within a 7-day work week as a set schedule.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.)

Counseling and Treatment Services

Formulates treatment or rehabilitation plans and presents written or oral recommendations for adjustment of behavior;

Facilitates placement, supervises and monitors community service requirements, schedules payments, collects court costs and restitution, monitors urine tests;

Refers offenders/defendants to other agencies or facilities as needed and maintains liaison with service providers to coordinate evaluations;
Testifies in court and provides required written reports on adjustment and compliance to courts;
A ssesses short term goals, counsels offenders and provides opportunities for positive change;

Provides crisis intervention services;

Documents and composes case records, petitions and correspondence and periodically compiles related statistics;

Aids clients in obtaining employment;

Cooperates with representatives from State and local social service and law enforcement agencies in cases of mutual interest;

Residential Services

Positions located in a residential facility supervise and direct house routines and therapeutic programs;

Ensures that residents maintain behavioral norms;

Maintains communication with a resident's probation counselor, school representative, employer, family, and significant others;

Coordinates and implements a residential program area (e.g., recreational, educational, or employment activities);

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)

  • Knowledge of the principles of psychology and sociology;
  • Knowledge of current social and economic conditions;
  • Ability to use technology to enter and retrieve information;
  • Ability to interpret laws, rules, and regulations related to probation work;
  • Ability to interview and counsel clients;
  • Ability to prepare complete case records and reports;
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with a variety of individuals.

Employment Standards


Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: (Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to”)
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in social/behavioral sciences, law enforcement, or education.

  • Valid driver's license is required at the time of application.
  • The following certifications must be obtained within a specified time frame after appointment and recertification annually thereafter:
    • Medication Management (Required within 6 months)
    • ServeSafe (Required within 6 months)
    • CPR/First Aid (Required within 30 days)
    • Handle With Care (Required within 30 days)

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.
  • This position is considered "essential personnel" and will be required to report to work during times designated countywide as approved for unscheduled leave regardless of the emergency situation (i.e., weather, transportation, other disaster).
  • The appointee to the position will be required to complete the following to the satisfaction of the employer:
    • Criminal Background Investigation
    • Child Protective Services
    • Sanction Screenings
    • Driving Record Check
    • Pre-employment Medical Evaluation
    • Tuberculosis Test

  • A bachelor's degree in counseling, social work, or criminal justice.
  • Experience working with adolescents in a residential setting.
  • Knowledge regarding trauma informed practices, juvenile justice reform and the child welfare system.
  • The ability to be a self-starter and take initiative.

Must be able to supervise and participate in educational and recreational activities with adolescents, this may include participating in activities, standing or sitting for a period of time. Ability to physically restrain acting out residents. Visual and auditory acuity and the ability to communicate clearly in English in person, in written form, and on the phone. Ability to operate a motor vehicle. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include a written exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.