Probation Counselor I

Location
FAIRFAX (FJ25), VA
Salary
$47,300.03 - $78,832.62 yr
Posted
Feb 12, 2018
Closes
Feb 19, 2018
Hours
Full Time
This advertisement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Responsible for direct care of residents, security and control of the facility (Juvenile Detention Center) including the residents' living units, security desk and court holding during designated shift. Provides in-depth counseling to detainees on such diverse topics as substance abuse, crisis intervention, mental health and conflict resolution. Conducts group and individual sessions with detainees to help ease their adjustment anxieties. Utilizes physical crisis intervention as needed to bodily control disruptive or aggressive residents. Supervises residents during unit activities, health, recreation, and in the school program. Performs security checks, wake-up and bedtime procedures, showering and hygiene functions, and unit housekeeping. Writes behavioral observations and disciplinary reports. Provides orientation of residents to the program.
NOTE: The salary offer for the position will not exceed the mid-point of the advertised salary range. Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities 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 casework supervision practices and procedures;
  • 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 and victim services;
  • 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

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Any combination of education, 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.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Must have a valid driver's license. The following certifications must be obtained within a specified time frame after appointment and recertification annually thereafter: First Aid and CPR; and Handle With Care (physical restraint procedures and techniques) within 30 days. Medication Management within 6-months.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a check of the Child Protective Registry, a driver's license check, and a medical examination to the satisfaction of the employer prior to employment. A TB screening upon hire and annually thereafter.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. One or more years of prior experience working in a secure facility for juveniles. Must be able to work days, evenings, overnights, weekends, holidays, and inclement weather and/or emergencies (Note this position is considered an essential employee for the purpose of continuity of services). Basic proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office computer software, especially Word and Excel.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Duties require the ability to physically restrain acting out residents. Must be able to lift weight up to 50 pounds. Must be able to run and stand for long periods of time. Must have visual and auditory acuity. Physical requirements can be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview. As part of the interview process a written exercise may be administered.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability 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.

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