Probation Counselor Iii

Fairfax, Virginia
$61,299.89 - $102,166.48 Annually
May 18, 2019
Jun 01, 2019
Full Time
Job Announcement

This position is considered essential personnel for continuity of operations purposes and supervises essential personnel positions. May be required to respond during inclement weather or in identified emergency situations.

Serves as the Probation Counselor III to the Foundations Program and assists the Director and Assistant Director in various aspects of facility operations for both the residential and community based service areas. Provides direct supervision and oversight for the daily operations of the Community Based Service Program. Completes initial assessments, supervision and follow up regarding the community based service area. Interviews prospective clients and families to determine eligibility for services and oversees case plan implementation. Coordinates appropriate referrals and services and acts as a liaison with other agencies. Represents the program at court and community venues. Assists in the development of policies and procedures. For both the community based and residential services areas, this position will support the Director and Assistant Director in ensuring staff coverage, compliance with policy and procedures, to include but not limited to County, Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court (JDRDC) Court Service Unit, Department of Juvenile Justice standards & federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards. Provides guidance, coaching, and training to new and existing staff. Complete intakes for new clients. Conducts staff performance evaluations and participates in the new hire selection process. Assumes all the duties of the Assistant Director in their absence and alternates being on-call for evening, weekends & holidays.

The salary offer for the position will not exceed the mid-point of the advertised salary range.

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.)
  • Serve as supervisor for Probation Counselor I, Probation Counselor II and/or Administrative Assistant positions;
  • Actively participates in the selection, orientation, training and performance management process which includes evaluating performance, identifying goals and objectives, recognizing staff achievements, and coaching staff in overcoming performance or skill deficiencies;
  • Plan, assign, organize, and direct the flow of work and activities;
  • Determines and coordinates appropriate assessments, including family evaluation, alcohol and drug assessments, mental health assessments, and sex offender assessments;
  • Convenes an interdisciplinary/inter-agency team to collaboratively plan, deliver and monitor multiple services;
  • Makes an intake disposition, including decisions such as informal handling, rejection of a case on a jurisdictional basis, referral to other agencies or setting the case on the docket for a court hearing;
  • Makes program admission and release decisions;
  • Examines and evaluates the individual circumstances of each case referral;
  • Ensures that subordinates adhere to agency operating procedures and standards adopted by the Code of Virginia and Virginia State Department of Juvenile Justice;
  • Serves as a resource, trainer and policy expert for professional staff in providing appropriate custody and care, and ensuring the safety and welfare of juvenile or adult offenders or defendants;
  • Evaluates effectiveness of methods and procedures and recommends changes;
  • Participates in the development of policy and procedures;
  • Manages the grant funded treatment contract with service providers;
  • Maintains liaison with State and local law enforcement agencies;
  • Interprets policies and regulations for clients;
  • Works with other Counselors in the disposition of cases assigned;
  • Composes and dictates case records, petitions and correspondence;

Supervised Visitation and Exchange Program
  • Enforces court orders and conditions of supervised visitation and exchanges as required and ensures overall quality of the supervised visitation/supervised exchange program;

Mediation Coordinator
  • Coordinates and implements mediation programs, assigns mediators and monitors quality of the programs;

Residential Services
  • Manages the daily operation of an assigned wing of a residential facility;
  • Makes final decision regarding care or treatment of residents that can be resolved at the shift level, deferring to higher level management as needed;
  • Oversees and administers routine medication disbursement for residents;
  • Handles crisis situations to include medical, mental health and behavioral crises as necessary;
  • May be required to drive 15-passenger van for educational and recreational trips:

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 the practices and procedures of casework supervision and intake activities;
  • Knowledge of Federal, State and local juvenile and domestic relations laws;
  • Ability to speak and write effectively;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals;
  • 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 use technology to enter and retrieve information.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to: graduation from an accredited college or university with a master's degree in social/behavioral sciences, law enforcement, or education; AND two years of professional experience in probation work. For positions in the police department only, two years of sworn law enforcement supervision may be substituted for the two years of professional experience in probation work.

Must have a valid driver's license.

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.

Master's degree in counseling, social work or psychology, or other licensed eligible field. Licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or Licensed Psychologist. A minimum of four years' professional experience counseling families, and adolescents, preferably in a residential or home-based setting. Experience doing case management, treatment planning, and using evidence-based practices such as Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Expressive Arts Therapy, and trauma-informed interventions. Experience supervising staff to include performance evaluations, training and mentoring staff. Bilingual in Spanish and English.

Must be able to supervise and participate in recreational and educational activities with adolescents. Duties require the ability to physically restrain acting out residents. Visual and auditory acuity. Ability to operate a motor vehicle. Ability to operate keyboard driven equipment. Physical requirements can be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview. As part of the interview process a written exercise will 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.