Probation Counselor I

Fairfax, Virginia
$49,380.03 - $82,299.15 Annually
Nov 14, 2020
Nov 28, 2020
Full Time
Job Announcement

Responsible for direct care of a majority male resident population and provides security and control in the Juvenile Detention Center, including monitoring the residents living units, security desk and court holding during designated shift. Specific duties include but are not limited to:
  • 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.
  • May conduct transports of residents to and from court in either a 15 passenger van or a sedan; and transports residents to and from medical or psych vendors, and other placement facilities.
Note: This job announcement may be used to fill multiple full-time Probation Counselor I vacancies.

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;
  • Supervises child visitations and exchanges involving estranged parents according to court orders or other relevant agreements;
  • Conducts intake interviews and supervises offenders/defendants through office and home visits to verify compliance with court orders;
  • Interviews juvenile or adult offenders, their families and related persons to determine the nature of the adjustment difficulty (e.g., whether it is environmental, school, and/or social);
  • Conducts field investigations;
  • 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;
  • Assesses 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);
  • Coordinates and transports detainees between the courts, the residential detention facility or other various facilities;

Alcohol Safety Action Program Services
  • Provides course instruction using Commission on Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP) education curriculum Conduct intake assessments on new clients and make appropriate referrals.

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.
  • The following certifications must be obtained within a specified time frame after appointment and recertification annually thereafter:
    • Medication Management required within 6 months of appointment.
    • CPR/First Aid required within 30 days of appointment.
    • Handle With Care required within 30 days of appointment.

  • 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 during inclement weather and/or emergencies.
  • Basic proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish, a plus.

  • The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check, Child Protective Services check, driving record check, pre-employment medical evaluation, and tuberculosis test.
  • 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).

This position requires walking and standing for long periods of time, periodic running, visual and auditory acuity and the ability to operate keyboard driven equipment. Employee must be able to physically restrain acting out residents and is required to lift up to 50 pounds. Ability to operate a motor vehicle. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview.

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 status as a veteran 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.