Overnight Counselor (probation Counselor I)

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Fairfax, Virginia
$49,380.03 - $82,299.15 Annually
Feb 20, 2021
Mar 13, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

The position is located at Foundations (Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030), community-based residential treatment program for adolescent females’ court ordered into the program through probation or monitored by a community based case manager. The primary goal is to assist the client and family in addressing the underlining issues that brought them to the attention of the Foundations Program, and increase the ability to accept personal responsibility through therapeutic treatment.

In addition, there is the Community Based Services program through Foundations, this requires work in the community; meeting with clients and families in their home, or a neutral community location (probation office, library, etc.). The Community-Based Services Program offers intensive, in-home counseling for clients on probation who score moderate to very high on the Youth Assessment Screening Instrument (YASI), are at risk for out-of- home placement or are transitioning home from an out-of-home placement. Services can be provided for up to six months.

The awake overnight counselor provides direct sight and sound supervision to residents in the building. In addition, 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 evening, overnight, and weekend 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 between Friday night through Monday night 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;
  • 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.

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. Bilingual is preferred.

  • CPR/First Aid (Required)
  • Handle With Care (Required)
  • Valid driver's license (Required)
  • Medication Administration Assistance (VA) (Required within 6 months)
  • ServeSafe (Required within 6 months)

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, child protective services registry check, driver's license check, pre-employment medical exam and tuberculosis check to the satisfaction of the employer.

  • 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.
  • Duties require the 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 may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include exercise.

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.