Overnight Counselor (probation Counselor I)

Fairfax, Virginia
$49,380.03 - $82,299.15 Annually
Mar 28, 2021
Apr 10, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

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

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 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
  • Assesses short term goals, counsels offenders and provides opportunities for positive change:
  • Provides crisis intervention services;
  • Aids clients in obtaining employment;
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;

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 in English and Spanish is preferred.


  • Driver's license (Required)
  • Medication Management (Required within 6 months)
  • ServeSafe (Required within 12 months)
  • CPR/First Aid (Required within 60 days)
  • Handle With Care (Required within 60 days)

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, child protective services, driver's license check, tuberculosis test, and pre-employment medical evaluation 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. 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.