Arlington, Virginia
$69,430.40 - $106,080.00 Annually
Jul 23, 2021
Aug 06, 2021
Full Time
Position Information
Arlington County Government is seeking a Group Home Counselor II to assist clients with developing positive life skills and connecting to a continuum of services offered in the group home and community. This full-time position is located at a community-based group home for court-involved males. The work schedule includes four 10 hours/day mostly on weekends (see below under Additional Information).

Operated by the Court Services Unit of the Arlington County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court , the Andrew B. Ferrari Argus House is a behavioral and therapeutic setting in which the residents and their family members work with staff to improve the youth's functioning at home, in school, and in the community. For clients in Foster Care, this position is responsible for helping client's transition to independence and provides meaningful weekend programming.

Specific duties include:

  • Providing supervision, case management and counseling to moderate-to-high-risk male juveniles, some of whom may have delinquency charges, within the context of the peer group to help them identify social problems, resolve their issues, and help peers by providing support and feedback;
  • Participating in planning and administering daily activities, and overseeing the on-going operations of the group home programs;
  • Conducting highly structured therapeutic groups using evidenced based practices and managing a caseload of up to four residents;
  • Dispensing Medication to youth on a set schedule following medical policies and procedures of the Argus House Program (training will be provided);
  • Planning, organizing, and implementing educational, community service and recreational activities for residents on the weekends for effective improvement of resident's, mental, and social well-being;
  • Maintaining annual training requirements including PREA (The Prison Rape Elimination Act);
  • Maintaining accurate and confidential case files; and
  • Transporting residents using a 15-passenger van, and occasional meal preparation.
The ideal candidate will possess experience in the following:

  • Case management;
  • Substance abuse treatment and counseling;
  • Therapeutic recreation;
  • Evidenced based practices and techniques such as Motivational Interviewing, EQUIP, Trauma Informed Care, and Positive Peer Culture;
  • Working in a group home setting for delinquent youth; and/or
  • Utilizing Casey Life Skills for the purposes of independent living.

The work must be done within regulations and guidelines set by the Department of Juvenile Justice, The Prison Rape Elimination Act, and the Arlington County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Services Unit.

Selection Criteria


  • Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Social Work, Adolescent Development, or a related field;
  • Some experience counseling adolescents in a group home or outreach program;
  • At least one year of experience conducting both individual and group counseling sessions.

Substitution: Additional-qualifying experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:

  • Master's Degree in Social Work, Therapeutic Recreation or a related field;
  • Bi-Lingual in English/Spanish; and/or
  • Experience using Microsoft Office (to include Word and Outlook).

Special Requirements
A pre-employment criminal records check will be conducted to include: an NCIC check, a Virginia State Police background check, an FBI fingerprint background check, and a Virginia Department of Social Services Child Protective Services Central Registry search.

The applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid Driver License. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide, a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment will be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record and criminal history.