Description of Work **Recruitment Range - $36,761 - $57,493**
This position is located at Stonewall Jackson Youth Development Center, a secure facility in Cabarrus County, with an overall mission to provide committed juveniles with a safe, secure environment that fosters healthy decision-making and personal responsibility.
The Juvenile Justice Section is committed to the reduction and prevention of juvenile delinquency by effectively intervening, educating and treating youth in order to strengthen families and increase public safety. Click here to learn more about the North Carolina Department of Public Safety's Juvenile Justice Overview. If you have a passion for making a difference in the lives of North Carolina's youth, we would welcome you to be part of the team.
Work in this class involves providing counseling and therapeutic intervention while supervising juveniles offenders housed in a youth development center. These residential facilities are the most restrictive, intensive dispositional option available to North Carolina's juvenile courts.
Employees are responsible for safeguarding juveniles from each other at all times and utilize a range of counseling techniques and skills in crisis interventions to effect individual treatment plans and facilitate group interaction processes. Employees are responsible for administering scoring, interpreting a variety of assessment tools to evaluate treatment progress, and reviewing treatment strategies to achieve rehabilitation goals. Employees function as a member of the therapeutic treatment team and participate in the development of individual treatment, educational, vocational and community reintegration programs. Work also involves planning, orchestrating and supervising juvenile movement; monitoring juveniles to maintain safety; and providing behavioral intervention and restraint as needed. **Evening and Weekend Work Required. **Must meet the hiring and training standards established by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies **Candidates MUST document proficiency with Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSA's) AND Education and Experience Requirements in the application. Failure to answer ALL Supplemental Questions regarding KSA's will result in an automatic disqualification. Failure to provide all educational information, including dates of attendance, will result in an automatic disqualification. Selected applicant should have considerable knowledge of:
-Principles and techniques of working with children who exhibit emotional disabilities, retardation, learning disabilities, developmental disabilities and assaultive and aggressive patterns of behavior;
-Working knowledge and understanding of minority group cultures. Selected applicant should have skill in:
-Observing, recording and evaluating adaptive, social and psychotic behavior among children;
-Instructing. Selected applicantshould have the ability to:
-Plan, implement and monitor a behavior modification treatment program;
-Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff at all levels;
-Organize and prepare accurate records, charts and reports and to analyze information;
-Act quickly and efficiently in an emergency situation;
-Communicate effectively in oral and written form, particularly with adolescents and their families. Minimum Education and Experience Requirements Bachelor's degree in human services field or related human services field from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of experience working with at-risk youth or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Note:
An Associate's degree in mental health, child development programs, or criminal justice, and four years of experience in institution work which emphasized the use of behavior management techniques will be accepted.
Applicants with a Human Service degree such as Divinity, Education, Health Education, Religion, Political Science, Social Science, Sociology, Special Education, Therapeutic Education, or similar subjects must attach
a copy of his/her college transcript for evaluation. Bachelor's degree in a related Human Services field, such as Criminal Justice, Sociology, Education, Religion or similar subjects shall include 25 semester hours of coursework related to the human services field. Necessary Special Qualification
- state employees engaged in \"youth correctional work\", as defined by State Statute GS. 17, are subject to and must meet the applicable education, employment, and training standards as defined and established by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training Standards Act and administered through the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Council. Selected applicant must attend and successfully complete and pass the Juvenile Justice Officer Basic Training certification program.
The certification requires four weeks to complete and is comprised of classroom and physically demanding training. This training is carried out at regional training centers and requires consecutive overnight stays. In addition the selected candidate must:
Have or be able to obtain required documentation for certification as a Juvenile Justice Officer (i.e. a diploma)
Pass a Criminal Background check
Pass a Drug Screening test Pass a Psychological test Pass a Sexual Risk Screening test Pass a Physical Be a US citizen Be at least 20 years of age Have a valid driver's license
Information regarding required documentation and the JJO certification requirements may be found on the NC Dept of Justice website: