Juvenile Counselor

Prineville, OR

Job Title Juvenile Counselor

Department: Juvenile

Reports to:  Director

Salary:  $23.16 - $26.07

I.      Job Purpose:

The Probation Counselor performs professional probation and diversion casework services, emphasizing client accountability, community protection, and client competency and productivity.  This position demands a person who is flexible, capable, of good moral character, and who has the ability to work with youths and their families, respecting their rights to confidentiality and providing prompt, courteous service.

•           Number of Employees Reporting to This Position:     0

II.        Duties, Tasks and Responsibilities:                     

  • Maintains ongoing contact with assigned caseload of delinquent youths and their families.  Responsible for accurate record keeping of official court files.
  • Makes release decisions for youths taken into custody according to policy and statute and upon conferring with Juvenile Department Director.
  • Conducts personal interviews with referred youth and their families, offering services to assist youths in diversion from the Juvenile Court System.
  • Presents the facts of the case to the court and evaluates and makes recommendations to the Court regarding placement of youths in shelter, foster care, child care centers and institutional placements.  Prepares necessary Court documents including petitions, orders and court reports.
  • Confers with department staff, school officials, mental health, DHS and other agencies and individuals relative to individual cases in outlining treatment and care programs to insure court orders and requirements are being met and public safety is not compromised.
  • Provides 24 hour on –call on a rotating basis.
  • Performs urinalyses for the purpose of juvenile drug testing and record results in the youth offender’s file and Court.
  • Interacts to diffuse client aggression; arrests, or assists with arrests; performs officer duties in both office and field setting.
  • Performs secure transports of delinquent youths in a county owned vehicle and all times must drive in a safe, law abiding and vigilant and professional manner. 
  • While providing transport, employee shall assure custody of youth offenders by maintaining security of sharp instruments and potential weapons.  Being alert to youth offender’s behavior, alerting staff and requesting assistance when necessary, indicating preparation for or execution of escape, or behavior that could escalate to assaultive or other dangerous incidents.
  • Employee is expected to conduct himself/herself in a professional manner, as a role model for other staff and youth offenders.  Professional conduct includes but is not limited to:  reliability; dependability; regular and punctual attendance in order to provide consistent services; provide public safety; neat personal appearance; treating all humans with respect; and being a law-abiding citizen.

III.      Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Possess thorough knowledge of correction principles and practices and methods of treating behavioral and adjustment problems in youth.
  • Knowledge of community resources and supervision methods which would effectively divert youth from entering the Juvenile Court System or provide the youth with reformation.
  • Working knowledge of dependency and delinquency laws of the state.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, public and private officials, clients, families, and personnel in the Juvenile Department and other agencies.
  • Ability to prepare accurate and complete reports and express ideas and recommendations effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work under stressful situations.
  • Skill in expressing policies of the department to juveniles and their families, public and private officials and the public. 
  • Ability to diffuse client aggression and remain professional and calm, utilizing professional judgment to assure community and self-protection.
  • Knowledge of restraint techniques and hardware and the ability to use these as the manufacturer intended and in such a way to ensure the safety of the youth and the community and within the policies and guidelines of the department.
  • Ability to operate a vehicle, the county phone system, facsimile machine, copier, computer and use the word processing program.
  • Ability to talk and hear.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. 
  • Ability to occasionally reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. 
  • Ability to occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to secure youth offenders by using the restraint hardware and safe restraining techniques.

IV.      Qualifications: 

  • Degree Required:  Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Social Work or related field. 
  • 3 years’ experience in Juvenile Justice field or related field.
  • Prior to or on date of hire:
    • Able to complete a thorough employment and/or criminal history check.
    • Able to successfully pass a pre-employment drug test (not required for all positions).
    • Final candidates will be required to provide official proof of college degree and certified transcripts (not required for all positions).

V.        Position Details:

  • The duties outlined in this job description are not all inclusive and additional duties and tasks will be assigned as required. 
  • Work location is Juvenile Department
  • Fair Labor Standards Classification: Exempt/Non-Exempt
  • Crook County is an equal opportunity employer
  • This position is ‘at-will’, and either Crook County or the employee may terminate the relationship at any time with or without cause.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Safety Sensitive:

This is considered a safety sensitive position and pre-hire drug screening and on-going random drug testing are required.

Applications must be submitted through the link provided below