Intervention Counselor

Linn County

Cedar Rapids, IA Human Services & Non-Profit / Municipal & Government $22.96 to $22.96 hourly

LINN COUNTY JUVENILE DETENTION & DIVERSION SERVICES

GRANT-FUNDED THROUGH JUNE 30, 2020

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assume responsibility for providing tracking, monitoring and outreach services to low-risk, delinquent or allegedly delinquent youth within the parental home.

  • Provides intensive supervision that may include multiple daily contacts through direct personal contact, telephone or electronic monitoring devices.

  • Provides guidance and advocacy for the child which may include individualized interventions with the child’s family as well as assistance in accessing resources within the community.

  • Work is performed according to well-defined policies and procedures under the supervision of the Juvenile Detention & Diversion Services Director in the Juvenile Detention & Diversion Services Department.

  • Knows the County’s Customer-Centered Culture principles, the County’s mission, Strategic Plan and Core Values and demonstrates a commitment to customer satisfaction for all customers on a regular basis. Assesses family strengths, weaknesses and needs, recommends services and connects youth and families to appropriate community resources.

  • Develops and implements individualized case plans in consultation with all interested parties.

  • Works closely with service providers and community resource contacts to expedite access and remove barriers to information and services.

  • Provides services to children and families in their home as requested by the Juvenile Court or Department of Human Services, such as: intensive supervision which includes frequent face-to-face and telephone contacts, monitoring of school attendance, employment obligations, court appearances and compliance with other Court-ordered expectations; may include electronic monitoring;

  • Crisis counseling or intervention which may address conflicts or problems within the home or school settings; mentoring and guidance which aids in the development of a natural support system for the child and family; skill development which may include parent skill building, employment readiness, personal hygiene or interpersonal relationships.

  • Attends staff meetings and communicates relevant information to team members and collateral's.

  • Maintains complete and accurate documentation of case management services and all client and collateral contacts.

  • Collects data and maintains thorough records including program statistics, forms and written reports.

  • Completes all paperwork in a timely manner.

  • Collects urine specimens as ordered by the Court.

  • Testifies in Court as required. Provides for the maintenance of county vehicles used to conduct business.

  • Performs all other related duties as assigned.

  • Knows the products they personally produce and the customers of each product.

  • Listens to the “Voice of the Customer” and closes gaps between customer expectations and experience whenever possible.

QUALIFICATIONS:   

  • Bachelor’s degree in the social sciences or a related field required.
  •  One (1) to three (3) years of experience working with high-risk adolescents and/or their families within the last five (5) years required.
  • Working knowledge of family dynamics.
  • Working knowledge of adolescent and child behavior in the context of the family. Basic understanding of the social service and juvenile court systems. 
  • Good working knowledge of community-based services and resources. Ability to effectively use counseling skills with and assess the needs of individuals and families.
  • Ability to effectively match identified needs to available resources. Skills to cultivate and maintain positive relationships with co-workers, other professionals, community organizations, parents and youth.
  • Ability to use sound judgment in the application of program guidelines to a wide variety of situations and behavior.
  • Ability to remain flexible and adapt to change.
  • Understanding and acceptance of cultural diversity. Self-directed; ability to work independently. 
  • Skills to organize and prioritize work load to meet multiple and competing deadlines and achieve optimum outcomes.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to compose clear, concise, accurate reports and perform basic math calculations.
  • Skill in the use of basic word processing and spreadsheet computer programs to develop reports and accurately document and maintain data.
  • Good physical condition.
  • Valid State of Iowa driver’s license required. Must have own transportation and proof of auto insurance. 
  • Certifications required after hire include Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting, CPR and MANDT. Must pass a County physical examination which includes a drug test after offer of employment. Regular work attendance required.

A person who has a record of a criminal conviction or founded child abuse report shall not be employed, unless an evaluation concludes that the crime or founded abuse does not merit prohibition of employment.

Application Instructions:

12:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Thursday 
1:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
 12:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  Sunday and Monday
 Days off Being Tuesday and Wednesday

Job ID: 69279

Posted 10 days ago

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