Youth Counselor

Linn County

This is a part-time, on-call position. Assumes responsibility for the supervision, safety, security and behavior management of dependent, neglected or delinquent youth at the Juvenile Detention Center. Work is performed under general supervision.


  • 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.
  • Supervises dependent, neglected or delinquent youth residing in the Juvenile Detention Center.
  • Makes decisions involving the admission of youth in crisis situations, voluntary or police referral. Interviews police/juvenile court officers, case workers and parents.
  • Assesses the psychological, physical and emotional needs of the youth being referred.
  • Checks and maintains security and safety of residents on a continual basis.
  • Organizes, plans and implements structured daily activities for youth after assessing group dynamics and individual needs.
  • Provides group and individual counseling for all residents.
  • Promotes, encourages and supports appropriate behavior through relationship building and confronts negative/inappropriate behavior in a professional manner.
  • Physically restrains residents for the protection of themselves or others.
  • Observes and records description of behavior for the purpose of program planning and for recommendation to the court.
  • Keeps daily records and reports.
  • Responds to emergency situations such as escape or suicide attempts, drug overdose, intoxicated youth, etc.
  • Implements medical instructions.
  • Monitors medical needs of youth and refers problems to the appropriate authority.
  • Implements behavior management system utilizing a token economy, behavior contracting, level system, time outs, mediation essays, etc.
  • Prepares and manages serving of meals for 10 – 20 people.
  • Performs some maintenance tasks when needed.
  • Provides for maintenance of van.
  • 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.


  • Bachelor’s degree in the social sciences or a related field required.
  • One (1) to three (3) years of experience in the care, counseling and management of dependent, neglected and delinquent adolescents within the last five (5) years required.
  • Any Bachelor’s degree will be considered with two (2) to three (3) years directly related experience within in the last five (5) years; or an equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities within the last five (5) years.
  • Working knowledge of the care, counseling and management of dependent, neglected and delinquent youth.
  • Working knowledge of the social sciences.
  • Basic understanding of the social service and juvenile court systems.
  • Knowledge of community resources.
  • Working knowledge of group dynamics and behavior management techniques.
  • Knowledge of the Juvenile Code. Basic knowledge of drugs (legal and illegal) and their side effects.
  • Ability to assess emotional and physical needs of youth. Ability to function as an effective member of the child care team.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive professional relationships with co-workers, other professionals, parents and youth.
  • Ability to receive, process and communicate information orally and in writing.
  • Ability to demonstrate awareness of the current stresses and problems facing adolescents and a basic understanding of the modern principles and practices involved with addressing these issues.
  • 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 changes.
  • Good physical condition.
  • Must meet requirements and licensing regulations, including good health evidenced by the ability to pass a County physical examination which includes a drug test after offer of employment.
  • A person who has a record of 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.
  • Certifications required after hire are Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting, Medication Dispensing, CPR, Mandt, Prison Rape Elimination Act and Gentle Self Defense Training. Regular work attendance required.


  • Part-time, on-call position. Hours vary-no guarenteed hours. 


  •  $23.47/hour
COVID-19 Precautions

New hire orientation is conducted using social distancing measures and face masks. Temperatures are taken at the beginning of each day for all personnel; this includes new hires. A face mask will be provided to new hires who do not have their own. Face masks will be worn in a manner that covers both the nose and mouth.

Application Instructions:

DEADLINE: Friday, December 4, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Job ID: 72173

Posted 10 days ago

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