Youth Services Behavioral Specialist

Juvenile Corrections Staff
North Carolina Department of Public Safety - Raeford, North Carolina

Sep 10, 2021

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Application Deadline:
Dec 31, 2021

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$$30,280.00 - $48,058.00 Annually annual

Job Description

Recruitment Range: $35,721.00 to $48,058.00

Candidates for this position are eligible to receive a shift premium (10%) when assigned to either 2nd or 3rd shift.

This is a continuous posting and may or may not reflect a current vacancy.

Shift work is required for this position. Weekend and holiday shifts required.

Juvenile Facility Operations operates two types of secure commitment centers for youths in North Carolina: juvenile detention centers and youth development centers.

Youth development centers are secure facilities that provide education and treatment services to prepare committed youth to successfully transition to a community setting. This type of commitment is the most restrictive, intensive dispositional option available to the juvenile courts in North Carolina. The structure of the juvenile code limits this disposition to those juveniles who have been adjudicated for violent or serious offenses or who have a lengthy delinquency history.

Juvenile detention centers temporarily house youths alleged to have committed a delinquent act or to be a runaway. Youths are generally placed in a juvenile detention center while awaiting a court hearing, or until another placement can be found, either in a community-based program or service or in a youth development center.

Daily responsibilities to include but not limited to duties such as: housekeeping, physical and mechanical restraint of juveniles, medication administration and recreational activities.

This position provides supervision, care, counseling, safety and support to youth who are in the physical custody of the Division. Implements individual and group treatment plans to effect behavioral changes required for youthful offender rehabilitation while providing security, controlling and maintaining custody and safeguarding juveniles from each other. Documents all events that occur on the shift. Documentation includes, but is not limited to, shift logs, reports, incident reports, inspections and progress notes which are entered into a web based application. Documentation must be completed prior to the end of shift. The juveniles that the position works with present complex, co-occurring disorders requiring high levels of clinical skills and cognitive and behavioral interventions.

Work is subject to close personal and physical contact with multiple juveniles and decisions made impact the protection of state property, the physical safety of the juveniles, staff and the employee.

Note to Current State Employees:

The salary grade for this position is GN06. State employees are encouraged to apply for positions of interest even if the salary grade is the same as, or lower than, their current position. If selected for this position, a new salary will be recalculated taking into consideration the quantity of relevant education and experience, funding availability, and internal equity. Based upon these factors, a pay increase MAY result.

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About Juvenile Justice:

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.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NC DPS):

NC DPS is the largest state agency with more than 26,000 employees. It is responsible for safeguarding and preserving the lives and property of its citizens through prevention, protection and preparation. We have a mission that matters!

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

The Knowledge, Skills and Abilities listed below, along with the Minimum Education and Experience requirements, are REQUIRED to qualify for this position. We will not review attachments in lieu of Experience and Education listed on the application. Click on this LINK for additional information.

  • Documented experience establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with all levels of staff.

  • Documented experience organizing and preparing accurate records, charts, and reports and analyzing such information.

  • Documented experience communicating effectively in oral and written form.

  • If properly trained, must be physically capable of applying the proper methods and procedures to physically restrain juveniles and defend self.

Management Preferences:

-Documented experience utilizing judgment in determining and adapting techniques and strategies to deescalate a variety of situations.

-Skill in establishing rapport and understanding the problems presented by a delinquent juvenile.

-General knowledge of characteristics of human behavior and delinquency.

-General knowledge of basic relationships and supportive counseling techniques.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

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; or Bachelor's degree in human services field, criminal justice or related human services field from an appropriately accredited institution; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Necessary Special Qualifications:

Applicants for positions designated as Juvenile Justice Officers are subject to and must meet the hiring and training standards established by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission, as defined in Title 12, Chapter 9 of the NC Administrative Code, by the statutory authority of GS 17C.

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

-If applying for a position certified through the North Carolina Department of Justice-Criminal Justice Standards Division, click here for specific certification requirements.

Supplemental and Contact Information

The N.C. Department of Public Safety (DPS) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages qualified men and women to apply. DPS uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified individuals. Hiring salary will be based on relevant qualifications, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position.

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Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the state application. Embedded or attached resumes ARE NOT accepted as a substitution for a completed application.

To receive credit for all of your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the State of North Carolina in the Education and Work Experience sections of the application form. Any information omitted cannot be considered for qualifying credit.

Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Applicants seeking Veteran's Preference must attach a DD form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, along with your application.

During the online application process if additional documentation is required, attach the documentation at the bottom of Step 4 in the application process.

-The N. C. Department of Public Safety must adhere to the United States Department of Justice Final Rule on the "National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape" under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standards at 28 C.F.R. Part 115 Docket No. OAG-131 RIN 1105-AB34. Click here for hiring and promotion prohibition requirements for all positions in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Contact Information:

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account and click "Application Status."

If there are any specific questions to this posting, you may contact DPS Human Resources at 919-324-6425.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 20
  • Education: Bachelor's
  • Experience: 0

Contact Information

Kim Shaw

North Carolina Department of Public Safety
180 Sandhills Drive, Bldg. C
Raeford, North Carolina 28376
phone: 919-805-2353

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