Youth Counselor Technician

Job Description


Lenoir Youth Development Center, Kinston, NC

The Youth Counselor Technician directly monitors and supervises juveniles housed in our facilities, throughout all daily activities including school, recreation and meals. The work is subject to close personal and physical contact with juveniles.  Safety and security duties include: maintaining a secure environment, routinely monitoring and observing juveniles, maintaining compliance with cleanliness and sanitation standards.

Youth Counselor Technicians provide feedback to the treatment team including completing documentation of safety violations and security breaches, activity briefing for shift personnel, crisis intervention events, behavioral problems/issues, and youth progress updates.

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Minimum of an associate degree in a human services field, criminal justice, or related human services field from an appropriately accredited institution; or High school or General Education Development diploma, and two years of related human services experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Applicants for positions are designated as Juvenile Justice Officers and are subject to and must meet hiring and training standards. Shift work is required for this position. Weekend and holiday shifts required.

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 certification(s) as a Juvenile Justice Officer (i.e. a diploma)
  • Pass a Criminal Background check and pass a Drug Screening test
  • Pass a Psychological test and pass a Sexual Risk Screening test
  • Pass a Physical
  • Be a US citizen and at least 20 years of age
  • Have a valid driver’s license

Skills and Abilities

  • Effective oral and written communication skills and the ability to establish rapport and successfully interact with a variety of individuals;
  • Possess visual acuity, alertness and awareness of surrounding activities;
  • Ability to apply the proper methods and procedures to physically restrain juveniles and defend self if properly trained.

Management Preferences:

  • General knowledge of institutional programming techniques for delinquent juveniles;
  • General knowledge of behaviors exhibited by adjudicated juveniles;
  • General knowledge of supportive counseling techniques.

  • Hiring salary range $31,980 - $40,450 annual salary
  • Candidates for this position are eligible to recieve a shift premium (10%) when assigned to either 2nd or 3rd shift
  • Advancement potential through promotional opportunities
  • State retirement plan
  • North Carolina State Employee 401(k) Plan
  • North Carolina State Employee insurance coverage
  • Sick leave and annual leave
  • Workers compensation
  • Specialized training
  • Military training leave
  • Community service leave