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Executive Director, CEO

Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center

Staunton, VA

 

Reports to: SVJC Commission
Field: Juvenile Justice
Website: www.svjc.org
Deadline: May 1, 2018

The Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center (SVJC) is a secure 58-bed residential facility for juveniles in local, state and federal custody. The SVJC is owned and operated by the SVJC

Commission for the counties of Augusta, Rockbridge, and Rockingham, and the cities of Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton and Waynesboro. The SVJC operates three distinct programs, which include: 1) pre-dispositional detention services for the facility’s surrounding localities; 2) post-dispositional Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice Programs (Community Placement Program, State Re-Entry Program and DJJ Direct Intake Program); and 3) a federal program for the Office of Refugee Resettlement/Division of Unaccompanied Children’s Operations (ORR/DUCO). The SVJC serves approximately 300 male and female juveniles from the ages of 12 to 17 each year with an average daily population of 46.

The Executive Director is responsible and accountable for the overall operations and management of the SVJC. This leadership position requires experience with all aspects of administration, including human resources, strategic planning; fiscal administration; operating/capital budget preparation; and organizational development. The Executive Director leads and directs the organization in a manner that supports the SVJC’s mission and purpose as defined by the Commission.

Duties:

  1. Develops and monitors programs for budget, licensing and program standards.
  2. Develops and achieves sustainability for current programs.
  3. Assures that all programs maintain a high quality of service for its residents, community and the agency.
  4. Ensures the accountability of staff for program services, outcomes, and standards.
  5. Verifies that all contracts are in compliance.

Qualifications

Master’s Degree in business administration, social work, psychology, counseling and four or more years of professional experience working in administration, corrections, children’s services and supervision of 50 or more staff; or

A baccalaureate degree in business administration, social work, psychology, counseling and five or more years of professional experience working in administration, corrections, children’s services and supervision of 50 or more staff; or

A baccalaureate degree and a combination of 10 or more years of professional experience in a children’s secure facility and the supervision of 50 or more staff.

Additional Qualifications

Applicants will be required to pass a criminal background check, central registry check, preemployment physical, driving record check and a drug screening.

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter, resume and salary history to Tim Smith at tsmith@svjc.org by May 1, 2018. Salary is commensurate with experience. The SVJC is an equal opportunity employer.


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FULL TIME COUNSELOR POSITION

The Merrimac Juvenile Detention Center is seeking experienced individuals to perform professional level work in a secure therapeutic program. Work includes supervision and direct care of youth, behavioral intervention, and facilitation of group sessions in a cognitive behavioral training environment.  This position works shifts on days, evenings, overnights, weekends and holidays.  Bachelor’s Degree in a related field preferred or an Associate’s Degree in a related field and three years of experience working with teens required.  Requires a background investigation to include criminal history, child protective services, sex offender registry records checks, and physical exam with drug test.  Starting Salary $35,917+ based on education and experience and full benefits.  Obtain the application online at www.merrimac-center.net.  Fax completed resume with application to (757) 887-0340 or email to frontdesk@merrimac-center.net.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION:  DIRECT CARE DETENTION COUNSELOR
RESPONSIBLE TO:   SHIFT SUPERVISOR
CLASSIFICATION:     NON-EXEMPT

 

The Merrimac Juvenile Detention Center is seeking experienced individuals to perform professional level work in a secure therapeutic detention program for male and female juvenile offenders.

MINIMUM REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  1. A Baccalaureate Degree in human services or related field; or
  2. Associate’s Degree and three years of experience working with youth.

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Requires a background investigation to include criminal history, child protective services, sex offender registry records check, and physical exam with drug test.  Must maintain a current Virginia driver’s license, current tuberculin test, CPR, First Aid, Crisis Intervention, and all other certifications and training required by policy and standards upon hire.  Starting Salary $35,917+ based on education and experience and a full benefits package.

 

NATURE OF WORK:

This position performs the routine work of a Detention Counselor.  Work includes direct supervision, care and custody of at-risk youth, crisis intervention/crisis counseling, implementing behavioral interventions, and facilitation of group sessions in a cognitive behavioral training environment.  This position requires close physical contact with youth and the use of routine verbal intervention/de-escalation techniques, and occasional use of physical restraint through the application of Handle with Care techniques and restraint devices.  This position also requires strip searches of youth.

This position works shifts on days, evenings, overnights, weekends and holidays. There is no scheduled meal break; however, a free meal is provided to staff during either the breakfast, lunch, or dinner meal times in which they attend with the youth.  This position is subject to call 24 hours a day and is considered essential personnel in emergency situations.  Duties are performed under the close supervision of a detention supervisor.


RESPONSIBILITIES/WORK BEHAVIORS:

  • Supervises youth in their daily routines and their participation in indoor/outdoor recreation.
  • Assigns and supervises youth in daily light housekeeping tasks.
  • Maintains basic discipline and control of youth.
  • Observes youth to detect potentially dangerous situations.  Assists youth in relieving anxiety through counseling and activities.
  • Conducts individual and group crisis counseling.
  • Conducts group educational/life skills groups.
  • Maintains all logs and completes all reports as required.
  • Transports juveniles to court and appointments as assigned.
  • Performs related work as required.


MINIMUM ENTRY KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Some knowledge of legal issues pertaining to the detention and confinement of juveniles.
  • Some knowledge of counseling and social work principles and practices as related to juvenile delinquents.
  • Some knowledge of Cognitive Behavioral Interventions.
  • Some knowledge of safety and security issues as they relate to a secure detention facility and transportation.
  • Some knowledge of behavior management principles as they apply to a detention setting.
  • Some knowledge of emotional, developmental, psycho-social, medical, and drug/alcohol abuse related to juvenile delinquents.
  • Some knowledge of the juvenile justice system.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to use computer equipment with reasonable speed and accuracy.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with youth, staff, parents, other professionals and the public.
  • Ability to maintain a calm composure, exhibit sound judgment in stressful situations, and intervene effectively in crisis situations.
  • Ability to read, understand and interpret written policies, instructions, and communications.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Continuous – 6 or more hours per shift
Frequent – 4 to 6 hours per shift
Occasional – 2 to 4 hours per shift
Infrequent – less than 2 hours per shift

 

ACTIVITY

  • Walking           Continuous: making room checks, observation of activities, moving youth to different areas, making security checks.
  • Standing          Continuous: Continuous observation of youth.
  • Sitting              Frequent: when transporting may require 4 to 6 hours of sitting. Occasional in facility.
  • Speaking         Continuous: Speaking with youth, other staff, other professionals, parents, other agencies, phone use.
  • Listening         Continuous: requires excellent hearing to identify problems, voices, conversation in the supervision of youth for security and safety.
  • Sight                Continuous: visual observation must be maintained of youth at all times when they are out of their rooms and during room checks.
  • Writing             Occasional: maintaining logs, point sheets, behavior reports, filling out reports and forms.
  • Reading           Occasional: reading logs, reports, forms, policy and procedures, instructions.
  • Lifting              Infrequent: more than ten pounds.  Examples are laundry, mop buckets, supplies, youth who must be physically moved to another area. Maximum weight estimated at 150 lbs.

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