Youth Counselor Associate
North Carolina Office of State Personnel - Cabarrus County, NC

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The Department is implementing the new approach to the rehabilitation/habilitation of juvenile offenders on the campus development center in Cabarrus County. The program revolves around a cognitive-behavioral approach to the acquisition of social skills. This position will develop, coordinate and implement individual habilitation and treatment plans that facilitate the adjustment and progress of individual students in programs to which they are assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies:

Considerable knowledge of resiliency theory, learning theory, reality therapy, behavior modification and their application to child development; considerable knowledge of the practical application of developmental and social behavior assessments, goal writing and program implementation; considerable knowledge of principles and techniques of working with children who exhibit emotional disabilities, retardation, learning disabilities, developmental disabilities and assaultive and aggressive patterns of behavior. Selected applicant should have skills in observing, recording and evaluating adaptive, social and psychotic behavior among children and skill in instructing. Ability to plan, implement and monitor a behavior modification treatment program; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff at all levels; ability to organize and prepare accurate records, charts and reports and to analyze information; ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

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

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.

Necessary Special Qualifications

Selected applicants must attend and successfully complete and pass the Juvenile Justice Officer Basic Training Program. The training requires four weeks to complete and is comprised of classroom and physically demanding training.

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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Contact Information: Tracey Clarke (919) 716-3800