Youth Counselor Technician
North Carolina Office of State Personnel - New Hanover County, NC

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As a member of our team, the Youth Counselor Technician will contribute to public safety by providing supervision, care, and supportive counseling to youth who are in a Detention Center. A Youth Counselor Technician maintains written and electronic records related to the behavior of the youth under his/her supervision, assess the progress of the youth in their assigned programs and communicate information to others who are directly involved with the youth.

Youth Counselor Technician is subject to close personal and physical contact with youth and decisions made impact the physical safety of the youth, staff and the employee. Safety and security responsibilities include awareness of the location of each juvenile at all times; performing searches of juveniles, maintaining a secured environment; and ensuring compliance with cleanliness and sanitation standards. The Youth Counselor Technician serves as the link between members of the treatment team and the juveniles.

Work requires weekend and holiday shifts and may require evening hours.

Applicant MUST meet Criminal Justice Standards to Qualify.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies:

General knowledge of supportive counseling techniques
Effective oral and written communication skills with youth and coworkers
Ability to establish rapport and successfully interact with a variety of individuals
Ability to plan, develop, and implement programs and strategies to help delinquent youth
Possess visual acuity, alertness and awareness of surrounding activities.
Ability to apply the proper methods and procedures to physically restrain juveniles and defend self.

Selected Candidate Must
· Pass a Criminal Background check (if unsure visit website)
· Pass a Drug Screening test,
· Pass a Physical
· Pass a Psychological test;
· Be a US citizen,
· Be at least 20 years of age
· Have a valid NC driver’s license.
· Diana Screen

Once hired, the Youth Counselor Technician Must Pass Criminal Justice Certification with includes self-defense class.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Associate’s degree in a human services field, criminal justice or related human services field from an appropriately accredited institution; High school or General Educational Development diploma and two years of related human services experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Necessary Special Qualification - 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.

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.

Online applications are only accepted through

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

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the state application.

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.

Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

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

Contact information: Tracey Clarke (919) 716-3800