Youth Development Counselor
Good Shepherd Services - Bronx, NY

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Sharp House Non-Secure Detention Center (NSD)

Building on Strengths in Individuals, Families and Communities!


  • To lead in the development of innovative programs that ensures a more promising future for our program participants.
  • To advocate zealously for principles necessary to empower those with whom we work.
  • To provide quality service to individuals consistent with their dignity and to communities consistent with their needs.

Good Shepherd Services has won the Non Profit Excellence Award for Overall Management Excellence given by the New York Times Company! Good Shepherd Services is a non-sectarian, social service and youth development agency which positively affects the lives of more than 18,000 children and families annually. Throughout our history, we have shown leadership in developing effective programs that help New York City's more vulnerable residents gain the support, skills and opportunities necessary for success in life. United by our shared mission and vision, these programs are characterized by a profound respect for the strengths inherent in individuals, families and communities. We provide city-wide residential and foster care services with concentrations in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn. In addition, we have developed two networks of community-based educational support, youth development, family support, and after school programs, in Brooklyn, primarily in the neighborhoods of Park Slope, Red Hook and Gowanus and in Central Bronx. Through our professional training services, we help to ensure the implementation of best practices in human services agencies across the City.

The Youth Development Counselor performs all assigned duties related to the direct care and treatment of the residents while ensuring proper care at all times.


  • Manage residents' behavior; maintain order.
  • Implement daily living routines, schedules and procedures.
  • Ensure the safety of the residents and maintain security and high standard of cleanliness throughout the residence.
  • Provide individual and group counseling for residents and, when appropriate, work with residents' families and participate in youth and family development. Coordinate court ordered visits which includes supervised home visits, day passes and facility visits, etc.
  • Maintain records, logs, reports and adhere to documentation requirements.
  • Participate in the planning and execution of educational, recreational, and personal enrichment activities.
  • Ensure the proper care and supervision of supplies and agency equipment.
  • Participate in ongoing meetings, conferences and training programs.
  • Interact and communicate with Good Shepherd staff in matters related to, but not limited to, the needs of the residents and the program in general.
  • Providing safe transportation for residents for court ordered appointments.
  • Attend all mandatory training required by DYFJ (Department of Youth Family Justice) and GSS.
  • Responsible for adhering to all DYFJ and OCFS regulations.
  • Effectively use and practice the Sanctuary Model tools: safety plans, community meetings, psycho-educational groups, team meetings, red flag reviews, treatment planning conferences (or similar), and self-care in the department/program to create a non-violent and trauma-sensitive culture.
  • Promote and model the seven Sanctuary Model commitments to create a non-violent and trauma-sensitive culture.
  • Integrate the Sanctuary Model SELF (Safety, Emotional Management, Loss and Future) framework into daily practice to ensure quality care and an effective work environment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • High School diploma or GED required.
  • Valid driver’s license required.
  • Must be able to complete and pass all components of required physical intervention training.
  • Ability to perform physical restraint of youth using approved restraint procedures.
  • Must be capable of sustained physical exertion and have no limitations on ability to engage in necessary physical intervention activities including but not limited to standing and kneeling movements to and from the floor and supporting a participant’s body weight.
  • Must have a commitment to work from a strength based and/or youth development perspective

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS: All staff members are expected to be committed to the mission, vision and values of Good Shepherd Services, which includes involvement in quality improvement activities and a willingness to work within a culturally diverse environment.

We offer an outstanding work environment, opportunities for career development and competitive benefits. Interested and qualified parties should forward their resume by clicking Apply Now.

Employee Referral Award Program: If you, as our employee, refer an outside candidate for this position, you will be awarded $300: $150 upon the candidate starting as an employee and $150 upon successful completion of the first six months of employment.

Good Shepherd Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply. Any offer of employment is contingent upon receiving satisfactory references and approval of hire by applicable regulatory bodies, as appropriate. For programs regulated by the Department of Education, the Department of Health and the Department of Youth Justice Programs, the respective City departments determine employment eligibility and advise Good Shepherd Services (GSS) if the organization can hire the individual. Falsification or omission of relevant information in connection with any application for employment is grounds for denial or dismissal.

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