Case Manager - Probation Officer (Former Employee) – Loudoun County, VA – July 6, 2017
Juvenile probation officers manage large case loads, they did it with dedication, pride and integrity. The upper management was superior, great leader who believed in holding individuals accountable for their actions. He also believed in helping probation officers identify the best programs that would help troubled juveniles.
A toxic workplace. Some departments are very poorly run with a great deal of financial waste. Leadership was unethical at times.
Director Post-Secondary Programs (Former Employee) – Richmond, VA – April 11, 2018
Unfortunately, the focus was not on the incarcerated youth nor their needs. Decisions were not based on the best interest of the young people. The work being done in the community by DJJ is exemplary. There is a great deal of diversity in the integrity, commitment to the mission and skill set of team members.
The Agency is undergoing a transformation. Evidenced based and ground breaking philosophies.
Not all departments are aligned with this in practice.
DIRECTOR OF POLICY AND PLANNING (Current Employee) – Richmond, Virginia – March 30, 2018
Overall, the Policy and Planning Unit is running well. We have a strong and productive unit that has proven to be beneficial to the Department in many facets. My staff serves as the point of contact with the State Board, the Attorney General's Office, the Judicial Liaison Committee, and most matters with Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security. We also respond to questions from the court services units and the juvenile courts. We handle matters involving personnel actions and other matters impacting the programs and facilities operated by the Department. I think we serve the Department well in guiding the Department through administrative proceedings involving grievances brought by Department employees. We provide solid and candid input on issues involving sensitive matters. Much of our work includes accountability and protecting the rights of staff and of the juveniles under our supervision. However, we have focused heavily on not being the “gotcha unit.”
Overall, I try to make sure that expectations are clear, well communicated, and relate to mission, vision, and goals of the unit and the department. I try to ensure that staff receives constructive feedback and positive reinforcement. I believe that my staff and I are productive and I enjoy coming to work. I think I have created a very open work environment and in which people do their work well and also have some fun. In closing, we never lose sight of the Department’s mission and of working towards maintaining the integrity of the Department.
Counselor (Former Employee) – Manassas, VA – March 23, 2018
Working with at risk youth in a correctional setting. The correctional facility is sled sufficient and is prepared for any challenges that may arise. Correctional officers are trained monthly from Crisis Prevention to Handle With Care.
Awesome schedule only work 15 days out of the month.
Juvenile Correctional Officer (Former Employee) – Richmond, VA – February 2, 2018
Monitored and supervised residents in concert with; controlled facility and materials access and exit. Arranged transportation for medical appointments and emergencies. Addressed problems and resolved issues, managing crises effectively. Conducted safety and security checks; ensured compliance with process, procedure, disciplinary and regulatory requirements. Provided reports for supervisors and participated in team meetings.
Resident Specialist (Current Employee) – Chesterfield, VA – December 12, 2017
The most enjoyable part of the job is witnessing the change in some of the residents/inmates. In my time at DJJ i seen plenty of kids go from bad to worst to some of the best kids in the facility its really heartwarming seeing the progress in those young men.
witnessing progress in the youth
having to use force on a individual because of his behavior
Negotiate salary on the front end, you will not get a raise
Probation Officer (Current Employee) – Northern Virginia – October 31, 2017
Have worked here for many years. Not a horrible job, typical government bureaucracy Change is constant and comes at the whim of the current political ruling regime. Literally, did not not get a single cost of living pay raise throughout the entire Obama presidency. Finally received a small pittance of 3% this year.
good retirement, lots of paid time off, and decent health insurance.
Low pay, constant change, always expected to do more with less
Assistant Superintendent (Former Employee) – Beaumont, VA – September 2, 2017
VA DJJ has job opportunities in communities all over the state, some include travel while others are office-bound. They also offer work from home options. And while people do complain about benefits, as for medical, they offer a short term disability that covers illness, surgery, injuries, etc. beyond 40 hours so that you don't have to burn all your leave or lose pay while recuperating. The hardest part of the job is probably the fact that it is a state department and subject to political changes. The most enjoyable part of the job is working with the juveniles. Job culture and management depend on the position you have and the location. Central Office and larger facilities are more stressful and political. Smaller facilities and outlying areas more laid back and family oriented.