Per Diem Youth Counselor - Middle School Aged Boys, Non Secure Placement

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The Youth Counselor works at the Bronx NSP Program. This is a 12 bed residential non-secure placement program (NSP) for adjudicated youth. The Youth Counselor is a professional responsible for providing direct services support tasks as part of the daily care for youth.



·         Serves as direct youth supervisor with responsibility for the safety, personal conduct, care, and therapy of the youth.
·         Provides eyes-on/ears-on supervision of youth; implements group and individual treatment plans.
·         Maintains security in buildings, grounds, and other posts; intervenes during emergencies or altercations to maintain physical control of youth.
·         Supervises, counsels and implements natural consequences to youth according to facility policy and procedures.
·         Supervises movement of youth inside and outside the facility; takes periodic counts of youth.
·         Supervises youth in a residential juvenile justice facility in the performance of activities and during recreational and various other program activities; (i.e. school, homework, arts, phase activities, independent living, religious etc.).
·         Conducts personal and facility searches for contraband and facility inspections for health and safety hazards. 
·         Assume the responsibility of successfully taking AMAP, passing the course and administering medication as needed.
·         Assume the responsibility for successfully taking and passing the designated crisis management and physical safety intervention technique training (including any refresher and recertification trainings and examinations)
·         Successfully completes all required trainings
·         Preparing meals for the youth as needed (primarily on weekends and mornings as well as when the cook is out)
·         Interacts critically and constructively with other staff members to develop and implement successful treatment techniques.
·         Develops effective relationships with youth, co-workers, and treatment team members.
·         Assists youth with their personal issues and refers issues to the group in accordance with the principles of the program.
·         Observes and keeps staff informed daily of significant behavioral conditions known about an individual and/or the group.
·         Assists in preparing reports regarding each youth’s adjustment and progress.
·         Prepare log entries and reports in a timely manner in accordance with program requirements.
·         Escorts and/or transports youth to predetermined locations.
·         Prevent any acts of physical aggression by youth towards other residents and staff.
·         Exercises judgment and discretion in the performance of duties within departmental rules, regulations, and policies.
·         Attends weekly team meetings.
·         Participate in the Advocate program.
·         Performs other related work as assigned.


·         Preferred - A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university within one or a combination of the following: Counseling, Criminal Justice, Education, Psychology, Sociology, or Social work.
·         One or more years of work experience in a residential juvenile justice or treatment program which involved casework, group counseling, juvenile rehabilitation, probation and parole, and/or social work for youth; or
·         Two or more years of experience in group work which involved direct care and interaction with youth such as YMCA, schools, recreational facilities, or residential care programs.
·         Valid vehicle operator’s license.
·         Physically able to perform physical restrains
·         Bi-lingual (Spanish) a plus


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