Youth Counselor

NFI Massachusetts - Amesbury, MA (30+ days ago)4.0


NFI Massachusetts, Inc, a private nonprofit organization, is currently seeking Youth Counselors for its new program location in Amesbury, MA.

NFI’s Amesbury Revocation, located in Amesbury, Massachusetts, is a residential revocation program for adolescent males referred by the Department of Youth Services. The program provides counseling, education, life skills and pre-vocational skills training in a well-supervised and structured residential setting. Rehabilitation followed by supported community reintegration is the ultimate goal of the program.

This is a highly responsible position in the Criminal Justice System, and a great opportunity for individuals looking to gain experience for careers in law enforcement, corrections, or probation. The employee is expected to perform all the duties in the optimum responsible manner.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Qualified candidates will possess a Bachelor's degree and/or at least one year of experience working with similar population.
This position is located in staff-secure facility providing care, custody and/or control of at-risk delinquent or troubled youth.
This position requires the physical restraint. Youth Counselors must comply with the organizations approved physical restraint techniques when the need arises for the physical control or physical protection of youth.
NFI Massachusetts program facilities operated around the clock – 24/7 and all staff must be agreeable to working set shift schedules possibly including rotating shifts, evenings, weekends, and holidays with varying days off.
All prospective applicants will be subject to a SORI (Sex offender) check, CORI (Criminal Background) and EEC Fingerprinting approvals (national criminal check) as well as Driver’s License check for Youth Counselor positions.
Valid driver's license and a reliable vehicle is a must.

Responsible for:
Adhering to agency, DYS, and facility policies and procedures.
Maintaining a safe and secure environment for youth, themselves and other staff.
Demonstrating leadership by being a positive role model for staff, youth, and the community as well as; treating all persons with dignity and respect.
Supervising youth in all activities and maintaining control of youth by giving directives and counseling.
Providing constant supervision, control and observation of youth, while maintaining and environment that is safe and creates an atmosphere that has zero tolerance for sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct by the staff with youth.
Completes required reports timely and accurately.
Ensuring the safe and secure custody of all assigned youth, while ensuring that all youth are provided their constitutional rights with special concern for their legal, medical and mental health issues.
Using security and medical equipment to ensure the safety and security of the youth and the facility.
Preparing youth for court appearances, and transports and escorts youth to medical, criminal justice, social services and judicial facilities as needed according to departmental and facility policies and procedures.
Inspects facility, youth, visitors and packages delivered to the facility, as well as conducts searches related to safety and security to include, but not limited to, vehicles, facilities, property and persons for contraband, health hazards, and safety and security violations.
Writes reports and prepares required records regarding incidents, youth movement and noteworthy information, and ensures the documentation of all violations of facility operating procedures, departmental procedures, rules and regulations, and state and federal statutes.
Ensures the inspection and maintenance of sanitary conditions of the facility.
Instructing the youth in housekeeping, sanitation responsibilities and personal hygiene.
Performs other related duties.