Juvenile Counselor

Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services, Inc. - Queens, NY (30+ days ago)3.5

Sheltering Arms strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to our community's greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. Joining our team is an opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of dedicated colleagues who represent diverse backgrounds and talents as we work together to make a measurable impact for our neighbors in need. Every role at Sheltering Arms brings with it new opportunities for advancement and development so that team members can achieve their professional goals while helping others reach for theirs.

Sheltering Arms is currently looking to hire a Juvenile Counselor for our Limited Secure Placement (LSP) program. Limited Secure Placement are 8 to 25 bed programs that houses juvenile delinquent youth between the ages of 11-17 who are serving their sentence in our facility under high surveillance. In the LSP program, all youth services take place within the facility. This is including but not limited to: education, medical appointments, and visitation. The Juvenile Specialist will be primarily responsible for building healthy relationships with each resident and providing adequate care, safety, custody, control and counseling with the aim of allowing the youth to become a productive member of society.

Essential Functions

Provides direct supervision and be accountable for whereabouts of residents at all times.
Utilizing mechanical restraints to transport youth between sectors of the home.
Works closely with representatives from the Department of Education to ensure safety during educational enrichment.
Intervenes during emergencies or altercations in order to ensure the safety of all residents.
Manages residents' behavior utilizing the principles of the Integrated Treatment Model with the goal of teaching the young people to make positive, lasting changes in their behavior.
Implements daily living routines, schedules and procedures.
Assures the safety of the residents and maintains security
Ensures high standard of sanitary conditions throughout the house including heavy cleaning and laundry.
Participates in the planning and execution of educational, recreational, and personal enrichment activities.
Participates in ongoing meetings, conferences, training programs as required.
Interacts and communicates with Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services staff in matters related to, but not limited to, the needs of the residents and the program, in general.
Attend all mandatory training required by ACS, OCFS and the Agency.
Responsible for adhering to all ACS, OCFS and agency regulations.
Uphold rules, repertoire of responses, confrontation techniques, application of the restriction system, negotiating restrictions, Force Fields; utilization of Safe Crisis Management techniques when necessary.
Manages the peer group, understands peer group dynamics, promotes and maintains a positive peer group culture.
Attention to and support of medical issues, student educational needs, casework, clinical appointments, etc. Monitors residents in Family Court.
Completes log reports, complete behavior assessment reports, and submits documentation, incident reports.
Informs the Case Planner and supervisors of any issues related to the youth or their families as they become aware of such information
Ability to work various hours and days of the week
Performs other duties as assigned


High School Diploma + 3 Years of Direct Services in Mental Health or Juvenile Justice Programming
Associate's Degree + 2 Years of Direct Services in Mental Health or Juvenile Justice Programming
Bachelor’s Degree + 1 Year of Direct Services in Mental Health or Juvenile Justice Programming
Valid NYS Driver’s License preferred.
Must have exceptional verbal and written communication skills in order to maintain required documentation
Must have a commitment to work from a strength based and/or youth development and trauma-informed perspective
Commitment to the mission and values of Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services
Must be able to pass required Safe Crisis Management (SCM) and recertify annually

It is the policy of Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to an individual’s perceived or actual race, creed, color, national origin, alienate, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.