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Detention Counselor (Supervisor)

at Jefferson County Jobs

Pay: $53992.3 to $83688.1/year
$53992.3 - $83688.1
Posted: 8/20/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2540531

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


  • Directs, coordinates and oversees operations of the counseling unit to include planning counseling programs for inmates, reviewing and developing policies and procedures, expanding and coordinating a network of outside community services to be used as information/referral sources for inmates; evaluates program effectiveness, including individual counselors' performance.
  • Assigns and supervises the activities of subordinate Counselors, GED specialist and classification counselor.
  • Ensures adherence to established policies, procedures and standards; advises and assists subordinates as necessary.
  • Prepares work schedules of employees assigned to the Counseling Unit; assigning and approving watch schedules, sick leave, vacation or compensatory time.
  • Serves as member of various committees and community boards, attending meetings and providing input based on expertise, experience, and observations as appropriate.
  • In coordination with the Detention Services Manager, evaluate the inmate classification and behavioral management program, recommending modifications as appropriate.

Essential Duties

  • Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of interpersonal counseling and the needs of jail inmates.
  • Considerable knowledge of alcohol, drug and controlled substance abuse/addiction, and common physical and mental health treatment and therapeutic approaches.  
  • Considerable knowledge of a variety of human services and mental health agencies available in the County.  
  • General knowledge of the principles of supervision, organization and administration. 
  • Ability to exercise tact, courtesy and finesse in frequent contact with inmates, their families, attorneys, clergy and others concerned with the welfare of individual inmates. 


To be qualified for this position, at the time of hire, each applicant must possess the following:
  • Master's Degree in counseling, psychology, social work or a related field
  • 6-9 years of progressively responsible experience providing counseling and/or casework services.
  • Must possess clinical/administrative supervision of a counseling staff (preferably in a correctional or institutional setting 
  • Any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.   
  • Must possess a valid Colorado Driver's License
  • Colorado Notary Certification - within 1 year.

    The hiring process consists of: application review,  written exam, oral interview, polygraph, complete background investigation.  The successful candidate must also pass a medical, drug screen and psychological test.

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