Juvenile Counselor is an entry-level position within the
Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Persons employed in
this position are assigned to a Secure Detention facility
for juveniles that is operated by the Agency.
provide custody, supervision, direct care, and counseling
to juveniles generally between the ages 10 to 16.
for Juvenile Counselors include searching residents for
contraband, teaching socially desired habits and behaviors,
providing recreational activities, and assisting with
crisis intervention programs. Some Juvenile Counselors
also operate motor vehicles. The Juvenile Counselor position
requires moderate physical activity. Juvenile Counselors
may be required to walk up and down flights of stairs
and break up fights amongst juveniles.
is assigned to one of the three daily shifts. Since DJJ's
facilities operate seven days per week, 24-hours a day,
Juvenile Counselors may be required to work nights, weekends,
and holidays. Overtime work situations occur often.
have promotional opportunities to Associate Juvenile Counselor
positions, which are the entry-level supervisory positions
in this series.
salary for Juvenile Counselors who are not presently employed
by the City of New York is $ 34,977. The salary range
for City employees is $40,224 - $50,641. In addition,
employees are eligible for health insurance and other
benefits as well as liberal annual and sick leave.
degree from an accredited college or
2) Sixty college credits plus two years of full-time
experience working directly with juveniles (ages 10-18) in a group,
community, educational, or institutional setting, or with developmentally disabled adults or adolescents (age 10 & up) or
3) High school graduation or GED with four years full time experience as
described above in #2, or
4) A combination of the above. Experience may be substituted
on the basis of one-year of experience equaling 30 college
must receive clearance from the New York State Child Abuse
Registry, and understand simple commands in English. Candidates
must prove their identity and show their right to obtain
employment in the United States.
There is no
residency requirement for these positions.
Counselor position is a civil service position. Therefore,
the N.Y.C. Department of Citywide Administrative Services
(DCAS) holds examinations for permanent appointment to
these positions. Persons who compete in the examination,
receive a passing mark and are selected by this agency
are appointed to these positions. After completion of
a one (1) year probationary period, a staff member will
receive tenure in this position.
where there is no eligible civil service list of eligibles
to consider, the Human Resources Unit coordinates periodic
interview sessions for qualified persons wishing hiring
consideration. Those candidates selected are required
to submit to a complete background investigation including
a criminal record search, and medical and drug screening
candidates should submit resumes to:
New York City Department of Juvenile Justice
110 William Street 14th Floor
New York, New York 10038
phone calls please.