Counselor (Master’s Degree)

Intensive Prevention Services

The Juvenile Justice Center of Philadelphia (JJC) is a non-profit, multi-service organization that serves the needs of children, youth and families who are vulnerable to involvement with child welfare and juvenile justice system. JJC has an IPS Counselor opening at our Germantown site at 5538 Wayne Avenue, Phila., Pa 19144 and our Southwest site at 5407 Grays Avenue, Phila. Pa 19143.

*When applying for the position, and you have a site preference, please indicate the site that you are applying for.

Job Summary

The IPS Counselor is an integral team member of the Intensive Prevention Services (IPS) department. The main principles of the IPS counselor’s role include identification of, and referral to, needed services, and active goal-directed support for the youth and family. The IPS Counselor will identify and connect youth and their families to the needed services and monitor the family and youth’s engagement in the IPS program and when making referrals for needed services. The IPS counselor is to develop the service plan in collaboration with the case manager, youth and parent. The counselor will provide direct counseling to youth and family. The Counselor  will oversee referrals to other service providers. He/she is part of a team and works in collaboration with the case manager.

Counselors hours are from 10am to 6pm due to programming in the afternoon, primarily during the school year.


A Master’s degree in Social work, Sociology, Human Services, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Divinity, or a related Social/Human service degree or counseling, plus two years’ experience in family-based social work.

Salary: $40,000.00 to $48,500.00 ( based on experience)

Comprehensive benefits:

Paid Medical/Prescription Insurance/Dental Insurance/

Paid Vacation, Sick, Personal Time

Paid Holidays

401(k) Retirement Plan

Paid Vision  Insurance/Life Insurance/Short and Long Term Disability


  • An annual physical form verifying that the employee is “free from contagion”.
  • Act 168 and PA criminal, child abuse, and FBI Clearances within 60 days of hire.
  • The ability and willingness to adjust work hours in accord with client schedule.
  • The use of currently inspected car, including the possession of current automobile insurance and driver’s license.
  • A proven and demonstrated ability and experience in working with within a team based setting and group settings.
  • The ability and willingness to work with a wide range of ages, neighborhoods, cultural views, and parenting experiences.
  • The ability to walk, drive, see, bend, stand, and verbally communicate.
  • Ability to use a computer to send and receive written correspondence.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other professionals.
  • Ability to lead and co-facilitate focus group sessions.
  • Understanding of educational, child welfare, and judicial systems and the knowledge, skills, and ability to navigate these systems successfully.

Please send resume, cover letter and salary requirement to

JJC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, embracing diversity and inclusion in all of its services.