Intensive Prevention Counselor

Intensive Prevention Services

The Juvenile Justice Center of Philadelphia (JJC) is a non-profit, multi-service organization that serves the needs of disadvantaged children, youth and families. Our mission is to maintain families through supportive services, to prevent children and youth from being placed in care, and also to ready families for reunification with their children. JJC has an IPS Counselor opening in our Wayne Avenue site located in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.

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. The role of the IPS counselor is to develop the service plan in collaboration with the case manager, youth and parent. The counselor will provide direct case work to youth and family. The IPS counselor will oversee referrals to other service providers. He/she is part of a team and works in collaboration with the case manager. Due to the position being site based, the office hours are non-traditional during the school year as the clients come to the site after school to attend facilitated groups. Counselors typically work from 11am to 7pm and are required to participate in all field trips that occur sometimes on the weekends and often extend beyond the normal work day to provide maximum involvement with the family and the identified clients.


• A Master’s degree in human services, preferably social work (MSW) or counseling, plus two years’ experience in family-based social work.
• 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.

JJC offers salary compensable with experience. Competitive benefits and comprehensive benefits: Medical/Prescription Insurance/Dental Insurance/Vision Insurance/Voluntary Life Insurance/voluntary Short and Long Term Disability/Vacation/Paid Sick Time/Holidays/ 401(k) Retirement Plan

Please send resume, cover letter and salary requirement to

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