Residential Youth Counselor

Community Based Detention Services
Residential Counselor

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 a Residential Counselor opening in our Community-Based Detention Shelter (CBDS) Program for girls.

Job Summary

The Residential Counselor is an integral team member in the Community-Based Detention Services (CBDS) Program. The Counselor is responsible for providing direct treatment, supervision and care to CBDS program residents. This position ensures a safe, therapeutic environment that contributes to the healing of all residents. The Counselor is expected to effectively partner with all other staff creating a well-integrated program.

The Residential Counselor is part of a caring and compassionate multi-disciplinary team that provides on-site, around-the-clock support, encouragement and monitoring to program residents. This position helps program residents transform their lives and address his/her unique goals and needs.


Minimum requirement: Associates degree with at least 12 college credits in Psychology, Social Work, or related social services field

High school diploma/GED with five years’ experience in residential and group home environment may be considered

Meet all regulatory agency requirements and comply with all JJC policies regarding child abuse, criminal, medical, and other clearances; must possess a valid driver’s license

Minimum two years’ experience with at-risk children/adolescents with mental health, trauma and other issues, preferably in behavioral healthcare systems; residential/group home environment and experience in CAASP setting preferred.

Essential Responsibilities

• Monitors safety and demonstrates group management skills and effectively de-escalate potentially crisis or volatile situations.
• Arrives for scheduled shifts, is punctual for scheduled shifts and meetings, and able to assume responsibilities.
• Attends and participates in required meetings, supervisions and training programs; demonstrates learning.
• Knows and applies all applicable regulations including reporting standards; ensures compliance with all regulatory or contractual requirements; program physical plant, records, and activities meets “inspection-ready” standards at all time; completes all required documentation, related paperwork, in accordance with licensing standards and agency policies.
• Utilizes approved behavior management techniques appropriately with residents
• Adjusts communications to meet the resident’s development level
• Implements relationship and counseling skills effectively.
• Models healthy interactions and respectful communication with residents.
• Forms and maintains caring therapeutic relationships.
• Relates to residents objectively and fairly, giving consideration to the resident’s individual needs.
• Works with residents to problem solve and identify solutions to problematic behaviors.

JJC offers salary compensable with experience. Competitive benefits and comprehensive benefits: Medical/Prescription Insurance/Dental Insurance/Vision Insurance/Life Insurance/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.