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The Berrien County Juvenile Center is a 24 hour facility. Available positions are listed on the official Job Postings page. If you are interested in any available positions, please fill out an official application.
Click on each position below to see the job description and qualification requirements.
Youth Specialist I ($41,130 -$52,492)
Required: A combination of qualifying experience and training may be considered in lieu of the educational requirement. The Court reserves the right to make the final judgment about what constitutes an appropriate combination of education, experience and training by an applicant.
Requirements: Thirty semester or forty-five quarter hours of college education which includes three semester or four quarter hours of Psychology.
Desired: Bachelor's Degree in human services and relevant experience in the juvenile justice field.
Duties: Under the direction of an assigned Juvenile Center Supervisor, provides direct services that emphasize safety, security and quality programs for juveniles in a community based treatment environment and/or detention services placement; provides active leadership, coaching, crisis intervention, positive role-modeling and activities planning for assigned juveniles; intensely monitors the juveniles and facility to maintain optimal security; closely observes juvenile behavior providing positive reinforcement, corrective discipline or verbal/physical restraint when appropriate; is expected to prepare all required written reports, files, logs, etc. in a professional and timely manner; provides for the overall care and welfare of juveniles and the facility, including basic health and hygiene, food service, laundry, housekeeping, etc.; works a schedule that may include weekends, holidays, evening or overnight hours
Temporary Youth Specialist ($16.49/hr.)
Note: This is a temporary, part-time position working a maximum of 1,000 hours per calendar year. There are no benefits.
Required: Thirty semester or forty-five quarter hours of college education, which includes three semester or four quarter hours of psychology.
Duties: The Temporary Youth Specialist works as an on-call employee to fill temporary vacancies in the fulltime Youth Specialist schedule. Participates in supervising and reporting on programs. The duties stated are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by a person so classified and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.
Youth Specialist II ($44,706 -$57,057)
Required: A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in counseling, social work, criminal justice, psychology, or related social services field. Previous minimum of three months experience in social services or juvenile direct care. Preference will be given to those with previous experience working with delinquent or emotionally troubled youth and/or families, which may have been in an intern or volunteer capacity.
Note: Applicants that do not meet the minimum requirements for Youth Specialist II but have at least thirty semester or forty-five quarter hours of college education, which includes three semester or four quarter hours of psychology may qualify for Youth Specialist I - ($41,130.00).
Special Requirements: Must submit fingerprints and may be subjected to criminal record, character, reputation, mental health and moral character screening and clearance before employment. Must possess a valid vehicle operator’s license. Must have open availability to work any shift and work flexible hours including evenings, nights, weekends and holidays as required. Regular, reliable, and predictable attendance is required. Physical Requirements: This job requires the ability to perform the essential functions of the position.
Duties: Under the supervision of the Berrien County Juvenile Center Director, provides for the safety, security, and well-being for residents, visitors, and staff within the detention facility. Supervises, guides, and counsels residents through daily activities within the framework of the residential and educational programs. Works closely and communicates effectively to ensure program effectiveness, staff accountability, professional personnel performance, problem solving matters and other issues impacting the Juvenile Center. Intervenes when necessary in crisis situations in accordance with policy and procedure guidelines for physical and mechanical restraints, room confinements, or other appropriate action. Operates and monitor electronic security and communication equipment including control panel, intercom, computers, visual monitors, electronic doors, room sound detectors, and alarms. Monitors weather alert system. The duties stated are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by a person so classified and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.
Juvenile Center Assistant Supervisor ($49,076 - $65,767)
Required: A Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences or related field, or 60 semester hours of college credit with a minimum of two years of paid, fulltime experience working with juvenile delinquents or adult offenders in the justice field, or with clients in the social service/mental health fields.
Special Requirements: The Juvenile Center Assistant Supervisor may be required to work weekends and holidays >or be on call as scheduled; may also be required to fill in for other supervisory vacancies as needed; may be required to provide after hours, weekend and holiday assistance to police agencies, the Juvenile Center, Court and the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Desired: Coursework in Criminal Justice, Corrections, or Administration; supervisory experience in the field of juvenile or residential treatment facilities; knowledge of computer application in the justice system.
Duties: Supervises the work of Juvenile Center Group Leaders, Youth Specialists, substitutes, or unpaid personnel on assigned shifts; participates in the selection, training, discipline and evaluation of center employees, volunteers or interns. Distribute or ensure staff distributes medications to residents as prescribed, implement medical treatment plans as ordered, and process resident medical complaints. Maintain optimal security and programming in the facility by monitoring the facility security camera system and communication system. Arrange and supervise >transportation for residents to and from home, court, hospital, dentist, doctor, etc. Assist the Juvenile Center Supervisor on the shift as needed or requested. Provide direct and immediate feedback or corrective discipline to childcare staff; ensure the implementation and documentation of emergency procedures by staff as required. Ensure that behavior management system guidelines are strictly followed. Monitor and/or coordinate all resident population movement within the facility and necessary security precautions are followed. Serve as the designated person in charge of the facility in the absence of the Juvenile Center Supervisor, Assistant Director or Director. Other duties as assigned. The duties stated are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by a person so classified and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.
CLINICAL AND TREATMENT SERVICES MANAGER ($71,852 - $96,290)
Registered with the State of Michigan as one of the following is required: Licensed Social Worker or Licensed Psychologist or Licensed Professional Counselor, or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
Master’s degree from an accredited institution in an appropriate mental/behavioral health discipline and at least two (2) years paid professional experience that includes providing direct mental health services and supervising programs and staff.
Knowledge and application of the following: family systems theory, behavioral therapies, cognitive-behavioral therapy theory, family therapies theory, child development and it’s application in treatment, social skills assessment and intervention, mental health issues and interventions in juvenile detention, juvenile correctional facilities or treatment programs. Demonstrated ability to supervise, train and lead a team of mental health professionals.
Under the direct supervision of the Juvenile Center Director, serves as the Manager responsible for developing, implementing, coordinating, supervising and evaluating all aspects of the clinical and treatment services provided to Juvenile Center residents and their families. The Clinical and Treatment Services Manager has direct supervisory responsibility for child care personnel, counselors, clinical staff, case managers, community supervision, personnel and supervisory level employees as assigned. The Clinical and Treatment Services Manager provides emergency crisis intervention with emotionally disturbed, acting out residents as well as ongoing counseling and therapy in accordance with individual treatment plans. This position also provides intensive family therapy as required. The Clinical and Treatment Services Manager provides in-service training and consultation for Juvenile Center staff as needed or assigned. This position conducts mental health evaluations and/or assessments for Juvenile Center residents or other Court Wards as assigned and submits all reports in a timely manner. The Clinical and Treatment Services Manager serves in a liaison role with local and state mental health agencies and coordinates the provision of special mental health/counseling services for Juvenile Center residents by outside providers. The Clinical and Treatment Services Manager may be required to work weekends and holidays or be on call as scheduled. This position is expected to ensure and document continuous compliance with all applicable American Correctional Association Accreditation Standards and Michigan Administrative Rules. Duties are carried out in accordance with the Courts’ statutory statutory purpose as well as all Court, County and Juvenile Center Policies and Procedures.
Part time Cook ($13.24/hr.)
Note: This is a temporary, part-time position working a maximum of 1,000 hours per calendar year. There are no benefits.
Required: Completion of the eighth grade is required. A high school diploma or equivalent is preferred. Previous experience in commercial or institutional food preparation is preferred.
Duties: The temporary cook works as an on-call, temporary employee to fill scheduled or emergency vacancies within the facility Food Service Department. Under the direction of a designated Juvenile Center supervisor, the temporary cook is responsible for preparing and serving palatable meals according to recipes and the established menus. The duties stated are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by a person so classified and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.
COOK ($30,357 - $38,741)
Under general supervision, performs duties required to prepare food, serve meals, and clean up and maintain sanitary kitchen facilities. Assists the Food Services Coordinator in planning menus. Performs related work as required.
- Cooks meals according to established recipes; bakes pies, cakes and breads; prepares salads and desserts; prepares meals for special dietary needs.
- Services meals according to schedule; estimates food requirements and controls serving portions to reduce waste.
- Operates a variety of kitchen equipment and appliances such as ovens, mixers, and fryers.
- Cleans and maintains kitchen equipment and utensils and trains residents or Trustees to perform these responsibilities.
- Maintains kitchen cleanliness including counters, cabinets and floors; inspects dining room and food storage areas in order to maintain sanitary standards.
- Stocks food inventory and supplies; maintains inventory records and prepares food orders as needed.
- Ensures left over food and ingredients are appropriately stored for preservation
- Completes set-up work in preparation for next meal
- Assists in menu preparation
- Reports equipment repair and maintenance needs to supervisor
- May serve as lead worker; oversees the work of Juvenile Center residents as appropriate.
MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
Education: Completion of the eighth school grade is required. A High School diploma or equivalent is preferred.
Experience: Previous experience in commercial or institutional food preparation is preferred.
Must pass a pre-employment physical, drug test, and a criminal and civil record check. A mental health screening may be conducted before or during the course of employment. Employees will be fingerprinted. Appropriate speech, dress and a high level of personal and professional conduct for work in a court setting must be maintained in accordance with the standards established by the Judicial Council. Regular, reliable, and predictable attendance is required. Ability to maintain confidentiality, effective working relationships with other employees, and interact effectively with the general public. Submit to random drug and alcohol testing per the Court’s policy.
This description is intended to describe the type and level of work being performed by a person assigned to this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required by a person so classified.