Senior Detention Specialist

Prince William County Government Manassas , VA 20108

Posted 4 weeks ago


The Prince William Department of Social Services seeks to hire a Senior Detention Specialist to work with its Community Placement Program (CPP) as well as the general population at the Juvenile Detention Center. The CPP is a highly structured, disciplined residential program for up to eight (8) male juvenile offenders, ages 16-20, who have been committed to the DJJ and have been identified as eligible to complete their remaining length of stay (3-12 months) in a local detention facility.

The program's emphasis is community re-integration planning with the goals of preventing future criminal behavior and improving self-control, decision making and problem solving abilities. The program focus is on developing a resident's competencies in the areas of education, job readiness skills, life/social skills, conflict resolution, and interpersonal communication, as well as addressing specific risk factors/treatment needs in the areas of mental health and substance abuse in order to aid in the youth's successful transition to his home community.

The selected candidate will give leadership to preparing detainees for employment or further education when they leave detention. They will assess detainees' skills and abilities, identify training opportunities, and assist with job training and placement.

They will deliver educational programs in life skills such as money management, health and wellness, parenting and family life, work-life challenges, job retention, goal setting and managing the mechanics of everyday life. All staff must be able to respond to disorderly youth and, when necessary, perform a physical restraint.


High school diploma or GED and 3 years experience with children, teenage groups, or delinquent youth. Preferences: Experience working with at-risk youth in secure facilities; Experience coordinating job education and placement programs for youth; Experience conducting life skills educational programs in money management, health and wellness, parenting and family life, work-life challenges, job retention, goal setting and managing the mechanics of everyday life; Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) are encouraged to apply.

ENTRY SALARY RANGE: $23.67 - $35.51/hr.

If you are looking for a position that will make a difference in the lives of youth, as well as a job with excellent benefits, competitive salary, good training and a team-orientated workplace, then apply now!

NOTE: The selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment background check.

All DSS staff members are required to provide emergency human services work in the event of an emergency disaster. All DSS staff members are required to provide emergency human services work in the event of an emergency disaster.

ENTRY SALARY RANGE: $23.67 - $35.51/hr.

This information is an excerpt from the full Classification which describes the work to be performed in this position. For the complete Class Specification please click here:

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Senior Detention Specialist

Prince William County Government