Lead Detention Counselor

Family Center for Juvenile Justice   Tulsa, OK   Full-time     Law Enforcement / Security
Posted on May 24, 2024

Lead Detention Counselor 

Family Center for Juvenile Justice
time type
Full time
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Detention Supervisor


$16.40/hr plus  $520 monthly bonus


Pay Frequency



Full Time / Part Time

Full time


Job Summary

Under direction and within the scope of department policies and guidelines, provides secure supervision, aids juveniles with personal and environmental difficulties by participation and interaction in programs by performing the following duties.


Job Description

All candidates conditionally offered transfer, promotion or initial hiring into a DOT/safety-sensitive position shall submit to testing for drugs and alcohol and test negative before performing any job functions that are safety-sensitive or require a CDL. External job applicants with a confirmed positive drug or alcohol test result shall be denied employment and shall be required to wait one year before applying for another position within Tulsa County.


• Assume most of the Unit Shift Supervisor duties in his/her absence.
• Responsible for the daily leadership of Detention Counselors, interns, and volunteers.
• Assist in monitoring the recording and maintenance of all written forms, incident reports, and delegated medical administration summaries/activities on the shift.
• Assist the Unit Shift Supervisor in the oversight of admissions and releases.
• Implement and participate in daily programs and activities for residents.
• Report any shift emergency or matter of consequence to the Unit Shit Supervisor, Program Manager and through the proper chain of command as deemed necessary.
• Cover any shift in emergencies or staffing deficits.
• Subject to recall on a 24-hour basis.
• Confer and make judgments on resident discipline and room confinement.
• Use computer for record checks, admissions, releases, and to query Jolts system.
• Assist in gathering documentation for oversight standards compliance of OJA, OCCY, and ACA.
• Assist in formal orientation training of new Detention Counselors.
• Perform other duties as assigned.


Additional Job Description

Skill in recognizing underlying causes of social problems; in counseling an individual concerning personal and family problems; and in eliciting pertinent personal information.

Knowledge of personal computers; of principles and practices of sociology applicable to juvenile casework; of county and state regulations pertaining to juvenile care; and of departmental policies and procedures.

Ability to deal tactfully with others; to express both orally and in writing, facts and opinions clearly and concisely; to establish effective interpersonal relationships; to gain respect and cooperation of others; to keep alert and vigilant; to handle stressful situations; and to create a constructive atmosphere for crisis problem solving.

May lead up to 45 employees in the Detention Section. Carries out lead responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education equivalent to graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a degree in sociology or closely related field and over 2 year's satisfactory full-time paid employment in a Juvenile Detention position of closely related field; or any equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting one year of satisfactory, full time paid employment in juvenile work or closely related work for one year of the required education, with a maximum substitution of four years.

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

First Aid & CPR Certifications
Valid Oklahoma Driver’s License
CPI Nonviolence Crisis Intervention Certification
Medication Administration Training Certification

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee must respond and react to flight and fight encounters with detained residents. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk and sit. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to physically restrain and secure one or more individuals to prevent escape, and to protect the individuals, and/or other residents, co-workers, or the public from harm, physical violence or injury. The employee is occasionally required to restrain male or female residents in excess of 200 pounds in stature up to 6'6"; and must assist in picking up and carrying restrained individuals to secure room. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals. Interacts consistently with juvenile residents and at times participates in physical altercations. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.


Family Center for Juvenile Justice