Department of Administrative Services

Correctional Counselor Trainee (1769CO)

$23.99-$31.60 Hourly / $1,739.32-$2,291.31 BiWeekly /
$45,396.25-$59,803.19 Yearly


PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In a Department of Correction facility or community setting this class is accountable for receiving intensive training in the provision of counseling services to offenders and their families.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the close supervision of a Correctional Counselor or Correctional Counselor Supervisor; works more independently with acquired experience.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Receives training in agency counseling procedures, personnel policies, program guidelines and legal reporting requirements; receives training in and is given progressively complex assignments involving utilization of interviewing techniques required to assess client needs, elicit information and establish community referral sources; provides basic counseling services to a limited number of offenders enrolled in departmental programs or their family members receiving services; prepares initial treatment plans, psycho-social evaluation, case histories and other case records as components of a small assigned caseload; refers offenders and family members for community or social services, medical or psychological services or housing, financial and employment assistance; motivates offenders to increase their ability to understand and cope with problems, frustration and anxiety; performs a greater number of specific and complex counselor duties and maintains a larger caseload as skills are acquired during training program; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Knowledge of individual and group behavior; knowledge of reciprocal relationship between individuals and their social, economic and cultural environment; some knowledge of counseling and interviewing techniques; some knowledge of cultural competencies and ethical standards; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to interpret policies and procedures; ability to relate to different cultural and economic backgrounds; ability to organize time, set priorities and manage workload, ability to utilize computer software.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Possession of a Bachelor's or Master’s degree in counseling, criminal justice, psychology, sociology, or social work.

Note: Candidates cannot be appointed until all degree requirements are completed.

PROMOTION

Incumbents in this class will be eligible for promotion without further competitive examination upon completion of a two year period of training and satisfactory service in the promoting agency.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Incumbents in this class may be required to successfully complete a formal training course in correctional work to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the class.
  2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
  3. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
  4. Incumbents in this class may be required to speak a foreign language.

CHARACTER REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be made before persons are certified for appointment.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Incumbents in this class must have general good health, be free from any disease or injury which would impair health or usefulness and possess and retain sufficient physical strength, stamina, agility, endurance and visual and auditory acuity required to perform all the duties of the class.
  2. A comprehensive medical examination, including a controlled substance screening, will be required of all applicants upon a conditional offer of employment.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Incumbents in this class may be exposed to a considerable degree of danger of injury or assault by offenders.

APPOINTMENT

Appointment to positions in this class will be for a period not to exceed six months past the required period of training for the target class.

COMPENSATION GUIDELINES

First Year of Training          CO 07    Step 1 
Second Year of Training  CO 07    Step 3 

NOTE:  Appointments to positions in this class for current state employees will be in accordance with the guidelines for computing salary adjustments set forth by the Department of Administrative Services, Determining Salary Upon Change in Class.

JOB CLASS DESIGNATION

Classified/Non-Competitive

OCCUPATIONAL GROUP

(06)-Counseling

BARGAINING UNIT

(08)-CORR OFFICERS (NP-4)

EEO

(4)-Protective Service

SALARY INFORMATION

CO 07

CANCELLATION CLAUSE

This replaces the existing specification for the class of Correctional Counselor Trainee in Salary Group CO 07 approved effective August 7, 2015. (Revised to modify Promotion section)

EFFECTIVE DATE

3/17/2017

CLASS: 1769CO; EST: 11/22/1996; REV: 3/17/2017;