State of Washington Classified Job Specification
YOUTH ACADEMY COUNSELING & COORDINATOR SPECIALIST 3
Assists in the development, planning, and administration of a behavioral, academic, and life skills counseling program that will help Academy participants succeed in the program and give them the knowledge and tools to become mature young adults, socially responsible citizens, and productive members of society;
Conducts individual and group counseling sessions that help Academy participants develop personal discipline, self esteem, life coping skills, drug and alcohol education, career/vocational planning, etc.;
Participates in screening and interviewing applicants to the WYA and assists in selecting candidates who have the best chance of success in meeting their individual and program goals;
Works with individuals identified as having mental, emotional, or behavioral issues to help them develop and reinforce coping mechanisms and socially acceptable behaviors;
Makes recommendations concerning Academy participant training, duties, or separation from the program when in the best interest of the Washington Youth Academy;
Recommends and conducts training for other WYA staff members on methods of dealing with different Academy participant behaviors, anger management issues, problems with self esteem, etc.;
Gathers and analyzes program data on demographics, performance, trends, etc. that will assist in operational and strategic planning;
Assists in the analysis of Serious Incident Reports to determine cause, effect, and develops future preventive policies and procedures;
May lead or supervise lower-level staff;
Performs other duties as required.
Individuals working with at-risk youth in a residential setting must take and pass pre-employment and periodic drug tests as outlined by Agency policies and procedures.
Individuals working with at-risk youth in a residential setting must complete and pass pre-employment and periodic background checks as outlined by Agency policies and procedures.
A Master’s degree with a major in counseling and an Educational Staff Associate certification School Counselor from the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Class Specification History
Base range salary adjustment adopted 06/29/2022, effective 07/01/2022.
Revised typical work, desirable qualification, effective 07/01/2022.