Careers At National Center for Children & Families

Youth Counselor (Greentree Adolescent Program)

Department: Administration
Location: Bethesda, MD

The Youth Counselor is responsible for providing supervision of the residential care of adolescents and line staff in accordance with program guidelines and expectations.* This Youth Counselor has additional responsibilities of ensuring that therapeutic recreational activities are created for GAP.  This counselor will also assist in vehicle maintenance.

We have a current need for an Awake Overnight Counselor.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Coordinates with program staff, residents, volunteer coordinator, and community volunteers to develop consistent, therapeutic, recreational on- and off-campus group activities.  One monthly/quarterly group activity should include a volunteer project for all residents

2. Identifies individual recreational and volunteer activity needs and resources for residents and coordinates with staff to ensure resident participates in such individual activities. 3. Submits monthly projected recreational budget and calendar of scheduled events for approval to Program Manager 

4. Creates and completes comprehensive recreational assessments with newly admitted residents.  Conducts regular focus groups with residents to identify recreational desires of GAP.

5. Acts as vehicle maintenance liaison (including gas and mileage use) and conducts weekly inspection.  Informs in writing, all vehicle concerns to management and provides monthly vehicle report and corrective action status.

6. Provides coordination of structured daily living activities and supervision of young people and line staff in the residential unit.  Ensures that scheduled activities occur as planned.

7. Provides for the overall safety and care of residents through appropriate supervision of their activities.

8. Teaches adolescents adaptive, pro-social skills and responses.  Uses independent living assessment to address the residents’ strengths and weaknesses and develops plan for accomplishing tasks to achieve treatment goals.

9. Provides behavior management and crisis intervention as required.

10. Assists the adolescents in meeting their social, emotional, physical, spiritual, recreational and educational needs.

11. Works as part of the Treatment Team to develop and implement the Individual Program Plan.

12. Counsel the adolescents weekly on individual goals and family issues.

13. Provides on-call assistance as assigned.

14. Completes appropriate documentation in a timely fashion.

15. Dispenses medication to residents as needed.

16. Provides transportation to school, medical appointments, etc. as needed.

Non-Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Acts as a liaison with outside agencies including schools, social services systems, judicial systems, and other organizations as necessary.  Advocates for the needs of residents.

2. Other duties as assigned.  


1. College degree (BS or BA) with one year related experience (experience may be substituted for degree).

2. Strong commitment to teamwork and to serving difficult, vulnerable youth and their families.

3. An attitude and maturity compatible with the goals and purposes of the National Center for Children and Families.

Work Schedule: 40 hours per week, as assigned
 Supervisor: Manager, Child Care Services

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