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Juvenile Court Counselor Trainee

uvenile Court Counselor Trainee - New Step Pay Plan



$40,000.00 - $67,404.00 Annually



Statewide, NC

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Permanent Full-Time

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Dept of Public Safety



Juvenile Justice

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Job Class Title


Juvenile Court Counselor

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Juvenile Justice

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Description of Work



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We are looking for candidates who have a passion for helping court-involved youth.  


We are Working Together to Strengthen North Carolina’s Youth and Families!


This is a full-time position (40 hours per week)




 This job classification also qualifies for the employee Referral Bonus program.   


                          If you were referred to this job posting by a current DPS employee, and you are eventually hired, that employee could qualify for a referral bonus.




We offer great Benefits!


Various option packages will enhance your quality of life, health, wellness, and future. Some examples are Vacation, twelve Paid Holidays and Paid Parental Leave as well as Health Insurance, Disability (Short and Long Term) Insurance and Dental Insurance.  For a full list of Benefits, please click on this LINK


The trainee appointment for the Juvenile Court Counselor follows a step progression pay plan. Pay increases follow the following timeline: 

Minimum starting pay (Bachelor's degree only)


6 months into training program


12 months into training program


18 months into training program


24 months into training program












*$42,025 is the starting salary for applicants with related Master's degrees


Once fully qualified, trainees will be eligible for continued professional development, in-service trainings and workshops, and a salary increase to at least $44,099. It is expected that Juvenile Court Counselor Trainees that perform successfully during their Trainee appointment will be moved into a permanent position as a Juvenile Court Counselor.  


Juvenile Court Counselors enjoy annual salary increases with a step pay plan!  Your initial salary is based on your total months of related education and experience above the minimum requirements (related Bachelor's degree and 24 months or equivalent combination of education and experience).  As you gain related experience, not only will your pay continue to increase, but you may qualify for promotional opportunities as well.  There are many opportunities for promotional advancement within Juvenile Justice!




Related Education & Experience Months Over Minimum


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What are the duties of a Juvenile Court Counselor Trainee?


Juvenile Court Counselor Trainee positions assist in providing case management services, counseling, and supervision of adjudicated or delinquent juveniles to ensure compliance with court ordered dispositions.


As a Juvenile Court Counselor Trainee, work will include:

  • Gaining progressively complex exposure to the juvenile justice field, court proceedings, case management, system(s) of care. and areas related to juvenile and family dynamics and wellbeing
  • Opportunities to receive certifications in the trainee's field of work
  • Shadowing other Juvenile Court Counselors performing their duties and working on their caseloads
  • Coordinating services for juveniles and families
  • Preparing and presenting court recommendations
  • Developing skills and confidence to carry a caseload and perform the job duties of a Juvenile Court Counselor independently

Trainee appointments include participating in a 6 to 24-month training progression, in which trainees are assigned to a progressive career development program under supervision which is designed to ensure trainees develop an overall understanding of their role and its impact over time. 

To apply for a Juvenile Court Counselor Trainee position, click here.

This posting is for Juvenile Court Counselor positions throughout the state. There may or may not be vacancies in the District(s) of your top choices.  

Note to Current State Employees:The salary grade for this position is NC09.  State employees are encouraged to apply for positions of interest even if the salary grade is the same as, or lower than, their current position. If education and experience, funding availability, and internal equity. Based upon these factors, a pay increase MAY result.


About the Division of Juvenile Justice:


The Mission of Juvenile Justice is to reduce and prevent juvenile delinquency by effectively intervening, educating and treating youth in order to strengthen families and increase public safety.


The Division of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is committed to the reduction and prevention of juvenile delinquency by effectively intervening, educating and treating youth in order to strengthen families and increase public safety.  If you have a passion for making a difference in the lives of North Carolina's youth, we would welcome you to be part of the team.  To learn more about Juvenile Justice, please go to this LINK.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NC DPS): The mission of DPS is to safeguard and preserve the lives and property of the people of North Carolina through prevention, protection, and preparation with integrity and honor. Included in this department are Alcohol Law Enforcement, Emergency Management, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, NC National Guard, State Capitol Police, State Highway Patrol and many others.  DPS is comprised of approximately 6,000 permanent positions and nearly 13,000 NC National Guard temporary positions.


If you are interested in becoming a Juvenile Court Counselor but do not yet meet the Education and Experience Requirements, consider becoming a Juvenile Court Counselor Trainee! Click here to learn more about this special opportunity, it's pay plan, and other important information. Applications for BOTH Juvenile Court Counselor and Juvenile Court Counselor Trainee positions will be accepted within this posting.




Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies



The Knowledge, Skills and Abilities listed below, along with the Minimum Education and Experience requirements, are REQUIRED to qualify for this position.  We will not review resumes in lieu of Experience and Education listed on the application.  Click these links for additional information:

Introduction to the Job Application and Addressing Knowledge, Skills and Abilities.  

(Note: These links were created for applicants of Dept. of Public Safety jobs and may not reflect the policies or procedures of other State agencies.)

To qualify for this position, applicants must document on the application that they possess ALL of the following:




  • Knowledge of at least one of the following that contributes to an adolescent's development: family dynamics, group norms, behavioral problems or challenges, and/or socioeconomic or psychosocial problems which impact juveniles
  • Knowledge of various factors that may contribute to juvenile delinquency
  • Experience using strategies or approaches to address behavioral, socioeconomic, and/or psychosocial problems
  • Experience with case management

Management Preferences:


  • Experience with public speaking
  • Experience applying different counseling approaches and crisis intervention practices to a variety of situations
  • Knowledge of and/or experience working with a system of care

PLEASE NOTE: Juvenile Court Counselor Trainee applicants do not need to meet Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required to qualify.


Knowledge and experience gained in educational classes or experiences, internships, or volunteer work will meet Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required for this position as long as they are documented within the application or within attached transcripts.



Minimum Education and Experience Requirements



Some state job postings say you can qualify by an “equivalent combination of education and experience.”  If that language appears below, then you may qualify through EITHER years of education OR years of directly related experience, OR a combination of both. See for details.


Master's degree from an appropriately accredited institution




Bachelor's degree from an appropriately accredited institution


Applications for this position will be accepted 90 days before graduation from a degree program. 


Please list all work experience in order for you to receive maximum credit.  This will be directly related to a possible salary offer.
Necessary Special Qualification:Applicants for positions designated as Juvenile Justice Officers are subject to and must meet the hiring and training standards established by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission, as defined in Title 12, Chapter 9 of the NC Administrative Code, by the statutory authority of GS 17C.


Selected applicant must attend and successfully complete and pass the Juvenile Justice Officer Basic Training certification program. The certification requires four weeks to complete and is comprised of classroom and physically demanding training. This training is carried out at regional training centers and requires consecutive overnight stays. In addition the selected candidate must:




·Have or be able to obtain required documentation for certification as a Juvenile Justice Officer (i.e. a diploma).


·Pass a Criminal Background check


·Pass a Drug Screening test


·Pass a Psychological test


·Pass a Sexual Risk Screening test


·Pass a Physical (to include Vision and Hearing)


·Be a US citizen


·Be at least 20 years of age


·Have a valid driver's license

Please click here for additional certification requirement information.

Supplemental and Contact Information

To apply for a Juvenile Court Counselor Trainee position, click here.