The Department is looking for mature, resourceful, compassionate, strong-minded individuals to work with delinquent young people. We operate five youth development centers (long-term residential treatment) andnine detention centers (short-term secure custody) which provide supervision, daily care, education, and appropriate treatment. Weemploy juvenile care workers, psychologists, recreation workers, teachers, chaplains, managers and supervisors. These positions require criminal justice officer certification by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.
The young people you will be working with as an employee of the Department have been adjudicated delinquent or have been ordered held in secure custody by a judge until their case is heard in court. They often have emotional and behavioral problems that have developed over a period of time as they have grown from children into adolescents. The average age of the youth in our care is fifteen years old.
No matter what your job title or assignment is at our facilities, you will be working in contact with difficult, impulsive, sometimes aggressive young people who have generally not developed adequate social skills, lack conflict resolution ability, and have school failure in their background.
Research in the field of juvenile justice shows that the single most effective intervention in the lives of even the most troubled young people is interaction with caring, consistent, adult role models. Working with these young people presents daily challenges. For those who stick with it and learn how to meet those daily challenges with energy and resourceful compassion, it becomes more than a job. It can become the most rewarding work you will ever do. We invite you to join us in helping troubled young people turn their lives around!