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  • Schenectady, NY
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Residential Counselor - New Directions - $1,000 sign-on bonus!

Now that we have your attention, we want to tell you that we also offer our employees great benefits like medical, dental, vision, life insurance, tuition reimbursement (after only 6 months of employment) and a very generous time off package! Sign-on bonus is payable in two parts. 


This is a brand new program! New Directions is a residential treatment option serving 8 young women, ages 16 and 17, at our Residential Treatment Center in the Niskayuna area. These adolescents historically have entered the criminal justice system for non-violent offenses prior to the enactment of Raise the Age legislation in the state. This position will be part of a multidisciplinary team that delivers an innovative program model to help young women address factors that lead to criminal behavior and work toward successful community reintegration. 


Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: 


  • Work within trauma informed framework of program, including identifying and using coping/safety plans, maintaining consistency, providing
    regular routine, and controlling own response to youth.
  • Understand and apply the general framework and expected outcomes of the various treatment models used with the youth, including DBT, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, ARC, ART, and Girls’ Circle, to help build protective domains and diminish negative behaviors to decrease the rate of recidivism, all while working as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team.
  • Provide a safe environment for the youth on this unit through structure, consistency, and predictability.
  • Understand, interpret, and apply the various evidence-based assessment tools in use on the unit.
  • Engage and form positive relationship with all youth served.
  • Complete all mandatory trainings according to programmatic guidelines.
  • Display basic competency in TCI techniques.
  • Follow outlined program routines, therapeutic plans of youth, and program rules and protocols.
  • Work as part of a team including colleague residential counselors, clinicians, on line on call, supervisors, and other administrative and functional support staff.
  • Maintain respectful and appropriate communication with internal and external customers, including county workers, medical staff, parents etc.
  • Complete and maintain documentation to meet programmatic and regulatory standards.
  • Maintain the physical order and therapeutic environment of the unit.
  • Be prepared to work as a 1:1 staff person as assigned for any youth in different settings, including the dorm, school, home, and/or community. 
  • Transport clients for medical, mental health, and other essential needs.


This position will be expected to stay current with literature and current trends in the juvenile justice field through training (at least 6 training units a year obtained through SATRI or another approved provider in pertinent coursework), and be able to report back to their supervisor how it applies to their work and population. This training is in addition to agency and regulatory body mandated training.  




  • Bachelor’s degree, plus at least six months of experience, OR Associates degree plus one year of experience, OR High School plus three years of experience is required.
  • Must be 21 years of age or older as per regulatory requirements.
  • Experience with adolescents in the juvenile justice system is desired; experience with vulnerable populations will be considered.
  • Valid and clean driver’s license is required.

If you’ve got the talent, drive and desire to make a real difference in your community, you need to be a part of Northern Rivers Family of services. We’re a family of human service agencies united in our passion to help the children, adults, and families of the Capital Region and beyond. Northern Rivers and member organizations Northeast Parent & Child Society and Parsons Child & Family Center are powered by a 1,400-strong workforce. We’re developing innovative new treatments to help clients achieve success, believe in themselves, and follow their dreams. We provide more than 70 programs and services to more than 14,000 people each year in 36 counties throughout New York State. Join us and change lives, including yours. 

As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer, Northern Rivers Family of Services will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, transgender status, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, physical and mental disability, criminal record, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, status with respect to receiving public assistance, domestic violence victim status, a disabled, special, recently separated, active duty wartime, campaign badge, Armed Forces service medal veteran, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law. 

The Company will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.