About Position

Perform professional duties pertinent to the intake, counseling, treatment, and case management of inmates within the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office jail facilities. Inmate rehabilitation is provided primarily through substance abuse treatment programs with other supplemental life skills classes. Incumbents must be able to facilitate adult inmate counseling and education within both group and individual settings.

Duties & Responsibilities

Note: Depending on assigned responsibilities, employees may perform some or all of the duties below.

  • Interview adult inmates via psychosocial assessment, interpret the results, and create a tailored treatment plan with inmate.
  • Counsel inmates regarding program requirements and behavioral expectations of the inmate during program participation through the initial inmate orientation and continuous reminders (e.g., one-on-one sessions, group sessions).
  • Facilitate psychoeducational groups and individual counseling on a daily basis for topics (e.g., substance abuse, domestic violence, parenting, life skills) that provide skills towards rehabilitating inmates.
  • Perform administrative duties such as the preparation and update of case files (e.g., week-ending notes) and progress reports; complete and submit other necessary forms and reports generated during an inmate’s participation in the program as needed.
  • Review and maintain accountability of the maintenance of client history files.
  • Communicate with various agency representatives (e.g., Court System, Department of Corrections, Department of Children and Families (DCF)), to facilitate the coordination of services and gathering of needed information.
  • Create a tailored aftercare plan with inmate making referrals for community resources to assure a smooth transition upon release.
  • Perform administrative duties such as the preparation and update of case record information and close out procedures of case records when inmates complete or are terminated from the program.
  • Participate in staff meetings.
  • Assist in the enhancement and development of public and private community linkages that will facilitate a smooth transition for inmates released back into the community.
  • Assist in the preparation of statistical and narrative reports documenting program activities, progress toward meeting stated goals and objectives, future program strategies, and outcomes.
  • Participate in various in-service training programs and other trainings in the community.
  • May train other professional personnel.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of individual and group counseling methods and techniques.
  • Considerable knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations concerning treatment and educational programs.
  • Considerable knowledge of physiological, psychological, and sociological aspects of alcohol and other drug abuse and dependency.
  • Considerable knowledge of needs, problems, attitudes, and behavior patterns of substance abuse clients.
  • Considerable knowledge of human behavior, social problems, and community resources.
  • Considerable knowledge of professional ethics related to the counseling profession.
  • Skill in the application of interviewing techniques.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.
  • Ability to identify and determine individual treatment needs.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to clinically review and supervise the maintenance of client files.
  • Ability to administer and interpret test results.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to solve problems.
  • Ability to interpret laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Ability to work in a jail environment of inmates without reacting in a negative manner and project a professional image at all times.

Required Minimum Education & Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited* institution of higher education with preferred major in counseling, social work, psychology, or related human services field.
  • Four years of professional level experience in substance abuse counseling; mental or behavioral health counseling, or clinical social work with an adult population.
OR
  • A master's degree or higher from an accredited* institution of higher education with preferred major in counseling, social work, psychology, or related human services field.
  • Three years of professional experience in substance abuse counseling; mental or behavioral health counseling, or clinical social work with an adult population.
 
*Accreditation must be from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) accredited and/or the US Department of Education (USDE)
 

Preferred Education & Experience

  • Five years experience in group facilitation.
  • Five years experience working in Substance Abuse/Mental Health counseling, Group/Individual counseling sessions and life skills education classes. 
  • Five years experience with completing Psycho-social assessments, weekly progress notes and treatment plans.

Additional Job Requirements

  • Depending on assignment, employees may be required to possess a valid Florida Driver License at time of employment. Driving history will be thoroughly reviewed and may be grounds for disqualification.
  • No visible tattoos on face. Tattoos on hands, neck, or arms must be covered with white, black, or neutral colored covering.
  • No illegal drug sale within lifetime.
  • No illegal drug use within the past 36 months. No marijuana use within the last 24 months.
  • No felony convictions within lifetime.
  • No misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statement, or domestic violence within lifetime.
  • No dishonorable discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Coast Guard, National Guard, or Reserve Forces.
  • Successful completion of a criminal background investigation including polygraph; reference, employment, and neighborhood checks; medical evaluation; and drug screening.

We believe that diversity and inclusion among our applicants and employees is critical to our success as a community partner. We seek to offer employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, physical/mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, and military/veteran status. We proudly recognize veterans' preference and are committed to a drug-free and tobacco-free workplace. Job information is updated daily at noon.