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Education Counselor

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Location: Cleveland, TX
Job ID: 49181
Facility: Oliver J Bell Unit

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Begin a meaningful career in corrections with Management & Training Corporation at the Oliver J. Bell Unit located in Cleveland, Texas. At Bell, our foundation is based upon the philosophies of caring about others, giving back and making a social impact. We provide a safe and secure working environment for our staff while helping an at-risk population receive the tools necessary for success on their road back to a healthy, productive life. In addition to competitive wages and an opportunity to impact lives.

MTC team members enjoy a variety of benefits including:
  • Medical, vision, and prescription drug benefits
  • Dental benefits
  • Life insurance
  • Accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability benefits
  • 401(k) retirement plan
  • Employee assistance program
  • Paid time off (PTO)
  • Paid holidays
  • Bereavement leave
  • Civic duty and military leave
  • Travel insurance
  • Education assistance
Position Summary:
Reports to the principal. Responsible for coordinating the placement of offenders in an educational environment most conducive to their educational needs. Coordinate all testing and counseling activities with the unit principal in compliance with Management & Training Corporation (MTC) and Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) directives.

Essential Functions:
1. Review detailed background file, provide orientation to new offenders regarding educational opportunities and requirements, conduct personal interview and test as necessary to analyze and recommend a program for each assigned offender; refer offenders to other program areas as appropriate.
2. Maintains status as General Educational Diploma (GED) examiner at all levels: Texas Education Agency (TEA) and General Educational Diploma Testing Service (GEDTS).
3. Coordinates unit-testing program for GED and TEA.
4. Coordinate all counseling activities with the principal.
5. Provide small groups, large groups, as well as classroom guidance and counseling on values, selfesteem, goals, manners, rules and other rehabilitative topics.
6. Conduct continuous interpretation and evaluation of progress in offender’s specific development program.
7. Utilize new concepts and approaches; recommend and conduct training sessions and conferences to develop greater proficiency among staff in the area of guidance and social adjustment.
8. Utilize and establish community linkages and resources as needed.
9. Assist in the evaluation of facility services for offenders and recommend modifications for improvement.
10. Regular and predictable attendance is required.
11. Promote the development of positive social skills through modeling appropriate behaviors and intervening when inappropriate behaviors are observed; provide regular feedback to staff regarding social skills procedures and intervention techniques.
12. Maintain accountability of offenders and property; adhere to safety practices.
It is expected that the incumbent shall perform other duties as assigned within his/her capabilities as determined by management.

Education and Experience Requirements:
Master's Degree from a college or university accredited by an organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education accreditation (CHEA) or United States Department of Education (USDE) and State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) Professional School Counselor certificate or be eligible for a probationary certificate. Probationary certificate requirements: • Bachelor's degree or higher; and • Letter from a college or university indicating probationary requirements have been met by acceptance in the certification program. Valid driver’s license in the state of Texas with an acceptable driving record required, unless waived by management. 

Post Hire Requirements: Must successfully complete annual in-service training requirements and pass an annual background check, both of which must be approved by TDCJ.

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