Intervention Specialist Polk JAC

Characteristics of Position:

This is a professional clinical position in a human services agency providing alcohol, drug abuse, mental health or juvenile justice services.  Intervention Specialists provide appropriate assessment, intervention, and documentation. Services may be provided in a secure Juvenile Assessment Center setting, ACTS offices, Department of Juvenile Justice offices, or other community settings.

Core Competencies

Communications - Communicate with supervisor and established chain of command regarding daily operations and/or incidents; document all required information in a clear, legible, timely, concise and accurate manner.

Relationship - Respects authority; models direct and clear communications with peers, clients and subordinates; culturally aware and respectful of differences.

Administrative - Precisely documents events and transactions specific to job duties in approved Agency formats; understands and adheres to administration and program operating procedures.

Technical - Utilizes Agency communication devices and information technology as a business tool; proficient, as required, in the use of Outlook, DATIS, Train Caster, and related IT systems and software applications.

Business Acumen - Adheres to agency policies.

Professional - Behaves ethically; presents a professional image in appearance, communications and demeanor; adheres to Agency scheduling policy; follows activity schedules; committed to personal professional development

Analytical - Establish a helping relationship with administrative and program management.

Leadership - Seek to participate in effective approaches and training to enhance job skills; seek opportunities to mentor new staff; ability to recognize unsafe behaviors, situations, environments; acts to maintain the safety and well-being of persons receiving services, staff and community members.

Prerequisite Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in criminal justice, social work, or closely related human services field

All ACTS, Inc. employees must be able and willing to work when expected to accommodate program and/or agency needs, participate in the agency?s Quality Improvement Program and attend all assigned/required trainings, practice on-the-job safety at all times, and demonstrate the ability to communicate and work with others and be respectful of peers, supervisors, clients, guests, etc. If required by contract or administrative rule, must fully participate in NAPPI (crisis intervention) training and able to apply same to work setting.

Preferred Attributes:  

Experience counseling adolescents/young adults

Bilingual (English/Spanish)

Physical /Safety/Health Considerations:  Standing, walking, carrying, stooping, speaking, and listening

Incentives and Differentials:  n/a

Quality of Work Expected:  Level commensurate with satisfactory intervention specialist performance

Quantity of Work ExpectedCommensurate with level necessary to fully meet obligations

SupervisionThis position does not provide supervision to others, and reports to the Program Supervisor.

Scope of Responsibilities:

Adhere to regulatory bodies and licensing rules, guidelines and established protocols to carry out all duties required by contract, licensure, accreditation, and certification relative to agency, program, service assignment and agency designated models of service delivery.

Core Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

Receive referrals from Juvenile Probation Officers and schedule appointments with youths

Assess referred youths and complete a written interpretive summary within ten days of referral

Enter required documentation and data into ACTS and DJJ systems within mandatory time frames

  • Develop recommendations taking into consideration such characteristics as age, gender, primary language, disability, developmental level, sexual orientation or identity, ethnicity, and health status

Communicate recommendations for ongoing services to youths and families, and involved DJJ personnel

Provide assistance to link youths and families with recommended services

Refer youths to psychological evaluation as needed and assist families to schedule appointment

Provide substance abuse prevention education to youths

Maintain documentation for assigned clients and manage records in compliance with requirements of contract, licensure, and accreditation

Participate in peer review and provide direction and professional development as appropriate.

Perform related work as required /assigned.


The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to position.

ACTS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.