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  • 504584
  • Full-time


Committed to rehabilitating Arizona's youth

The mission of the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections is to rehabilitate seriously delinquent youth by providing appropriate and effective educational, treatment, pro-social and career training programs which will lead them to become productive law-abiding members of society.



Job Location:

The Adobe Mountain School (AMS) is a 24/7 facility that is fully accredited as a public education agency/school district. AMS is located approximately 19 miles north of downtown Phoenix, at the intersection of I-17 and West Pinnacle Peak Road.

Adobe Mountain School
2800 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85027

Posting Details:

Salary: $74,000.00 - $84,000.00*

*Plus 20% Critical Services Premium Pay Stipend (Reflected in each paycheck, for the remainder of the current fiscal year ending on June 30, 2022)


15 % Critical Services Pay (Temporary payment which can be discontinued at any time)  

Grade: 23

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

The Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC) is searching for a Psychologist 3 candidate who is committed to making a difference in the lives of Arizona's youth. An individual who is ready for a rewarding career, providing psychological evaluations, conducting diagnostic assessments, and overseeing counseling sessions for incarcerated youth. By joining the ADJC team, you will have the unique opportunity to work with like-minded professionals who are dedicated to rehabilitating Arizona's youth.

Job Duties:

The job functions of a Psychologist 3 include, but are not limited to the following:

-Provides psychological treatment and counseling for youth, individuals and groups; conducts psychological evaluations/risk assessments and develops, implements and evaluates Individual Treatment Plans; maintains accurate documentation; and evaluates and documents consultations regarding youth who exhibit signs of or who verbalize intent to harm others or themselves (DTO/DTS) to ensure the safety of youth and staff. Admitting youth into special treatment programs

-Participates in clinical treatment planning for youth; admits youth into specialized treatment programs; provides clinical oversight in the absence of the Clinical Director; develops and maintains psychological program youth files including treatment plans, progress notes, reports, and case summaries; and responds to crisis calls after hours on a rotational basis. Responds to crisis calls after hours on a rotational basis

-Conducts/reviews research in areas of mental health, sex offender treatment, and recidivism, psychology and special needs of youth population and presents case study reviews to members of clinical team; and provides court testimony as an expert witness

-Promotes cooperation and dialogue with facility departments/staff through meetings, staffing’s, special activities, and consultation; and reviews programming effectiveness and makes recommendations for improvements

-Participates in professional development activities, including in-service training to program staff, develops, implements, and evaluates training: participates in conferences and professional organizational activities; and maintains continuing education credits

-Provides supervision and clinical oversight to doctoral level interns, practicum students, and master's level clinicians who are working towards advanced licensure. Provides administrative assistance by reviewing treatment plans and progress notes for quality, accuracy, and compliance

-Other duties are assigned as related to the position

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
-Principles, techniques and trends in psychology, with particular reference to normal and disordered behavior, human development, motivation, personality, learning individual differences, and adaptation and social interaction

-Evidence-based mental health and special program protocols

-Administration and integration of empirically supported screening and assessment instruments appropriate for the juvenile offender population with mental health needs

-Gender specific evidence-based interventions

-Techniques and procedures for psychological counseling and therapy

-Comprehensive knowledge of psychological screening, testing and evaluations

-Contemporary thoughts and trends in psychology, sociology and mental health

-Research methods and techniques to include data analysis and psychological measurements

-Performance Management (PM), Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Process Improvement methodologies

-Principles of personnel management, supervision, and public administration

Skill in:
-Administering certified psychological evaluations

-Providing psychological treatment and counseling to individuals and groups in accordance with professional and ethical standards

-Preparation of court ordered evaluations

-Providing appropriate counseling services to youth and their families

-Developing and administering specialized treatment plans and programming for youth

-Conducting research and data analysis and program

-Computer operation, and software to include the Microsoft Office and Google Suites

-Written and verbal communication

-Establishing and maintaining professional work relationships

-Case management

-Establishing and maintaining interpersonal relations

-Report writing

Ability to:
-Supervise, lead, train, hire, and evaluate clinical staff

-Develop treatment strategies in cooperation with other departments

-Work effectively with and consult with a multidisciplinary team

-Evaluate the effectiveness of treatment programs and recommend improvements

-Comply with Federal, State and Agency rules and regulations

-Work closely with adjudicated youth in a secure institutional setting

-Manage stressful situations

-Write summaries and reports of professional quality, perform counseling and therapy services with individuals and groups

-Provide clinical oversight to professionals and paraprofessionals

-Drive on state business

Selective Preference(s):

The preferred candidate would have two years of post-doctoral experience working with emotionally or behaviorally disordered mentally deficient youth, with specialty training in one of the following areas: Juvenile Residential Sexual Behavior Treatment Programs, Juvenile Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Programs, or Juvenile Residential Mental Health Programs.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

The Psychologist 3 position requires that applicants successfully complete the following:
-Oral Interview
-Comprehensive background investigation
-Drug Test


As an employee of ADJC you will be entitled to a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
-Paid sick leave of 12 days per year with no carryover limits
-Paid vacation 13 days and 10 holidays per year
-$1,500 in tuition assistance, per fiscal year (subject to funds availability)
-Medical Triple Choice Plans (TCP) provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield AZ and United Health Care
-Delta Dental PPO and Cigna DHMO Dental Plans
-Avesis Vision Plan
-Available 24/7 Telemedicine
-Flexible Spending Accounts for eligible medical, dental, vision, and dependent care expenses
-Long-Term Disability and optional Short-Term Disability
-Life Insurance: $15,000 Basic Life and $15,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment paid by the State, with optional Supplemental Life and -Dependent Life Insurance available

Additional benefits include:
-Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA) approved EMDR training
Linehan Institute’s intensive DBT training
-$1,500 yearly CEU reimbursement
-State licensure renewal cost reimbursement
-Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

Mental Health Matters!
All eligible ADJC employees can participate in the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which includes 12 free mental health-counseling sessions per year; Additionally EAP also offers available 24/7 support for work/life solutions, dependent/elder care, college planning, wills, legal guidance, financial resources, funeral planning and more

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


The Psychologist 3 position participates in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).

-Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of state employment

Learn More:

To learn more about the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections, please visit our website at: https://adjc.az.gov/.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 602-364-1023. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.