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  • 504500
  • Full-time


Committed to rehabilitating Arizona's youth!

The mission of the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC) 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: $51,817.58 

Grade: 19

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

The Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC) is searching for a Psychology Associate 2 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 individual, group, and family counseling; assisting in the development of individual treatment plans; and evaluating high risk/ suicidal youth. This is a great opportunity for individuals with a Masters Degree working toward obtaining their Doctorate.  Opportunity in gaining professional experience and education while working in the correctional environment.  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 Psychology Associate 2 include, but are not limited to the following:
-Providing individual, group, and family counseling sessions
-Evaluating high risk/ suicidal youth to determine the potential for self-injury or injury to others
-Administering, scoring, and interpreting psychological tests
-Attending team and/or board meetings to make recommendations regarding the release of a youth
-Assisting in the development of individual treatment plans
-Making unit research recommendations

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
-Psychological testing in the areas of administration, scoring, interpretation and report writing
-Methods, techniques, and procedures of psychological counseling and therapy
-Research methods and statistics
-Research design

Skill in:
-Written and verbal communication
-Case management and interpersonal relations
-Computer operation, and software to include the Microsoft Office and Google Suites
-Establishing and maintaining professional work relationships

Ability to:
-Write effective summaries and reports
-Comply with Federal, State and Agency rules and regulations
-Work closely with adjudicated youth in a secure institutional setting
-Manage stressful situations
-Drive on state business
-Work in a correctional environment

Selective Preference(s):

Master's Degree required and current, active Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (AZBBHE) license must be current and active to engage in the practice of behavioral health in the State of Arizona (See Arizona Revised Statute §32-3271-4) AZBBHE licensure is a condition of continued employment.


Completed course work for Doctorate Program including completion of practicum hours in behavioral health

Preferred candidate will have one or more of the following:

-Two years specialty treatment experience with juveniles or young adults in one or more of the following:  Substance Abuse Treatment, Sexual Behavior, Mental Health, Severe Conduct Disorder

Pre-Employment Requirements:

The Psychology Associate 2 position requires that applicants successfully complete the following:
-Oral Interview
-Comprehensive Background Investigation
-Drug Test

Additional Requirements:
All candidates must possess and retain, a current valid Arizona Driver License**
**Please Note: Employees who drive on state business are subject to motor vehicle record checks, and must maintain an acceptable driving record. Employees will be required to complete any required driver training as needed (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12).


As an employee of the Department of Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections you will be entitled to a comprehensive benefits package that can become effective as soon as two weeks after starting!

Benefits include:
-Paid sick leave, 12 days per year with no carryover limits
-Paid vacation leave which includes 10 holidays per year
-Competitive Health Plans including the Triple Choice Plan (TCP) provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield AZ and –United Health Care
-Delta Dental PPO and Cigna DHMO Dental Plans
-Avesis Vision Plan

Additional benefits include:
-Available 24/7 Telemedicine
-Flexible Spending Accounts for eligible medical, dental, vision, and dependent care expenses
-Long-Term Disability which pays 66⅔% of weekly pre-disability earnings
-Optional Short-Term Disability which pays up to 66⅔% of your weekly pre-disability earnings
-Life Insurance: $15,000 Basic Life and $15,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment paid by the State
-Optional Supplemental Life and Dependent Life Insurance available

Employee Wellness:
-Health Impact Program: Earn up to $200 annually by participating in free preventative health screenings, immunizations, lifestyle/mindfulness classes, and physical activities
-Employee Assistance Program (EAP): 12 free mental health counseling sessions per year, and available 24/7 support for work/life solutions, dependent/elder care, college planning, wills, legal guidance, financial resources, funeral planning and more

Additional benefits include:
-Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA) approved EMDR training
-Linehan Institute’s intensive DBT training
-Yearly CEU/tuition/training reimbursement
-State licensure renewal cost reimbursement
-Clinical supervision towards independent licensure
-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


Psychology Associate 2 positions participate in the Corrections Officer Retirement Plan (CORP).

-CORP Tier 3 is a Defined Contribution, 401 (a) retirement plan
-New members have the opportunity to define their contribution amount
-Employer contributes a dollar-for-dollar match equal to 5% of a member's salary
-Employees are fully vested after 3 years of service

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.