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  • 509458
  • 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 is a secure care juvenile correctional facility for the custody, treatment, rehabilitation, and education of committed youth. The Adobe Mountain School is fully accredited as a public education agency or school district, and is located approximately 19 miles north of downtown Phoenix.

Adobe Mountain School
2800 W. Pinnacle Peak Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85027


Posting Details:

Salary: $62,181.10 - $72,410.00

Grade: 19


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. 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:

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

Perform other duties as assigned

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):

MUST POSSESS: Master's Degree required AND 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 toward 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

* 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.


Pre-Employment Requirements:

Requires possession of, and ability to retain a current valid Arizona-issued driver’s license. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license records checks, maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12).

The selected candidate is required to successfully complete the following:
1.Panel Interview
2.Comprehensive Background Investigation
4.Drug Screening

Arizona residency is required for this position.

Current State of Arizona employees: In order to be considered for this position, it requires acceptable performance history as demonstrated by no formal discipline within one year preceding this job posting close date, and an overall rating of “meets expectations” or higher on the most recent employee performance evaluation.


As an employee of the Department of Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections, you will be entitled to a comprehensive benefits package that includes the following:

Benefits include:
-Paid vacation leave
-10 paid holidays per year
-Paid sick leave, 12 days per year with no carryover limits
-Competitive health, dental, vision and life insurance plans

Additional benefits include:
-Available 24/7 Telemedicine
-Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) 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

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

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


This position participates in the Corrections Officer Retirement Plan (CORP).

CORP Tier 3 is a Defined Contribution, 401 (a) retirement plan
-Employer matches contributions
-Contributions are made on a pre-taxed basis
-Employees can choose investments that suit their goals and risk tolerance
-Employees are fully vested after 3 years of service

Attention current State of Arizona employees: Please contact our Human Resources Office at employment@azdjc.gov if you are in a different retirement plan than the one indicated above.

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 or by email at employment@azdjc.gov. 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.