Position Opening: Diversion Counselor

Program: Diversion
Hours: Full-Time
Reports to: Director of Youth Services (Executive Director)
Close date: position will remain open until filled

Salary range: $38,500 - $41,200 annualized


The Diversion Counselor provides community-based counseling, assessment/referral services, and community service coordination, to youth diverted from the juvenile justice system and their families.


Program Responsibilities:

  • Deliver evidence-based diversion programs to parents and clients of St. Paul Youth Services.

  • Facilitate discussions and decisions regarding client’s restitution payments to their victims.

  • Provide structured and standardized risk assessment evaluation to diversion clients and customize diversion intervention tailored to the needs of the client.

  • Develop and implement individualized diversion plans for all clients.

  • Make referrals to other agencies when appropriate.

  • Work cooperatively with law enforcement, juvenile court, corrections, schools and human service agencies, etc.

  • Work with caseload to facilitate and document completion of community service work restitution.

  • Present educational workshops for diversion clients and their families.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Respond to all communication from clients, coworkers, or colleagues in a timely, responsive and professional manner. This includes voicemail, email, and program specific communication as designated.

  • Maintain daily schedule as set by manager, notifying manager and agency front desk of any changes in schedule or anticipated availability.

  • Present a professional and positive image of the organization by maintaining dress and personal standards that are consistent with the audience or client group you will be working with on any given day or situation.

  • Maintain individual client records, and statistical information according to agency standards and specific program protocol.

  • Develop and maintain competency with basic computer programs and computerized data information system required to complete all functions and expectations of the organization and the specific program(s).

  • Participate in individual supervision and group consultation.  Maintain and enhance your ability and skills by keeping current with pertinent research and program related literature, attending workshops and seminars, and taking advantage of work-related opportunities for learning on the job.

  • Maintain and responsibly care for agency equipment used in the course of performing job duties. (e.g., computers, cell phones, vehicles, etc.) Employees will be held responsible for damage or loss of equipment resulting from the employee’s misuse or failure to appropriately safeguard the equipment.

  • Complete other tasks, committee assignments and/or special projects as assigned by supervisor/management team.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or Psychology (or equivalent experience)

  • Ability to work with youth and families from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds

  • Strong interpersonal skills and group presentation skills with the ability to relate well to a wide range of people

  • Willingness and ability to develop positive working relationships with law enforcement

  • Willingness and ability to work with resistant clients in a court diversion and/or restorative-justice model

  • Demonstrated organizational skills, self-motivation and the ability to work as a member of a team


Direct resumes and cover letters to humanresources@spys.orgwith "Diversion Counselor" in the subject line. Applications only - no calls or inquiries please.

St. Paul Youth Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Candidates representing communities of color and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.