Counselor – Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy

  • Full Time
  • Group Training
  • Anywhere

State of Idaho


Human Resource Office (HRO)
State Personnel Branch
4794 General Manning Avenue, Building 442
Boise, Idaho 83705-8112
Telephone: (208) 801-4273/4272

Registers established from this announcement may remain valid up to one year to fill vacancies.


AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to all applicants
POSITION TITLE: Counselor, Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy

SALARY: $25.13 to $32.66 hourly ($52,263 to $67,938 annually)
FLSA CODE: Administrative (Exempt)
DUTY LOCATION: Military Division, Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy, Pierce, ID
TYPE OF POSITION: Civilian Nonclassified; Limited Service Appointment (This position is funded by a Federal/State Cooperative Agreement and private non-profit foundation funding.) (For training, initial appointment is to a temporary position (PCN). The appointee will convert to regular appointment status without further competition upon separation of current incumbent and availability of PCN 1608 expected in December 2020. The temporary appointment period is creditable service.)


START DATE: 30 November 2020



This position is assigned to the Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy (IDYCA), functioning within the State of Idaho – Military Division. The Academy campus is located in Pierce, Idaho. The mission of IDYCA is to intervene in and reclaim the lives of disengaged youth through education and mentoring, empowering youth to improve their academic level and employment potential and become responsible and productive citizens of Idaho and the United States. The Academy is an intensive residential academic intervention for “At Risk” 16-18-year-old Idaho youth, directed and sponsored by the State of Idaho – Military Division/Idaho National Guard. It provides a unique educational opportunity within an intensive military structure and overview. Student Cadets participate in daily activities such as academic instruction, service to community, drill and ceremony, housekeeping, personal hygiene and physical fitness. Youth applicants are invited to a 2-week acclimation period to determine their desire and commitment to participate. The acclimation phase is followed by a two-phase enterprise consisting of: 1) a 20-week residential phase, and; 2) a 12-month post residential phase consisting of life planning, community re-integration, and mentoring. The Academy focuses on eight core components that define all dimensions of a person’s success relative to personal achievement and social contributions. The components are: Leadership/Followership, Service to Community, Job Skills, Academic Excellence, Responsible Citizenship, Life-Coping Skills, Health and Hygiene, and Physical Fitness. The Academy is staffed by uniformed Cadre, Professional Instructors, Counselors, Advocates (Case Managers), and other support staff members.

You can learn more about the Youth ChalleNGe Program at the national website To learn more about the Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy visit

Example of Duties

Duties and responsibilities:

1. Counselors have primary counseling responsibility for approximately 50 “At Risk” youth and may be assigned as the lead for one or more of the following counseling areas of emphasis:

  • Academic and Career/Vocational Guidance Counseling
  • Substance Abuse Counseling (Chemical Dependency and Recovery)
  • Mental Health/Behavioral Counseling (Depression, Social Skills, Relationship, Conflict Resolution, Anger Management)
  • Trauma Counseling (Abuse, Grief, PTSD)

2. The primary purpose of this position is to provide professional, non-clinical/non-therapeutic guidance and counseling services directly to the 16-18-year-old “At Risk” youth (student Cadets) enrolled in the Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy (IDYCA), while providing consultation and training to Academy staff. Delivers instructional, individual and small group guidance and counseling, to include activities and instruction that support the Academy’s Eight Core Components. Coordinates and monitors progress of Cadets and prepares accurate, timely reports, forms and records. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

3. Develops, implements and collaborates on the Academy’s career/vocational guidance programs and activities. Develops supporting curriculum and carries out implementation of multiple and diverse career/ vocational education and counseling programs. Provides career/vocational, academic, and social/ behavioral interventions on an individual and group basis. Administers career, academic and life skills assessments and interventions to give Cadets the knowledge and tools to become mature young adults, socially responsible citizens and productive members of society. Assists Cadets in instructional, group or individual guidance for career/vocational plans, developing short and long term goals, academic support and social/ behavioral interventions. Collaborates/teams/ coordinates with the guidance staff to plan, provide, and deliver the guidance program. Coordinates activities to access career/vocational resources in the community. Collaborates with the Service to Community Coordinator to seek volunteer opportunities/assignments that enhance Cadet’s skill-set for employment.

4. Provides academic and career guidance to Cadets. Teams with the Advocate/Case Managers to assess Cadet goals, life plans and other documents to provide feedback for the Cadets’ realistic career/vocational guidance and help ensure long-term success in the post-residential phase. Collaborates/teams/consults with IDYCA staff, parents and outside stakeholder to enhance Cadet performance, encourage and promote career planning, academic challenge, transitional skills and life skills training. Coordinates with military recruiters, arranges job fairs, provides vocational coaching, arranges SAT/ACT testing, provides information for colleges and financial aid assistance, and provides assistance with arranging ASVAB testing. Coordinates with Job Service, community employers, Job Corps and others to develop work experience and to help secure placement for program graduates.

5. Provides social/emotional development and counseling to Cadets. Provides guidance and assistance for individual Cadets with behavioral/emotional issues, such as the development of positive life-coping mechanisms and improvement of socially acceptable behaviors. Provide guidance on a “one-to-one” basis for Cadets who have recurring behavioral/emotional issues during the residential phase when requested by the Cadet or Academy staff. Work may include scheduling individual appointment with Cadets and “open door” periods to facilitate access. Assists new Cadets with adjustment problems during the in-processing and acclimation (first 2-weeks) phases. Makes recommendations concerning Cadet training, duties or separation from the program, when in the best interest of the Cadet and/or the Academy. Participates in staff advisory councils in disciplinary proceedings and actions. Documents any special or unusual incidents involving Cadets (contacts with legal counsel, child services division, law enforcement, unusual phone calls, etc.) as requested or in accordance with established policy. Participates in screening and interviewing applicants for admission to the Academy, and assists in selecting potential Cadets who are likely to be successful in completing the Academy requirements and meeting their individual and program goals. Reports all allegations of physical or psychological abuse to the appropriate authorities through the appropriate chain of command. Attends all Cadet in-processing, and makes recommendations to the Programs Coordinator for improvement in program plans, policies and procedures. Works with IDYCA Staff to identify Cadets arriving with prescription medications, emotional/behavioral issues, or who may have had prior formal behavioral or mental health evaluations/counseling.

6. Maintains official records and information required for tracking and verification of student Cadet participation/completion of program requirements. Utilizes Microsoft Office Suite and custom software to collect data on individual and group Cadet behavioral issues. Collects and inputs data into National Guard data management systems and generates weekly reports, or as required. Prepares case notes, files, documentation that are complete and accurate. Briefs supervisor concerning specific Cadets and creates written plans for intervention. Takes notes on Cadets who need extra interventions and schedules meetings individually. Provides information/input for Cadet disciplinary hearings and termination decisions. In addition to maintaining individual intervention files, inputs appropriate data into the data management system for current and post residential reporting requirements. Gathers and analyzes program data on demographics, performance, trends, etc. that will assist in operational and strategic planning. Ensures all hard copy and electronic communications are accurate in content, professional in appearance, and properly secured to protect individual privacy.

7. Contributes to working, learning and instructional environments that are positive, productive, safe and secure. Works with Academy staff to schedule group interventions such as anger management, drug/ alcohol dependency, social skills interventions and home sickness to promote long-term, positive life changes. Works with Academy staff to address general issues, specific problems, or emergency situations involving Cadets (i.e. suicide threats, ideation or talk). Properly documents and safeguards all confidential and non-confidential information/data and ensure it is entered in the Cadet’s file and/or appropriate database in a timely manner. May share non-confidential information with other Academy staff members and the National Guard Bureau in accordance with established policies and procedures. Recommends and conducts training for Academy staff on interventions for dealing with Cadet behaviors such as anger management, conflict resolution, home sickness, and self-esteem concerns, etcetera. Coordinates and facilitates educational/career/social/ emotional planning to assist Cadets and their families with life transitions. Assists parents/guardians and/or other court or law enforcement officials whenever necessary in developing the Post Residential Action Plan (P-RAP).

8. Interacts with Academy staff members and teachers, Cadets, parents/guardians, public school officials and other stakeholders. Attends guidance department meetings. Attends weekly Triad (cross-departmental) meetings for Cadet interventions and to ensure Cadets are progressing satisfactorily and will successfully complete the Post Residential Action Plan (P-RAP). Makes recommendations to update program materials. Provides input for the development, implementation and oversight of the core curriculum in conjunction with the Deputy Director, Programs Coordinator, Academy Principal and Commandant of Operations to ensure the Eight Core Components are adequately addressed. Implements and supports parent education. Evaluates current best practices and new methodologies in the counseling field by maintaining contact with professional organizations and Youth ChalleNGe programs in other states.

9. Promotes a respectful workplace that complies with policies of the Adjutant General. Observes and ensures compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations and policies and serves as a role model for the Whistleblower Protection Program, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), security, environmental, and workplace safety practices, policies and regulations at all times. Maintains a safe and drug/alcohol/weapons free workplace during all IDYCA activities. Assures workplace and facility security. Makes a determined effort to coordinate and communicate with other staff members to insure an efficient and respectful work place. Acts as role model and upholds superior personal integrity. Maintains highest standards of personal and professional conduct in accordance with established guidelines.

10. Supports the Programs, Operations and Academic Departments to achieve the IDYCA mission: “To intervene in and reclaim the lives of disengaged youth through education and mentoring, empowering youth to improve their academic level and employment potential and become responsible and productive citizens of Idaho and the United States.”

11. Performs other related duties and projects as necessary or assigned.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS: Work is performed under the general supervision of the Programs Coordinator. The supervisor assigns broadly defined goals, missions, and functions. The incumbent is responsible for execution of directions by independently defining/formulating overall strategies, initiatives, goals, and milestones. The incumbent exercises a wide-latitude of independence and must display tact, good judgment, creativity, and analytical ability to independently work through complex problems or dynamic situations and produce products and solutions.

PERSONAL WORK CONTACTS: Interacts on a regular basis with Academy Staff, Cadets, and stakeholders of the IDYCA, including special guests, parents, other family members, public schools, social service agencies, counseling professionals, and community partners. Occasional contacts include the Adjutant General and all levels of military and civilian personnel of the Idaho Military Division; city, county, state and federal elected and appointed officials and their staff; Tribal Leaders; city, county, state and federal employees from various agencies; private volunteer organizations (Red Cross, Salvation Army); non-governmental organizations; private industry; and U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who have an interest in the programs and services.

GUIDELINES: Guiding directives include Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy written policy and procedure staff manual, Student Cadet Handbook; Federal/State Master Cooperative Agreement and policies, and the requirements of the eight core components; Federal program data reporting requirements; Idaho Military Division State Personnel Regulations, policy, and procedure; State laws, local codes, and ordinances. Guidelines will be used to ensure compliance with personnel rules, regulations, and program policies; federal mandates, standards, service levels and funding requirements; laws, codes and ordinances guiding health, welfare, contract administration; legal contracts; and to ensure appropriate treatment and training of the teenage Cadets assigned to the Academy.

WORK ENVIRONMENT / PHYSICAL EFFORT: The majority of work is performed in a professionally-configured workspace and desk area within IDYCA’s main facility located in Pierce, ID. This is a well-lit and climate-controlled office environment. Office work includes extensive computer work, reading, writing, and interpretation of laws, codes, policies, regulations, and other applicable guidelines. Sitting, walking, and standing are required. Work requires periodic lifting up to 50 pounds. May perform minimal amounts of work outdoors in excessive heat and freezing temperatures, depending upon the season. Incumbent is subject to safety and security surveillance.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Counselors work one of three rotating shifts to ensure adequate support and service is provided to meet Cadet needs. These shifts will either be assigned for each entire 5 ½ month class cycle (January–June or July–December) or will be on a shared rotation among the three Counselors. An administrative shift is the normal working schedule when students are not present from mid-June to mid-July and mid-December to mid-January. Incumbent must be willing to work periodic weekends and nights, depending on program activities and requirements, including responding to emergency situations in a reasonable amount of time when they involve student health, safety or security. Minimal travel, both in-state and out-of-state, via all modes of transportation, may be required. Overnight travel for minimal periods of time is required. Incumbent is routinely in the vicinity of temperamental “At Risk” youth who may act out aggressively; has contact with teenagers and parents, to include periodic interaction with disgruntled and/or emotional individuals and confrontational situations. Incumbent must commit to exceptional work attendance; dependability and reliability are required of this position. Incumbent may transport participating Cadets in state vehicles. Incumbent must submit to and pass pre-employment and periodic drug tests, and must complete and pass pre-employment and periodic background checks. Incumbent must complete annual first aid and CPR training/re-certification, and is required to attend formal Youth ChalleNGe staff training courses, as specified in Academy policy. Smoking and tobacco use is not permitted anywhere within the confines of the IDYCA campus or within view of the Cadets. Incumbent is required to adhere to uniform/dress, grooming, and personal hygiene standards and policies established by the IDYCA.

FLSA Overtime Code: A (Administrative Exempt; straight time)
EEOC: B02 (Professional)
WCC: 9015

a. Each person hired will be required to provide verification of eligibility to work in the United States and may be subject to a criminal background check.
b. Refer to the attached position description for the Mandatory Requirements for this position.
c. The State of Idaho, Military Division is an Equal Opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), genetic information, political affiliation, marital status, and disability or age (which does not interfere with job accomplishment or job eligibility based upon the position description Mandatory Requirements). Appropriate consideration shall be given to veterans in accordance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations.

Minimum Qualifications

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS – Mandatory Requirements and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs).

a. Applicants must meet the following Mandatory Requirements (conditions of employment). Provide your individual responses addressing each (1-8, 10) separately, and attach your resume (9) to your application.

(1) Must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted state issued driver’s license (from any state). Provide your driver’s license number, issuing state, license expiration date, and the full name specified on the license. (Do not provide a copy of your driver’s license.)

(2) Must submit to and pass an OPM Federal Childcare National Agency Check with Inquiries (CNACI) investigation, including a complete ten (10) finger fingerprint card or scan, upon offer of employment. Must agree to submit to periodic rechecks in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies. (At a minimum, a favorable suitability determination by the State Security Manager is required prior to appointment into this position.)

(3) Must submit to and pass a drug test upon offer of employment, and agree to submit to periodic and random drug testing at the discretion of the Program/Academy Director.

(4) Must possess and provide documentation validating the following education and experience. (Attach a copy of your college degree or transcript, or GED; unofficial transcripts are acceptable. If applicable for qualifications, provide response addressing qualifying training/professional experience.)

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college; OR
  • An Associate’s degree AND 2-years of experience working directly with “At Risk” youth; OR
  • 4-years of experience working directly with “At Risk” youth

  • Additional technical/professional-level counseling experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.

(5) Ability to use Microsoft Office products and custom software systems to maintain case records, produce reports and access informational resources, including the ability to extract and compile data to prepare narrative, statistical or other reports for review, analysis, documentation (e.g., financial, payroll, labor distribution, purchasing, inventory, registration, patient or student information). Ability to extract data from a spreadsheet for use in a self-created form letter or mailing label template. Describe related experience.

(6) Must commit to exceptional work attendance; dependability and flexibility are requirements of this position.

(7) Must be willing and able to attend formal Youth ChalleNGe staff training courses, as specified in Academy policy; and any other required training in the future.

(8) Must be willing and able to travel in- and out-of-state via all modes of transportation, including overnight stays for moderate periods.

(9) Applicant must provide a resume that includes complete mailing addresses and telephone numbers for Employment History and Higher Education (cover the past 10 years for employment, and all post-secondary education) and References (at least three people who know you fairly well). Attach your resume to your application for employment. This resume is needed for the required background screening should the applicant be chosen to fill the vacancy.

(10) Preferred education and experience (not mandatory). If applicable, please identify any of the following you possess.

  • Career and Technical Education Certification Counselor or equivalent, and/or Vocational Education Certification
  • Drug/Alcohol Counseling
  • 18-quarter hours or 12-semester hours of Career and Technical Education credits, or a minor with a Career/Vocational emphasis.
  • Other in-state or out-of-state Counseling Certifications
  • Working with a high school aged student population
  • Working with “At Risk” or disengaged youth
  • Conducting individual and group guidance/educational instruction, presentations and facilitation

b. Applicants must have
36-months of specialized experience performing related duties as specified below. Provide your individual responses addressing each (1-9) separately.

In your responses describe your civilian and military education, training, and work experience as it relates to the following KSAs. KSA responses assist in determining the best-qualified applicants.

(1) Knowledge of counseling and crisis-intervention techniques to work with individuals, groups, families and agencies.

(2) Knowledge of career planning and resources needed to assist student Cadets with post-secondary vocational and educational training.

(3) Demonstrated ability to work with, and effectively communicate with diverse learners and cultural populations of “At Risk” youth, their parents/guardians, other members of the IDYCA staff and community partners and stakeholders to achieve the goals of the individual student Cadets and the program as a whole.

(4) Demonstrated skill in the development and presentation of instructional curriculum for classroom and group settings for Career/Vocational, Academic, and Social/Behavioral guidance programs.

(5) Demonstrated strong written communication skills for a variety of documents and communications, including preparing accurate and complete documents, records, correspondence, reports and narratives.

(6) Demonstrated leadership skills, including organizing, planning, teaming, self-management, time management and self-initiating.

(7) Demonstrated ability to work in a highly stressful environment.

(8) Demonstrated ability to maintain, at all times, the highest level of confidentiality and professionalism.

(9) Knowledge of military protocol, values and culture.

Supplemental Information

If you are unable to complete this application online, application forms are available at the Internet address

Paper applications may be faxed to (208) 422-3348 (Attn: HRO State Personnel Branch) or e-mailed to Applicants are responsible for contacting the HRO State Personnel Branch to confirm receipt of faxed or e-mailed applications.

The HRO State Personnel Branch will not forward incomplete application packets for consideration.


Employment Application (SPB-1) – Complete, sign and date. You must provide a YES or NO response to each of the three questions above your signature, and provide additional information if required (felony offense).
Mandatory RequirementsAttach sheet(s) of paper with your individual responses to each of the Mandatory Requirements listed under QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)Attach sheet(s) of paper with your individual responses to each KSA listed under QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS.
Documentation identified as a Mandatory Requirement – When required, attach copies of educational diplomas, transcripts, or training certificates; or professional licenses, certifications or registrations.
Optional: Attach a resume and/or other supplemental documentation to support your qualifications.
Optional: War Era Veterans Preference Form (SPB-1A) – Complete, sign and date. Attach supporting documentation demonstrating your eligibility (e.g., VA Disability Letter, DD Form 214, etc.).
Optional: Equal Employment Opportunity Worksheet (SPB-1B) – The Military Division monitors recruitment and selection programs in order to assure equal employment opportunity. We appreciate your cooperation by voluntarily furnishing us with your completed SPB-1B.


  • Handwritten applications are discouraged. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit typed application forms available on our website: If our forms are not compatible with your computer, contact the Human Resources Office for alternate format forms.
  • Make sure your Forms SPB-1 and SPB-1A are complete (blocks checked), signed and dated.
  • Provide detailed, relevant, KSA responses. Elaborate on your past education, training and experience as it specifically relates to the desired KSAs. Well-written KSA responses increase the likelihood of referral to the Hiring Official for interview.
  • Secure your application with a single staple or clip. Presentation folders and binding are discouraged; applications will be unbound and stapled prior to referral for consideration.

Thank you for your interest in employment with the Idaho Military Division.

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