Careers with Juneau Youth Services

A career with Juneau Youth Services is an opportunity to help Alaska’s youth and their families make it through tough times. We provide substantial training in an accredited, international best practice model. We offer competitive pay and benefits including employee health and dental insurance, paid personal leave, nine paid holidays, a retirement program and more. We’re an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that supports workforce diversity. Women, minorities and other protected classes are encouraged to apply.


Our entry-level position, behavioral health associate, provides skills development for youth and families in residential and community-based programs. Applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED and be at least 21 years old. Pay rates start at $21 an hour. Behavioral health associates receive support in becoming Teaching Family certified practitioners, allowing them further opportunities to obtain leadership positions at JYS.


If you hold a bachelor’s degree, JYS has opportunities for careers in administration, case management and program leadership. Additionally, we have licensed clinicians and board-certified supervisors ready to supervise students seeking an internship for a master’s program in counseling, social work or related field.


Our therapist positions offer a competitive salary, supervision toward licensure and assistance with licensing fees. If you’re looking for an Alaska adventure, we offer moving assistance. If you have any questions, contact the HR department at or (907) 789-7610 ext. 102.

Career Opportunities

Frequently asked questions

Behavioral Health Associate

This position is responsible for providing strength-based treatment and behavioral interventions according to the Teaching Family Model and the individualized treatment plans for youth experiencing significant emotional and behavioral difficulties and their families. As a Behavioral Health Associate (BHA) you are considered to be an essential healthcare worker and as such, under certain circumstances, are expected to stay with the youth beyond their standard shift (for example, if there is a natural disaster).

This position has several work locations including in a residential facility or in one of our community based locations (outpatient setting, in-home services and school sites). All BHA’s are crossed trained to work in all settings and may have more than one work location.

Residential BHA’s primary responsibility is to facilitate success for youth with complex needs by assisting with day to day activities and routines, maintaining a structured setting, fostering skill development, managing crisis, ensuring high levels of supervision to promote safety, assisting with school difficulties and providing relief coverage. Supporting the youth to learn relevant skills which enable them to successfully integrate back into their families and communities and reduce out of home placement is the ultimate goal.

Community Based BHA’s primary responsibility is to facilitate success for youths and their families by teaching and implementing skill development strategies, managing crisis, assisting with school related behaviors and difficulties and providing support to the parents/guardians of the youth to empower families.

Representative Tasks/Responsibilities

Using the Teaching Family Model, provide behavioral health interventions and teach skill development including effective communication, positive social interaction, problem solving, decision making and anger management to families, individual clients and groups as defined in the treatment plans.

Maintain consistent program and activity structure. Provide therapeutic limits.

Demonstrate effective problem solving skills and good active listening.

Demonstrate sensitivity to youth and families from diverse cultures, backgrounds and socioeconomic circumstances.

Use approved strategies to prevent aggressive behavior and to deescalate volatile situations.

Demonstrate basic understanding of co-occurring disorders and the interrelationship of substance abuse and mental health.

Utilize teaching techniques and interventions according to the Teaching Family Model and other common treatment modalities and effectively engage the clients within the treatment process.

Understand, utilize, teach and implement motivational systems

Plan, supervise and document daily activities that meet therapeutic goals.

Provide ongoing monitoring and interventions to ensure client safety and immediately inform supervisor of any crisis or unsafe situation.

Document daily progress notes in a timely manner, which meet agency standards and state and federal regulations.

Ensure that the privacy and confidentiality of client health information for all JYS clients is maintained. Immediately report all breaches of private and confidential client data to the Program Supervisor or Manager and Corporate Compliance Officer.

Attend meetings as a member of the client’s treatment team and actively participate in developing and reviewing the client’s treatment plan and goals.

Knowledge of JYS Policies and Procedures to ensure responsible, safe youth activities and safe transport of youth in agency vehicles.

Attend and participate in individual and group supervision according to JYS policies.

Regularly attend program staff meetings. Notify supervisor and review meeting minutes when absent.

Attend and participate in all relevant trainings and in-services including training for the certification process in the Teaching Family Model.

Actively support and contribute to the accomplishment of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) goals and objectives within assigned program and the agency.

Perform other related duties as assigned.


Ability to act as a positive role model for youth and families, provide appropriate, respectful care, support, structure and guidance for youth and family development.

Ability to apply the basic principles of child development, behavioral health, and crisis intervention.

Understanding of the indicators of child abuse, neglect and mandatory reporting laws.

Understanding of cultural issues in the treatment process. Possess ability to use cultural differences to enhance treatment.

Ability to be sensitive to the unique needs of emotionally and behaviorally disturbed clients and their families.

Ability to support positive youth and family contact, visitation, communication and involvement in community activities.

Ability to follow written protocols from medical, supervisory and clinical personnel.

Ability to respond appropriately to crisis, emergency, and disaster situations such as medical, fire, etc.

Ability to communicate effectively, orally and written.

Ability to establish and maintain healthy boundaries

Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office software.

Ability to efficiently and effectively organize and prioritize work. Good with time management.

Ability to contribute positively as a team member and work effectively with other internal and external stakeholders.


High School diploma or the equivalent.

Prefer one-year experience working with emotionally and/or behaviorally disturbed youth.

Must achieve the Teaching Family certification within 1 year of hire in order to maintain the position.

Willing to work an unstructured work week, including evenings, weekends and holidays

Current Alaska driver’s license and auto insurance per agency standards.

Clearance of state and federal background checks.

Residential and Community Based Clinicians

Are you interested in helping Alaska’s youth by making a lasting and important impact on their lives? Juneau Youth Services is looking for 2 clinicians to serve in our community based and residential services programs. The positions provide individual, family and group therapy services in programs providing services to youth experiencing significant emotional or behavioral difficulties. Services are provided in our residential treatment setting, the Juneau community (schools, homes, or other community setting), or in JYS offices.

The clinician is responsible for developing and directing all treatment planning and treatment service delivery, in collaboration with the treatment team, for each youth on the clinician’s assigned caseload. All clinicians spend approximately 24 hours/week delivering billable treatment services, with approximately 16 hours remaining for meetings, training, documentation, and other non-billable activity.

JYS uses the Teaching Family Model throughout all our programs. This is closely aligned with the CBT treatment model. Preference is given to clinicians trained in CBT.

JYS is responding to increased rates of adolescent suicide ideation by providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Attachment Based Family Therapy. Clinicians not trained in either of these models will be provided intense training and supervision in Attachment Based Family Therapy. Candidates must be willing and able to attend these training and supervision sessions, delivered via zoom through Drexel University, leading to certification. This is a significant commitment requiring approximately two years to complete.

<h5 class="font_5">Representative Tasks/Responsibilities</h5>

60% of the clinician’s work week is spent providing billable treatment including individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy and case management.

Participate in the JYS clinical on-call system.

Regularly attend and participate in individual and group clinical supervision, plus weekly staff meetings.

Clinical documentation of all treatment services in a timely manner according to JYS standards.

Coordinate and collaborate with youth, families and the treatment team to ensure effective treatment.

Appropriately share knowledge with other colleagues and teach behavior modification and other therapeutic interventions to paraprofessional staff.

Model and teach sensitivity to youth and families from diverse cultures, backgrounds and socioeconomic circumstances and utilize cultural differences to enhance the effectiveness of treatment.

Demonstrate empathy and utilize active listening and communication skills.

Provide and instruct program staff on risk assessment for dangerous behavior.

Utilize and reference JYS policies and procedures, DSM-V, ASAM, and other appropriate clinical references.

Actively support and contribute to the accomplishment of continuous quality improvement goals and objectives within an assigned program and agency wide.

Perform other related duties as assigned.

<h5 class="font_5"> </h5> <h5 class="font_5">Qualifications</h5>

Thorough working knowledge of the etiology and treatment of behavioral health disorders.

Thorough working knowledge of child and adolescent development, family systems and cultural differences.

Thorough working knowledge of laws and regulations effecting behavioral health treatment of youth.

Ability to work as part of a multi-faceted team including health professionals, law enforcement, juvenile justice, teachers, paraprofessionals and lay people.

Ability to organize, evaluate and present information effectively, orally and in writing.

Ability to perform diagnostic assessments and develop and implement treatment plans.

Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office software.

Ability to organize and prioritize work efficiently and effectively.

<h5 class="font_5"> </h5> <h5 class="font_5">Requirements</h5>

Master’s degree from an accredited college in marriage and family therapy, psychology, social work, counseling, or closely related field that is eligible for licensure as an LMFT, LPC or LCSW in the State of Alaska. Candidates already licensed in Alaska are preferred.

Current Alaska driver’s license and auto insurance per agency standards.

Clearance of state and federal background checks.

Completion of required trainings according to established timelines per job class and program assignment.


JYS pays for all licensing fees.

Earn five weeks paid time off within the first year of service.

Health, dental and vision insurance.

Retirement 403(b) matching plan.

Employee assistance program.

Relocation assistance.

Professional Case Manager

Residential Supervisor