Provide support and counseling to adolescents on campus who exhibit runaway behavior and high risk behaviors requiring court activity. Youth Development Specialist (YDS) will accompany youth to court hearings and other related court activities. Individual will assist in permanency planning for high risk youth. Individual will also assist case planners with planning tasks related to preparing youth for adulthood and aging out of care.
The Youth Development Specialist shows dedication and willingness to work alongside the Integrated Treatment Model (ITM), supporting and carrying out the functions of the model to best serve the population. The YDS is expected to have a nonjudgmental approach that focuses on skill building and basic principles of behavior (reinforcement, extinction, blocking and shaping). The YDS is required to function as part of a team, committing to modeling pro social behavior and building positive relationships with all residents.
- High School Diploma or Associates degree in human services field. Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred.
- Valid drivers license
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to connect with adolescents.
- Knowledge, experience with delinquent youth preferred.
- Personal history of foster care as a youth, or experience with the juvenile justice system