Colorado State Youth Services Specialist II - Zebulon Pike Youth Services Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Youth Services Specialist II - Zebulon Pike Youth Services Center
Youth Services Specialist II - Zebulon Pike Youth Services Center
$3,800.00 - $5,649.00 Monthly
Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Department of Human Services
IKA 00033 04/06/2018
4/20/2018 11:59 PM Mountain
This position is open only to Colorado state residents.
About the Division of Youth Services:
The Division of Youth Services (DYS) provides a continuum of residential and non-residential services that encompass juvenile detention, assessment, commitment and parole. DYS is the agency statutorily mandated to provide for the care and supervision of youth committed by the District Court to the custody of the Colorado Department of Human Services. The Division operates ten secure facilities that serve youth between the ages of 10 and 21, who are pre-adjudicated, sentenced, or committed. For pre-adjudicated youth, the Division is also responsible for the management and oversight of Senate Bill 91-94; a State-funded, locally administered program that provides services to youth at risk of further progressing into the juvenile justice system. In addition to residential programming, the Division administers juvenile parole services throughout the State.
Division of Youth Services Vision: Achieving youth success and safer Colorado communities.
Division of Youth Services Mission: It is the mission of the Division of Youth Services to protect, restore and improve public safety utilizing a continuum of care that provides effective supervision, promotes accountability to victims and communities, and helps youth lead constructive lives through positive development.
The Division also adheres to the concepts embodied in the Five Core Values and the Five Key Strategies, which are shown below:
We invite you to explore the DYS website and learn about the services provided to youth, families, and local communities in the State of Colorado at: www.colorado.gov/cdhs/dys
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Description of Job
* Reminder: This job announcement will serve as an application pool for available positions that may exist or will exist in the future*
The Division of Youth Services has supervisory positions in various areas throughout each facility. The overall scope and nature of the work consists of providing oversight and supervision of YSS' (Youth Services Specialist). This oversight includes personnel supervision, crisis management oversight, and therapeutic direction to staff, as well as quality assurance functions within the specific program, administration designee and role modeling, and support to direct and indirect staff.
Overall Function of the Work Unit
The overall function of the work unit is to enforce established rules and procedures to control the movement in the unit and behavior of youth within the care of the facility. Supervision is documented based on the observation of behaviors and incidents that occur throughout the day. The daily programming, living, and leisure activities are organized and carried out by this position. Occasionally, the intervention of volatile situations is required. Duties also include behavior-based care and treatment.
Lead Worker Duties
Ensure YSS I accountability for quality and quantity of work, take corrective measures, and provide coaching, mentoring, and training to YSS I's
Documentation of anecdotal performance notes as well as providing input for quarterly, mid-year and closeout evaluations
Ensure staff compliance with the facility and DYS policies, procedures, and operational practices
Provide information and instruction in one-to-one crisis intervention counseling for the facility and to youth to avert crisis, including suicide management (documentation and review)
Conduct and document safety, fire, and health inspections
Review all logs, shift reports, daily observations, rosters, court paperwork for quality documentation for DYS standards and facility procedures
Ensure all room checks, medication administration, recreation, room restrictions, and discipline programs are maintained as required by the facility standards and procedures
Assist YSS III with timekeeping coordination and KRONOS editing
Facilitate team meetings in collaboration with YSS III
Ensure that youth grievance policy and procedure are followed. Review of grievances to include investigation, follow up and appropriate action
Manages the adherence to daily structured programming and leisure activities
Review and make changes in work schedule and duty assignments for YSS I's to ensure adequate coverage for facility programs and facility safety and security
Document observations and critical incidents that occur in living units using TRAILS
Monitor movement and behavior of youth
Direct and respond to crises
Monitor use of mechanical restraints, per DYS policy
Assist with or assign staff to complete internal and/or external youth transports
Recommend if a living unit should be locked down per DYS Policy/Facility Implementing Procedure
Oversee the cleanup of living units, daily hygiene routine, and laundry needs
Ensure compliance for youth with special needs and on special management programs
Ensure adherence to programming
Participate in facility debriefings of critical incidents when required
Conduct shift briefings
Facilitates debrief meetings following physical management incidents and ensures medical staff notification
Assess and document youth for suicidal, medical, escape risk, special needs, and room restrictions
Perform restraints, room searches, and perimeter checks
Escort or transport youth to appointments and activities
Provide orientation to youth about the facility rules and routines
Use appropriate physical force when necessary in compliance with PSI (Protective Supports and Interventions)
Administer medications to youth
Manage mental health and behavior needs
Follow programming/daily schedule
Provides on-site direction in ensuring appropriate school supervision, in conjunction with the YSS III
Participate in treatment meetings as necessary, as well as facilitate treatment groups as assigned
Providing individual mentoring to youth on assigned caseload
Additional Duties May Include:
Completion of yearly mandatory training requirements
Participation on committees in the facility and throughout YSS.
Functions as the training Coordinator for the facility. Train staff in DYS Policy and Facility Procedures. Set up the training schedule and enter staff training hours into TRAILS.
Functions as the Volunteer Coordinator for the facility. Train volunteers in Policy and Procedure. Set up a volunteer schedule and act as a liaison between the volunteers and the facility.
Functions as the Recreation Coordinator for the facility. Develop and implement the recreation schedule for the youth. Oversee the recreation inventory.
Ensures adherence with Trust Fund policies and procedures, guidelines and regulations to include proper spending and accounting of pod allotment funds.
Other duties as assigned or required.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
* PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE JOB ANNOUNCEMENT AND FOLLOW ALL OF THE INSTRUCTIONS PRIOR TO COMPLETING THE APPLICATION. YOU MUST PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION TO BE GIVEN CREDIT FOR IT. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS ON TIMELINES TO PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION - ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE UPLOADED AND ALL TRANSCRIPTS MUST HAVE SCHOOL NAME, YOUR NAME, AND ALL PAGES- THIS IS THE FIRST EVALUATION IN THE SELECTION PROCESS*
NOTE: Applications will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualification for the position. If it is determined that you meet the minimum qualifications, your application will also be used as part of the examination process. You should ensure that your application specifically addresses the requirements as listed in the minimum and preferred qualifications, as well as duties and the highly desired competencies. Take the time to adequately address your specialized experience, work products, and accomplishments as they relate to the position.
High school diploma or General Education Diploma, (GED).AND
Two years of full-time work experience within a correctional and/or behavioral health setting. Anything less than 40 hours per week is considered part-time experience. Credit is given for part-time work but is calculated by prorating the qualifying experience.
College with course work in social or behavioral sciences, criminal justice, human services, physical education/recreational studies or closely related field will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.
Note: If you are using education to qualify for this position you must attach your transcripts.
The preferred candidate will possess demonstrated experience in the following areas:
Experience working with adjudicated and/or detained youth within a secure facility
Positive role model
Experience in program and/or project development
Trainer certification in staff development
Proven Leadership and Decision Making skills
Microsoft Office Programs
College degree in social or behavioral sciences, criminal justice, human services, physical education/recreational studies or closely related field
Conditions of Employment
Must be 21 years old or older
Must possess and maintain a valid State of Colorado drivers license
Must have no felony convictions and no violent history
Must pass a drug screen
Willing and able to work shifts (24 hour/7 day a week facility)
Must pass a Colorado Bureau of Investigations and a Federal Bureau of Investigations background check as a condition of employment. Included in the background check is a current and/or previous employer check. Your current and/or previous employers within the past 10 years at a minimum must be listed on your job application (most recent in descending order), even if the job or duties are unrelated to the position for which you are applying. Incomplete employer information (address, phone number, and supervisor) or omission of former employers may result in a disqualification of your application.
If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.
Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.
Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb.
A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.
After submitting an application, you should receive an immediate email acknowledging your submission. If you do not get the email, please check to ensure you have actually submitted the application and typed the correct email address on the application.
Include a working email address on your application; one that is checked often as time sensitive correspondence WILL take place via email. You may receive email notifications from a Colorado Department of Human Services employee or from this email address firstname.lastname@example.org It is your responsibility to ensure that your email will accept these notices and/or review your junk mail and spam filtered email; if you do not receive correspondence soon after the closing date, please contact the "Department Contact" listed in this announcement.
The Assessment Process:
Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted through a comparative analysis. The comparative analysis for this position will include a review of your application material and your responses to any supplemental questions. Applications and responses will be reviewed by a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to assess and rank applicants in order to establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.
Be sure the "Work Experience" section of your application is complete and specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, and accomplishments as they relate to the Description of the Job, Minimum Qualifications, Required Competencies and Preferred Qualifications as listed above. Resumes and "see resume" statements will not be accepted in lieu of the "Work Experience" section of the application. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the closing date may result in your application not being accepted and/or may affect your score, rank or inclusion in the final pool of eligible applicants.
SCHEDULED DATES OF POSSIBLE APPLICANT ASSESSMENTS (I.E., EXAMS, ORAL BOARDS, WRITTEN EXAMS) OR INTERVIEWS WILL NOT BE MADE UP. IF YOU FAIL TO SHOW AT THE APPOINTED DATE/TIME, MAKE-UPS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED.
If you have transcripts, a license or other relevant documentation regarding your qualifications, upload and attach copies to your application.
Note: Transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements are required to apply and participate in the selection process.
Former employees of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) who were terminated for disciplinary reasons, or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose the information on your application and may not be eligible for employment at CDHS.
Any person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To receive the accommodation, the person making the request must present medical documentation that describes the impairment which justifies the accommodation. Because it requires several days for CDHS to evaluate the request and prepare for the accommodation, it is essential for the person who believes he/she may need an accommodation to locate or obtain the documentation that he/she intends to submit well in advance of the assessment date. Failure to provide the medical documentation three days in advance of a comparative analysis could make it impossible for CDHS to prepare for and provide the requested accommodation. To request a reasonable accommodation for this assessment, please contact Bridget Clawson Braaten at 303-866-4373 or email@example.com or the contact listed on this announcement three days before the assessment date.
THE STATE OF COLORADO IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER