This position is open only to Colorado state residents.
Note: This position is posted for 7 days or 50 applications, whichever occurs first.
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 utilizinga continuum of care that provides effective supervision, promotes accountability to victims and communities, and helps youth lead constructive lives through positive development.
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
The Division of Youth Serviceshas 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
This work unit exists to provide for the direct care (e.g. mentor, model, teach, train, support, counsel, advise, supervise, observe, record, document, report, intervene, monitor or otherwise act as a prudent parent), safety and security of both male and female pre-adjudicated or adjudicated youth in custody. The unit exists to provide 24 hours, seven day a week services in Admissions/Control, detained, assessment and committed units.
This position provides 24-hour/7 days per week supervision of youth in DYS State Operated Secure Facilities. This position is direct-care and essential. To maintain safety and security through appropriate supervision of youth, to organize and direct daily living and leisure activities of youth, in accordance with the living unit master schedule, shift supervisor and/or other administrative direction. Provide corrective cognitive, emotional or behavioral experiences within a facility program. To be aware of and adhere to prevailing legal standards, CDHS Policy, DYS Policy, DYS Audit Standards and facility specific procedure. Specific duties and expectations of the job are detailed in the 5 sections below: Safety/Security; Programming; Documentation/Recording; Training; and Organizational Accountability. This position serves as a Lead Worker, and is partially accountable for the work product of YSS Is.
- Work involves providing the direct care, safety, security and supervision of adjudicated and/or pre-adjudicated youth in a locked setting. Supervision for safety is a function of appropriate staff location, mobility and continual observation of youth. Enforce established security rules and behavior of a youth or a group of youth, supervise and direct daily living and leisure activities, orient youth to the unit/facility and agency rules and routines, intervene early in potentially, or actively, volatile situations. Provide immediate intervention in crisis situations. Employ sound judgment and emotional control when evaluating possible crisis in a timely manner taking into consideration the physical and mental well-being of all juveniles and staff. Participate in defusing and debriefing of all incidents pursuant to prevailing DYS Policy. Monitor movement of youth in unit or through agency, escort and transport to activities or appointments internal and/or external to the agency, conduct searches of persons, property or areas according to schedule or as needed. Ensure that pat searches and strip searches are conducted by a same sex staff member, except in the case where a juvenile identifies as transgender or intersex, the search is to be conducted according to the juveniles stated preference in accordance with DYS Policy 13.9.Identify, document and seize contraband as directed or appropriate. Check windows, doors, all aspects of locking mechanisms, and facility grounds to minimize escape risk. Adhere to all Suicide Precaution Monitoring (SPM) Policies and Standards. Monitor SPM status, or other special observation status youth, in accordance with timeframes as noted on Room Check Sheet(s). Actively use effective communication skills, verbal de-escalation skills, and a strength based approach when interacting with youth and staff in a positive and respectful manner. When all other attempts to de-escalate youth have failed, adhere to the Division Physical Response Protocols. Place youth on Seclusion pursuant to prevailing DYS Policy. Monitor, participate, support and enforce behavioral management plans for individual youth as directed (e.g. Behavioral Contracts, Special Management Programs). Monitor medical watches as instructed and required pursuant to timeframes noted on the Room Check Sheet(s). Actively supervise to support prevention of sexual contact in the facility, adhere to all PREA Policies and Federal Standards.
Lead Worker Duties
- Coach, teach, and mentor other employees. Role model adherence to DYS Policy and Facility Implementing
Procedure at all times.
- Provide Shift Briefing and communication of pertinent information as it relates to youth and building needs, living unit areas, special status youth, high-risk youth, behavioral contracts and safety plans.
- Review and oversee the proper implementation of Juvenile Suicide Precaution Monitoring (SPM) screening, Special Management Programs (SMP), Seclusion, Behavior Contracts and Safety Plans.
- Identify milieu concerns and provide solutions to minimize, reduce and eliminate potential threats.
- Review Minor Rule Violations and approve proper interventions. Ensure youth completes assigned interventions. Ensure Minor Rule Violations coincide with prevailing DYS Policy and Facility Implementing Procedure.
- Review Major Rule Violations and provide constructive feedback to staff writing incident reports. Ensure Major Rule Violations coincide with prevailing DYS Policy and Facility Implementing Procedure. Conduct juvenile Disciplinary Hearings and uphold due process and implementation of Restorative Community Justice (RCJ) and interventions for all youth.
- Ensure adherence to all Fire, Safety, and Sanitation standards throughout the facility, according to DYS Policy and Facility Implementing Procedure. Respond to, and provide solutions and coaching as needed to rectify emergency concerns.
- Ensure proper administration of medication according to QMAP standards, DYS Policy and Facility Implementing Procedures. Oversee after hours receipt of medication.
- Inform or refer juveniles and/or staff for medical care as needed or requested. Provide notification, follow-up and other required/pertinent documentation. In the event of medical emergency, per DYS Policy provide medical attention and follow up as necessary.
- Assign staff to post assignments as needed and uphold staffing patterns according to DYS Policy and Facility Implementing Procedures.
- Participate and/or facilitate required post incident processes per DYS Policy and Facility Implementing Procedures. Will ensure required follow-up as needed. Evaluate incidents, provide information to minimize assaultive behaviors by action planning and communicating pertinent information to all necessary parties.
- Respond to all codes and assess/evaluate situation and provide direction as needed. Ensure provision of least restrictive alternatives and lowest level interventions.
- Ensure PREA Standards are upheld according to DYS Policy 9.19. This includes proper SAB/VV/VAB assessment or reassessment. Ensure the initiation and implementation of safety contracts, safety planning and notification to mental health personnel.
- Oversee all juvenile transports and assign staff to conduct transports as needed.
- Ensure all youth are offered meals.
Actively and with positive engagement, implement and follow the facility behavioral management program. Conduct processing and/or psycho-educational groups as needed to support a safe environment conducive to learning. Observe, monitor, detect, record and report problem behaviors. Communicate expectations for behavior, events, rules, or other milieu requirements. Role model pro-social behaviors for youth. Use prevailing techniquesto establish rapport with youth, overcome resistance to change, communicate more effectively in stable circumstances as well as unsettled circumstances. Support restorative community justice principles and/or activities. Support DYS initiatives and strategies as it relates to juvenile programming and crisis intervention. Objectively and fairly monitor, record youth behaviors, and intervene according to prevailing program standards related to privileges and consequences. Oversee daily program schedule based on prevailing standards. Recognize, implement, monitor, observe and document juvenile SMP (Special Management Program) in accordance to the written program. Recommend any modifications of program to supervisory and/or clinical staff. Facilitate and monitor cleanup of pod and rooms, inspect, according to daily schedule. Monitor and ensure juvenile hygiene is provided according to prevailing procedure. Routinely and equitably distribute linen and clothing to ensure good hygiene practice. Ensure that youth are provided confidential access to grievances, medical assistance and mental health assistance as needed/requested without staff interference. Support and/or facilitate youth to meet their presenting need and address or satisfy their concerns. Uphold basic rights of juveniles pursuant to prevailing law or policy. Provide individual or group psycho-education. Support and ensure that youth are provided recreation according to prevailing standards, youth condition and daily program schedule. Provide orientation for newly admitted youth within 24 hours of admission according to prevailing orientation standards as assigned. Provide support to educational programming as requested and assigned.
Documentation/Recording and Reporting
Document observations of juvenile behavior and response to program(s). Complete documentation of facility and youth searches. Document all unit activities and relevant information on the daily shift log. Record Suicide Precaution Monitoring (SPM) and Special Management Program (SMP) Status and Medical Watch based on the assigned time intervals or frequency for the specific youth. Complete Extended Risk Assessment Forms as assigned by designated staff. Document daily youth behavior observations. Document all youth group activities in the TRAILS database. Generate and document Incident Reports as required by DYS Policy. Notify and complete all forms relevant to youth incident reports. Observe and document youth behaviors on Seclusion status. Document and report youth behavioral transgressions and recommend interventions to supervisory staff. Report and document any facility deficiencies or safety concerns. Document meal distribution on the daily meal tracking sheet(s). All staff must report known or suspected incidents of abuse as mandatory reporters pursuant to prevailing statute. Review and record all legal documentation and record required information in the youth's file (hard copy) and the TRAILS database. Inventory and record youth property during admission, any or all releases and any other access or change to that property. Document the receipt and release of all youth medication(s) as appropriate. This documentation shall include the notification of all internal and external parties. Generate and record all VINE information in the TRAILS database, unless otherwise directed. Complete and record accurate youth room classification information pursuant to DYS Policy. Notify and communicate all relevant youth information to the receiving unit staff. Complete, record and provide all necessary youth information on the Critical Information Advisement form and provide to all receiving parties. Ensure MAYSI-2/SIRS-R is completed within two hours of admission for all newly detained and committed or recommitted youth. Notify and complete all forms relevant to High Profile youth admissions.
Through all communications and behaviors employee will demonstrate, support, and contribute to a healthy, positive and respectful cultural climate throughout the facility. Communicates with outside agencies and co-workers in a professional manner; ensuring to communicate with all residents, staff, and internal/external customers with respect and dignity. Adhere to the CDHS Code of Conduct, DYS 5 Core Values and support the 5 Key Strategies. To be aware of, and adhere to prevailing legal standards, CDHS Policy, DYS Policy, DYS Audit Standards and Implementing Procedures. Will adhere to CDHS and DYS Policy regarding work schedule, timekeeping, and leave practices. Will complete other duties as assigned and follow supervisors requests and directives, within Colorado Revised Statutes, CDHS and DYS Policies and Procedures. As a Lead Worker, will role-model, coach, teach and enforce staff adherence to all the above.
Attend and actively participate in all assigned training and successfully complete any/all testing or other requirements for such training. Maintain required certifications as appropriate. Successful completion may be known or recorded by score or demonstration of skill. Meet and keep current all mandatory training pursuant to prevailing DYS Policy. Successfully complete DYS Pre-Service, Facility Training and Orientation process as a new employee. Maintain and support the Division's prevailing behavior management and intervention strategies. As a lead worker, ensure training standards are met and/or provide professional development of YSS Is. Facilitate and/or co-facilitate team meetings, as needed.
Other Duties as assigned or requiredMinimum 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).
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
- Supervisory/management experience
- 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
- Travel ? Transportation of youth in state vehicles, Travel to assigned trainings and/or alternate work sites
- Must have no felony convictions and no violent history
- Willing and able to work shifts (24 hour/7 day a week facility)
- A pre-employment criminal background check and drug screen will be conducted as part of the selection process as this position is deemed to have direct contact with venereal persons. Felony convictions, conviction of crimes of moral turpitude, or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges or convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the CDHS Background Unit with an official disposition of any charges.
- Ongoing functional capacity testing.
- Required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare
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 atwww.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.
ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact by phone 1-800-929-0791 or email [email protected] at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date. Supplemental Information
All correspondence regarding your status in the selection/examination process will be conducted via e-mail. Please include your current e-mail address on your application and set up your e-mail to accept messages from 'state.co.us' addresses. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the e-mail address listed on your application is current and checked frequently.
The selection process will consist primarily of a review of applicationsagainst the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position. Applications will be reviewed in comparison to all others in the applicant pool in order to identify atop group of up to 6candidates who may be invited fora final interview. Applicants will be notified of their status via email.
Please be aware the applicationreview is based solely upon the information provided in your application packet, including the Work Experience and Supplemental Questions sections of your application. Therefore, it is imperative that you provide extensive detail in these sections of your application. You shouldspecifically address how, and in what capacity, your work experience satisfies the minimum requirements or allowable substitution requirements of this position, as well as the preferred qualifications.
Note:Transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements are required to apply and participate in the selection process. Current staff who have previously applied for the position under different announcements must reapply.
Former employees of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on your application and may not be eligible for employment at CDHS.
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