Youth Specialist - Scioto JCF
State of Ohio - Delaware County, OH

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IF YOU'VE APPLIED FOR THIS CLASSIFICATION IN THE LAST 180 DAYS, AT ANY OF OUR FACILITIES , THERE IS NO NEED AND NO ADVANTAGE TO GAIN BY SUBMITTING ANOTHER APPLICATION AT THIS TIME.

* External Interim appointments are used as a temporary replacement of a permanent employee on extended leave. The position has NO benefits. This is NOT a part time position. Regular hours of duty total a minimum of eighty (80) hours in a two-week period. Hourly rate of pay is $16.35. Placement from interim status to a position offering benefits often occurs. APPEARANCE OF THIS JOB POSTING DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN THAT THERE ARE CURRENT AVAILABLE VACANCIES. THIS POSTING IS DESIGNED TO GENERATE AN APPLICANT POOL. THE DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH SERVICES IS MANAGING A HEAVY WORKLOAD WHICH CURRENTLY INCLUDES INTERIM STAFF. THE APPLICANT POOL CREATED FROM THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MAY BE CONSIDERED IF THERE IS A NEED TO REPLACE ANY CURRENT STAFF OR TO HIRE ADDITIONAL STAFF.

Provides safety, security, custodial care & surveillance of youth assigned to a juvenile residential facility; enforce & follow Department of Youth Services (DYS) policies and procedures, rules & regulations. Monitors & operates electronic detection equipment. Escorts, transports, oversees & maintains security of youth to & from various destinations. Maintains security and positive interaction during visits from family and all other visitors. Completes necessary documentation (e.g., youth behavioral & incident reports, daily logs, Interdisciplinary Team evaluations, progress reports, activity slips for medical services); oversees youth movement on facility grounds & outside trips; observes behavior & social interaction of youth; intervenes when conflicts occur & de-escalate utilizing appropriate verbal strategies (i.e., Management of Youth Resistance (MYR) skills). Engages & monitors youth in recreational, social &/or leisure activities; assists in administering drug tests. Maintains keen awareness of unusual behavior & crisis situations & provides emotional support in times of crisis (e.g., disturbances, AWOL, suicide attempts) in order to prevent & take appropriate action by following proper DYS policies & procedures. Monitors, participates & instructs youth in general housekeeping duties of residential and common areas; inspects living area for cleanliness; monitors serving of meals; provides guidance regarding personal hygiene habits & basic living skills.

Facilitates orientation of youth newly assigned to the facility or housing unit; participates &/or assists in implementation/delivery of specific program activities (e.g., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, chemical dependency, victim awareness, anger management, peer mediation, conflict resolution, verbal strategies, mental health, mental retardation/developmental disability and sex offender programming) or other specialty programs. Prepares & presents seminars to youth; facilitates group discussion to assist youth in development of goals & objectives. Assists youth with homework, providing classroom assistance; assistance with group assignments, community service, leading leisure/recreational activities, participates in Interdisciplinary Team, AM & PM meetings, & facilitates volunteer led activities. Serves as a role model by providing pro-social interaction with the youth under DYS care & supervision. Mentors youth by providing advice & encouragement on how to demonstrate pro-social behavior (i.e., alternatives in problem solving & decision making; encouragement, guidance, constructive feedback & life skills). Implements & maintains the strength-based behavior management program.

Attends & participates in Pre-Service & In-Service Training, workshops, seminars & conferences on juvenile treatment, family & individual counseling & group therapy, security procedures & other departmental initiatives (e.g., cultural competency, cognitive behavioral therapy & advanced verbal strategies).

The Nature of Duties in no way replaces the Position Description, which will remain the official document outlining the job duties and responsibilities assigned to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma or G.E.D.; valid driver's license for positions assigned to transportation, perimeter, transportation/relief, and special duty that transports; must successfully complete Youth Specialist (YS) assessment. Must be 21 years of age at the time of application. PROBATIONARY PERIOD FOR THIS POSITION, ONCE FULL-TIME STATUS IS ACHIEVED, IS 365 DAYS.

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In addition to completing a Civil Service Application , all applicants MUST complete a Competency Questionnaire. Click here to download a copy of the Youth Specialist Competency Questionnaire. The completed questionnaire MUST be mailed to the following address and postmarked no later than three (3) days after submitting the initial application. IT IS MANDATORY THAT YOU SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR DIPLOMA/DEGREE ALONG WITH YOUR QUESTIONNAIRE. FAILURE TO SUBMIT THIS DOCUMENTATION MAY RESULT IN YOUR APPLICATION BEING REJECTED.
Workforce Acquisition Scoring Center
Human Resources Department
Department of Youth Services
30 West Spring St., 5th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Major Worker Characteristics:

Knowledge of safety, security & surveillance measures for detention of juvenile offenders*; agency policies & procedures governing custody operations in juvenile correctional facility*. Skill in operation of motor vehicle; equipment operation (e.g., personal computer, radios, keys, belts, personal protection devices, telephone)*. Ability to add, subtract, multiply & divide whole numbers; read, write & comprehend simple sentences with basic, concrete vocabulary; prepare meaningful, accurate & concise reports; complete routine forms & maintain accurate records; arrange items in numerical or alphabetical order; develop good rapport with juveniles; deal with problems involving several variables in familiar context to determine specific action; respond to emergencies across juvenile correctional facility grounds; demonstrate strength to subdue aggressive youth by using approved restraining techniques until assistance arrives or youth regain control; demonstrate dexterity to search living units (e.g. upper & lower bunks, ceiling lights, under furniture) to locate contraband; demonstrate physical fitness to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or throw an object (e.g., responding to man down; defending oneself from aggressive youth; avoiding thrown objects); exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects up to 150 lbs. (e.g., mail bags, cloth lockers, injured youth & restraining of aggressive youth) from one location to another following security procedures.
* - Developed after employment .

Supplemental Information:

In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, in order to be considered for employment as a Youth Specialist (YS), candidates must successfully complete

1. Civil Service Application
2. YS Competency Questionnaire
3. Basic skills assessment in math and reading comprehension
4. The Youth Specialist Video test
5. A background investigation (including FBI/BCI fingerprinting)
6. Interview
7. Drug test

May work evenings, nights or rotating shift; available for mandatory overtime; assigned shift may include weekends & holidays; exposed to communicable diseases & youth who are hostile & sometimes violent.

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