Position: Youth Development Specialist-DDCI
Reports To: Residential Program Supervisor
Beginning Pay Range: $18.00 per hour *plus $2.00 a hour temporary incentive pay **$1,000.00 sign on bonus
D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s is a private non-sectarian agency that serves vulnerable children and families from the entire community. Our core objectives are to strengthen families, help children heal from abuse and neglect, provide homes and help kids thrive.
About this Opportunity:
The Youth Development Specialist (YDS) is responsible for ensuring youth receiving residen30th, 2022tial services are physically and emotionally safe while receiving support, empathy, feedback, and direction. YDS are responsible to provide effective and therapeutic responses to the challenging emotions and behaviors of the youth we serve. This will include but not be limited to areas of communication, cognition, health management, social networking, vocational, leisure time management, and community integration. As a youth developmental specialist, you will be working directly with individuals regarding their developmental and cognitive disabilities. The population we serve are between the ages of 11-17. Each youth will have an individualized treatment plan created by a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. Youth are provided with weekly individual therapy, specialized group therapy or intensive activity-based therapy. Your role will be following the treatment plan created to assist the youth in accomplishing their goals. You will support the youth with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, toileting, eating, etc. Other job responsibilities include assisting with community outings, social interactions, and intentionally engaging our youth.
Would you like to help us accomplish our mission as a Youth Development Specialist?
Our ideal candidate will have experience in working with children and youth with emotional and behavioral challenges, developmental disabilities, and cognitive impairments is strongly preferred. A high school diploma is required, higher education in psychology, social work, sociology, youth and family studies or related field is preferred. You must have a positive acceptance of supervision in order to learn and be trained in job-related functions and the ability to work with a variety of people both within and outside the Agency. In addition, you must be able to promote a positive image for the Agency in the community and in relationship with other Agencies and their personnel. It is required to have a valid driver’s license, good driving record and adequate insurance with a reliable vehicle available at all times. This candidate must possess an understanding and/or willingness to learn the needs of diverse populations. Lastly, you must become familiar with and follow the code of ethics and agree to abide by the related Agency standards.
Offered benefits and more:
- Medical, Dental, Vision. Life Insurance, Paid Holidays Off, Paid Time Off.
- 403B Retirement Opportunity.
- Flexible Scheduling.
- Opportunity to learn and grow from working with a diverse population of children and families.
- Access to a robust training system.
- DABSJ is able to provide CEUs for onsite trainings.
- Reimbursement for trainings.
- Support from our robust EAP (emotional, organization skills, financial planning, etc.
- Work within an environment of creative problem solvers.
- Regular supervision.
- Working within a collaborative division with a wide variety of experience and knowledge.
- Work within a trauma informed environment supported by the Sanctuary Model (trauma informed organizational change model).
D.A. Blodgett – St. Johns is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, height, weight, marital status, veteran status, or disability, or any other legally protected characteristic. Multi-lingual skills are highly valued at DABSJ.
Applicants being considered for hire must pass a central registry clearance check and criminal background check to be eligible for employment. Applicants must also pass a drug test before beginning work. Refusal to submit to testing will result in disqualification of further employment consideration. Failure to pass the pre-employment test will disqualify the applicant from employment for a period of six months.