Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary $7,642.00 - $12,385.00 gross per year
  • Golden


Department Information

This position is open only to Colorado state residents.

***This announcements referral list may be used to fill multiple PM III roles for the Lookout Mountain campus.***

About the Division of Youth Services: The mission of the Division of Youth Services (DYS) is 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 youth development. The strategic goal of DYSis to operate healthy trauma-responsive organizational environments as demonstrated through prosocial, safe, and non-violent interactions.

DYS provides a continuum of 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 the Colorado Youth Detention Continuum; a State-funded, locally administered program that provides services to youth at risk of further progressing into the juvenile justice system. In addition to residentialprogramming, the Division administers juvenile parole services throughout the State. We have many opportunities within DYS to positively impact youth and families.

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 There are numerous opportunities within DYS to positively impact youth and families and we welcome you to join our team.

Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center(LMYSC): located in Golden Colorado, is an intensive secure treatment program. Lookout is moving to 4separate youth centers servicing between 16-36 male youth at each center.LMYSCprovidesfor the care and supervision of youth committed by the District Court to the custody of the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Youth Services. Lookout Mountain is designed to meet the needs of DYS's highest risk youth and accepts referrals from all four of the Division's management regions.

Description of Job
This position will perform the following duties:

Serve as appointing authority for the facility, supervision of subordinate staff, set performance standards, conduct performance planning and appraisal of staff, ensuresubordinate staff development needs are met, and initiate necessary corrective or disciplinary actions. Assure direct and indirect supervisory employees are performing supervision functions with their subordinates consistent with State, Department, Division, and Facility expectations.

Provide programmatic planning aligning with the Eight Evidence Based Principles, operating a healthy trauma responsive environment for staff, family and youth, coordinating, monitoring, evaluation, and oversight to all facility functions. Responsible for quality assurance and continuous quality improvement for the entire facility. Provide internal oversight and respond to external auditing and review of facility programs and processes. Monitor and oversee all security and program functions.

Maintain effective working relationships and communication with Judicial District representatives, School District Officials, Contract Providers, Detention Screening Agencies, Law Enforcement, DYS Client Managers, and Regional Program Managers to facilitate effective bed management in the facility and transition from facility.

Apply criteria to approve, evaluate, and determine appropriate use of personnel resources pursuant to the Colorado Code of Regulations, Department and Division policy. Maintain required staffing levels through recruitment, selection, training, scheduling, and retention. Create an environment for staff that supports their physical, emotional and psychological safety. Develop annual budget based upon assessment of facility needs and consistent with State, Department, and Division guidelines.

Approve and monitor expenditures to assure spending is consistent with budget. Assure appropriate use of resources to best address multiple needs of the facility. Draft and implement internal operating procedures consistent with DYS policy and continually assure that procedures reflect Division policy and that facility employees and processes function consistent with policy. Identify and correct deficiencies through a direct or delegated response. Apply process improvement strategies and capture improvements in procedure to legitimize and standardize implemented change.

Participate in Department, Division, Regional and Community processes that affect agency or scope of services overseen. Represent agency in a professional manner to forward agency goals and objectives. Provide for escorted educational tours through the facility to ensure reasonable public access and understanding of our mission and practices. Facilitate media relations consistent with Department policy.

Serve as leader and facilitator of the management group. Prepare agenda items, analyze discussions for program or personnel impact, and seek to forward goals of agency in the spirit of cooperation. Participate in broader Division work teams and assist in resolving Division issues as they arise. Attend Facility Director meetings and Senior Mangers Group. Communicate effectively with all levels of the organization using all available mediums. Document and share learnings and new information with staff.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications listed below to continue in the selection process for this position.Work experience must be specifically documented on your application. "See resume" or "see attached" statements in the work experience section will not be accepted in lieu of the official application form.


Educational Requirements:Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in business, public administration, criminal justice, a human behavioral sciences field, or closely related field.


Experience: Six (6) years experience in juvenile justice and/or a secure residential/adolescent program, which must have included three (3) years of supervisory and administrative experience in ajuvenile justice and/or a secure residential/adolescent program. The administrative experience must have included such duties as the planning, development, and implementation of budgets, policies, and agency objectives necessary to achieve goals of a juvenile justice organizational unit or program. This experience must be specifically documented on your job application. (Anything less than 40 hours per week is considered part-time. Credit is given for part-time work but is calculated by prorating the qualifying experience.)

Substitution:Professional-level experience in the juvenile justice system or a secure residential/adolescent program, which provided the same kind, amount and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the bachelor's degree.Applicants with no education experience must possessa total of 9 years of experience to substitute for both the bachelor's degree and experience sections listed above. A master's or doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in business, public administration, criminal justice, a human behavioral sciences field, or closely related field may be substituted for the bachelor's degree and one year of general experience respectively. (30 semester hours equals 12 months full-time work experience.)

Highly Desirable Experience:

- Supervision of a complex environment servicing multiple youth populations.
- Juvenile Residential expertise including understanding of the juvenile laws, criminal procedures, Colorado Youth Detention Continuum mandates/functions and SB 286 rules and implementation strategy,
- Programmingexperience with pre-adjudicated and adjudicated youth including understanding of adolescent development, cognitive behavioral approaches, trauma responsive environments, evidence based treatment, and the creation of an effective behavior management program. Gender specific expertise including extensive knowledge of best practices for girls programming in a secure setting,
- Expertise in maintaining oversight of contractors and acting as liaison for contractors.

Essential Competencies: Administration and Management, Customer and Personal Service, English Language, Public Safety and Security, Complex Problem Solving, Judgment and Decision Making, Critical Thinking, Management of Personnel Resources (to include Supervision), Time Management, Oral Communication, Written Communication, Inductive Reasoning, Deductive Reasoning, Interpersonal Skills, Leadership, Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others.

Be a minimum of 21 years of age, with no felony convictions or history of domestic violence
Possess and maintain a valid State of Colorado driver's license
Pass CBI and FBI background investigations, as well as a drug screen as a condition of employment
Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position. Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the app

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