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Colorado State Youth Services Specialist I - Greeley - Platte Valley in Greeley, Colorado

Youth Services Specialist I - Greeley - Platte Valley

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Youth Services Specialist I - Greeley - Platte Valley


$4,023.00 Monthly


Greeley, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Colorado Department of Human Services

Job Number

IKA 01655 07/20/2021


8/4/2021 11:59 PM Mountain

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Department Information

Office of Children Youth and Families - Platte Valley Youth Services Center

This position is open only to Colorado state residents.

The eligible list can be used for both Full Time and Part Time

This list will be used to fill, night, days and swing shifts.

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About Us

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Human Services ( (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. In addition to a great location and rewarding and meaningful work, we offer excellent benefits:

In addition to rewarding and meaningful work, we offer excellent benefits ( :

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan ( plus 401(k) and 457 plans

  • Medical and dental health plans (

  • Employer supplemented Health Savings Account (

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short- and long-term disability coverage

  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave

  • BenefitHub ( state employee discount program

  • Wellness Program | MotivateMe (

  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and more

*Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more

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Our Culture & Environment

Our vision is that the people of Colorado will be safe, healthy, and prepared to achieve their greatest aspirations. Through our core values listed below, CDHS staff are committed to:

  • Making decisions with, and acting in the best interests of the people we serve, because Colorado's success depends on their well-being

  • Sharing information, seeking input, and explaining our actions because we value accountability and transparency

  • Managing our resources efficiently because we value stewardship

  • Promoting a positive work environment, and supporting and developing employees, because their performance is essential to Colorado's success

  • Meaningfully engaging our partners and the people we serve because we must work together to achieve the best outcomes

  • Committing to continuous learning because Coloradans deserve effective solutions today and forward-looking innovation for tomorrow

Division of Youth Services

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, 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. The Division also contracts with numerous private residential and non-residential service providers throughout the State. 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 youth development.

Division of Youth Services Strategic Goal: The Division will operate safe, healthy trauma-responsive organizational environments as demonstrated through prosocial, non-violent interactions between staff and youth, youth and youth and staff and staff.

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:

My Why

Description of Job

Positions provide direct care security, supervision, and support of detained and/or committed youth in Division of Youth Services (DYS) State Operated Secure Residential Facilities within a trauma responsive environment. The Position serves a complex adolescent population with various behavioral health disorders, trauma and criminal behaviors.. Facilities are 24/7 and position shifts are dependent on openings.

  • Maintain a safe environment through appropriate supervision and use of behavioral management skills and interventions in order to guide youth through daily living and leisure activities.

  • Conduct searches of individuals and rooms for contraband items.

  • Inspect and ensure the safety and security of doors, windows, and youth center grounds.

  • Inspect common areas and youth center living units to maintain health, safety and sanitation standards.

  • Implement and document suicide precautions monitoring, safety plans and behavior agreements for those youth at high risk of hurting themselves or others or demonstrating other serious behavioral concerns.

  • Monitor secure perimeter and monitor and control access to restricted areas.

  • Use conflict management, non-escalation and de-escalation skills and, in emergencies, use approved physical response techniques when all other interventions have failed.

  • Develop and maintain professional relationships with youth to support them in their programming.

  • Teach, coach and redirect youth within the behavior management program and role model prosocial behavior at all times.

  • Reinforce use of safe practices including methods of supervision and structure that maintain a non-violent environment.

  • Facilitate educational, skill development, recreation, and other youth groups and activities.

  • Support treatment and case plan goals and objectives developed by the Behavioral Health & Medical Services unit.

  • Provide supervision and support of community transition/reintegration opportunities for youth.

  • Adhere to and reinforce established DYS rules, policies, and procedures and utilize proper protocols when responding to critical incidents, physical altercations, medical emergencies, fire drills and other incidents.

  • Utilize computer software to document incident reports and other activities when required.

    Lived Experience:

    The Division of Youth Services (DYS) is committed to hiring individuals who are professional and passionate about their desire to help youth. DYS values candidates who have demonstrated perseverance as a special attribute that can help the youth in our care. DYS encourages qualified candidates with "lived experience" to apply. Lived experience comes from the personal knowledge and understanding that many possess by virtue of first-hand experience with mental health, substance abuse, systems involvement and traumatic events. Lived experience brings unique knowledge, insights and perspectives that are invaluable for organizational growth, increased sensitivity to the youth and families we serve, and new ideas and inspiration for improving service delivery.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights




High school diploma or General Education Diploma, (GED).



These positions are not sedentary positions. Employees are typically on their feet during the entire shift. Youth living quarters are located on multiple levels and employees must frequently climb stairs in the performance of job duties. Please take into account your physical ability in relation to the essential job duties when applying for job.

Employees must also be willing and able to physically intervene with assaultive youth.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • College education in a behavioral health and or juvenile justice related field.

  • Experience working with adjudicated and/or detained youth within a secure residential facility and/or a behavioral health setting;

  • Experience facilitating psychoeducational groups; Education/experience working with adolescents who have trauma;

  • Experience working with youth in positive leadership roles, such as mentoring and coaching.

  • Experience utilizing verbal de-escalation and motivational techniques.

    Highly Desirable Competencies

  • Skilled in conflict management.

  • Strong work ethic, integrity and dependability.

  • Sound judgment and decision making skills.

  • Self control, composure and the ability to manage stressful situations.

  • Ability to verbally communicate clearly and willingness to do so respectfully

  • Ability to identify and act on changes, inappropriate activity, hazards or potential security breaches and verbally communicate pertinent information.

  • Ability to study information and recount events in a written, factual, concise, and legible method.

Work Environment:

Employees are required to work shift hours. This includes evening, night, weekend and holidays. Shifts may vary between agencies and may include eight (8) hours, ten (10) hours, or twelve (12) hours in duration. Mandatory overtime may be required. Day shift work is not usually available. As a YSSI, your position is considered essential and you may be required to report to work during inclement weather.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be willing to submit to a background check, pre-employment drug screening

  • Must possess a valid driver's license

  • Must be willing to transport youth in state vehicles

  • Must be 21 years old

  • Must be available for shift work, breakfast, lunch or dinner shift

  • Continued employment is contingent upon successful completion of the DYS Pre-service Training Academy, Field Training Program (FTO) and mandatory annual training in all subject areas.

    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 applicant from future State employment with CDHS.

    Appeal Rights:

    If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director.

    An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email, US Mail, faxed or hand delivered within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgement of the department’s action.

    For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board go to or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures , Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes , at under Rules.

Supplemental Information

Note: Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements) are required to apply and participate in the comparative analysis process.

Selection Process:

The selection process will consist primarily of a review of applications against 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 the top group of 6 candidates to be invited for a final interview. Applicants will be notified of their status via email.

For Recruiting questions, please contact

Comparative Analysis Process:

Please be aware the application review 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 should specifically 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.

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

ADAAA Accommodations:

CDHS is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Nancy Schmelzer, at or call 1-800-929-0791.

Toll Free Applicant Technical Support: If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV technical support at 855-524-5627 Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application first, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files, and second, close the document before you attempt to upload

* Reminder: This job announcement will serve as an application pool for available positions that now exist or may exist in the future. *


* 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 documentation must be uploaded- this is the first evaluation in the selection process*


The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer