The Youth Development Representative (YDR) position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and may require the payment of an agency service fee through direct payroll deductions.
The DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) is a Social Services Agency tasked with providing holistic and therapeutic programs and services to adjudicated youth between the ages of 12-21 in the District of Columbia. It serves as the District's cabinet level juvenile justice agency. DYRS administers detention, commitment, and aftercare services for youth held under its care in its secure facilities or residing in the DC community.
The mission of DYRS is to improve public safety and give court involved youth the opportunity to become more productive citizens by building on the strengths of youths and their families in the least restrictive, most homelike environment consistent with public safety.
The Youth Development Representative (YDR) position is located in the Secured Programs Division, under the purview of the Deputy Director of Secured Programs with the DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS).
Duties and Responsibilities
The Youth Development Representative has responsibility for the rehabilitation, direct supervision and active positive engagement, and safety and security of youth in the custody of DYRS. Special emphasis is placed on interacting with troubled youth when assisting in treatment and supervision, consistent with the principles of positive youth development (progressive services, supports and opportunities which help youth become socially, morally, emotionally, physically, and cognitively competent). The position will receive intensive, hands-on, training under the direct supervision of the department's training division and/or facility supervisory staff.
Provides for the day-to-day direct supervision and positive engagement of youth in the department's care and custody; is vigilant in the performance of assigned duties and is an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team endeavoring to rehabilitate and provide safe, secure, and humane treatment of youth in custody.
Maintains ongoing visual contact with all youth under their supervision and engages the youth in a positive and developmentally appropriate manner.
Transports youth to court and other varied locations; supervises recreational activities; maintains custody of youth in hospitals and medical clinics, and monitors living, dining, and educational areas, in an engaging and interactive manner, while assuring youth and staff safety.
Prioritizes and ensures positive interaction, safety, security and rehabilitation of youth, while under direct supervision.
During academic programming, works collaboratively with education staff to maintain order and discipline. During non-academic programming, serves as a role model to youth, leads and participates in recreation and group sessions with youth, and assists with the development of appropriate life and social skills.
De-escalates conflicts, tensions, fights or other disturbances, and when necessary physically restrains and imposes discipline of youth consistent with department policies and procedures. Documents reports and officially enters incidents into the department's computerized information system and/or log-books in the event of an incident and submits detailed written reports.
Ensures a safe, clean, and orderly environment is maintained at all times. This includes notifying supervisory staff if proper furnishings and equipment are missing or inoperable on the housing units. In the event of any potential safety hazards, making the appropriate notification, as well as making periodic inspections of housing units, locks, windows, doors, gates, furniture, fixtures and other items that can be used to potentially escape from the facility or cause self-harm.
Responsible for supervising and engaging youth through behavioral management programs that are implemented in the facility. As part of a team, evaluates youth on DYRS' behavior management and modification system, and participates beside Youth Family Team meetings to provide input on youth's behavior and case planning.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Education
30 credit hours from an accredited business school, college or university in social/behavioral science, education or other closely related degree, and 2 years of experience working in a youth treatment program (i.e. group homes, residential, juvenile correction, rehabilitation facilities), which included casework, group counseling, juvenile rehabilitation, probation and parole, or social work for children (12-21 years of age)
60 credit hours from an accredited business school, college or university in social/behavioral science, education or other closely related degree, and 1 year of experience working in a youth treatment program (i.e. group homes, residential, juvenile correction, rehabilitation facilities), which included casework, group counseling, juvenile rehabilitation, probation and parole, or social work for children (12-21 years of age)
4 years of experience working in a youth treatment program (i.e. group homes, residential, juvenile correction, rehabilitation facilities), which included casework, group counseling, juvenile rehabilitation, probation and parole, or social work for children (12-21 years of age).
Specialized Experience: Experience must be equivalent to at least the next lower grade level 11.
Licensures. Certifications and other requirements
This position is designated as safety sensitive and essential. Incumbent is subject to a criminal background, Child Protection Registry, and drug/alcohol screening checks and clearances prior to start date, and random drug/alcohol testing during the duration of employment.
Work is performed in a juvenile detention facility.
Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the D.C. Department of Human Resources Only.