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Youth Development Specialist

Company: LaSalle School
Location: Albany
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Job Description:

LaSalle School

Job details


From $15 an hour

Job Type



High school or equivalent (Preferred)
Experience with Children: 1 year (Preferred)
Childcare: 1 year (Preferred)
First Aid Certification (Preferred)
CPR Certification (Preferred)

Full Job Description

The Youth Development Specialist (YDS) works directly with the residents assigned to a particular division to ensure that the daily programs and routines are carried out. This role is responsible for providing a safe, therapeutic residential experience for all youth during each assigned shift by consistently implementing strategies


Active supervision of youth to maintain the safety and well-being of all youth, including to assist to provide a positive, clean, safe and therapeutic environment.
Act as a member of the team to coordinate youth daily tasks. Work closely with all team members to formulate and see that treatment plans are supported and positive youth development experiences are incorporated in all activities.
Develop a working knowledge of each resident and works to support his progress in treatment. Review information and maintain knowledge regarding issues and important developments of each youth, treatments plans, safety plans, and ICMPs within the division.
Provide support for youth to whom the YDS is assigned as the primary and present on youth progress.
Maintain up to date knowledge of Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) and uses identified strategies to reinforce positive behaviors which reflect safety, responsibility and respect.
Arrive on time and ready to fulfill responsibilities as scheduled. This includes but is not limited to review of communication log, e-mails and memos each shift.
Maintain a level of professionalism necessary to demonstrate appropriate support of youth, including but not limited to appropriate communication, appropriate appearance and dress, acting as a role model to youth, etc.
Establish positive working relationships with members of the division team, as well as staff in other departments, who share the responsibility of providing treatment and educational services to residents.
Demonstrate an awareness of trauma informed care and provides the support and guidance necessary for each resident to feel safe and welcomed.
Aware of the daily census and maintains vigilance regarding any youth's whereabouts on campus.
Maintains an awareness of each youth's frame of mind and ability to appropriately engage in program activities.
Participate in all scheduled meetings, training sessions and skill development opportunities.
Demonstrate competency with implementation of therapeutic crisis intervention (TCI) strategies, including interventions as identified in ICMP for each youth.
Apply, as necessary, skills learned in training including Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, CPR, First Aid, Defensive Driving, Documentation, Boundaries, et al.
Encourage each resident to participate in routines and activities, as appropriate.
Complete all required documentation accurately and in a professional manner, including time sheets, daily log, communication log, incident reports, phone logs, and any other reports and forms as expected.
Communicate information related to youth activities, division happenings, high risk behaviors, and other related information in a timely and professional manner both verbally and via documentation to ensure that supervisors, managers, and colleagues are aware of any pressing issues which impact the safety and well-being of any youth.
Follow all guidelines and procedures related to position.
Ensure appropriate professional use and maintenance of all security devices, monitors, phones, and other job related equipment.
Demonstrate commitment to agency philosophy and mission.
Perform special assignments and other duties as needed in any division or for specific youth.


Familiar with the ICMP and treatment goals of each resident.
Competent in employing TCI techniques for de-escalation and managing behaviors.
Capable of using technology including radios, computers, and security devices.
Demonstrate capacity to learn and follow daily routine of program.
Ability to effectively supervise residents as a group and maintain a therapeutic atmosphere during all program activities in all settings.
Strong communication skills orally, electronically, written, to support quality documentation and the effective exchange of information.
Mature demeanor, professional attitude, able to effectively engage youth and colleagues.


Valid NYS Driver License
High School diploma
Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training
Completed Defensive Driving course
Completion of agency mandatory training components and OCFS requirements during first three months


College Degree in related field
Work experience with adolescents of similar profile or in residential care


Therapeutic Crisis Intervention
Therapeutic Crisis Intervention refresher (every 6 months)
First Aid / CPR
Defensive Driving
Trauma Informed Care Practices training
Other skill development training, as assigned, which supports effective fulfillment of Youth Development Specialist role.

Benefit Conditions:

Waiting period may apply
Only full-time employees eligible

This Company Describes Its Culture as:

Team-oriented -- cooperative and collaborative
People-oriented -- supportive and fairness-focused
Stable -- traditional, stable, strong processes

Work Remotely


Job Type: Full-time

Pay: From $15.00 per hour


Dental insurance
Employee assistance program
Flexible spending account
Health insurance
Life insurance
Paid time off
Professional development assistance
Retirement plan
Tuition reimbursement
Vision insurance


8 hour shift

Supplemental Pay:

Signing bonus


High school or equivalent (Preferred)


Experience with Children: 1 year (Preferred)
Childcare: 1 year (Preferred)


First Aid Certification (Preferred)
CPR Certification (Preferred)

Keywords: LaSalle School, Albany , Youth Development Specialist, Other , Albany, New York

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