Your valuable life experiences could positively influence the direction of a young person.
This is your chance to be a role model and a champion for youth while making a difference and giving back to your community.
The New York City Administration for Children’s Services is hiring compassionate, enthusiastic individuals to work with young people in our detention facilities. Working as a Youth Development Specialist, you would:
*includes a uniform allowance and longevity pay
A four-year high school diploma (or its educational equivalent), fluency in English, and two years of full-time experience working directly with at-risk youth or young adults up to age 24 in a group, community, educational or institutional setting, or other combinations of higher education and work or volunteer experience. Some years of work experience may be waived if you have an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling, education, recreation, criminal justice, psychology, biology, sociology, human services or a closely related field.
If you would like to use our basic cover letter in your application, please download the PDF.
What are the qualifications to become a Youth Development Specialist?Expand
What counts as youth experience? I’ve raised children in my own family and/or done lots of babysitting, can I count that?Expand
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