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Become a Youth Development Specialist at ACS and Make a Difference in the Life of a Young Person.

  • Do you have valuable life experiences that could positively influence the direction of a young person?
  • Do you have what it takes to be a role model and a champion for youth?
  • Do you want to make a difference and give back to your community and city?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, this is the job for you!!!

What we are looking for:

The New York City Administration for Children’s Services is hiring! We are looking for compassionate, enthusiastic individuals who are committed to working with young people and interested in helping turn the lives of at-risk youth around. Working as a Youth Development Specialist, you would:

  • Provide safe and secure supervision and care to at-risk youth who are placed in secure juvenile detention by the court
  • Serve as a role model, mentor and guide
  • Work as part of a team to support positive and healthy youth development
  • Manage conflict and youth behavior safely including using de-escalation and restraint techniques as necessary
  • Provide structure and engage youth in pro-social activities and behaviors
  • Support youth in their efforts to develop new social, academic and vocational skills and interests
  • Receive valuable training on building healthy relationships with youth and crisis prevention and management

Working as a Youth Development Specialist offers:

  • Starting salary is $46,013 and after 5 years salary goes up to approximately $60,854*
  • Participation in NYC’s pension system
  • Comprehensive health insurance offering both individual and family coverage
  • Longevity Bonuses for your years of service
  • Overtime pay at time and a half for working over 40 hours a week
  • Higher educational opportunities

*includes a uniform allowance and longevity pay

Requirements:

A four year high school diploma (or its educational equivalent) 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.

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