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Become a Youth Development Specialist to Start Your Career and Make a Difference

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.

What we are looking for:

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:

  • 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), 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.

How To Apply:

  1. Please note, in order to apply for this position, you will need to register for the Youth Development Specialist civil service exam. Once you have completed your registration, you will be notified of the exam date at a later time. Please see the Notice of Examination for details reagarding the Youth Development Specialist Civil Service Exam.
  2. If you would like to use our basic cover letter, please download the PDF.
  3. If you meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and are under consideration, you will hear from a recruiter within approximately 60 days.
  4. A civil service exam will be required when the next one becomes available. Civil service exams are given by the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS); when the filing period is open, you can file for the exam here.

Frequently Asked Questions About Becoming a Youth Development Specialist


What are the qualifications to become a Youth Development Specialist?

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What counts as youth experience? I’ve raised children in my own family and/or done lots of babysitting, can I count that?

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What hours does a Youth Development Specialist work?

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Is juvenile detention the same as a jail?

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