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What It Means to Be a Youth Development Specialist

ACS is looking for caring, enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about working with young people and interested in helping turn young lives around. Youth Development Specialists are the chief staff members responsible for the well-being of youth in Secure Detention facilities. Youth who are in detention are awaiting processing of their cases in either the Family or Criminal court system. 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
  • Exercise indepedent judgement, inititative and provide skill-based therapeutic interventions
  • Guide youth through a broad array of activities including school, meals, chores, wake-up and bedtime routines, family visits, escort to appointments, recreation and other programmatic events
  • 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 to maintain a calm and supportive environment
  • Provide structure and engage youth in pro-social activities and behaviors
  • Support youth in their efforts to develop new social, interpersonal, academic and vocational skills and interests
  • Receive valuable training on building healthy relationships with youth, crisis prevention and management and other critical topics

 

Salary and Benefits

A competitive starting salary of $45,000 annually with a YDS making approximately $60,000* after five years of employment.

In addition to base salary, after 1, 3, 5, and 7.5 years of service, incumbents receive $823, $1,646, $2,468, and $3,457 per year respectively, as longevity pay. Also, a re-occurring increment payment of $500 per year is offered after 10 years of city service and a longevity increment of $800 per year is offered after 15 years of city service. All rates are subject to change.

There are also frequent overtime earnings and a night differential for hours worked between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

Youth Development Specialists receive the same benefits as other ACS employees, including scholarship opportunities to continue your education. Learn more.


*includes a uniform allowance and longevity pay.

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