Recruitment #24-116-0098


Loudoun County is recognized as one of the fastest growing counties in the United States and is known for its excellent quality of life and strong economy. Located approximately 40 miles west of Washington DC, Loudoun County offers a diverse blend of cultural, recreational, and educational opportunities.

Job Description

Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of at-risk and detained youth? We have a career opportunity for you.

The Loudoun County Juvenile Court Service Unit is seeking qualified candidates for Youth Services Specialist I positions serving the Youth Services Center located in Leesburg, VA.?

This new facility, which opened in Spring 2023, contains 2 different residential programs:

  • Secure Juvenile Detention Center
  • Less Secure Youth Shelter for court-involved youth.

Youth Services Specialists are responsible for the welfare, safety, and security of the youth at the facility. Positions may be available in either program.

Typical Youth Services Specialist I core responsibilities include:

  • Supervise youth in all daily activities, such as: recreational, educational, hygiene, meals, visitation, life skills and spiritual services.
  • Manage youths' behavior by the least restrictive means, utilizing coaching and conflict resolution skills to teach and promote pro-social behavior among the youth.
  • Counsel, discipline and physically restrain youth as needed.
  • Transport youth.
  • Complete reports and daily logs.
  • Operate control room. (Detention Center only)
  • Conduct inspections, security checks and searches.
  • May be requested to provide support to other programs within Department.
  • Additional activities may be assigned as needed.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Job Requirements

  • Requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to an Associate's degree or equivalent and two (2) years professional experience in a related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Valid driver's license is required.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Bilingual English and Spanish preferred.

Special Requirements

  • Must be able to successfully complete First Aid, CPR for adults and Handle with Care (physical intervention) within 90 days of hire.
  • Must update certifications as needed.
  • Position is considered essential and requires reporting to work in inclement weather or other states of emergency and or as required by Director.
  • Must be able to work all shifts as assigned, rotating schedules that includes days, evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays. This position is required to work on either a 12-hour day or night shift.
  • Must have the ability to use automated technology and be able to operate keyboard driven equipment.
  • May be at risk of exposure to various forms of communicable disease.
  • Requires occasional stooping, bending, and /or light lifting.

Post Conditional Offer Contingencies

Employment is contingent on the satisfactory results of a physical exam, drug screening, TB test, Department of Motor Vehicle record check, criminal background checks and fingerprinting, to include Child Protective Services, as required by federal and state standards applicable to the facility.


Loudoun County Regular Full-time Employees are eligible for full benefits including but not limited to the following as a part of a total rewards package!

  • Retirement from the Virginia Retirement System (VRS)
  • Annual leave
  • Sick leave
  • Annual Paid Holidays
  • Group Health Plan
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Exceptional Performance Recognition
  • Credit Union Membership
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Education and Career Development