Youth Care Specialist I (#MDDV01)
Description of Occupational Work
This class series uses four levels of work in the Health and Human Services occupational group and Human Services occupational series and describes work in supervising youth in the daily academic, recreational and social activities of a youth rehabilitative or behavioral health treatment facility. Work emphasizes teaching basic living skills and maintaining structure, discipline, safety, and providing support and guidance on everyday problems of adjustment to daily living or group situations.
Note: This career ladder series incorporates levels I, II and III. Level I is to provide entry for hiring new employees into the class series but does not preclude hiring new employees at Level II or Level III. Employees may be promoted through the career ladder in accordance with job requirements and promotional standards. Promotional standards, a selection document under separate cover, sets forth the criteria that defines and describes the requirements that must be met at Level II and Level III.
Advancement of employees through the career ladder is dependent on an agency's/department's operational needs and distribution of work. The Youth Care Specialist Supervisor, although not part of the career ladder, provides competitive opportunity for movement of employees.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
Levels of Work
Youth Care Specialist I
This is the first level of work providing custodial supervision of youth to ensure the enforcement/implementation of rules and regulations affecting the care and security of youth.
Youth Care Specialist II
This is the intermediate level overseeing and providing custodial supervision, coaching, direction, guidance, and general care of youth.
Youth Care Specialist III
This is the advanced level responsible for developing and implementing appropriate activities for youth; providing coaching, direction, guidance and crisis resolution to assist them in their adjustment to programs; and supporting the goals of the treatment plans and maintaining facility behavior management documentation and credibility.
Youth Care Specialist Supervisor
This level supervises staff who provide direct supervision of youth in a residential setting to facilitate their adjustment to the residential facility and to support the goals established in the youth's treatment plan and to ensure and maintain the security, safety, control and well-being of youth in a therapeutic/rehabilitative setting.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The intent of the listed knowledge, skills, and abilities are given a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KS&A's listed are not exhaustive or necessary inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.
In addition to the above knowledge, skills, and abilities, the Youth Care Specialist II requires:
In addition to the above knowledge, skills, and abilities, the Youth Care Specialist III requires:
In addition to the above knowledge, skills, and abilities, the Youth Care Specialist Supervisor requires:
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Youth Care Specialist I