Youth Services Group Worker I
Full-Time Or Part-Time
$31,189.34 to $40,454.18 Annually
Number Of Vacancies
Westfield Detention Unit A, Westfield Detention Unit B, Westfield Revocation and Westfield Stabilization (Westfield, MA)
The Groupworker I's primary duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Minimum Entrance Requirements
Based on assignment, position of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator' License may be required.
Experience in correctional institution work, the major duties of which included the secure residential care, treatment, counseling and/or rehabilitation of juveniles and/or adult offenders or in a law enforcement capacity.
This is a Civil Service position.
The Department of Youth Services is the juvenile justice agency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Department's mandate is to take custody of juveniles who are pre-adjudicated (i.e., juveniles who are being detained in lieu of bail) as well as juveniles who are post-adjudicated (those who have been found delinquent of one or more of the crimes with which they have been charged). The Department has also been in the forefront of de-institutionalization, so that we essentially provide rehabilitation to juveniles committed to our care in small residential programs (15 to 20 beds). Some of our programs are ?staff secure? residential programs (youth have to stay in the facility but are not locked in) and some are ?hardware? secure facilities (these programs have locked perimeter doors and the bedroom doors are locked during the sleeping hours). The staff secure programs are generally run by private non-profit providers who contract with the Department; the hardware secure programs are generally run by the Department itself.
At our programs, the Department employs various categories of workers including clinicians, teachers, administrators, and ?line staff.? These line staff provide safety and security as well as mentoring and advocacy to youth in the program, and their primary function is to supervise the residents, this includes a one to one watch for suicide preventions, they must stand and walk for prolonged periods of time by moving residents from location to location, take appropriate action to prevent disturbances or escapes, be responsible for the safety and security of the facility, and must be able to physically escort or conduct physical restraints on residents who act out or are out of control. They also participate in education, treatment and rehabilitation services to the youth in the program. Line staff are called ?Groupworkers,? and are listed in three categories Groupworker I, II and III. The Groupworker I (Grade 12) is the entry level line staff for DYS.
Minimum age requirement: 21 years of age
Transportation Requirement: Valid Mass Driver's License - must have reliable transportation.
Candidate Must be flexible.
May be required to work extended hours, nights, holidays or weekends. Also, may be forced to work mandatory overtime shifts and may be required to work at other programs within the facility to meet staff to client ratios.
Hours to be Worked: 40
Days Off: TBD
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM (First Shift)
3:00 PM - 11:00 PM (Second Shift)
11:00 PM - 7:00 AM (Third Shift)
Candidates must pass a pre-employment screening which includes: 1) Drug Screening; 2) Psychological Screening; 3) Medical Examination; and 4) Physical Abilities Test (PAT) for direct care positions. If you would like more information, please logon to the DYS website www.mass.gov/dys to access detailed information on the Pre-Employment process.
A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visithttp://www.mass.gov/hhs/coriand click on "Information for Job Applicants."
OPEN CONTINUOUS POSTING THROUGHOUT "FY'13"
Please Send Cover Letter And Resume To
Attn: Mr. Ronald Brace
Westfield Youth Service Center
51 East Mountain Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Cover letter and resume may be also sent via facsimile to 413-784-1324.
Please reference the Posting ID# J33356 on all correspondence.
Agency Web Address
Ms. Maria Caban Cordero, (617) 727-7575
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.