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Juvenile Detention P/T Youth Worker- Female

Posted: 04/14/2024


Responsible and accountable as a Youth Worker for the daily care, personal guidance, and recreational programs for juveniles, ages 13-17; help establish and maintain detention care life and standards; and assists with counseling, guidance, and evaluation of juveniles pursuant to regulations established in the Iowa Administrative Code under the direct authority of County Juvenile Detention Director and County Assistant Juvenile Detention Director.


Essential Functions and Responsibilities: The following duties are typical for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

Responsible for receiving juveniles at the facility and determining acceptability
Responsible for obtaining necessary/pertinent information regarding alleged offenses
Will take an active part in the screening of juveniles to determine their acceptability and disposition at the facility
Prepares records on each admission and notifies and advises parents or guardian, caseworker, intake officer, D.H.S. worker, lawyer, relevant agencies and significant others as to the procedures and process of the facility
Will be responsible for orienting juveniles, parents, workers, lawyers, concerned agencies and significant others as to the policies, procedures and functions of the facility
Advises the relevant parties as to the action that will be taken with the individual juvenile
Responsible and accountable for providing a safe and secure environment for those juveniles detained
Youth Worker directly supervises the security of all juveniles, assisting juveniles with their behavioral, emotional, medical and programming needs
Responsible for coordinating activities at different levels within the facility, the judicial/juvenile court system, the juvenile resource system and the law enforcement system
Will assist with coordinating appointments, court dates, transportation and communication between the juvenile workers, and system resources
Will make behavioral observations and record them in the daily logs and the juvenile's files
Will utilize behavior management skills including discipline and rewards at appropriate times
Will interact with the juveniles on a one to one basis in counseling situations and juvenile total group situation
Will implement the Daily Living Program and supervise the juveniles therein throughout the day in all areas of the Daily Living Program
Will assist the juveniles in recognizing and maintaining good personal hygiene skills
Will be aware of the juveniles medical and special needs and coordinate activities in these areas and be responsible for the completion of these duties and records
Will assist with ordering meals, meal preparation and serving meals as well as snacks when appropriate. Will also assist and supervise the clean up after meal times
Will assist with and supervise the daily cleanup and maintenance of the Facility
Responsible for being knowledgeable of all laws and rules governing juvenile detention and receiving
Must be knowledgeable of the Iowa Juvenile Code (chapter 232) and the Iowa Code as it applies to the Facility
Must be knowledgeable of the various segments of the juvenile court and resource system including intake, D.H.S., probation/parole, youth serving agencies, and other components that make up the total system
Will be responsible for being familiar with security measures as they apply to the Facility
Will be responsible for becoming familiar with and implementing the policies and procedures of the facility as set forth by the Facility Handbook, and the Facility Director
Will be familiar with basic counseling skills and techniques including good listening and communication skills
Perform various other County Juvenile Detention related tasks/assignments/special projects as directed by the County Juvenile Detention Director and/or County Assistant Juvenile Detention Director
Attendance is required.


Minimum Education and Experience Required to Perform Essential Functions:

A copy of H.S. or College Diploma is required
Graduation from an accredited high school with two (2) years of college and a minimum of one (1) year of experience in working with juveniles in a facility or the community, or a combination of the above with substitution on a year for year basis
Ability to train and instruct personnel
 Be physically capable of performing the duties expected of a Youth worker and be free of infectious and communicable diseases. Both of the above physical requirements will need to be verified by a report signed by a physician.
Preference will be given to those that have existing knowledge of the Iowa Juvenile Code, Iowa Legal Code and counseling skills. Must possess the personal maturity to maintain equilibrium under unusual stress or social interaction pressure
Candidate for hire must pass a mandatory child abuse/adult abuse and criminal history check, a physical examination, vision, back screen and drug screen prior to formal offer of employment.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential tasks.  Candidate for hire must pass a mandatory child abuse/adult abuse and criminal history check, a physical examination, vision, back screen and drug screen prior to formal offer of employment. The use of clearly spoken English for the skills and purposes of this job. Attendance is required.ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH THE APPLICATION OTHERWISE THE APPLICATION WILL NOT BE FORWARDED. Woodbury County application is required.  A resume is required. Copy of High School or College diploma / Or transcripts   DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: 4:30 P.M., Monday, April 22nd, 2024 or until position is filled.Woodbury County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the County will consider reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the Employer.