Youth Development Program (YDP) Coordinator

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Position Title:  Youth Development Program Coordinator

Who is Youth Services?

Youth Services has been a highly-respected part of the Windham County of Vermont community since 1972. Our mission: working together to build resilience and be a catalyst for change. Youth Services is a supportive, creative, dynamic workplace.

How will I make a difference?

The Youth Development Program Coordinator plays a key role in Youth Services’ mission to support youth and families to thrive in their communities. This position is housed within the Youth Programs department and works closely with other youth and young adult case managers, clinical services, and community partners to provide collaborative, comprehensive services.

This position provides case management to older youth involved in the child welfare system by: assisting clients in developing individualized strengths-based, youth-driven and comprehensive plans for making the transition from state custody; and referring youth to case management and other services that align with their needs, risks, and strengths. The Youth Development Program Coordinator participates in local and state community action organizations that empower youth and families in order to know and support area resources, understand area dynamics and serve clients effectively.

Responsibilities Overview:

Engage youth in individual case management:

  • Conduct intakes with youth seeking services, assessing for needs, risks, and strengths to develop strengths-based, youth-driven, and comprehensive Plans of Care with clients
  • Assist with transition planning for youth 16.5+ in Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) care
  • Meet with youth regularly to follow through on Plans of Care goals and assess for ongoing needs and services

Effective administration:

  • Maintain up to date file documentation per statewide guidelines and Medicaid funded requirements

Cultivate intra and inter-agency collaboration:

  • Attend and contribute to regular meetings with community service providers
  • Participate in building a team culture of collaboration and shared ownership within Youth Programs
  • Support team goals and collaborative problem-solving

Can I see myself here?

We have found that our staff at Youth Services succeed when they:

  • Think systemically
  • Value feedback
  • Are highly organized
  • Are passionate about justice and believe that everyone deserves to have their needs met
  • Value collaboration that comes from working on a team
  • Are tenacious problem-solvers
  • Have a sense of humor and find creative ways to implement ideas
  • Can change priorities quickly

Additional Information

Applicants should ideally have the following skills:

  • Experience with collaborative service delivery that values family and youth voice and input in all facets of service
  • Ability to think on the fly with creativity, self-reflection and groundedness
  • Skilled at crisis intervention work; able to respond with intention
  • Commitment to service provision that is centered in a deep-held belief that youth and families fare best when they stay together until the youth is ready to transition to independent living
  • Able to build relationships with young people, families and community partners that are rooted in empathy and mutual accountability
  • Understands that systems-change needs to be rooted in both pragmatism and idealism

How can I be considered for the position?

You can be considered for this position if you meet the following qualifications:

This position requires a BA/BS or equivalent amount of education, training, work experience and/or lived experience
One year of experience working with adolescents and young adults.
This is a field position and frequent travel is required, including client transport. Reliable transportation and comprehensive insurance is required.

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter to [email protected] by May 5, 2023. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis.

This position is full-time at 37.5 hours per week.

Compensation: $20/hr and comprehensive benefits.

Youth Services works in partnership with United Nurses & Allied Professionals, Local 5050, and this position is included in the collective bargaining agreement.



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