Suffield, Director of Youth Services


Town of Suffield
Job Posting
Position: Director of Youth Services

Post Date: March 12, 2020
End Date: May 7, 2020

The Town of Suffield is a quintessential New England town with a longstanding pledge to preserving its historic architecture and agricultural roots. The many people who serve Suffield through town government - as employees and volunteers alike - remain committed to developing and fostering a strong sense of community among its residents.

The Town of Suffield is seeking a Director of Youth Services. The Director of Youth Services is responsible for the administration, development and implementation of Youth Services programs. Conducts programs that promote positive mental, emotional and social development for youth. Provides advocacy and direct services to “at-risk” children, youth and their families. Identifies needs and refers clients to appropriate social or counseling professionals. Works closely with the Social Services Commission, schools, town departments, and various state and regional agencies. Works with law enforcement officials to counsel and assist youth implicated in violations of the law. Responsible for writing grant proposals as needed. Serves the residents of Suffield in a positive, customer-oriented atmosphere that helps promote a positive, professional image for Town government.

Supervision Received:
Reports to the First Selectman and the Social Services Commission.

Supervision Exercised:
Supervises high school interns and volunteers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. In coordination with the First Selectman and Social Services Commission, continuously evaluate the needs of the target population in this municipality; design, implement, facilitate, and/or coordinate youth service programs and initiatives with targeted population(s) and/or their family to meet those needs.
2. Foster and maintain effective relationships with target youth and their families who may be considered “at-risk”, “in crisis”, or otherwise in need; provide basic professional assessment of these individuals and make referrals and linkages to appropriate agencies, professionals, or officials as needed; foster close working relationship with School Resource Officer to coordinate programming for the target population.
3. Compile and/or develop promotional and educational materials related to youth services, distribute within the community and provide education and information as needed; coordinate educational opportunities and/or trainings on prevalent issues (effective parenting, substance abuse/prevention, appropriate discipline, domestic violence, mental health, gaming addictions, divorce, etc.), as needed.
4. Participate in the Juvenile Review Board; coordinate with Suffield Police Department to connect with the family of the JRB referred youth; assist with intake and relevant background information to facilitate the JRB process; maintain contact with Juvenile Review Board referred youth for the purpose of follow-up and monitoring, as well as
maintaining options for community service needs; conduct specific mental health/drug use assessments as needed.
5. Maintain adequate and effective communication at all times; must seek to develop, and maintain professional relationships with youth, families, resources, town/school personnel, etc.
6. In consultation with Social Services Commission, complete and submit grant application(s) related to youth services programming; maintain adequate and complete daily, monthly, and yearly statistical data for purposes of monthly reporting and outcome statistics as required.
7. In consultation with the First Selectman and Social Services Commission, provide input to plan and responsibly implement an annual youth services budget including grant funds.
8. In consultation with the Social Services Commission, coordinate, monitor, and evaluate Youth Services programs, particularly among targeted groups; including developing and/or gathering promotional materials related to youth.
9. Consult and counsel with youth and/or families in crisis, referring them to appropriate agencies and professionals for assistance when necessary.
10. Provide and coordinate community education on children, youth and family issues (e.g., classes and forums on substance abuse prevention, mental health awareness, effective parenting, discipline, etc.)
11. Work with Suffield’s Juvenile Review Board, as a member of the board, to identify community service projects for youthful offenders; conduct specific mental health/substance use assessments; counsel families of youthful offenders and be a resource for police on cases involving Suffield youth.
12. In consultation with the Social Services Commission, applies for applicable grants and assessments as needed; negotiate grants pertinent to Youth Services programming; keep records and make follow-up reports to funding agencies and local prevention council complete timely annually.
13. Chair of the Suffield local prevention council; attends quarterly meetings, collects and shares data, hosts meeting, creates prevention and awareness programs for the community.
14. Develop and lead positive youth development programs (e.g., social/emotional and coping skills).
15. Functions as the referral base for truancy cases from the Public Schools; collaborates with school and family to assist with need.
16. Complete annual report on administered programs during year.
17. Creative marketing to utilize programs and events at the Youth Center.
18. Collaborate with Town departments to promote youth and family activities.
19. Create and maintain a positive social media presence; advertise programs via social media.
20. Attend seminars and conferences to remain current on developments in youth mental health/social and emotional learning.
21. Maintain positive working relationships with local government officials, school officials, community and the public regarding program offerings and coordination of services; promptly and cordially, respond to inquiries and complaints pertaining to services and facilities.

Other Job Functions:
1. Perform other related work as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
1. Experience with municipal government, including establishing productive working relationships with school personnel, police, and town agencies.
2. Experience in developing effective working relationships with youth and their families
3. Knowledge of child development, case work, group dynamics, delinquency prevention and methods of community organization.
4. Knowledge of and experience with grant writing and acquisition of funds.
5. Knowledge of and experience with budget administration.
6. Strong interpersonal skills, including competency in oral and written communication.
7. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, associates, and citizens.
8. Ability to manage time and work responsibilities independently.
9. Empathy and advocacy for youth and sense of mission to serve targeted groups
10. Ability to maintain confidentiality.
11. Experience with office management, including office technology.

Minimum Qualifications:
1. Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred in social work, education, counseling, or related field.
2. Must have five (5) years of professional experience minimum, working with youth and families case work, and experience in a community/municipal setting preferred.
3. Licensed Master Social Worker preferred.
4. Suitable experience may be substituted for education attainment if deemed appropriate by the First Selectman.

Special Requirements:
1. Valid Driver’s License; ability to obtain a Public Services License.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk; use hands and fingers, handle or operate objects, controls or standard office
equipment, reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.
The employee must regularly be able to safely lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision
abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision,
depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:
This job operates in a professional office environment with occasional related field work. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally work in outside weather conditions. The employee may occasionally be exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, extreme cold, extreme heat and airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office, and moderately quiet to noisy in the field.

General Guidelines:
The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement betweEn the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Travel is primarily local from public schools, town buildings, home visits as needed, during the business day, although some out of the area travel and overnight may be expected for conferences and seminars.

Other Duties:
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of functions, activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Functions, duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

EEOC Statement:
It is the policy of the Town of Suffield to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the Town of Suffield will provide reasonable accommodations that do not present an undue hardship for qualified
individuals with disabilities.

This position is at will. This is a full time thirty five (35) hours per week position. Must be able to work flexible hours as needed to include; after school programing, evenings and weekends. Occasionally requires long hours beyond those scheduled hours, including monthly evening commission meetings, evening work and weekend work as job duties demand; responds to student and family emergencies for support.

Compensation and Benefits:
$60,000 - $65,000 annual salary commensurate with experience, benefits package to include:
13 Paid Holidays per Year • Paid Sick and Vacation Days • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance • Defined Contribution Plan with Town Match • Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability and Life Insurance

How to Apply:
Applications can be found on the town web page at under town departments/Human Resources. Submit application along with resume by closing date of posting. Mail or email application and resume to: Town of Suffield, Attention: Shannon Jendrysik, Human Resources Department, 61 Ffyler Place, Suffield, CT 06078 

The Town of Suffield is an equal opportunity employer m/f/d/v.
The above posting is intended as a guide and is not a complete description of the position or process

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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