West Haven, Director of Youth Services

Description:

TITLE: DIRECTOR OF YOUTH SERVICES 

DEPARTMENT:  HUMAN RESOURCES -- YOUTH SERVICES

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

This is responsible administrative work involving the direction and delivery of municipal services to youth.  

Work involves responsibility for developing preventive and positive youth development programs, coordination with other agencies, technical assistance, volunteer coordination and research.  Duties include policy recommendation, departmental planning, funding development and community coordination.  This position also has the responsibility for making difficult youth services decisions. The work requires that the employee have considerable knowledge, skill and ability in every phase of providing social services for youth and their families.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the direction of the Commissioner of Human Resources.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

Assigns and oversees work of case managers and family therapists hired as contract personnel under grant funds.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Evaluates, coordinates and implements educational and positive youth development programs such as career counseling, substance abuse, peer advocates, truancy prevention and parent education programs.

Maintains contact with local and regional agencies such as Police, Juvenile court, Recreation

Department, State Department of Education, Department of Children and Families, and Community Centers, and acts as clearing house of available community resources for youth, parents, educators and community leaders.

Plans and prepares Youth Services Bureau programs and schedules and monitors program registration and maintains records.

Serves as an advocate for youth issues and concerns.

Maintains liaison with various groups, agencies and committees dealing with services to the community's youth.

Provides assistance to local community organizations and agencies in implementing youth involvement their projects.

Hires, assigns work and oversees efforts of counseling staff employed under grant funds.

Prepares annual youth services bureau budget and controls the expenditure of fund allocations within the constraints of approved budget.

Prepares grant applications and administers grant programming implementation.  Conducts needs assessments and plans and develops new programs.

Gathers and analyzes information and prepares reports for the Department of Children and Families, and the State Department of Education.

Provides limited counseling services to youth and families and makes referrals for continuing service assistance.

NONESSENTIAL DUTIES

NONE

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of social services programs for youth. 

Considerable knowledge of federal, state and local laws, regulations and funding sources pertaining to youth.

Considerable ability in oral and written communication.

Considerable ability to relate to youth on an individual and group basis.

Considerable ability to develop and implement youth service programs, including coordination of the efforts of various agencies and groups.

Considerable ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, associates, subordinates, officials of other agencies and the general public.

QUALIFICATIONS

A master's degree from a recognized college or university in social science or a related field plus three years of progressively responsible social services administration experience or an equivalent combination of education and qualifying experience.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Must have a valid Connecticut driver's license.

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED

General office equipment, motor vehicle, computer, VCR.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The employee is frequently required to sit, talk and listen.  Occasionally the employee is required to walk, use hands and fingers to operate office equipment and reach with hands and arms.  The employee may occasionally lift/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required for this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The work performed primarily in an office setting.  The noise level in the work environment is generally quiet.

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. 

Applications:   www.cityofwesthaven.com           Personnel and Labor Department

Completed applications should be sent by July 27, 2020 to:

 

Beth A. Sabo, Director

Personnel Department

City of West Haven

355 Main Street

West Haven, CT 06516 

Salary Range:  $64,391 to $73,528

 

 

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