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7 Jan 2021

Full-Time Director – Grand Mesa Youth Services Center

DeptofHumanServ – Posted by DeptofHumanServ Grand Junction, Colorado, United States

Job Description

Additional information about this posting is available through the direct application link.

The primary duties of this position are located within 30 miles of the state border; therefore, this position is exempt from the residency requirements. Applications will be considered from residents and non-residents of Colorado.

Description of Job

This position will perform the following duties:

Serve as appointing authority for the facility, supervision of subordinate staff, set performance standards, conduct performance planning and appraisal of staff, ensure subordinate staff development needs are met, and initiate necessary corrective or disciplinary actions. Assure direct and indirect supervisory employees are performing supervision functions with their subordinates consistent with State, Department, Division, and Facility expectations.

Provide programmatic planning aligning with the Eight Evidence Based Principles, operating a healthy trauma responsive environment for staff, family and youth, coordinating, monitoring, evaluation, and oversight to all facility functions. Responsible for quality assurance and continuous quality improvement for the entire facility. Provide internal oversight and respond to external auditing and review of facility programs and processes. Monitor and oversee all security and program functions.

Maintain effective working relationships and communication with Judicial District representatives, School District Officials, Contract Providers, Detention Screening Agencies, Law Enforcement, DYS Client Managers, and Regional Program Managers to facilitate effective bed management in the facility and transition from facility.

Apply criteria to approve, evaluate, and determine appropriate use of personnel resources pursuant to the Colorado Code of Regulations, Department and Division policy. Maintain required staffing levels through recruitment, selection, training, scheduling, and retention. Create an environment for staff that supports their physical, emotional and psychological safety.   Develop annual budget based upon assessment of facility needs and consistent with State, Department, and Division guidelines.

Approve and monitor expenditures to assure spending is consistent with budget. Assure appropriate use of resources to best address multiple needs of the facility. Draft and implement internal operating procedures consistent with DYS policy and continually assure that procedures reflect Division policy and that facility employees and processes function consistent with policy. Identify and correct deficiencies through a direct or delegated response. Apply process improvement strategies and capture improvements in procedure to legitimize and standardize implemented change.

Participate in Department, Division, Regional and Community processes that affect agency or scope of services overseen. Represent agency in a professional manner to forward agency goals and objectives. Provide for escorted educational tours through the facility to ensure reasonable public access and understanding of our mission and practices. Facilitate media relations consistent with Department policy.

Serve as leader and facilitator of the management group. Prepare agenda items, analyze discussions for program or personnel impact, and seek to forward goals of agency in the spirit of cooperation. Participate in broader Division work teams and assist in resolving Division issues as they arise. Attend Facility Director meetings and Senior Mangers Group. Communicate effectively with all levels of the organization using all available mediums. Document and share learnings and new information with staff.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications listed below to continue in the selection process for this position.  Work experience must be specifically documented on your application.   “See resume” or “see attached” statements in the work experience section will not be accepted in lieu of the official application form.


Experience:  Six (6) years experience in juvenile justice and/or a secure residential/adolescent program, which must have included three (3) years of supervisory and administrative experience in a juvenile justice and/or a secure residential/adolescent program. The administrative experience must have included such duties as the planning, development, and implementation of budgets, policies, and agency objectives necessary to achieve goals of a juvenile justice organizational unit or program. This experience must be specifically documented on your job application. (Anything less than 40 hours per week is considered part-time. Credit is given for part-time work but is calculated by prorating the qualifying experience.)


Educational Requirements: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, criminal justice, a human behavioral sciences field, or closely related field.

Substitution: Professional-level experience in the juvenile justice system or a secure residential/adolescent program, which provided the same kind, amount and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the bachelor’s degree.  Applicants with no education experience must possess a total of 9 years of experience to substitute for both the bachelor’s degree and experience sections listed above.  A master’s or doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in business, public administration, criminal justice, a human behavioral sciences field, or closely related field may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree and one year of general experience respectively. (30 semester hours equals 12 months full-time work experience.)

Highly Desirable Experience:

  • Supervision of a complex environment servicing multiple youth populations.
  • Juvenile Residential expertise including understanding of the juvenile laws, criminal procedures, Colorado Youth Detention Continuum mandates/functions and SB 286 rules and implementation strategy,
  • Programming experience with pre-adjudicated and adjudicated youth including understanding of adolescent development, cognitive behavioral approaches, trauma responsive environments, evidence based treatment, and the creation of an effective behavior management program and treatment modalities. Gender specific expertise including extensive knowledge of best practices for girls programming in a secure setting,
  • Expertise in maintaining oversight of contractors and acting as liaison for contractors.

Essential Competencies:  Administration and Management, Customer and Personal Service, English Language, Public Safety and Security, Complex Problem Solving, Judgment and Decision Making, Critical Thinking, Management of Personnel Resources (to include Supervision), Time Management, Oral Communication, Written Communication, Inductive Reasoning, Deductive Reasoning, Interpersonal Skills, Leadership, Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others.

Conditions of Employment 

  • Be a minimum of 21 years of age, with no felony convictions or history of domestic violence
  • Possess and maintain a valid State of Colorado driver’s license
  • Pass CBI and FBI background investigations, as well as a drug screen as a condition of employment
  • Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position.  Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.
  • Included in the background investigation is a current/previous employer check. Your current and previous employers within the last 10 years must be listed on your application even if the job duties are unrelated to Correctional Youth Security Officer I position. Incomplete employer information (address, phone, supervisor name) or omission of former employers may result in application disqualification.
  • Continued employment is contingent upon successful completion of the DYS Pre-service Training Academy, Field Training Program (FTO) and mandatory annual training in all subject areas.


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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: director and youth services. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.

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