Coordinator Youth Services

Location
Alexandria, VA
Salary
$51,552.80 - $56,837.00 Annually
Posted
Apr 15, 2021
Closes
Apr 29, 2021
Ref
2021-00514
Hours
Full Time
Youth Services Coordinator

The City of Alexandria is located in Northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh-largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter of the City's square miles have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Youth Services Coordinator position.

Overview

Enthusiastic, positive, organized, motivated, and high-energy professional wanted for a unique position with Alexandria’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Service Unit (CSU). Under the supervision of the Crime Prevention Program Manager, the Youth Services Coordinator will provide crime prevention and intervention services for at-risk, culturally diverse male and female youth, generally between the ages of 10-15 based on the needs of the Court. Schedule requires weekday evening hours, generally 12 - 8:30 p.m., at least 3 days per week, 2 Saturdays per month, and occasional Sundays for weekend-long events, approximately 4 times per year.

What you should bring

The ideal candidate will bring passion, creative problem-solving abilities, and outstanding collaboration and communication skills. General knowledge of local service agencies and organizations, best practices in mentoring, and the work of Virginia’s Court Service Units is needed. The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, agency representatives, coworkers, and supervisors is essential. The successful applicant must have direct experience working with youth from diverse backgrounds, enjoy youth, arts, and recreational activities, and have experience managing behaviors of individuals and groups of youth with emotional and behavioral challenges.

The Opportunity

  • Provide trauma-informed supervision, counseling, crisis intervention, and case management, including life skills and anger management instruction, mediation and restorative interventions, truancy interventions, parent training and support, academic tutoring, and community service opportunities. Support clients in accessing mental health and substance abuse services.
  • Manage Space of Her Own mentoring programs, including screening, training, and supervision of 5th-grade youth-at-risk and volunteer mentors, and coordinating all aspects of the program including a team building weekend, life skills classes, family nights, room transformation weekends, and community celebrations.
  • Plan and implement SOHO Club events for middle schoolers and their mentors, building long-term mentoring relationships, community engagement, and STEAM-Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math skills.
  • Advocate for youth and families, assisting them in meeting social, educational, employment, childcare, housing, medical and recreational needs.
  • Manage Shoplifting Prevention Program, providing courses to first-time petit larceny offenders, continuously enhancing the curriculum, and tracking recidivism.
  • Conduct fieldwork that includes home visits with children and parents, school visits to meet with youth and/or school staff, and community visits to businesses, recreation centers, youth shelter, and detention center.
  • Develop and maintain volunteer and client files, making timely entries in various databases to fulfill Court and grant requirements, and conducts evaluation measurements.
  • Prepare and submit written progress reports to the CSU and Court.
  • Represent CSU at meetings and serve on City committees/task forces relating to youth issues, which may include The Alexandria’s Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy, Mentoring Partnership, Youth Services Coordinating Council, and/or Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.


About the Department

The Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court Service Unit is made up of a dedicated team of professionals working to support the strategic direction of the City government through the commitment to excellence in Public Safety by providing effective interventions that improve the lives of youth, strengthening both families and communities.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

Four-year College Degree; completion of college-level courses in social work, psychology or another human services field. Some experience in serving vulnerable youth and a familiarity with current trends and practices employed in mentoring, crime prevention and juvenile justice. Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Preferred Qualifications

Successful experience with developing, implementing, managing and evaluating programs, planning events, and managing volunteers. Bilingual Spanish/English is a plus.

Notes

This position is partially grant funded by Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice and the Virginia Juvenile Community Crime Control Act and has been consistently funded by this grant for over 20 years.

Court Service Unit pre-employment screening includes: FBI records check, Drug Screen, Driver’s record check, and VA State Child Abuse/Neglect Registry check.

Please submit a compelling cover letter with your application.

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