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Correctional Youth Security Officer I - Zebulon Pike

Company: Colorado Department of Human Services
Location: Colorado Springs
Posted on: September 22, 2022

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Correctional Youth Security Officer I - Zebulon Pike Print ( Apply Correctional Youth Security Officer I - Zebulon Pike Salary $1,932.00 BiweeklyLocation Colorado Springs, COJob TypeFull TimeDepartmentColorado Department of Human ServicesJob NumberIKA 05091 09/09/22Closing9/19/2022 11:59 PM Mountain

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  • Questions Department InformationThis position is open to current Colorado residents only. Please note: This recruitment may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Opt in below to receive text message updates on CDHS recruiting events! CDHSCareers Physical Location: 1427 W. Rio Grande Colorado Springs, CO 80905About Division of Youth Services - Zebulon Pike Youth Services CenterThis work unit exists to provide for the direct care, security, supervision and support of pre-adjudicated or adjudicated youth in Division of Youth Services state-operated secure residential facilities using a trauma responsive approach. Work assignments range from Admissions and Control, school and day programming, to detention, assessment, and commitment (long term treatment) living units. Description of JobThis position provides 24-hour/7 days per week supervision of youth in DYS State Operated Secure Facilities. This position is direct-care and essential. To maintain safety and security through appropriate supervision of youth, to organize and direct daily living and leisure activities of youth, in accordance with the living unit master schedule, shift supervisor and/or other administrative direction. Provide corrective cognitive, emotional or behavioral experiences within a youth center program using a trauma responsive approach. To be aware of and adhere to prevailing legal standards, CDHS Policy, DYS Policy, DYS Audit Standards and youth center specific procedure. This position serves a complex adolescent population with various behavioral health disorders, trauma, and criminal behaviors. Specific duties and expectations of the job are detailed in the 5 sections below: Safety/Security; Programming; Documentation/Recording and Reporting; Training; and Organizational Accountability.Safety/Security. Work involves providing the direct care, safety, security and supervision of adjudicated and/or pre-adjudicated youth in a secure setting. Supervision for safety is a function of appropriate staff location, mobility and continual observation of youth. Enforce established security rules and behavioral expectations with a youth or group of youths, supervise and direct daily living and leisure activities, orient youth to the unit/facility and agency rules and routines, intervene early in potentially, or actively, volatile situations. Provide immediate intervention in crisis situations. Employ sound judgment and emotional control when evaluating possible crises taking into consideration the physical and mental well-being of all youth and staff. Participate in defusing and debriefing of all incidents pursuant to prevailing DYS Policy. Monitor movement of youth on the unit or throughout the agency, escort and transport to activities or appointments internal and/or external to the agency. Conduct pat searches, personal searches, and full searches for contraband items in accordance with DYS Policy. Conduct searches of persons, property, or areas according to schedule or as needed. Identify, document, and seize contraband as directed or appropriate in accordance with DYS policy. Check windows, doors, all aspects of locking mechanisms, as well as youth center grounds and perimeter to minimize escape risk and promote safety. Inspect common areas and youth center living units to maintain health, safety and sanitation standards. Adhere to all Suicide Prevention Monitoring (SPM) Policies and Standards. Monitor and document SPM status, medical watches or other special observation status youth, in accordance with timeframes as noted on Room Check Sheet(s). Implement safety plans and behavior agreements for those youth at high risk of hurting themselves or others or demonstrating other serious behavioral concerns. Actively use effective communication skills, verbal de-escalation skills, use a strength-based approach, and interact with all youth and staff in a positive and respectful manner. Use conflict management and de-escalation skills and, in emergencies, when youth poses a serious, probable, imminent threat to self or others, use approved physical response techniques when all other interventions have failed. Place youth on seclusion pursuant to prevailing DYS Policy. Monitor, participate, support and enforce behavioral management plans for individual youth as directed (e.g. Behavioral Contracts, Individual Growth and Change Plans). Actively supervise youth to prevent sexual contact and sexual harassment and adhere to all PREA Policies and Federal Standards. Adhere to and reinforce established DYS rules, policies, and procedures and utilize proper protocols when responding to critical incidents, physical altercations, medical emergencies, fire drills and other incidents. Youth Center Programming. Actively and with positive engagement, implement and follow the facility behavioral management program. Conduct problem solving, appreciation and/or psycho-educational groups and individualized skill building as needed to support a safe environment conducive to learning and consistent with DYS behavioral expectations. Communicate expectations for behavior, events, rules, or other milieu requirements. Role model prosocial behaviors for youth. Use prevailing techniques to establish rapport with youth, overcome resistance to change, communicate more effectively in stable circumstances as well as unsettled circumstances. Support restorative community justice principles and/or activities. Support DYS initiatives and strategies as they relate to juvenile programming and crisis intervention. Objectively and fairly monitor and record youth behaviors, as well as intervene according to prevailing program standards related to privileges and consequences. Follow daily program schedule based on prevailing standards. Recognize, implement, monitor, observe and document juvenile SMP (Special Management Program) in accordance with the written program. Recommend any modifications of program to supervisory and/or clinical staff. Facilitate and monitor the cleanup of pod and rooms, as well as inspect youth center, according to daily schedule. Monitor and ensure youth hygiene is provided for according to prevailing procedure. Routinely and equitably distribute linen and clothing to ensure good hygiene practice. Make requests to ensure hygienic standards are met as necessary. See that youth consume all hygienic resources wisely and limit wasteful uses by youth. Ensure youth are provided access to meals. Monitor meal provision and consumption in accordance with time standards. Document and/or record meals as required. Ensure that youth are provided confidential access to grievances, medical and behavioral health services as needed/requested. Distribute youth medications and document the distribution of medications as specified in DYS Policy. Support and/or facilitate youth to meet their presenting needs and address their concerns appropriately Uphold basic rights of juveniles pursuant to prevailing law or policy. Provide individual or group psycho-education. Support and ensure that youth are provided access to recreation according to prevailing standards, youth condition and daily program schedule. Provide orientation for newly admitted youth within 24 hours of admission according to prevailing orientation standards as assigned. Provide support to educational programming as requested and assigned. Documentation/Recording and Reporting. Document observations of youth behavior and response to program(s). Complete documentation of facility and youth searches. Document all unit activities and relevant information on the daily shift log. Record Suicide Precaution Monitoring (SPM) and Special Management Program (SMP) Status and Medical Watch based on the assigned time intervals or frequency for the specific youth. Complete Extended Risk Assessment Forms as assigned by designated staff. Document all youth group activities in the TRAILS database. Generate and document Incident Reports as required by DYS Policy. Notify and complete all forms relevant to youth incident reports. Observe and document youth behaviors on seclusion status. Report and document any physical plant deficiencies or safety concerns. All staff must report known or suspected incidents of abuse as mandatory reporters pursuant to State statute. Review and record all legal documentation and record required information in the youths file (hard copy) and the TRAILS database. Inventory and record youth property during admission, any or all releases and any other access or change to that property. Document the receipt and release of all youth medication(s) as appropriate. This documentation shall include the notification of all internal and external parties. Generate and record all VINE information in the TRAILS database, unless otherwise directed. Complete and record accurate youth room classification information pursuant to DYS Policy. Notify and communicate all relevant youth information to the receiving unit staff. Complete, record and provide all necessary youth information on the Critical Information Advisement form and provide to all receiving parties. Ensure required suicide risk assessments are completed within two hours of admission for all newly detained and committed or recommitted youth. Notify and complete all forms relevant to High Profile youth admissions. Organizational Accountability. Through all communications and behaviors employee demonstrates, supports, and contributes to a healthy, positive and respectful cultural climate throughout the facility. Communicates with internal/external customers, residents, subordinate staff, and co-workers in a professional manner; communicating with respect and dignity. Adhere to the CDHS Code of Conduct and 7 Commitments and support the 5 Key Strategies. Be aware of and adhere to prevailing legal standards, CDHS Policy, DYS Policy, DYS Audit Standards and Implementing Procedures. Adheres to CDHS, DYS Policy, and Youth Center Implementing Procedures regarding work schedule, timekeeping, and leave practices. Complete other duties as assigned and follow supervisors requests and directives within Colorado Revised Statutes, CDHS and DYS Policies and Procedures. Training. Attend and actively participate in all assigned training and successfully complete any/all testing or other requirements for such training. Maintain required certifications as appropriate. Successful completion may be known or recorded by score or demonstration of skill. Meet and keep current all mandatory training pursuant to prevailing DYS Policy. Successfully complete DYS Pre-Service, Facility Training and Orientation process as a new employee. Maintain and support the Divisions prevailing behavior management and intervention strategies. Other Duties as AssignedMinimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights* Please read the entire job announcement and follow all of the instructions prior to completing the application. You must provide documentation to be given credit for it. There will be no exceptions on timelines to provide documentation. All documentation must be uploaded- this is the first evaluation in the selection process*Note:Applications will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualification for the position. If it is determined that you meet the minimum qualifications, your application will also be used as part of the examination process. You should ensure that your application specifically addresses the requirements as listed in the minimum and preferred qualifications, as well as the job duties and the highly desired competencies. Take the time to adequately address your specialized experience, work products, and accomplishments as they relate to the position.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education and Experience: High school diploma or General Education Diploma, (GED).Substitutions: NoneThese positions are not sedentary positions. Employees are typically on their feet during the entire shift. Youth living quarters are located on multiple levels and employees must frequently climb stairs in the performance of job duties. Please take into account your physical ability in relation to the essential job duties when applying for job.Employees must also be willing and able to physically intervene with assaultive youth.Preferred Qualifications:College education in a behavioral health and or juvenile justice related field.Experience working with adjudicated and/or detained youth within a secure residential facility and/or a behavioral health setting;Experience facilitating psychoeducational groups; Education/experience working with adolescents who have trauma;Experience working with youth in positive leadership roles, such as mentoring and coaching.Experience utilizing verbal de-escalation and motivational techniques.Highly Desirable Competencies
    • Skilled in conflict management.
    • Strong work ethic, integrity and dependability.
    • Sound judgment and decision making skills.
    • Self control, composure and the ability to manage stressful situations.
    • Ability to verbally communicate clearly and willingness to do so respectfully
    • Ability to identify and act on changes, inappropriate activity, hazards or potential security breaches and verbally communicate pertinent information.
    • Ability to study information and recount events in a written, factual, concise, and legible method. Work Environment:Employees are required to work shift hours. This includes evening, night, weekend and holidays. Shifts may vary between agencies and may include eight (8) hours, ten (10) hours, or twelve (12) hours in duration. Mandatory overtime may be required. Day shift work is not usually available. As a CYSOI, your position is considered essential and you may be required to report to work during inclement weather.Conditions of Employment:
      • Full Background - CDHS employees: Direct contact with vulnerable persons. CBI name check and fingerprint check. ICON Colorado court database. Medicare fraud database. Reference checks. Professional License Verification (if applicable). Drug Screen. PREA (Division of Youth Services Only). For those with direct contact with children: Trails check. For those with direct contact with adults at the MentalHealth Institutes, Regional Centers and Veterans Community Living Centers: CAPS
        • 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.
        • Shift Work - Subject to assigned shifts.
        • Travel Transportation of youth in state vehicles, Travel to assigned trainings and/or alternate work sites.
        • 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.
        • 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.
        • 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.
        • Effective September 20, 2021, this position will require documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. New employees will be required to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination within thirty (30) business days of hire.
        • Religious and medical exemptions and reasonable accommodation shall be addressed as required by law pursuant to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions vaccination guidance. If you would like to request a medical or religious exemption, please contact Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnsons Janssen vaccine, as defined by the most recent State of Colorados Public Health Order and current guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.
        • On or after October 31, 2021, each facility shall ensure all newly hired employees, direct contractors, or support staff members are fully vaccinated at the time of hire, or receive their first dose of a two-dose protocol, or a single-dose vaccination, prior to providing any care, treatment, or other services for the facility and/or its clients. Appeal Rights: If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director. An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email (, postmarked in US Mail or hand delivered (1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver CO 80203), or faxed (303.866.5038) within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgement of the departments action. For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board; go to ; contact the State Personnel Board for assistance at (303) 866-3300; or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at under Rules. Supplemental InformationHow to Apply ( The Assessment Process For additional recruiting questions, please contact araceli.diaz About Us: If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Human Services ( (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. In addition to a great location and rewarding and meaningful work, we offer:
          • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401(k) and 457 plans
          • Medical and dental health plans
          • Employer supplemented Health Savings Account
          • Paid life insurance
          • Short- and long-term disability coverage
          • 11 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave
          • BenefitHub state employee discount program
          • Employee Wellness program MotivateMe
          • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and more
          • Remote work arrangements for eligible positions *Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to . Our Values: We believe in a people-first approach: To serve the people of Colorado, we develop a culture and work environment that creates an energized, inspired, and healthy team capable of giving their best to Coloradans . Balance creates quality of life: We want our team to be resilient through a supportive workplace that values flexibility, health and wellness, and employee engagement. We hold ourselves accountable: We take responsibility through our actions, programs, and results for the state of health and human services in Colorado. Transparency matters: We are open and honest with employees, our partners, the Coloradans we serve, and the public. We are ethical: We abide by what is best for those we serve by doing what is right, not what is easy. Collaboration helps us rise together: We work together with all partners, employees, and clients to achieve the best outcomes for Coloradans. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities. ADAA Accommodations: CDHS is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Nancy Schmelzer, at or call 1-800-929-0791. -THE STATE OF COLORADO IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER- Toll Free Applicant Technical Support ( The State of Colorado offers permanent employees a variety of benefits including medical, dental, life and disability insurance, as well as a comprehensive leave program. Please click the following link for detailed information: Please note that each agency's contact information is different; therefore, we encourage all applicants to view the full, official job announcement which includes contact information and class title. Select the job you wish to view, then click on the "Print" icon.01 Do you possess a High School Diploma or GED?
            • Yes I possess a High School Diploma or GED
            • No I do not possess a High School Diploma or GED02 If you are a current or previous state employee, please provide the following information for each state job worked: department, job title, dates worked. This will allow us to determine transfer, demotion, promotional, or reinstatement status. (This information will be verified.) 03 The bottom of this job announcement provides links to additional information on how to apply, the assessment process, toll free applicant technical support, and about how the State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer. Please acknowledge below that you have read the information provided in these links.
            • This information is available to me and I have read this information
            • I am unable to access the links with this information on the job posting. (If you select this option, please contact the recruiter, whose information is listed on this announcement, so that they can send this information directly to you.)04 If you are a former State of Colorado employee, please provide your EID (employee identification number will start with 99....), if not applicable type N/A. 05 Former State employees who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application In the space below, please provide an explanation as to why the prior termination or resignation should NOT disqualify your application from the current position. 06 Please tell us what level of education you currently have completed and the associated major based on the selections below.
            • Bachelor's degree with Major in (psychology, sociology or criminal justice major or similar field).
            • Associate's degree with Major in (psychology, sociology or criminal justice major or similar field).
            • Completed College Degree in unrelated field - Incomplete degree in related field
            • Completed HS/GED - Incomplete college degree in unrelated field07 Years of experience working with at risk youth in a secure/staff secure setting or at risk population
            • 2 + years of Direct Experience working with at risk youth in secure/staff secure type program.
            • 1-2 years of Experience working with at risk youth secure/staff secure type program
            • six months to 1 year of experience working with an at risk population.
            • less then six months of experience working with an at risk population.
            • no experience working with an at risk population.08 Please describe in detail where you were working with at risk youth in a secure/staff secure setting or at risk population from your application? 09 Years of Mentoring, Coaching , Intern or Volunteer work.
            • 2+ years of experience
            • 1-2 years experience
            • six months to 1 year of exp
            • less than six month
            • no experience10 Years of Experience in the health and human services field and/or criminal justice field.
            • 2+ years of experience
            • 1-2 years of experience
            • six months to 1 year of experience
            • less than six months of experience
            • no experience11 Please describe in detail where you have experience working in the health and human services field and/or criminal justice field from your application? 12 What languages do you speak?
            • Spanish
            • Other Languages
            • English Only13 Please describe your experience working in residential treatment, mental health, law enforcement, and / or secure settings. Check all that apply:
            • Youth
            • Adult
            • Detention
            • Treatment
            • Residential Programs
            • Mental Health Facilities
            • Law Enforcement
            • Military
            • Social Work
            • Parole and Probation14 Please indicate the other youth-specific experiences you bring to the table. Check all that apply:
            • Mentoring
            • Coaching
            • Educational Setting
            • Behavioral Intervention Programs
            • Restitution / Commitment Programs
            • Faith-Based Programs
            • Other15 Please check the situations listed below where physically managing a youth would be necessary:
            • Swearing at another Youth
            • Swearing at an Adult / Authority Figure
            • Failing to Comply
            • Passive Resistance
            • Threatening Behavior
            • Damaging Property
            • Hurting Themselves or Others
            • Other16 Please describe why you would physically manage youth in the situations above, and the other interventions you would use first or concurrently. If you marked "other" in the list above, please tell us about those situations as well. 17 Our teams provide cognitive, emotional, and behavioral support to our youth both as a function of their daily interactions and through structured programming. Please indicate the areas where you have experience as the person responsible for delivering programming:
            • One-on-One Treatment
            • Group Treatment
            • Drug / Alcohol
            • RCJ
            • Educational
            • Social Skills
            • Anger Management
            • Evidence-Based Programs
            • Other18 Of these program areas, which have you demonstrated leadership in by developing the program or leading change? What outcome were you seeking and how did you accomplish it? 19 In order for our facilities to remain in compliance with State and Federal Laws, there may be times when we will need to hire based on gender to serve that particular population. Please indicate your gender below.
            • Male
            • Female20 There may be times when our facilities will need to hire individuals on a temporary basis in order to meet staffing needs. These assignments can last up to nine months. Please indicate below if you would be willing to accept a temporary assignment.
            • Yes
            • No21 If you are a Veteran and you are requesting Veteran's Preference you must upload your DD-214 or VA letter to your application.
            • I am not a Veteran
            • I have uploaded my Veteran Preference documents (DD214 or VA letter)
            • I am a Veteran, but not requesting Veteran's preference22 Have you ever been terminated, resigned in lieu of disciplinary action or termination, or received disciplinary action?
            • Yes
            • No23 If you have ever been terminated, resigned in lieu of termination, or received disciplinary action, please explain the circumstances below. 24 Do you prefer Part Time or Full Time? 25 Do you prefer Days, Evenings or Nights? 26 A condition of employment requires applicants to be 21 years of age or older. Do you meet this condition?
            • Yes
            • NoRequired Question AgencyState of ColoradoDepartmentColorado Department of Human Services Address1575 Sherman St. Denver, Colorado, 80203 Phone303-866-7100 Website Apply Please verify your email address Verify Email

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