Description The Department of Youth Services (DYS) is seeking a
dedicated and service minded individual looking for a challenging
and rewarding experience to fill the role of Program Director in
the Central Region.
The Program Director will be responsible for overseeing the
front-line care and custody for some of the most at-risk youth in
the commonwealth. The selected candidate is the primary custodian
of a Department of Youth Services locked secure detention program.
In this role the incumbent will ensure that juvenile offenders
receive the necessary and appropriate level of care while offering
creative and engaging programing that encourages and develops
positive change with the youth in their care.
The Program Director will be responsible for all aspects of the
safe and secure operation of a secure detention facility for
pre-adjudicated adolescent males. This will be accomplished through
the creation of a culture of mutual respect and support with a
heavy focus on integrating the tenets of positive youth development
along with programming to enhance family and community
The Program Director will be required to work a flexible schedule,
which will include working one weekday evening and some weekend
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Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and
not all inclusive):
Oversee the operation of the program to ensure a high quality of
care and oversight of the population and ensure that all DYS
policies and procedures are adhered to.
Conduct security audits and checks; ensure adequate controls for
contraband; respond to programmatic issues and emergencies, conduct
investigations when necessary
Direct, assign and supervise the work of direct care professionals
in the unit, ensure adequate staff to client ratios that conform to
Early Education and Childcare regulations; confirm and approve time
in SSTA for subordinate staff; prepare work schedules; manage the
use of overtime; ensure staff members are certified annually in
Restraint Techniques, Suicide Prevention First Aid, CPR and PREA;
supervise personnel in the reporting structure.
Prepare written materials including but not limited to monthly
reports, internal and external investigative reports, serious
incident reports, emergency/contingency plans.
Manage the process of Performance based Standards project (online
database that compares MA DYS to other states), update and revise
Provide oversight of Emergency Preparedness training and drills,
PREA audit compliance; provide written response post-audit/on- site
visit to inquiries from DYS monitors to ensure DPH compliance.
Work as member of the program's team of senior staff in developing
program goals and objectives.
Maintain the safety, security, and order of a locked secure
treatment program with an emphasis on the safety and security of
staff, clients, and visitors.
Develops community involvement to provide enrichment opportunities
for youth and to foster community relations.
Establish effective communication systems and working relationships
with Regional Managers, Clinicians, Caseworker staff, families,
outside agencies and volunteers.
Ensure effective communication within the program by organizing and
acting as chair of regular staff meetings; create a regular
structure for daily shift change, bi-weekly community meeting,
weekly administrative meeting, monthly supervisors meeting, monthly
all staff meeting, and shift meetings as needed.
Create opportunities for program improvements and to exploit
successes; Conduct program analysis to determine budgetary,
training and physical resource needs; Recommend program revisions
based on analysis and evaluation.
Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills as
well as clinical and organizational skills in a field directly
related to the functions of the Department of Youth Services.
Demonstrated understanding of clinical concepts and practice along
with experience working in settings with clinical services.
Knowledge of the DYS continuum of care and the goals and objectives
Knowledge of the Principles of Juvenile Detention Alternative
Ability to supervise and integrate employees and programming from a
variety of disciplines.
Knowledge of and the ability to work with other areas of the
criminal justice field.
Considerable knowledge of State laws pertaining to juvenile laws
and juvenile rights including experience in juvenile/adult
Ability to allocate resources within a set budget.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel,
Power Point and Outlook.
Experience with the laws, rules, regulations, policies, and
procedures governing juvenile justice as well as the professional
standards of assigned unit activities.
Knowledge of the types and availability of public and private
organizations providing services to juveniles.
Familiarity of the types and application of emergency medical
procedures such as basic first aid, and CPR.
Trained in Restraints and crisis intervention.
Experience of DYS programming, population data, and internal
operations including DYS data management system (including
Minimum Age Requirement: 21 years
Must be able to perform the physical requirement of the job (i.e.
Ability to properly restrain or subdue youth through appropriate
use of handcuffs or other restraint techniques) if necessary.
Able to talk and/or hear, stand and walk, run