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Youth Specialist

Full Time

Macomb County


Posted 19 days ago

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Job Details

Job Code: 114053368

Industry: Service


Pay Type: salary

high school

Education Level

entry level

Job Level

Mar 14, 2023

Closing Date

Job Characteristics

child family macomb county

Job Description



DEPARTMENT:  Juvenile Justice Center


FLSA STATUS:  Non-exempt

EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP:  Just cause subject to probationary period

CURRENT HOURS AND STARTING TIME:  Full-time (40 hours per week) positions. The starting time for these positions will vary based on the assigned shifts. Evenings, weekends and holidays will be required for these positions.


Provides care, safety and security of residents at the Juvenile Justice Center. Assists in the implementation of programs and work assignments. Observes and reports information relevant to residents’ behavior.


Assists in the implementation of programs designated by the Director.

Ensures that assigned residents are appropriately dressed, fed and that all work assignments are completed in a timely manner.

Controls or physically restrains residents engaged in violent or disruptive behavior that weigh in excess of one hundred (100) pounds.

Oversees, referees, demonstrates and supervises various activities, including recreational activities and work assignments.

Observes and reports information relevant to residents’ behavior.

Enters case information into a computerized software system and generates reports as directed.

Operates an automobile while performing assigned job duties.

Works mandatory overtime as directed.

May transport residents to various locations for services.

Performs related duties as assigned.


Required Education and Experience

  • Possession of a high school diploma or a certificate of successful completion of the General Educational Development Test (GED)

Preferred Education and Experience

  • An Associate Degree in Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice or a related field from an accredited college or university
  • Previous experience working with adolescent youth

Required Licenses or Certifications

  • Possession of a valid Michigan driver’s license and an operable insured automobile for authorized travel


Knowledge of:

  • Human behavior
  • Individual differences of ability, personality and differences
  • Potential behavior problems of children
  • Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Word
  • Principles and processes for providing customer service

Skill in:

  • Active listening
  • Critical thinking
  • Judgement and decision making
  • Social perceptiveness
  • Service orientation

Ability to:

  • Provide direction to residents in the completion of assigned tasks
  • Communicate clearly
  • Resolve conflict between residents
  • Recognize and anticipate behavior and potential problems within the unit
  • Effectively speak, write and understand the English language
  • Effectively speak, write and understand a language other than English is preferred
  • Understand and carry out oral and/or written instructions
  • Accurately organize and maintain paper documents and electronic files
  • Maintain the confidentiality of information
  • Work independently
  • Work in an environment which embraces the county’s Dignity Campaign


  • The work environment and exposures described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.


N/S=Never/Seldom   O=Occasionally   F/C= Frequently/Continuously

Work Environment N/S O F/C
Office or similar indoor environment  x=  x  
Outdoor environment    x  
Street environment (near moving traffic)    x  
Construction site  x    
Confined space      x
Exposures N/S O F/C
Individuals who are hostile or irate    x  
Individuals with known violent backgrounds    x  
Extreme cold (below 32 degrees)    x  
Extreme heat (above 100 degrees)    x
Communicable diseases    x  
Moving mechanical parts   x    
Fumes or airborne particles   x    
Toxic or caustic chemicals, substances or waste   x    
Loud noises (85+ decibels)       x  
Blood Borne Pathogens     x  


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 

N/S=Never/Seldom   O=Occasionally   F/C= Frequently/Continuously

Demand Frequency Description
Physical N/S O F/C  
Balancing    x    On even or uneven surfaces/ground
Bending      x  Tasks involve forward or backward bending at the waist
Climbing/Working at Heights  x      Tasks involve climbing up or down stairs, ladders, scaffolding and platforms
Crawling    x    Inspecting in confined spaces.  Moving about on hands and knees
Digging  x      Tasks involve manual digging
Driving  x     Tasks involve operating any motor powered vehicle on sealed and unsealed roads
Grasping      x  Tasks involve gripping, holding, clasping with fingers or hands
Kneeling    x    Tasks involve flexing/bending at the knees and ankles to work at low levels
Manual Dexterity      x  Tasks involve fine finger movements i.e., keyboard operating, writing
Lift/Carry       Tasks involve raising/lowering or moving objects from one level/position to another (covered by the items below)
Up to 10 pounds    x   
11-24 pounds    x   
25-34 pounds    x   
35-50 pounds  x  
51-74 pounds  x  
75-99 pounds    x  
Over 100 pounds    x  
Push / Pull    x    Tasks involve pushing/pulling objects away from or towards the body
Reaching    x    Tasks involve reaching overhead with arms raised above shoulder height or forward reaching with arms extended
Sitting    x   Tasks involve remaining in a seated position during the task performance
Standing      x  Tasks involve standing in an upright position without movement
Walking      x  Walking considerable distances in the facility on multiple surfaces
Running   x     Running considerable distances in the facility on multiple surfaces



 General Requirements and/or Disclaimers :

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties of personnel so classified.

Complies with P.A. 390, as amended, known as the State’s Emergency Management Act and the County’s Emergency Management resolution as well as all related plans, policies and procedures covered by these statutes.

Be physically able to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation.

The Police Officers Association of Michigan (POAM) – Juvenile Justice Center bargaining unit represents this position.   Therefore, there may be contract language which could require consideration in the selection process.