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Job title: Youth Support Services Supervisor
Company: State of South Carolina
Job description: Job Responsibilities
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It is the mission of the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) to protect the public and reclaim juveniles through prevention, community services, education, and rehabilitative services in the least restrictive environment.
The Youth Support Specialist Supervisor is a team member within the Special Support Unit (SSU) and is responsible for oversight, security, safety, supervision, and support of youth assigned to SSU and oversight/supervision of the front-line team of Youth Support Specialists.
- This position operates as a paraprofessional to assigned clinical staff in addition to providing security for the committed youth (who are on Full Suicide Watch, Mental Health Observation, and Protective Custody) within the unit, which is housed at BRRC.
- Provides and manages the safety and security for all youth and staff within the unit, following all security policies and protocol relative to unit management, youth movement, supervision, and oversight.
- Accurately and appropriately documents unit and youth activities in a timely fashion; maintains appropriate logs and inventories of equipment, keys, restraints, radios, and other unit supplies
- Facilitates strip searches/frisks as necessary and understands and has completed training in proper use of mechanical and physical restraint.
- Maintains accurate physical head count at all times.
- Manages the provision of direct services to youth by the YSS team through crisis intervention, behavioral de-escalation, mentoring, individual interaction and support, and co-facilitation and/or leadership of skills groups and psychoeducational groups for unit youth.
- Documents activities and interventions accurately and appropriately.
- Develops rapport with youth on the unit, providing emotional support and remaining calm during a crisis, maintaining strict safety protocol for youth on Full Suicide Watch and Mental Health Observation and close observation of those on Protective Custody;
- Coordinates activities/incentives/work program functions with Office of Institutional Programming in regards to the unit’s Peer Mentors.
- Develops and maintains strong working relationship with unit team.
- Maintains professional and collaborative relationships with other unit security and clinical staff, BRRC administrative staff, and school educational staff.
- Successful completion of and maintenance of Mental Health Training-Juvenile Justice certification/recertification as required.
- Successful completion of all other trainings necessary for assignment to the SSU unit team, including annual security officer recertification and CPR/First Aid.
Minimum and Additional Requirements
Agency Requirements: A master’s degree in guidance, counseling, the social sciences or related field required and professional experience in mental health, human services, or social services programs with one year professional direct clinical experiences.
Note: If any Agency Requirements are listed above, applicants must also meet those requirements to be considered for the position. Salary may vary depending on experience and qualifications. Candidates must present documentation of their attainment of college degree(s) at the time of interview. Documentation must be either an official or unofficial copy of the college transcript or Letter of Verification of Degree from the institution’s Registrar’s Office. If the candidate selected for the position provided an unofficial copy, it must be replaced with an official copy on or before the HR processing date.
- LMSW or LISW-CP by SCBSWW; LPC; or Certified Addiction Counselor I or II (or experience working on AOD programming) and one year supervisory experience.
- Knowledge of secure facility practices; meet and maintain Continuing Law Enforcement Education (CLEE) certification.
- Must be able to complete 4 weeks of security basic training and pass written test;
- Excellent verbal and written skills;
- Basic computer literacy.
- Must be able to work with youth experiencing mental health emergencies in a secure setting as well as those who require protective custody due to fear of the environment (e.g., not due to dangerousness).
- Excellent teamwork skills a must.
- Must have sound decision-making skills, remain calm in a crisis, and obtain supervision when in doubt.
- Duties performed under the direction and guidance of a multi-disciplinary team and assigned supervisor.
- Requires work on a secure campus.
- Position is not sedentary; employees must be mobile and are typically on their feet during the entire shift; some walking an expansive campus required.
- Able to bend over, lift 50+lbs, able to physically restrain youth; consider physical abilities prior to applying.
- Required to work shift hours (day, evening, night, weekend, &/or holidays). Shifts may include eight (8) hours, ten (10) hours, or twelve (12) hours.
- This position performs job duties relating to the custody, control, transportation, or recapture of juveniles within the jurisdiction of the Department of Juvenile Justice, and the employee may have direct and indirect contact with juveniles within the jurisdiction of the Department of Juvenile Justice.
- Training applicable to these duties will be provided.
Applications are incomplete if you fail to answer all supplemental questions, education and work history. Incomplete applications are not referred to hiring managers. Applications are accepted until 5:00 p.m. on the stated closing date.
You will be asked to provide a certified transcript if selected for a position requiring a degree. A background investigation will be conducted that may include, but not limited to, criminal records, driver’s license and child abuse registry prior to an offer of employment. Additionally, a medical examination and drug testing may be required. Please provide an explanation for any gaps in employment. A resume may be attached with your application, but not substituted for completing the work history section of the application.
The South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice offers an exceptional benefits package for FTE positions that includes:
- Health, Dental, Vision, Long Term Disability, and Life Insurance for Employee, Spouse, and Children
- 15 days annual (vacation) leave per year
- 15 days sick leave per year
- 13 paid holidays
- State Retirement Plan and Deferred Compensation Programs
Expected salary: $41777 – 77298 per year
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