Juvenile Diversion Specialist, CEDARS Juvenile Diversion Services

The purpose of Juvenile Diversion Services (JDS) is to divert youth that have committed law violations from involvement in the formal criminal justice process. The foremost goal of JDS is to prevent youth from any further participation in criminal behavior and activity. The Juvenile Diversion Specialist will assist youth participants in successful completion of the program goals that have been assigned. In collaboration with CEDARS, Juvenile Justice personnel, and community service agencies, the JDS Specialist will facilitate educational approaches to foster knowledge and skill-building with youth participants. The JDS Specialist will be responsible for case planning, documentation and preparing program reports, as well as creating and maintaining positive relationships with youth, families and community agencies. The primary responsibilities of the JDS Specialist include, but are not limited to: (a) conducting assessments and intakes, developing service plans and providing support to clients and families; (b) quality case management, maintaining documentation and program evaluation; (c) developing and facilitating client and youth development through one-on-one and/or group education and (d) participating in internal and external professional development activities. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in criminal justice, social work or closely related field is required. Knowledge of the criminal justice system and human service organizations is necessary. The JDS Specialist should also have (a) knowledge and experience in youth development and group facilitation, (b) strong, effective organizational and communication skills and ability to work collaboratively, (c) commitment to ongoing development and skill building and (d) be team-oriented, creative, energetic, and resourceful. The JDS Specialist should have a genuine interest and concern for youth and families, experience working with challenging youth or youth involved in the Juvenile Justice System is preferred. This position requires a valid driver’s license with a good driving record. Schedule: 40 hours per week; flexible as needed to accommodate youth and their families.