Youth Specialist III, CEDARS Pioneers Center (Lincoln, NE)

CEDARS Pioneers Center provides a safe and stable environment for youth to reside following a placement disruption, for youth experiencing homelessness or who have ran away. The program operates 24/7 for youth ages 12-18. Programming includes structured groups and recreation, school support including keeping the youth attending their home school when possible and helping strengthen relationships between youth and their families. Pioneers Center is designed to be a short term placement for youth with a goal average length of stay 3 weeks or less. The Youth Specialist III will provide leadership for and work in cooperation with a team of program staff to create and ensure a safe and supportive environment.  This position will include working independently in the program at times. Therefore, the ideal candidate will need to be self-motivated. The YS III duties will include transportation to and from school, appointments, activities or visits. The YS III is responsible for daily documentation of behavior of youth in care, engaging youth in life skills or educational activities, providing leadership during crisis intervention, providing structure for youth, assisting in school work and engaging youth in positive activities along with other duties as assigned. The YS III will be responsible for scheduling necessary medical appointments, transporting youth to medical appointments, as well as managing youth's medications. Associates or bachelor's degree in human services or closely related field required; at least 1 year experience working with youth and families is preferred. A valid driver's license with a good driving record is required. 2 positions available.

Schedule #1: Tuesday-Saturday 6:30a-2:30p

Schedule #2: Sunday, Monday 2:30p-10:30p Thursday 1:00p-10:30p Friday 2:30p-9:00p and Saturday 2:30p-10:30p




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