Colorado Department of Human Services

Pueblo, CO


Location1025 US-50, Pueblo, Colorado 81001
Employment TypeContractor
Date Posted2022-07-07
Direct Apply
Valid Through2023-05-18

Job Description:


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$24.15 Hourly


Pueblo, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Colorado Department of Human Services

Job Number

IKA 05096 7/7/2022


7/13/2022 1:07 PM Mountain

Hiring Pay Rate

Night and swing shifts may be eligible for pay differentials.

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Department Information

A residency waiver has been granted for this announcement. Applications will be considered from residents and non-residents of Colorado.

This job announcement will serve as an application pool for available positions that now exist or may exist in the future (Including both part and full time positions).

This position is paid bi-weekly.

Physical Job location:

Pueblo Youth Services

1406 W. 17th St.

Pueblo CO 81003

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About the Division of Youth Services: The mission of the Division of Youth Services (DYS) is to protect, restore and improve public safety utilizing a continuum of care that provides effective supervision, promotes accountability to victims and communities, and helps youth lead constructive lives through positive youth development. The strategic goal of DYS is to operate healthy trauma-responsive organizational environments as demonstrated through prosocial, safe, and non-violent interactions.

DYS provides a continuum of services that encompass juvenile detention, assessment, commitment and parole. DYS is the agency statutorily mandated to provide for the care and supervision of youth committed by the District Court to the custody of the Colorado Department of Human Services. The Division operates 15 secure facilities that serve youth between the ages of 10 and 21, who are pre-adjudicated, sentenced, or committed. For pre-adjudicated youth, the Division is also responsible for the management and oversight of the Colorado Youth Detention Continuum; a State-funded, locally administered program that provides services to youth at risk of further progressing into the juvenile justice system. In addition to residential programming, the Division administers juvenile parole services throughout the State. We have many opportunities within DYS to positively impact youth and families.

We invite you to explore the DYS website and learn about the services provided to youth, families, and local communities in the State of Colorado at: www.colorado.gov/cdhs/dys. There are numerous opportunities within DYS to positively impact youth and families and we welcome you to join our team.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Description of Job

Positions create a trauma responsive milieu which encompasses ensuring physical, psychological, social and moral safety.

  • Develop and maintain professional relationships with youth in an effort to support them in their program.

  • Coach and mentor youth within the behavior management program and role model pro-social behavior.

  • Use DYS Behavior Expectations, positive reinforcement, group processes, teaching of skills and other interventions to shape behavior change.

  • Reinforce use of safe practices including methods of supervision and structure that maintain a non-violent milieu.

  • Supervise groups of youth in daily structured programming to include recreation, leisure activities and special events.

  • Facilitate psychoeducation, skill development and other youth groups.

  • Support use of safety and self-care plans.

  • Support youth and groups of youth, while in care. Support treatment and case plan goals and objectives (for committed youth).

  • Provide supervision and support of community transition/reintegration opportunities for youth.

  • Provide immediate intervention in individual and group crisis situations.

  • Use non-escalation and de-escalation and, in emergencies, use approved physical response techniques when all other interventions have failed.

  • Teach and enforce established DYS rules, policies, and procedures.

  • Conduct searches of individuals and rooms for contraband items and inspect the safety of doors, windows, and grounds.

  • Utilize computer software to document incident reports and other activities when required.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

* Please read the entire job announcement and follow all of the instructions prior to completing the application. You must provide documentation to be given credit for it. There will be no exceptions on timelines to provide documentation. All documentation must be uploaded- this is the first evaluation in the selection process*


Applications will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualification for the position. If it is determined that you meet the minimum qualifications, your application will also be used as part of the examination process. You should ensure that your application specifically addresses the requirements as listed in the minimum and preferred qualifications, as well as the job duties and the highly desired competencies. Take the time to adequately address your specialized experience, work products, and accomplishments as they relate to the position.

Work Schedule

Pueblo Youth Center is a 24 hour/7 days a week program. Youth Services Specialist positions are scheduled for shift work covering afternoons, graveyards and day shift. As we work to build TEAMs among our staff; most employees initially start in the afternoon and/or graveyard shifts. Work hours also include working weekends, holidays and overtime situations which may include double shifts.


Education and Experience: High school diploma or General Education Diploma, (GED).

Substitutions: None

These positions are not sedentary positions. Employees are typically on their feet during the entire shift. Youth living quarters are located on multiple levels and employees must frequently climb stairs in the performance of job duties. Please take into account your physical ability in relation to the essential job duties when applying for job.

Employees must also be willing and able to physically intervene with assaultive youth.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • College education in a behavioral health and or juvenile justice related field.

  • Experience working with adjudicated and/or detained youth within a secure residential facility and/or a behavioral health setting;

  • Experience facilitating psychoeducational groups; Education/experience working with adolescents who have trauma;

  • Experience working with youth in positive leadership roles, such as mentoring and coaching.

  • Experience utilizing verbal de-escalation and motivational techniques.

Highly Desirable Competencies:

  • Bilingual

Work Environment:

  • Be a minimum of 21 years of age, with no felony convictions or history of domestic violence

  • Possess and maintain a valid State of Colorado driver's license

  • Continued employment is contingent upon successful completion of the DYS Pre-service Training Academy, Field Training Program (FTO) and mandatory annual training in all subject areas.

  • A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process as this position is deemed to have direct contact with vulnerable persons. Felony convictions, conviction of crimes of moral turpitude, or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges or convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the CDHS Background Unit with an official disposition of any charges.

  • Shift Work, subject to assigned Shift

  • Travel: Transportation of youth in state vehicles, travel to assigned trainings and/or alternate work sites

  • Required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency

services to ensure health, safety, and welfare.

  • Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position. Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS. Included in the background investigation is a current/previous employer check. Your current and previous employers within the last 10 years must be listed on your application even if the job duties are unrelated to Correctional Youth Security Officer I position. Incomplete employer information (address, phone, supervisor name) or omission of former employers may result in application disqualification.

  • Continued employment is contingent upon successful completion of the DYS Pre-service Training Academy, Field Training Program (FTO) and mandatory annual training in all subject areas.

  • Required Flu Vaccination, unless an authorized exemption is provided

  • Effective September 20, 2021, this position will require documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. New employees will be required to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination within thirty (30) business days of hire.

    Religious and medical exemptions and reasonable accommodation shall be addressed as required by law pursuant to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s vaccination guidance. If you would like to request a medical or religious exemption, please contact *****

    Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, as defined by the most recent State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and current guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

  • On or after October 31, 2021, each facility shall ensure all newly hired employees, direct contractors, or support staff members are fully vaccinated at the time of hire, or receive their first dose of a two-dose protocol, or a single-dose vaccination, prior to providing any care, treatment, or other services for the facility and/or its clients.


If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director.

An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email (*****), postmarked in US Mail or hand delivered (1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver CO 80203), or faxed *****) within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgement of the department’s action.

For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board; go to spb.colorado.gov ; contact the State Personnel Board for assistance at *****; or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at spb.colorado.gov under Rules.

Supplemental Information

Supplemental Information:

How to Apply (https://cdhs.colorado.gov/information-for-job-applicants#how-to-apply)

The Assessment Process

For additional recruiting questions, please contact jazzma.gamboa @state.co.us.

About Us:

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Human Services (https://www.colorado.gov/cdhs) (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. In addition to a great location and rewarding and meaningful work, we offer:

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan www.copera.org plus 401(k) and 457 plans

  • Medical and dental health plans

  • Employer supplemented Health Savings Account

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short- and long-term disability coverage

  • 11 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave

  • BenefitHub state employee discount program

  • Employee Wellness program MotivateMe

  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and more

  • Remote work arrangements for eligible positions

    *Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more

    information, go to https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dhr/student-loan-forgiveness-programs .

    Our Values:

    We believe in a people-first approach: To serve the people of Colorado, we develop a culture and work environment that creates an energized, inspired, and healthy team capable of giving their best to Coloradans .

    Balance creates quality of life: We want our team to be resilient through a supportive workplace that values flexibility, health and wellness, and employee engagement.

    We hold ourselves accountable: We take responsibility through our actions, programs, and results for the state of health and human services in Colorado.

    Transparency matters: We are open and honest with employees, our partners, the Coloradans we serve, and the public.

    We are ethical: We abide by what is best for those we serve by doing what is right, not what is easy.

    Collaboration helps us rise together: We work together with all partners, employees, and clients to achieve the best outcomes for Coloradans.

    We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

    ADAA Accommodations: CDHS is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Nancy Schmelzer, at ***** or call *****.



The State of Colorado offers permanent employees a variety of benefits including medical, dental, life and disability insurance, as well as a comprehensive leave program. Please click the following link for detailed information: www.colorado.gov/pacific/dhr/benefits

Please note that each agency's contact information is different; therefore, we encourage all applicants to view the full, official job announcement which includes contact information and class title. Select the job you wish to view, then click on the "Print" icon.


Do you possess a High School Diploma or GED?

  • Yes

  • No


    Please tell us what level of education you currently have completed and the associated major based on the selections below.

  • Master's in (psychology, sociology or criminal justice major or similar field).

  • Bachelor's degree with Major in (psychology, sociology or criminal justice major or similar field).

  • Associate's degree with Major in (psychology, sociology or criminal justice major or similar field).

  • Completed College Degree in unrelated field - Incomplete degree in related field

  • Completed HS/GED - Incomplete college degree in unrelated field


    Years of experience working with at risk youth in a secure/staff secure setting or at risk population

  • 2 + years of Direct Experience working with at risk youth in secure/staff secure type program.

  • 1-2 years of Experience working with at risk youth secure/staff secure type program

  • six months to 1 year of experience working with an at risk population.

  • less then six months of experience working with an at risk population.

  • no experience working with an at risk population.


    Years of Mentoring, Coaching , Intern or Volunteer work.

  • 2+ years of experience

  • 1-2 years experience

  • six months to 1 year of exp

  • less than six month

  • no experience


    Years of Experience in the health and human services field and/or criminal justice field.

  • 2+ years of experience

  • 1-2 years of experience

  • six months to 1 year of experience

  • less than six months of experience

  • no experience


    What languages do you speak?

  • Spanish

  • Other Languages

  • English Only


    Please describe your experience working in residential treatment, mental health, law enforcement, and / or secure settings. Check all that apply:

  • Youth

  • Adult

  • Detention

  • Treatment

  • Residential Programs

  • Mental Health Facilities

  • Law Enforcement

  • Military

  • Social Work

  • Parole and Probation


    Please indicate the other youth-specific experiences you bring to the table. Check all that apply:

  • Mentoring

  • Coaching

  • Educational Setting

  • Behavioral Intervention Programs

  • Restitution / Commitment Programs

  • Faith-Based Programs

  • Other


    Please check the situations listed below where physically managing a youth would be necessary:

  • Swearing at another Youth

  • Swearing at an Adult / Authority Figure

  • Failing to Comply

  • Passive Resistance

  • Threatening Behavior

  • Damaging Property

  • Hurting Themselves or Others

  • Other


    Please describe why you would physically manage youth in the situations above, and the other interventions you would use first or concurrently. If you marked "other" in the list above, please tell us about those situations as well.


    Our teams provide cognitive, emotional, and behavioral support to our youth both as a function of their daily interactions and through structured programming. Please indicate the areas where you have experience as the person responsible for delivering programming:

  • One-on-One Treatment

  • Group Treatment

  • Drug / Alcohol

  • RCJ

  • Educational

  • Social Skills

  • Anger Management

  • Evidence-Based Programs

  • Other


    Of these program areas, which have you demonstrated leadership in by developing the program or leading change? What outcome were you seeking and how did you accomplish it?


    Given the fact that the Pueblo Youth Center is a 24 hour/7 days a week program. And most employees initially start in the afternoon and/or graveyard shifts, with no guarantee of shifts. Which shift(s) are you able and willing to work on a regular basis.

  • Graveyard

  • Afternoon

  • Day


    In order for our facilities to remain in compliance with State and Federal Laws, there may be times when we will need to hire based on gender to serve that particular population. Please indicate your gender below.

  • Male

  • Female


    There may be times when our facilities will need to hire individuals on a temporary basis in order to meet staffing needs. These assignments can last up to nine months. Please indicate below if you would be willing to accept a temporary assignment.

  • Yes

  • No


    If you are a Veteran and you are requesting Veteran's Preference you must upload your DD-214 or VA letter to your application.

  • I am not a Veteran

  • I have uploaded my Veteran Preference documents (DD214 or VA letter)

  • I am a Veteran, but not requesting Veteran's preference


    If you are a current or previous state employee, please provide the following information for each state job worked: the department, job title, and dates worked


    If you area a former State of Colorado employee, please provide your employee number (will start with 99....), if not applicable type N/A.


    Former State employees who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application. If you are a former state employee who was disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination please provide an explanation as to why the prior termination or resignation should NOT disqualify your application from the current position.


    A condition of employment requires applicants to be 21 years of age or older. Do you meet this condition?

  • Yes

  • No


    If you were referred by a CDHS employee, please provide their name in the space provided:

    Required Question


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Colorado Department of Human Services


1575 Sherman St. Denver, Colorado, 80203






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