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Colorado Department of Human Services Correctional Youth Security Officer I - Summit Youth Services Center - $3,250 Sign On Bonus! in Golden, Colorado

Correctional Youth Security Officer I - Summit Youth Services Center - $3,250 Sign On Bonus!

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Correctional Youth Security Officer I - Summit Youth Services Center - $3,250 Sign On Bonus!


$24.15 Hourly


Golden, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Colorado Department of Human Services

Job Number

IKA 60010 01/26/2023



Hiring Pay Rate

$4,186 monthly/$24.15 per hour

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Department Information

"This position has a residency waiver and will be accepting applications from residents and non-residents of Colorado. This announcement is open to potential candidates who are legal residents of the United States. All legal residents of the United States are eligible to apply and compete. If appointed to a position, applicants from outside of Colorado will be required to relocate to Colorado prior to their start date, at their own expense."

Please note: This recruitment may be used to fill multiple vacancies at the location below.

Summit Youth Services Center

$3,250 Sign On Bonus!!!

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About the Division of Youth Services: The Division of Youth Services (DYS) provides a continuum of residential and non-residential services that encompass juvenile detention, 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 fifteen secure facilities that serve youth between the ages of 10 and 21, who are pre-adjudicated, sentenced, or committed. The Division also contracts with numerous private residential and non-residential service providers throughout the State. For pre-adjudicated youth, the Division is also responsible for the management and oversight of 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 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: https://www.colorado.gov/cdhs/dys

My Why

Description of Job

This announcement may fill Day Shift, Swing Shift, and Night Shift

Please note: These working arrangements are subject to change.

Positions provide direct care security, supervision, and support of detained and/or committed youth in Division of Youth Services (DYS) State Operated Secure Residential Facilities within a trauma responsive environment. The Position serves a complex adolescent population with various behavioral health disorders, trauma and criminal behaviors.. Facilities are 24/7 and position shifts are dependent on openings.

  • Maintain a safe environment through appropriate supervision and use of behavioral management skills and interventions in order to guide youth through daily living and leisure activities.

  • Conduct searches of individuals and rooms for contraband items.

  • Inspect and ensure the safety and security of doors, windows, and youth center grounds.

  • Inspect common areas and youth center living units to maintain health, safety and sanitation standards.

  • Implement and document suicide precautions monitoring, safety plans and behavior agreements for those youth at high risk of hurting themselves or others or demonstrating other serious behavioral concerns.

  • Monitor secure perimeter and monitor and control access to restricted areas.

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

  • Develop and maintain professional relationships with youth to support them in their programming.

  • Teach, coach and redirect youth within the behavior management program and role model prosocial behavior at all times.

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

  • Facilitate educational, skill development, recreation, and other youth groups and activities.

  • Support treatment and case plan goals and objectives developed by the Behavioral Health & Medical Services unit.

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

  • Adhere to and reinforce established DYS rules, policies, and procedures and utilize proper protocols when responding to critical incidents, physical altercations, medical emergencies, fire drills and other incidents.

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

Lived Experience:

The Division of Youth Services (DYS) is committed to hiring individuals who are professional and passionate about their desire to help youth. DYS values candidates who have demonstrated perseverance as a special attribute that can help the youth in our care. DYS encourages qualified candidates with "lived experience" to apply. Lived experience comes from the personal knowledge and understanding that many possess by virtue of first-hand experience with mental health, substance abuse, systems involvement and traumatic events. Lived experience brings unique knowledge, insights and perspectives that are invaluable for organizational growth, increased sensitivity to the youth and families we serve, and new ideas and inspiration for improving service delivery.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


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

  • Skilled in conflict management.

  • Strong work ethic, integrity and dependability.

  • Sound judgment and decision making skills.

  • Self control, composure and the ability to manage stressful situations.

  • Ability to verbally communicate clearly and willingness to do so respectfully

  • Ability to identify and act on changes, inappropriate activity, hazards or potential security breaches and verbally communicate pertinent information.

  • Ability to study information and recount events in a written, factual, concise, and legible method.

Work Environment:

Employees are required to work shift hours. This includes evening, night, weekend and holidays. Shifts may vary between agencies and may include eight (8) hours, ten (10) hours, or twelve (12) hours in duration. Mandatory overtime may be required. Day shift work is not usually available. As a CYSOI, your position is considered essential and you may be required to report to work during inclement weather.

Conditions of Employment:

  • 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

  • Pass CBI and FBI background investigations

  • Shift work

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

  • 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.

  • On or after October 31, 2021, each facility shall ensure all newly hired employees 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.

  • Upon hire, new employees will have three (3) business days to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination. Vaccinated employees must provide proof of first dose prior to providing care.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, Moderna or Novavax vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

  • 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 CDHS_HumanResources@state.co.us

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.

Appeal Rights:

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 (dpa_state.personnelboard@state.co.us), postmarked in US Mail or hand delivered (1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver CO 80203), or faxed (303.866.5038) 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 (303) 866-3300; 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

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

Link to:The Assessment Process (https://cdhs.colorado.gov/information-for-job-applicants#assessment-process)

For additional recruiting questions, please contact david.caldwell@state.co.us.

Sign-On Bonus:

Upon approval, a sign-on bonus based on position, ranging from $2,000 to $7,000 (prorated if a part-time position), will be given in three payments: within two pay cycles of when the new employee starts at CDHS, 180-day anniversary and 270-day anniversary with CDHS. These incentives will be available to the first 1,000 new employees in select high-need positions.

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 cdhs_ada@state.co.us or call 1-800-929-0791.


Toll Free Applicant Technical Support (https://cdhs.colorado.gov/information-for-job-applicants#technical-support)

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 I possess a High School Diploma or GED

  • No I do not possess a High School Diploma or GED


    The bottom of this job announcement provides links to additional information on how to apply, the assessment process, toll free applicant technical support, and about how the State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer. Please acknowledge below that you have read the information provided in these links

  • This information is available to me and I have read this information.

  • I am unable to access the links with this information on the job posting. (If you select this option, please contact the recruiter, whose information is listed on this announcement, so that they can send this information directly to you.)


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


    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


    Former State employees who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application In the space below, please provide an explanation as to why the prior termination or resignation should NOT disqualify your application from the current position.


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

  • 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.


    Please describe in detail where you were working with at risk youth in a secure/staff secure setting or at risk population from your application?


    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


    Please describe in detail where you have experience working in the health and human services field and/or criminal justice field from your application?


    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 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.


    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


    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


    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


    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?


    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


    Have you ever been terminated, resigned in lieu of disciplinary action or termination, or received disciplinary action?

  • Yes

  • No


    If you have ever been terminated, resigned in lieu of termination, or received disciplinary action, please explain the circumstances below.


    If you are a current or former State of Colorado employee, please list your employee number:


    Do you prefer Part Time or Full Time?


    Do you prefer Days, Evenings or Nights?


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

  • Yes

  • No


    Do you currently posses a valid CO Driver's License and/or another State issued Driver's License?

  • Yes

  • No

    Required Question


State of Colorado


Colorado Department of Human Services


1575 Sherman St. Denver, Colorado, 80203






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