Juvenile Detention - Deputy Juvenile Officer & Youth Specialist - Deputy Juvenile Officer & Youth Specialist

Deputy Juvenile Officer and Youth Specialist

Clay County Job Description

Position Title:Deputy Juvenile Officer & Youth Specialist
Reports To:Youth Service Supervisor
Department Title:Family Court/Juvenile Division
Starting Wage:$14.42 - $15.75 per hour

Primary Duties of Position

The employee in this class is responsible for managing the activities of daily living for residents by guiding, teaching, and correcting the residents according to the guidelines and policies of the program. The employee provides leadership for the residents and develops effective rapport, resolves problems, communicates clearly, and utilizes conflict resolution skills.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Coordinates the daily living activities of the residents
    • Initiates each day’s activities by waking residents and supervising established daily routines.
    • Supervises household chores demonstrating proper techniques and helping.
    • Monitors residents per policy and procedures.
  2. Adheres to procedures for documentation and training
    • Writes shift notes, progress notes, residents daily point sheets, and other documentation per program guidelines.
    • Attends staff meetings.
    • Attends in-service education sessions and required classes for continuing education.
    • Testifies in court as necessary.
  3. Demonstrates effective communication
    • Ability to effectively meet and deal with the public and clients.
    • Ability to work cooperatively with members of the team providing quality services as needed.
    • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with staff, parents, and residents.
    • Must be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to effectively meet and deal with the public and clients.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with members of the team providing quality services as needed.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with staff, parents, and residents.
  • Must be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

Environmental Demands

Work is performed in a detention setting. This position may require travel to other locations for training.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree for the Deputy Juvenile Officer position.
  • Must have a High School Diploma for the Youth Specialist position.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and liability insurance.
  • Must be at least 21 years old.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check.

ADA / Physical Demands

  • Hearing must be adequate for normal conversation and telephone communication and extensive public contact.
  • Must be able to speak English clearly and clarify or give detailed facts and information.
  • Must be physically capable of applying restraints, and managing physical and verbal confrontations with juveniles and / or parents.
  • Must complete a physical exam, drug screen, and strength agility test, with satisfactory results.

This is not an inclusive list. Other duties, qualifications, knowledge, and skills may be required.

Please email your letter of intent and resume to Kerrie Schwartz, Superintendent of Detention, to Kerrie dot schwartz at courts dot mo dot gov. If you are selected to go further in the process, you will be contacted by email or phone.

Application Deadline: Until Filled



Please Send Resume To:
Kerrie Schwartz, Superintendent of Detention
Email: Kerrie dot schwartz at courts dot mo dot gov