Colorado State Assistant Director - Marvin W. Foote Youth Services Center in Denver Metro, Colorado

Assistant Director - Marvin W. Foote Youth Services Center



Assistant Director - Marvin W. Foote Youth Services Center


$5,095.00 - $8,255.00 Monthly


Denver Metro, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Colorado Department of Human Services

Job Number

IKA 01384 07/05/2018


8/17/2018 5:00 PM Mountain

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Department Information

The Colorado Constitution, Article XII, Section 13 requires that applicants for state classified government jobs be residents of Colorado.

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 (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 excellent benefits:

In addition to rewarding and meaningful work, we offer excellent benefits:

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan 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

  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave

  • BenefitHub state employee discount program

  • CafeWell employee wellness program

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

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Our Culture & Environment

Our vision is that the people of Colorado will be safe, healthy, and prepared to achieve their greatest aspirations. Through our core values listed below, CDHS staff are committed to:

  • Making decisions with, and acting in the best interests of the people we serve, because Colorado's success depends on their well-being

  • Sharing information, seeking input, and explaining our actions because we value accountability and transparency

  • Managing our resources efficiently because we value stewardship

  • Promoting a positive work environment, and supporting and developing employees, because their performance is essential to Colorado's success

  • Meaningfully engaging our partners and the people we serve because we must work together to achieve the best outcomes

  • Committing to continuous learning because Coloradans deserve effective solutions today and forward-looking innovation for tomorrow

About this work unit:

Marvin W. Foote Youth Services Center is located in Englewood, Colorado and is a 62 bed secure facility serving detained youth. MWFYSC serves youth from the 18th Judicial District encompassing Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties.

MWFYSC provides secure detention holding for youth from ages 10 through age 17. MWFYSC uses an adaptive pro-social behavioral management philosophy which applies evidence based principles from social learning and cognitive behavioral theory (CBT). Services provided include individualized education, restorative community justice and life skills education.

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, 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 ten 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 Senate Bill 91-94; 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.

Division of Youth Services Vision: Achieving youth success and safer Colorado communities.

Division of Youth Services Mission: It is the mission of the Division of Youth Services 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 development.

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:

Description of Job

This position is to provide direct supervision to Youth Service Specialists III, Administrative and Program Assistant staff. The position may provide joint supervisor to support services staff (Facilities Management, Medical, Central Dining, contracted staff). Position must ensure adherence to procedure by direct report staff and oversee direct report supervisor's formal actions with employees. Position coordinates, oversees application of services specific to the MWFYSC. Position ensures internal corrections are made for external vendors/contractors to internal volunteer coordination and recreation programming. Position oversees and/or coordinates for the implementation of: Behavioral Management Program; trauma responsive practices, Restorative Community Justice; Evidence Based Principles, Thinking for a Change, ART and other CBT programs implementation; Multifamily groups; religious programming; compliance review standards; the facility training and mentoring process and other areas as assigned. Position provides for Quality Control and generates data for internal program tracking include necessary internal and external reports to include DYS Monthly Report.

Specific Duties Include:

Supervision of direct care staff. set and ensure adherence to Division, and Departmental performance standards. Meet with each direct report staff each 30 days for supervision, conduct performance planning and appraisal of staff, ensure that subordinate staff development needs are met, initiate and/or take necessary corrective or disciplinary actions. Review and authorize reports from staff to external bodies such as courts. Community Review Boards and Parole Boards as necessary. Review Trails data as necessary. Ensure Behavioral Management programming and enhancing trauma responsive environments are sustained including daily leadership in creating a culture where the Division's seven commitments regarding staff and youth values and conduct are consistently demonstrated. Participate and lead agency and Division goals including implementation of the Division's strategic plan.

In addition, position must on a daily basis review staffing patterns of subordinate staff and whole facility; on a weekly basis, facilitate Program Services/Leadership Team to address program issues, attend unit Leadership Team meetings on an as needed basis, ensure KRONOS information for subordinate staff is kept up-to-date and accurate, and track call-offs for subordinate supervisors; on a monthly basis meet with each subordinate staff in supervision and document and provide to the Director, meet with Director in supervision monthly, attend committees as assigned (Assistant Directors Group), evaluations according to established timelines within established processes and structures, attend Facility Directors meetings on an invite basis; meet with direct report group/staff on a routine and scheduled basis. This can include group and individual. Generate information for internal and external reports to include Monthly DYS Report, Goals, Commitments, etc.); participate in all aspects of new hiring process from recruitment to interviewing and selecting; conduct investigations to determine if abuse or criminal filings need to be made; initiate and direct internal personnel actions in response to misconduct; and/to notify other outside investigate parties consistent with statutory obligations and Policy as needed, and support, or guide the handling of employee grievances in a timely fashion consistent with Policy to emphasize a solution orientated process at the lowest level possible.

Provide programmatic planning, coordinating, monitoring, evaluation, and oversight to all facility functions. Responsible for Quality Control and continuous quality improvement for the entire facility. Provide internal oversight and respond to external auditing and review of facility programs and processes. Ensure programming for youth adheres to evidence based and trauma responsive practice considerations. Ensure that programs meet salient needs of youth including varied recreation, religious interests, and other developmental needs. Provide for social skill development. Ensure programming provides for nonviolent, safe, secure and trauma responsive environments for all youth. Provide for sound educational programming that is age appropriate and consistent with the Colorado Department of Education requirements. Provide for medical evaluation, support or treatment to youth in custody appropriate with their legal status and needs. Provide for adequate and continuing opportunities for youth visitation. Provide for clinical care and treatment services for youth as needed. Such treatment services, where provided, must meet prevailing standards of care and be individualized to youth. Monitor and oversee all security and treatment functions, including those related to and detained youth. Maintain effective working relationships and communication with Judicial District representatives, School District Officials, Contract Providers, Detention Screening Agencies, Law Enforcement, DYS Client Managers, Professionals within the community, families and Regional Program Managers as needed to facilitate effective bed management in the facility and transition from facility. Maintain required staffing levels through recruitment, selection, training, scheduling and retention and according to prevailing standards or ratios.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

The Colorado Constitution, Article XII, Section 13 requires that applicants for state classified government jobs be residents of Colorado.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications listed below to continue in the selection process for this position. Work experience must be specifically documented on your application. Do not use "see resume" or "see attached" statements on your application.


High School Diploma or GED



Five (5) years of professional experience in the juvenile justice system working with detained or adjudicated youth in a correctional setting, which must have included two (2) years of formal supervisory experience.

The supervisory experience must have been over staff in a residential facility serving adjudicated and/or detained youth.


College education in Criminal Justice, Corrections, Correctional or Police Science, Criminology, Human Services, Psychology, Social Work, or Sociology or closely related field will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience overseeing or providing psycho educational programming, treatment programming and/or behavioral interventions for high risk youth.

  • Development and management of safety/security practices and systems.

  • Knowledge of trauma theory and trauma responsive intervention strategies.

  • Experience developing cohesive teams.

  • Experience with quality assurance and quality improvement.

  • Experience with system development and management.

  • Experience supervising staff of all levels, to include authoring of evaluations and progressive supervision.

Please be sure to provide the following information in your application:

  • Total number of years supervised for each position held

  • Total number of employees supervised in each role

  • Total number of units supervised for each position

Essential Competencies:

Oral communication skills, administration and management, customer service, public safety and security, complex problem solving, judgment and decision making, critical thinking, personnel management, supervision skills, time management, written communication skills, leadership, analyzing data, computer skills and high level of integrity.


If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.


Applicants are required to attach a cover letter and resume to their application. Applications without a cover letter and resume will not be considered.

Please note that ONLY your State of Colorado job application will be reviewed during the initial screening; if you submit a resume and cover letter, they will be reviewed in later stages of the selection process. Therefore, it is paramount that you clearly describe all of your relevant experience on the application itself. Applications left blank or marked "SEE RESUME" will not be considered.

Your application will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications for the position. If your application demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be invited to the comparative analysis process, which is described below.

Note: Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements) are required to apply and participate in the comparative analysis process.

Former employees of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on your application and may not be eligible for employment at CDHS.

Supplemental Information

Comparative Analysis Process

The comparative analysis process for this position may consist of a structured application review, and a structured interview depending on the number of qualified applicants.


Any person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To receive the accommodation, the person making the request must present medical documentation that describes the impairment which justifies the accommodation. Because it requires several days for CDHS to evaluate the request and prepare for the accommodation, it is essential for the person who believes he/she may need an accommodation to locate or obtain the documentation that he/she intends to submit well in advance of the assessment date. Failure to provide the medical documentation three days in advance of a comparative analysis could make it impossible for CDHS to prepare for and provide the requested accommodation. To request a reasonable accommodation for this assessment, please contact Bridget Clawson Braaten at 303-866-4373 or or the contact listed on this announcement three days before the assessment date.