Youth Support Assistant / Specialist

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Youth Support Assistant


Work on an assigned shift, under the supervision of higher-level staff, provide direct care, supervision and guidance to youth placed by the courts into residential facilities run by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). Ensure the security of these facilities by controlling access by operating security cameras, and screening visitors and staff at a designated post. Youth Support Assistants transport youth between all OCFS work locations and to other destinations; for example, courts and medical providers.

Minimum Qualifications

To qualify for a Youth Support Assistant position, you must meet the following requirements:

Youth Support Specialist


Work in all facilities and CMSO’s found within OCFS. Youth Support Specialists supervise and lead groups, create and maintain a home-like environment, guide and encourage youth to improve their personal hygiene, appearance, manners and work and study habits, guide youth as they complete work assignments and plan and participate in organized, recreational activities with youth. Youth Support Specialists also seek to modify youths’ antisocial, maladaptive and self-destructive behavior patterns by modeling healthy behavioral alternatives. They employ established techniques to de-escalate volatile situations. Youth Support Specialists meet with youth counselors, establish and maintain productive relationships with youths’ families and attend case conferences and community and staff meetings.

Minimum Qualifications

To qualify for a Youth Support Specialist position, you must meet one or more of the following requirements:

Notes on Qualifications

Background Investigation/Justice Center Review

Prospective appointees will be