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Opportunity Title: Assessment Specialist
Location: Centennial
Department: Juvenile Assessment Center
Posted Date: 12/27/2017
Closing Date: 03/30/2018
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Brief Description

***This is a courtesy posting for the Juvenile Assessment Center.***

Salary: $33,500.00/ Annually

Definition of Work:

The Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) is a nonprofit organization contributing to the safety of youth, families, and the communities of Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties through early intervention, comprehensive assessment and improved access to appropriate services. The JAC’s Law Enforcement Program (LEP) intervenes and addresses factors contributing to concerning behavior; increasing aspects of a young person’s life that keep them at home and out of juvenile justice and human service systems.

As a LEP Assessment Specialist, you can expect to conduct the intake, assessment and release of youth transported by law enforcement to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Detention Facility for behavior concerns or delinquency matters. Your daily activities include, but are not limited to, screening youth for immediate medical and behavioral health needs; assessing strengths, risks, and needs; creating case plans and coordinating release from the program; and performing follow up phone calls with families. Through the program’s contract with the 18th Judicial District Senate Bill 94 Program, you will administer the Juvenile Detention Screening and Assessment Guide (JDSAG) and determine the most appropriate level of detention services for eligible youth. You will place electronic monitoring devices on youth eligible for home detention; coordinate with the Department of Human Services for shelter placements; complete bonds and promise to appear documents when necessary, and facilitate release to the Department of Youth Services. Your obligations as an Assessment Specialist also include database data entry, fingerprinting youth for the Colorado Bureau of Investigations, and creating detailed assessment reports for District, County, and Municipal courts.


Minimal Educational / Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Degree in criminal justice, social work, psychology, sociology, human development, or a closely related field preferred.

  • Must pass a Background check. Required background check includes a review with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Central Registry of Child Protection (Trails).

  • Must pass a drug screen.

  • Bilingual candidates must be fluent in both Spanish and English and have demonstrated ability to translate written documents from English to Spanish and Spanish to English.

Additional Comments & Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Law Enforcement Program operates within the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Detention Facility in Centennial, Colorado.

  • This is a full time 40 hour position that may include day, evening, overnight, and/or weekend hours in an assigned schedule, as well as coverage for holiday shifts annually. Requires flexibility to attend monthly meetings and training as needed.

  • The starting salary for this position is $33,500. Overnight staff receive an annual differential of $2,520. Bilingual staff receive an annual stipend of $650. Staff are paid once a month.

  • Our benefits package includes life, disability, medical, dental and vision insurance; retirement plan; 12 holidays and up to 10 hours earned each month in paid time off. Employee medical and dental insurance premiums are paid by the Juvenile Assessment Center. Staff are paid once a month.

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills

  • Familiarity with community resources preferred
    Training in motivational interviewing techniques preferred

  • Understanding of trauma-informed care principles/practices is a plus

  • Experience working within juvenile justice or related fields a plus


How to Apply:

                Name:                  Zach Abdelbaki                

                Title:                      Assessment Specialist



Example of Duties

  • Data entry.
  • Completes Assessments with youth.
  • Completes fingerprints and mug shots with youth.
  • Answer phones when needed as well as make phone calls.
  • Scan Files.
  • Trails data entry (open/close cases, enter service information).
  • Write detailed court reports.
  • Complete detention screens.

Detailed Job Information
NOTICE! Each person employed must present identity and employment eligibility verification.
NOTICE! Employees hired after March 1, 1988, must be on the payroll direct deposit program.
NOTICE! Disabled applicants: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the hiring authority.
NOTICE! All prospective employees of the Colorado Judicial Branch are subject to background investigation prior to hiring.

INFORMATION ALERT: Judicial Department employees may not hold office in a political party, nor may they promote one political party or candidate over another in partisan political elections. Employees may hold not-partisan public office provided that there is no conflict of interest or appearance of impropriety with the duties performed for the Judicial Department. In all cases, it will be within the discretion of the Chief Judge of the judicial district to determine whether such a conflict exists. Employees shall seek the prior approval of the Chief Judge before seeking or assuming any such office. Work related to any office held may not be performed on Judicial Department time. Membership on a board or commission that requires registration or party identification as a qualification is not considered to be partisan political office.
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