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419 Spookrock Road
Minimum Qualifications Two years full-time experience* in the care and programming of youth** under 21 years of age;
OR two years of full-time experience* in the care, programming and/or secure custody of residential clients in a health care, mental hygiene or correctional institutional setting;
OR an Associate’s degree AND six months experience as described above*;
OR a Bachelor’s degree;
OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of the above education and experience requirements;
OR a high school graduation or equivalency diploma AND one year of experience*
Additionally, all candidates must meet physical and medical standards established for this title, as determined by a strength and agility test and medical examination.
*Appropriate verifiable part-time experience will be accepted on a prorated basis.
*Direct care experience with youth involved in the juvenile justice system or in an institution, camp, school, community center, youth rehabilitation program, or residential center.
Satisfactory completion of the probation period must include possession of a valid motor vehicle operator’s license and the ability to operate a motor vehicle legally in New York State.
Establish a relationship of confidence and trust, supervise and guide youth under their supervision. Create a safe, healthy and therapeutic living environment that supports the acquisition and utilization of pro-social skills for youth under their care.
Develop youths’ positive attitudes towards personal hygiene, appearance, manners, work and study habits.
Attend case conferences, community and staff meetings.
Establish rapport and attempt to allay anxieties and tensions.
Supervise and/or assist youth during various work assignments.
Assist in establishing and maintaining relationships with youths’ families.
Additional duties will be discussed in detail during the interview.
Please note: Youth Division Aides are required to attend training in approved Office of Children and Family Services restraint techniques two times a year (four hours each).
Additional Comments These positions exist in secure, limited secure and residential programs operated by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. Anticipated vacancies are located throughout the state. The nature of this position requires shift, weekend, holidays, and overtime assignment, including mandatory overtime.
Background Investigation Requirements:
Prospective appointees will be: 1) Checked against the Staff Exclusion List (SEL) maintained by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Prospective employees whose names appear on the SEL as having been found responsible for serious or repeated acts of abuse or neglect will be barred from appointment and may have their names removed from the eligible list(s) for the title(s) if applicable. 2) Investigated through a Criminal Background Check (CBC), which includes State and federal Criminal History Record Checks. All convictions must be reported; conviction of a felony or misdemeanor, or any falsified or omitted information on the prospective appointee’s employment application, may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment. Each case will be determined on its own merits, consistent with the applicable provisions of State and federal laws, rules, and regulations. Prospective employees will be fingerprinted in order to obtain a record of their criminal history information, and may be required to pay any necessary fees. 3) Screened against the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR). Prospective employees will be required to pay any necessary fees.
Some positions may require credentials or a background check to verify your identity.
Your physical and medical condition will be evaluated to ensure that you are able to satisfactorily perform the duties of this position with or without reasonable accommodation. The physical/medical standards include a fitness test, a medical standards evaluation, and a substance abuse screening.
To obtain a complete statement of the physical and medical standards write to the Medical Review Unit, New York State Department of Civil Service, 55 Mohawk St., Suite 201, Cohoes, NY 12047. A medical examination will be required prior to appointment, and you are responsible for payment of the clinical laboratory test fee. Appointees to this position may be required to undergo periodic medical examinations to reassess their ability to perform the essential duties of the position.
Prior to appointment, you will be required to participate in a drug screening test and are responsible for the clinical laboratory fee. Failure to meet the standards may result in your disqualification.
The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER. OCFS is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for persons with disabilities. It is the policy of OCFS to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities to enable them to perform the essential functions of the position for which they are applying or for which they are employed. OCFS does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under title I of the ADA.
Please specify in your cover letter and/or resume how you meet the minimum qualifications (as described above) when responding to this posting. For example, you should provide specific date ranges for qualifying experience, qualifying education or certifications, or the age range of individuals served. Non-specific submissions may disqualify you from further consideration if the information you provide does not meet the minimum qualifications.
Qualified Veterans may be eligible for an on-the-job stipend from the Veteran’s Administration, as the training program for this position is an approved program for GI Bill On-The-Job Training Benefits.
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.
52 Washington Street, 231 North
Notes on ApplyingQualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter giving the Title, Location, and EOA Number of the position being applied for. Please provide your email address and your work, home and cell phone numbers. In order to qualify you for the position when you have current or prior New York State employment, you may be contacted by OCFS Personnel for your social security number to confirm your employment history.