Announcement: Monmouth Vicinage JDAI Partners with Families Program, Youth Peer Leader

Monmouth Vicinage JDAI Partners with Families Program, Youth Peer Leader

Overview of Partners with Families Program, Youth Peer Leader Position 

The Partners with Families Program, Youth Peer Leaders provide peer support services to youth under Juvenile Probation Supervision.  This position seeks two part-time, young-adult applicants (18-25 years-old). The Youth Peer Leader is to develop rapport and provide support to youth on probation, focusing on ways to help youth succeed with practical steps to achieve their goals during one-on-one meetings.  The primary work location for this position is at the Monmouth County Courthouse, but, most times, will likely include additional sites throughout the community where peer leadership meeting sessions will occur (public library, community center etc.).

Compensation is made based on service-hours billed for the duration of the grant, approximately 10-15 hours per week (with the potential for additional hours) at a $15.00 hourly rate. Applicant has flexibility to schedule peer-leadership sessions at times/days that work best for the applicant and youth. It is anticipated that applicant(s) will need to be available for at least twothree hours, two-days a week. The anticipated start date is June 3rd, 2019. This is a grant funded position through 12/31/19 that is subject to the availability of state appropriations and satisfactory performance for continuation.  
EDUCATION: High School Diploma or Equivalency is required.

EXPERIENCE: Familiarity with peer leadership models and ability to engage with youth from diverse cultural backgrounds. Applicants should have a basic understanding of juvenile justice and an interest in providing peer-support services to help youth on probation succeed in the community.  

JOB SPECIFICS: Applicant is expected to hold individual sessions for 30-minutes up to 1-hour with youth on probation either after-school or during early-evening hours. Promote within youth concepts of self-determination, recovery, resilience, self-advocacy, and self-direction. Peer leaders serve as role models providing guidance by helping youth navigate typical challenges and barriers facing most teens. Assist youth with troubleshooting issues related to transitioning into adulthood, such as independent living, peer influences, college/employment, stress management etc. Applicant(s) is expected to complete offered Court Trainings and Conflict Resolution Trainings (at no cost to the applicant). 

DRIVER’S LICENSE: A valid driver’s license and use of vehicle is necessary to perform the duties of this position.

AUTHORIZATION TO WORK: US citizenship is not required. Selected candidate must be authorized to work in the US according to the Department of Homeland Security, US citizenship and Immigration Services Regulations.

SPECIAL NOTE: Selected candidate must agree to a background check and drug testing. A juvenile delinquency record WILL NOT disqualify you from this position. All data received will be kept in strict confidence except to inform the individual of the findings and any actions as the result of those findings. 

****Reply to the Monmouth County Department of Human Services: [email protected] by submitting a cover letter (indicating in the subject line “JDAI Youth Peer Leader”) along with a Cover Letter, Resume and at least two References. Accepting applications between April 26, 2019 to May 17, 2019. Only completed applications from individuals who meet the educational and experience requirements will be considered****