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 Leader will provide peer support services to youth under Juvenile Probation Supervision. This position seeks TWO part-time, young-adult applicants (18-25 years-old) to be overseen by the Family Engagement Coordinator and Family Division Manager of Monmouth County’s Superior Court.

The purpose of the Youth Peer Leader position is to develop rapport and provide support to youth on probation, focusing on ways to help youth succeed and develop practical action steps to achieve their goals during weekly/biweekly one-on-one meeting sessions. 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, up to 166 hours per year (with the potential for additional hours), for the duration of the grant (through December 31st 2018). The rate of pay is $15 per hour. 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 two-three hours, two-days a week. The anticipated start date is March 1st 2018.

EDUCATION: High School Diploma Required.

EXPERIENCE: Familiarity with Mentor/Buddy Programs a plus! This position requires the ability to engage with clients in a culturally competent and trauma-informed manner. Applicants should have a basic understanding of the juvenile justice system and interest in providing peer-support services to help youth on probation succeed.

JOB SPECIFICS: Under the direct supervision of the Family Engagement Coordinator, applicant to hold individual sessions for 30-mins. to 1-hour with kids on juvenile probation either after-school or during early-evening hours. Promote self-determination, recovery, resilience, self-advocacy, and self-direction. Assist the youth/young adult in identifying strengths, goal planning and identifying barriers. Applicant(s) is expected to complete offered Motivational Interviewing and Conflict Resolution Trainings (at no cost to the applicant). Peer leaders serve as role models providing guidance by helping youth navigate typical challenges and barriers presenting most teens. Debriefing with the Family Engagement Coordinator immediately after sessions and developing case plan to direct future meetings. Assist youth with troubleshooting issues related to transitioning into adulthood, such as independent living, peer influences, college/employment, stress management etc.

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 automatically 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 January 29th 2018-February 19th 2018. Only completed applications from individuals who meet the educational and experience requirements will be considered****