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Youth Diversion Coordinator

Youth Diversion Coordinator

Title:    Youth Diversion Coordinator

Reports To: Hughes County State’s Attorney

Status: Full-time

The Hughes County State’s Office hiring a Youth Diversion Coordinator who will be responsible

For the coordination, management, and expansion of the local Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), a juvenile justice improvement and detention alternative program. The Youth Diversion Coordinator is a grant funded position.

JDAI Responsibilities

Plan and coordinate regular meetings of the JDAI collaborative, including the Steering/Executive Committee and all JDAI workgroups, as necessary. Facilitate the development of a JDAI work plan and complete plan tasks in a timely manner. Meet, as necessary, with various parties and key stakeholders on an individual or small group basis. Review and request relevant data and data analysis from stakeholders and consult with state JDAI Coordinator on such analyses. Prepare and review various written documents, procedures, and agreements, formal position statements, action plans, and other assignments as needed. Represent the JDAI collaborative at meetings with other local groups and boards. In consultation with the state JDAI coordinator, participate in state JDAI meetings, JDAI training seminars; JDAI model site visits to other states; and the national JDAI conference. Participate in regular conference calls with other South Dakota JDAI sites. Keep the JDAI collaborative and other South Dakota JDAI partners informed of the progress and challenges with regular reports/communications summarizing recent issues, policy/procedure changes, significant developments, and other activities.

Diversion Responsibilities

Assist in the development of policies and procedures for diversion programming. Publicize and communicate program activities. Provide regular reports on the success of diversion to key stakeholders. Perform public speaking to groups and individuals to explain the program. Ensure program quality through definable program outcome measurements and objectives. Gather and report statistical information about client caseload. Complete grant and contract reports per the requirements of the funding sources. Complete screening and assessment for youth and families referred to the diversion program. Gather information from youth, parents, schools and social service agencies. Explore all likely sources of information regarding the home and family life. Provide case management services as needed. Meet with family and/or youth in the diversion program as needed for guidance, education, and motivation. Attend court as needed for testimony, information sharing and receipt of referrals. Complete all forms and reports necessary to maintain accurate case documentation and statistics. Maintain an awareness of available community resources. Advocate for families and youth when necessary. The Youth Diversion Coordinator may also have to manage a number of projects at one time, and may be interrupted frequently to meet the needs of youth and organizations. The Youth Diversion Coordinator must remain patient and committed to the activities, and may have to engage in conflict resolution or crisis management at times. Periodic travel will be necessary.

Job Requirements

Applicant must: possess a valid driver’s license and valid proof of insurance with reliable method of transportation; have the ability to pass a background check; have strong analytical, writing, and verbal presentation skills, must possess excellent organization and time and stress management skills; and be proficient in the use of technology.

Prior work history in the area of criminal justice, social services, or experience with juveniles is preferred but not required.

Starting Salary: $41,700-$47,000/year.

Pay is commensurate with experience and competitive with other local agencies and includes health insurances, participation in South Dakota Retirement System, and paid time off.

Closing Date: Open until filled

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Jessica LaMie

Hughes County State’s Attorney

104 E. Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501

Resumes and cover letters will also be accepted via facsimile at 605-773-7460 and email at

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

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