Diversion Program Manager

La Plata Youth Services   Durango, CO   Full-time     Social Service
Posted on June 22, 2022

La Plata Youth Services

Diversion Program Manager

Reports to: La Plata Youth Services Program Director

Your continued employment with LPYS is based on mutual consent. You have the right to end your employment relationship with LPYS at any time for any reason. Similarly, the employment of an employee can be terminated at the sole discretion of LPYS for any reason at any time. It should also be understood that no supervisor or representative of LPYS other than the Executive Director has the authority to enter into an agreement for employment for any specified period of time or to make any promises or commitments contrary to the terms stated above. Furthermore, any employment agreement entered into by the Executive Director shall not be enforceable unless it is in writing.

This job description does not constitute an employment contract and is subject to change as the needs of LPYS and requirements of the job change.

Description: The Diversion Program Manager’s primary responsibility is to provide leadership, management, and oversight to ensure the ongoing sustainability and vitality of La Plata Youth Services community- and school-based Diversion & any Restorative Practices programming. The Diversion Program Manager will oversee specific casework, professional concerns, and development of direct service staff including Youth Advocates.


● Program Management
● Build and sustain healthy, positive relationships with program participants, including students, families, teachers, administrators, staff, other service providers, and CMP program staff.
● Actively foster the values of LPYS throughout all programming, specifically Social Justice, Integrity, Community, Collaboration, and Compassion.
● Oversee Diversion programs and services for students, families, and affected parties.
● Provide administrative oversight, on-site coaching, and support to Youth Advocates.
● Attend partner meetings to develop wider community partnerships, to increase community awareness of juvenile justice issues, and to identify appropriate referrals to La Plata Youth Services Diversion.
● Develop and promote the Diversion program, including education to key stakeholders.
● Recruit and support community-based Restorative Practices Facilitators, Community Members, and Community Conferencing Specialists to facilitate Restorative circles to youth, families, and victims.
● Coordinate the ReThinking Substances Program (restorative group conference model to address substance use).
● Other efforts as necessary in order to support the successful implementation of the Diversion program and delivery of services to youth, families, and victims.
● Operations
● Assign cases to the Diversion team as they are referred, and monitor the Diversion case load to ensure a high and consistent quality of care for youth.
● Assure program goals are met with community partners, and in accordance with the governing grant requirements.
● Support implementation of policies and best practices that enhance program effectiveness as well as the safety, well-being, and fair treatment of staff and clients.
● Update the Diversion program manual to include procedural changes and program modifications to programs as they occur.
● In partnership with program staff, oversee the administration, collection, and recording of client records and data, including program surveys and/or data collection instruments and assist the Program Director & Clinical Supervisor in program evaluation and grant reporting.
● Meet with the LPYS Program Director & Clinical Supervisor on a regular basis concerning program, individual issues, or new projects, and to identify and create opportunities to support the sustainability, fundraising, and promotion of Diversion programming, including grant writing.
● Other efforts as necessary in order to support the successful implementation of the Diversion programs and delivery of services to students, families, and affected parties.
 Participate as a contributing member of LPYS team.
● Attend and actively participate in LPYS fundraisers.
● Support organizational development by involvement with planning workgroups and special projects.
● Attend ongoing training sessions and seminars as needed.
● Responsibilities may include the following: speaking, workshops, etc., that address youth issues.
● Sustain professional and positive working relationships with staff.
● Knowledge of and adherence to organizational goals, values, operations, and mission statement.
● Represent the organization in a respectful way both on and off the job.
● Notify the executive director as needed with high-risk clients, client emergencies and/or if the client situation is deteriorating.
Other duties as assigned by LPYS Supervisor.

● Juvenile-justice systems-related experience (includes promoting and guiding change within justice systems, implementing practices and policies).
● Strong understanding of clinical health needs.
● Knowledge of, and training in, theoretic frameworks such as restorative justice practices, trauma informed care, and positive youth development.
● Practical knowledge of social justice including addressing inequities created by systems and policies that create barriers to the well-being and opportunity for youth that have marginalized identities including youth of color, young individuals from lower socioeconomic status (SES) families, and those that identify as LGBTQIA+.
● Experience working with people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and cultures.

● Committed to the success of the program.
● Flexible, reliable, friendly and conscientious.
● Able to work with both youth and adults with a respectful and non-judgmental attitude.
● Capable of being appropriately responsive to challenging and/or crisis situations.
● Practice good verbal and written communication; organization skills.
● Compliance with confidentiality and mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect.

A master’s degree in human services, social work, or a related field or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and/or training. Restorative practices implementation training and experience preferred.

Employment Philosophy: LPYS seeks individuals to join our team who value making a positive impact in the lives of youth and families. The ideal applicant will be hardworking, a team player, and passionate about working with young people. LPYS provides employees a supportive, cooperative environment in addition to training and on-going professional development.

Mission: La Plata Youth Services supports and advocates for youth facing challenges in school, home, or court.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): LPYS strives to embed DEI principles into everyday practices. La Plata Youth Services hosts a DEI Working Group, which consists of LPYS employees who meet regularly to discuss and support organizational needs in regards to DEI. Additionally, LPYS is engaged in an internal professional development initiative focused on DEI, which includes opportunities to gain knowledge and build skills to better serve marginalized populations. Examples include self-study resources, intra-agency learning groups, and working with an organizational consultant to address inequities within LPYS.
Compensation: This is an exempt, salaried, part-time position (0.8 FTE). Annual

Salary: $41,184.

Benefits: Paid Leave (vacation, sick/personal leave, paid holidays), Clinical Supervision, Individualized Health Care Reimbursement (ICHRA) Benefit (employer contribution 100%), Simple IRA retirement benefit, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), annual Wellness Benefit, Parental Leave, Training Budget, and Mileage Reimbursement.

Background Checks: All staff, volunteers, and interns must participate in a sex offender registry check, Colorado Bureau of Investigation check, and driving history check. Staff must also show proof of auto insurance, and submit a copy of diploma or certificate of training.