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Diversion Specialist-Youth

Application Process – Position Open Until Filled.

Submit: Resume, Cover Letter, 3 Professional References

To: Search Committee or Fax (315) 735-7525

No phone calls, please


Position Summary:

Using a strengths-based and youth centered approach to provide prevention/intervention services for at-risk youth. The youth could be at-risk for disengagement from school and/or behavioral issues at school, home or community. Services offered to the youth include mentoring, behavior management, pro-social skill building, mediation, conflict resolution, anger reduction, and development of a plan of care.

Position Duties:

  • Work with school districts, the county and other community-based agencies to provide services to at-risk youth and/or their families.
  • Create a plan of action to support the youth to build on their strengths and mitigate risky behavior.
  • Provide an assortment of prevention and intervention services to youth and families to include but not limited to: truancy and incorrigibility diversion, school discipline interventions, case management, mentoring, drug and alcohol prevention services, conflict resolution and an assortment of other programs.
  • Provide home visits as needed.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with partnering community-based agencies, government entities such as law enforcement, courts, and county departments as well as local schools.
  • Assist all partner organizations such as schools, county departments and local agencies to identify appropriate services and referrals for students and families.
  • Ensure agency programs are provided with fidelity to the prescribed evidence-based model programs used or model developed by the agency.
  • Collect data accurately and as needed to meet the objectives and goals of the service and agency using agency databases.
  • Complete reports, notes and case management accurately and correctly as required.
  • Create and maintain a knowledge of community-based services for children and families.
  • Create, develop, and implement assessment/service plans with youth and families as needed, and work with community partners to support the child/family's success in the established plans.
  • Attend all community based and school-based meetings required.
  • Use the principals of wrap-around, strengths-based approaches, trauma informed care, and restorative justice with all services provided to students and families.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • A Bachelor's degree in a related field.
  • Three to five years' experience in health, education, substance abuse, juvenile justice, or other related children and family services.
  • Experience working with youth and ability to engage youth in services.
  • Must be able to work independently and be flexible.
  • Must have ability to travel to appointments, schools and meetings as needed.
  • Ability to work an occasional night or weekend as needed.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Ability to write case notes accurately and track data through agency data tracking programs.
  • Experience with excel, word, and other software programs.
  • Knowledge of community-based agencies that service children and families.


  • Competitive Salary based on experience.
  • Excellent benefit package
  • 12-month position and 30 hour work week.
  • 14 Paid Holidays Off and Considerable Vacation Time

Safe Schools Mohawk Valley is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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