Vernon, Youth Program & Prevention Coordinator


Town of Vernon                                                                                                                               
Department: Youth Services      

Job Title:  Youth Program & Prevention Coordinator                                                         
Bargaining Unit:

Wage Classification:  N-7

General Statement of Duties:  Highly responsible position working with the Youth Services Director in developing, implementing and evaluating programs and providing intervention services for youths on a Town-wide basis.

Supervision Received:  General supervision and oral direction from Vernon Youth Services Director. 

Supervision Exercised: Youth Services Bureau staff in the absence of the Director, supervises various summer programs and staff administered by the department.

Essential Job Functions:Serves as the primary liaison of the Vernon Youth Services. Assists the Youth Services Director in planning, developing, and implementing prevention programs. Facilitates a variety of youth programs, and other multi-town community-based prevention initiatives. Promotes, monitors and evaluates programs for their success and efficacy. Provides counseling, crisis intervention, assessment, advocacy, education, support, case management, and referral services for youth. Serves as liaison for families, school support staff to refer youth and families to appropriate community services. Works along-side school staff in identifying and aligning individual programming needs of students. Builds student relationships and support through positive reinforcement. Assists the Department of Children and Families and the School Resource Officer with cases involving school aged youth. Maintains files and data collection according to State Department of Education and Youth Service Bureau requirements. Maintains a high degree of confidentiality. Regular and punctual attendance.

Other Job Functions:  Attends meetings in absence of Youth Services Director and coordinates program supervision with the Youth Services Director. Recruits, trains and supervises summer programs and staff. Participates on a variety of school and community committees relative to youth services. Attends pertinent meetings and conferences as needed. Helps develop collaborative working relationships with other community providers and surrounding towns. Other duties as required.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to sit, talk and hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand and to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.  Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various office equipment.  

Employee must occasionally lift up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:  The work characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions.  The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, or airborne particles. 

Performs highly complex and varied tasks requiring independent knowledge and its application to a variety of situations, as well as exercise of independent judgment.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderately loud.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Knowledge of State of Connecticut Youth Services statutes. Working knowledge of the relationship between Youth Services and the public education system. Excellent organizational skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to be a self-starter and work independently. Knowledge, skill and ability to work with elementary and middle school aged youth. Ability to work with high school aged youth a plus. Ability to work in a highly active environment requiring multi-tasking.  Ability to work under stressful situations involving  family dynamics. Ability to coordinate and foster relationships with school administration, community based professionals, business owners, and the general public. Ability to develop, run and coordinate programs. Ability to communicate effectively with youth and staff, and develop positive relationships with youth while maintaining appropriate boundaries.

Experience & Education: Bachelor’s degree in human services or related field, Master’s degree in human services, social work or counseling preferred.  Two to three years experience working with youth programs, preferably  in a school setting; any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience. Must possess and maintain a valid motor vehicle operator's license. A Police background check will be required. 

This job description is not intended to be a complete statement of all duties, functions and responsibilities which comprise this position. EOE/AA/M/F.

Adopted: April 2, 2019











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