Juvenile Program Specialist- Long Creek Youth Development Center

South Portland, Maine, United States | *Corrections- Open Competitive | Full-time

Apply by: No close date

Job Class Code: 5217
Grade: 19
Salary: $19.61 - $24.87/hr
Open: August 27, 2019
Close: Until Filled

We are currently recruiting for shift schedule consisting of 12.33 hours shifts, in which an employee works 3 days one week and four days the following week.


Candidates who are interested in future job opportunities as a Juvenile Program Specialist should apply for this opening. If you qualify, your name will be placed on a register. When there is a vacancy the agency will request names from this register. 


In this position, you will be a working supervisor performing duties involving the interaction, care, security, control, treatment, and rehabilitation of juvenile offenders detained or committed to a correctional facility.  As a Juvenile Program Specialist you will be responsible for providing direct care; modeling appropriate behavior, attitude, ethics, and morals; and implementing rehabilitative, protective, treatment and behavioral health programs and services. You will be a part of the Unit Team working with other correctional professionals in developing and implementing individual treatment plans. As a Juvenile Program Specialist you will also have the opportunity to assist in educational programs and facilitate treatment groups. 

  • Accompanies and remains with students in classrooms and workshops, and assists teachers/instructors in training/instructing students following established lesson plans, guidelines, and instructions.
  • Directs, assigns, and supervises Juvenile Program Workers and volunteers.
  • Evaluates subordinates' performance, examines task outcome against job standards, and discusses evaluation with employees.
  • Implements and actively participates in individual and group treatment programs and activities.
  • Documents observations and prepares reports concerning individual and group interaction, participation, and progress made in treatment programs.
  • Communicates with residents exhibiting behavioral problems, interpersonal conflicts, and non-compliance with rules; and redirects behavior, deescalates situations, and describes possible consequences.
  • Mentors and acts as role model of appropriate behavior, attitude, ethics, and morals.
  • Supervises, guides, and motivates residents to maintain living quarters.
  • Attends and participates in unit treatment team meetings, and reports on observed resident behaviors, participation levels, and progress toward treatment plan objectives.
  • Interprets situational requirements and implements approved intervention techniques.
  • Supervises and participates in searches and inspections of beds, lockers, living areas, buildings, and grounds.
  • Transports and accompanies residents to court and other appointments and activities.
  • Attends and participates in in-service training sessions, workshops, and staff meetings.


In order to qualify, you must have high school graduation or equivalent AND two (2) years of directly related adolescent treatment and/or correctional experience.

Licensing Requirements:  (This must be met by all employees prior to attaining permanent status in this class).  Basic Corrections Certification


Interested applicants need to apply online by selecting the "Apply for this opening" button along with uploading a cover letter, current resume, and if applicable copies of post-secondary transcripts, licensing, registration and certifications.   


The information you provide with your application (resume/cover letter) will be compared to criteria developed by experts who are familiar with this job and its requirements, and converted to a numerical score. If you have met the minimum qualifications you will be placed on a register with the Bureau of Human Resources.


Eligibility lists for each classification are comprised of applicants who have successfully completed all phases of the examination process.

When a request to fill a vacancy is received, the names of the top six candidates (more if there are tie scores) are sent to the hiring agency. Normal order of referral is:

  1. Employees on lay-off status from Maine State Government
  2. Current employees of the hiring agency
  3. Current Maine State Employees in other hiring agencies
  4. Candidates on reemployment status (former Maine State Employees)
  5. Candidates not currently employed by the State of Maine


Value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.31 biweekly

Value* of State-paid Health Insurance:

  • Level 1:  100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing):  $461.75 biweekly
  • Level 2:  95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%):  $438.66 biweekly
  • Level 3:  90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%):  $415.58 biweekly
  • Level 4:  85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%):  $392.49 biweekly

*The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program.

Value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: 21.03% of pay.

 Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.