Youth Development Coach

Harris County

Houston, TX, USA

Full time

US$17-25 (hourly)

Healthcare / Government

Jul 9

This job is no longer accepting applications.

A Youth Development Coach (YDC) has the unique opportunity to be a positive role model for young people in need. In order to give these young people the best chance for a fresh start, our youth development coaches provide them with the support and safety they need to develop critical problem-solving skills and interrupt cycles of negative behavior.

Youth Development Coach (YDC) is responsible for the direct supervision of youth, activities in all areas of therapeutic programming, including all daily activities including, but not limited to, education, recreational, group activities, hygiene, meals, visitation, life skills, and spiritual services in secured and non-secured residential facilities.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the welfare, safety, and security of residents while adhering to all departmental policies & procedures, Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) standards; federal, state, and local statutes at all times
  • Completes reports, and daily logs, at random intervals not to exceed the allotted time when documenting resident behavior and progress
  • Effectively complete the National School Lunch checks as required
  • Maintains structured and clean work areas in the entire facility, especially in the units, dorms, rooms, classrooms, recreation areas, and hallways, etc.
  • Communicates noteworthy information to the unit and shift supervisors, casework staff, and the administration
  • Maintains appropriate training and certifications in accordance with departmental and TJJD standards
  • Operates departmental vehicles for the safe transport of juveniles as needed
  • Must be able to work scheduled hours according to assigned shift
  • Must be able to comply with the department's Mandatory Stay Over (MSO) policy when administration determines that the safety and security of the juveniles necessitates for staff members to work additional hours
  • Performs other duties as assigned

This position involves working with challenging youth where the use of Crisis Intervention and De-Escalation strategies may be necessary to ensure the safety of both youth and staff.  

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email


  • High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills, to include Microsoft Office, word processing, and the Internet.
  • Possess a high tolerance for working in an emotionally demanding/stressful work environment.
  • Must be able to work night and weekends (Shift Work).
  • Must be able to exert (i.e., lifting, pushing, pulling) 20 to 50 lbs. of force occasionally (up to 1/3 of the time) and 10 to 25 lbs. of force frequently (from 1/3 to 2/3 of the time) to move objects. 
  • Physically able to restrain a resident, if needed.
  • Ability to send and receive transmissions with two-way radio.
  • Ability to stand/walk through the majority of the shift.
  • 21 years of age.
  • A valid driver's license (Texas upon hire).
  • Must pass the HCJPD Standard Basic Spelling & Grammar (eSkill) assessment with a score of at least 75%.

Additional Requirements

  • Every employee is subject to random testing for drugs and alcohol or if there is a reasonable suspicion to believe that the employee is under the influence of a substance prohibited by this policy while in the course and scope of employment.
  • All new employees are required to undergo and pass a physical examination administered by the Department Approved Contract Physician. 
  • At the time of the physical, applicants must present evidence of tuberculosis (TB) skin test.
  • In the event of a positive test, the applicant will be required to provide additional documentation.
  • Upon receiving a conditional job offer, every applicant undergoes a criminal background check, drug screening, an achievement test, and psychological and physical examinations.
  • If a public emergency is declared by the county, staff could be assigned to other duties and/or facilities and/or under the supervision of another county department.


  • Certified copies of transcripts of educational credentials and/or college credits will be required during the hiring process.

NOTE: Qualifying education, experience, knowledge, and skills must be documented on your job application. You may attach a resume to the application as supporting documentation; but ONLY information stated on the application will be used for consideration.


  • BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university in Criminal Justice, Social Work & Behavioral Sciences
  • Residential experience working with children
  • Mental Health and/or Behavioral Health Technician Certification
  • Bilingual 

General Information

Job Location

  • Department-Wide
  • Will Be Discussed During Departmental Interview


  • 40 Hours Per Week
  • Includes Nights & Weekends
  • Various Shifts available


  • Commensurate with Appropriate Experience
  • $17.23 - Starting Salary 
  • $18.12 - Education (BA,BS, Masters)
  • Additional hourly salary commensurate with appropriate experience up to $24.97 year per year credit.
  • Based on 26 Pay Period



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