Youth Development Specialist

Residential Services · New London, Wisconsin
Department Residential Services
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

If you want to change your life, change someone else's first. 


$3,000 Retention Bonus provided!


We are looking for passionate, caring and hardworking individuals who feel a calling to help Rawhide transform the lives of at-risk youth. At Rawhide, you will find opportunities for personal and professional career development, a great benefit package, and the fulfillment of knowing the impact that your efforts will have on the lives of youth.


The Youth Development Specialist provides direct-care support in the daily functions and objectives of the Living Unit. Under the direction of the Living Unit Supervisor, the Youth Development Specialist will work with a team to create, implement and sustain a therapeutic culture that recognizes and values progress toward the treatment goals of our youth. 


Essential Job Functions for Youth Development Specialist:

  • Provides care and therapeutic treatment of Rawhide youth within the residential programs
  • Works in conjunction with all teams involved in the development and implementation of individual treatment plans
  • Assists with day-to-day residential operations and processes including medication administration
  • Completes accurate documentation to remain in compliance with licensing requirements


Experience/Education for Youth Development Specialist:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred; but must have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Meet one of the following qualifications
    • Have an associates or bachelor’s degree with a focus on child and youth care work or in a social or behavioral science field
    • Have at least 1 year of successful experience working in a recognized child welfare setting for the type of population served by Rawhide
    • Completion of Rawhide’s supervised traineeship program
  • 2-3 years of relevant experience preferred


Skills for Youth Development Specialist:

  • Exercises critical thinking, judgment and discernment
  • Ability to identify and respond to crisis situations
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and stand for long periods of time
  • Physically able to meet the demands of the position, including providing therapeutic physical restraints
  • Valid driver’s license with insurable driving record


Rawhide Youth Services Benefit Overview:

  • Competitive Pay
  • Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance 
  • Competitive 401k plan
  • Flexible Schedule
  • Onsite Nurse
  • Meals while on duty
  • Onsite Café and Coffee Shop 
  • Tuition Reimbursement 
  • Nature Trails/Waterfront Access on 700+ acres
  • PTO/VTO
  • Onsite Fitness Center and Gym 
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Employee Development Program 
  • Jury Duty Leave
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Paid Benefits for Birth or Adoption


It is the policy of Rawhide Youth Services, Inc. to comply with the equal opportunity policy and
standards of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, the Department of Health
Services and the Department of Workforce Development and all applicable state and federal
statutes and regulations relating to nondiscrimination in employment and service delivery.

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  • Location
    New London, Wisconsin
  • Department
    Residential Services
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Mid-level