Circuit Court Of Jackson County, Missouri – Kansas City, MO

Circuit Court Of Jackson County, Missouri

16th Circuit Court of Jackson County

Kansas City, MO


All applicants must complete an application to be considered – those submitting resumes only will not be considered.

Circuit Court Of Jackson County, Missouri

Vacant Position

Date: 01/01/2023
Posting No.:2023004


Position Title: Back-up Residential Youth Worker Position No.: 9999
Department: Residential Services
Work Location: Detention – 625 E 26th Street, Kansas City, MO; 301 NW Gregory Boulevard, Lee's Summit, MO
Work Hours: Varies depending upon staffing needs – Facilities operate 7 days a week, 24 hours a day; employees work on a casual on-call basis as needed limited to 25 hours per work week
Salary: County Paid PositionNon-exemptGrade N/A$22.09Hourly

Salary Range For Internal/Rehire Applicants: $22.09Hourly

EXTERNAL APPLICANTS CLICK HERE TO APPLY(The internal application for promotion/transfer may be obtained on the HR ICONon Lotus Notes) Employment Specialist: . Applicants for clerical positions which require skill testing must be tested for consideration. ALL CURRENT EMPLOYEES APPLYING FOR THESE POSITIONS MUST SUBMIT AN INTERNAL APPLICATION FORM TO HUMAN RESOURCES.

Applications must be received by Human Resources no later than 05:00 PM on 12/31/2023

POSITION PURPOSE: To ensure the safety and security of youth and assist in the execution of established youth treatment and service goals and court orders.

MAJOR TASK STATEMENTS AND REPRESENTATIVE ACTIVITIES (Percentage of Time): (The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job; other tasks/duties may be assigned. The area to which the job is assigned will govern which duties apply. Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities, work shift/schedule, facility, or department to meet business and organizational needs as necessary, including but not limited to the re-assignment of employees and positions, elimination of positions, and opening, moving, or closing of facilities and units.)

45% of time: Supervise, assist and monitor activities of youth; document behavior, actions, incidents and other information.

  • Directly supervise and monitor daily activities of youth, which may include school, recreation, meals, personal hygiene, sleep, work projects, and suicide watch.
  • Document youth behavior, activities, rule infractions, incidents and other occurrences and information, in a narrative or report form basis.
  • Consistently ensure residential facility surroundings are safe and secure for both residents and staff and take appropriate action to correct deficiencies, which includes the use of force to prevent physical injury, escape, or property destruction.
  • Help youth to respond constructively to treatment and service, and assist in development and stabilization of personal and social adjustment skills which may involve anger control, positive peer and family interaction, personal hygiene/grooming and implementing discipline.
  • Counsel with youth on an individual and group basis regarding problems and approaches relative to personal and social adjustment skills.
  • Provide written and oral input regarding youth progress, behavior, rule infractions and skills.
  • Perform related work as required to include but not limited to serve on teams/committees as assigned, cross-train for other jobs as assigned, and work on special projects as assigned.

40% of time: Execute individual components of treatment and service plans; review and execute court orders.

  • Provide guidance and assistance to youth in daily activities in order to develop and improve coping and competency skills and effectively modify attitude and behavior patterns.
  • May work with community resources to identify and implement youth work programs and projects, which may involve participation.
  • May perform body searches of youth, hand-out medication and mediate disagreements between youth.
  • Work schedule assignments necessary to meet the Court's obligation to provide for the needs of juvenile residents, including mandatory overtime as required and perform related work as required.
  • Assists in the planning and implementation of individual treatment plan.

15% of time: Travel to youth residence and other locations; transport youth; monitor visits; conduct room checks; attend meetings and training; and perform related duties.

  • Transport youth and make home, school and other field visits in personal or Court vehicle (duties involving transportation of youth and/or travel will vary depending upon the facility, service area and/or shift assigned).
  • Attend work related meetings and training; may install and detach electronic surveillance equipment at youth’s residence; may monitor youth’s activities through surveillance equipment or phone calls to home, school, etc.
  • Conduct residential facility room checks and monitor behavior of youth to prevent disturbances or escapes, and search facility and grounds for missing youth.
  • Attends training /in-services as required.


(Education above the minimum stated may be substituted on a year for year basis for the required general experience; experience above the minimum stated may be substituted on a year for year basis for the required education.)

EDUCATION: High School diploma or equivalent.

EXPERIENCE: One year work experience, not necessarily related.


  • Minimum age requirement of 25;
  • Valid drivers’ license from state of residence.
  • If driving non-court vehicle for Court business, must have auto liability insurance and properly licensed and reliable vehicle.
  • Must be able to provide proof of the above.
  • Must submit to and pass criminal background check as prescribed by Courts, Sex Offender Registry check, and MO and KS Child Abuse and Neglect checks.
  • All applicants for this position are subject to testing for illegal drug use prior to appointment.
  • Employees in this position are subject to random and reasonable suspicion testing for illegal drug use.
  • Must pass IMPACT test.
  • Final employment offer is dependent on successfully passing physical exam and physical abilities performance testing.
  • Must be able to attend a scheduled consecutive two week orientation and training process.
  • This position is subject to gender-based hiring and work schedule assignments necessary to meet the Court’s obligation to provide for the needs of juvenile residents. Refer to Family Court Policy 120-20 – Use of a BFOQ in Hiring and Staffing.
  • Due to the Court’s obligation to provide supervision for youth within its facilities seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, and to assure an appropriate staff-to-youth ratio, Youth Worker positions are considered by nature shift work and work hours and days off will be assigned by the hiring manager. the ability to work different shifts and different days, as well as mandatory overtime is considered an essential job function and fundamental to the work of a Youth Worker. Work days and hours and location assignments are neither permanent nor guaranteed. Employees may be reassigned to a different shift, work day, schedule, facility, department or job in the interest of safety and security of the youth and staff within a facility or to better meet the needs of the department or organization as a whole. Management may make changes to the organizational structure as needed, including but not limited to the reassignment of employees and positions, elimination of positions and opening, moving, or closing facilities and units.

KNOWLEDGE , SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Knowledge, skills, and abilities required to function at an acceptable level in the position.

  • Ability to supervise, motivate, and discipline youth with behavioral problems.
  • Ability to remain calm and in control in emergency or stressful situations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and to prepare clear, complete and logical reports.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to restrain youth in a physical confrontation.
  • Ability to work and relate in a positive fashion toward individuals from diverse backgrounds and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to project a positive role model.
  • Ability to operate a vehicle in a safe and prudent manner.
  • Ability to install/detach surveillance equipment, using a variety of small hand tools.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: May work in a secured or non-secured juvenile residential facility; travel to youth homes, school and other locations which could be required during day or night in year-round weather conditions; intercede or be involved in physical confrontations and restraint and possible hostile confrontations with youth and families; may participate with youth in work or recreation projects; subject to youth who are aggressive and volatile and those who have psychiatric or other special needs; work mandatory overtime as required. Constant noise on some shifts.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Work environment and facilities required to work in as well as physical demands and/or mental requirements. (This is not an inclusive list; other tasks/duties may be assigned.)


  • Interpersonal contact – 67-100% of time – Constant: interaction in group and individual setting with youth; some who have emotional/mental health challenges.
  • Stressful situations – 34-66% of time – Frequent; de-escalate agitated youth and family members
  • Decision making – 34-66% of time – Frequent: ensure proper response to youth needs.
  • Concentration – 34-66% of time – Frequent: maintain proper head counts; conduct inventory.
  • Interruptions – 34-66% – Frequent: altercations between youth; radio and phone calls.

STANDING – 34-66% of time – Frequent; monitor residents; activities.
WALKING – 67-100% of time – Constant; monitor residents; activities.
SITTING – 1-33% of time – Occasional; monitor residents; activities; completion of incident reports; computer; office machines.
CLIMBING/BALANCING – 1-33% of time –Occasional; stairs; in/out of van; critical incidents involving safety and security require ability on demand.
STOOPING/KNEELING/CROUCHING/CRAWLING – 1-33% of time – Occasional; physical restraint; administer first aid and CPR; room checks; critical incidents involving safety and security require ability on demand.
LIFTING/CARRYING/ PUSHING/PULLING – 100 lbs. – Lifting objects occasional; must be able to use physical restraint on demand when working with possibly violent or aggressive youth; moving materials and objects.
HANDLING/REACHING/GRASPING/FEELING – 1-33% of time – Occasional; keyboard; walkie-talkie radios for security purposes; telephone; moving materials; physical restraint; feeling in unseen areas for contraband
KEYBOARD OPERATION/ WRITING – 1-33% of time – Data entry; completion of forms and reports.
DRIVING/TRAVEL – 1-33% of time – Travel to required training/meetings; transport youth to home visits and family members for group participation; transport materials; operate van; travel to youth residents and other locations as needed; transport youth to appointments and services; travel to other facilities and area locations in year-round weather conditions.
VISION – 67-100% of time – Color perception, depth perception, reading/close up work; field of vision peripheral.Monitor youth; activities; critical incidents involving safety and security.
HEARING – Normal speech – 67-100% of time – Constant; hear resident and staff activity both within and outside field of vision; critical incidents involving safety and security.
Faint sounds – 67-100% of time – Constant; resident and staff activity; critical incidents involving safety and security.
Telephone/walkie-talkie radio – 1-33% of time – Occasional; critical incidents involving safety and security require ability on demand.SPEECH – Must be able to speak and understand English clearly to provide detailed information by telephone and in person.In Person – 67-100% of time – Constant; communication with residents, staff, etc., critical incidents involving safety and security.
Telephone/walkie-talkie radio – 1-33% of time – Occasional; critical incidents involving safety and security require ability on demand.


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