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YOUTH TEAM LEADER in Cañon City, CO at The GEO Group, Inc.

Date Posted: 7/31/2020

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Compensation Base: $15.50

Compensation Bonus (if applicable): 


Equal Opportunity Employer.

Now hiring Team Leader for Residential Youth Treatment Services at Southern Peaks Regional Treatment Center in Canon City, Colorado - New Hires in this Youth Development Team Leader job may qualify for $1000.00 Sign On Bonus.* (Ask for Details)


As a Team Leader you will work directly with our most vulnerable adolescents coaching them on life skills, appropriate decision making, and self regulation; playing an active role in their treatment.  If you are looking to make a difference in the lives of children as well as establish a rewarding career, Abraxas Youth & Family Services may be the place for you! 

We are currently hiring Team Leaders to support our Swing Shift at our Southern Peaks Regional Treatment Center working with adolescent girls and boys. This is a full time position offering competitive benefits and paid time off. Swing Shift shift schedule typically runs from 3 PM until 11 PM. Team Leader shifts typically include a least one weekend day.

Essential Functions:

  • Supervise the activities of a group of youths, maintaining knowledge of the whereabouts of all group members. Comply with published procedures on movement, physical security, contraband, headcounts, and reporting.
  • Provide a safe, secure environment through the use of group counseling techniques, motivational techniques, individual relationships, “positive discipline” techniques, and the use of crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques as needed.
  • Represent each youth’s problems, needs, and accomplishments to the treatment team, or provides progress reports to the counselor representative on the treatment team.
  • Call and/or conduct problem-solving group meetings, and daily reviews with the assigned group of youths, providing prompts and interventions to ensure that youth are helping each other and are recognized for their efforts.
  • Assist and promote activity planning and completion by the assigned group of youths. Ensure that planning, doing, and evaluating are part of the daily routine for each group and that activities or opportunities for individual recognition are created and used to treatment advantage.
  • Document daily shift occurrences and frequent population count as required by local and corporate policy. Make referrals for special needs or medical evaluation, and brief oncoming shifts on events of the past shift.


Abraxas Youth and Family Services is a national leader in the operation of residential treatment facilities and community-based programs for troubled youth and their families.

At Abraxas Youth & Family Services, we offer hope for individuals on a journey of recovery—recovery from trauma, addiction, homelessness, and mental health issues.

Abraxas is a great place to start your career whether you have a high school diploma or GED, military experience, some college, or a bachelor or advanced degree.  If you are interested in counseling, juvenile justice, psychology, social work, teaching or just want to make a difference, we have a career path for you. Help change lives at Abraxas Youth and Family Services.


Job Requirements

Education & Experience:

  • Education – High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Experience – Two years' work experience.
  • Skills –Verbal skills to relate effectively with youth on an adult level, without patronizing, are required. Group counseling and leadership skills are required. Good analytical skills and the ability to distinguish between cause and effect and opinion and fact are also required, as is the capacity to think and act independently. Certification in First Aid, CPR, and appropriate crisis intervention methods must be obtained during the probationary period. Proficiency in group work must be demonstrated during the probationary period and remaining employment. Must be able to provide accurate, objective written documentation of shift events and unusual incidents.
  • Physical Demands: Must be able to lift 50 pounds from floor level to shoulder height. Extensive walking and standing required. Must be capable of detecting and rapidly responding to client altercations, attempts at self-harm, or escape attempts, and must be able to apply approved physical restraint techniques. Must be capable of participating with clients in an active and passive team or individual activities in outdoor or indoor environments, occasionally during inclement weather. Must be capable of transporting a client. Must be free of communicable diseases as defined by the state and to the extent that such knowledge is attainable under the law.
  • Other: Must maintain an appropriate and valid state driver's license. Must meet state and criminal background check requirements and pass drug test which includes screening for marijuana.
  • Preferred: Two years of college coursework in social or human service field preferred. OR Two year's work experience with adolescents and High School diploma or equivalent.