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Youth Development Specialist II (Leonel Castillo Center) in Houston, TX at BakerRipley

Date Posted: 1/21/2019

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Job Description

Community Based Initiatives is a division of BakerRipley that builds on the unique economic and social assets of individuals and their neighborhoods, moving them to self-sufficiency and an improved quality of life. Largely supported by private philanthropic investment, our community-based programs engage and connect individuals to the resources that meet their emerging needs and aspirations. We provide a continuum of services including free tax preparation, family health and education, immigration and citizenship services, financial assistance and programs for youth and seniors.


The Emerging Leaders youth program serves school-aged youth through a variety of out-of-school time services and activities across the Greater Houston Area. The Youth Development Specialist II is responsible for implementing unique and high quality after-school and summer programming to youth ages 14-18. Promoting leadership, college and career readiness, and social development while maintaining a safe and positive environment.


  • Works in collaboration with the Community Youth Leader to develop and carry out the implementation of program activities and events
  • Leads the outreach/recruitment efforts of the Young Leaders program by attending schools, open houses, parent meetings, community events, etc.
  • Conducts timely and comprehensive implementation of all program components for assigned group of students providing effective, meaningful, and developmentally-appropriated activities and delivering the assigned curriculum
  • Carry out the goals, themes and schedule of the program to provide a consistent and high quality experience, establishing strong and positive relationships with program participants
  • Submits all essential documentation and program evaluations in a timely manner as well as ensuring that all data is complete and inputted in the internal tracking system
  • Communicates regularly with peers and parents in small or large group settings
  • Build positive relationships and maintain consistent communication with designated school contact leads
  • Responsible for driving agency vehicles to transport participants to and from schools, field trip locations and other sites as well as maintaining a safe and clean environment within the vehicle
  • Provides appropriate supervision for assigned group of youth at all times creating a safe, clean, and risk-free environment
  • Recognizes and reports suspected physical and sexual abuse to the appropriate authorities as required by law
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements


High School Diploma or GED required


One year prior experience in a school-aged care program preferred


Minimum age of 19 and meet the requirements of DFPS Child Care Licensing

Currently possess or pursuing a degree in education, child development, social work OR a current Child Development Associate (CDA)

Valid Texas Driver’s License with appropriate insurance coverage, ability to drive throughout the city, and good driving record (e/g/ no more than once accident and/or moving violation in the past 12 months)

If under 19 years of age, employee must complete a Driving Safety course prior to hire


  • Knowledge and understanding of BakerRipley’s goals, objectives, policies, and procedures
  • Possess high level of organizational and communication skills with coworkers, parents, and students
  • Knowledge of classroom management and instructional concepts & theories of learning methods
  • Building safe, effective learning environments for youth from a variety of cultural backgrounds
  • Creativity skills that provide the youth with an engaging learning atmosphere
  • Willing to accept responsibility of the safety and well-being for the youth in their care
  • Work as a team-member with all co-workers and agency partners for the betterment of the children
  • Ability to relate-well and remain patient when supervising the youth
  • Comfortable with transporting children in a 15 passenger van to/from school, field trips, and other BakerRipley locations


Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, and Email


English written & verbal