NOW HIRING: School-based Restorative Practices Facilitator- Durango High School

School-Based Restorative Practices Facilitator for Secondary School (Salaried, Exempt)

Reports to: La Plata Youth Services LPYS Restorative Justice Program Manager (Direct Supervisor) and School Designated Point-Person.


  • Collaborate with restorative facilitator team to develop resources, tools, activities, and strategies to promote the implementation of embedded restorative practices within overall school-based systems of support.
  • Provide professional development and other capacity building strategies at designated school sites in partnership with Durango School District 9-R as needed and in alignment with school and district goals and initiatives.
  • Collaborate with schools, students, staff, and restorative practitioners on activities and events that support building restorative practices.
  • Actively work with site and district based teams to integrate systems of support with restorative practices.
  • Educate and coach school personnel on appropriate use of restorative practices relative to their position at the school and capacity.
  • Develop and document policies and procedures, in coordination with school district administration and site-based Restorative Practices Implementation Teams (RPIT).
  • Build and maintain key relationships with school staff/personnel and outside organizations, agencies, and support systems (includes schools, law enforcement, community resources, etc.).
  • Support and facilitate Tier 3 processes to define, understand, and acknowledge youth and family needs, and to develop restorative agreements.
  • Work with key personnel to identify students at-risk for suspension, expulsion, absenteeism, and/or truant.
  • Facilitate Restorative Processes for identified “at-risk” or high need students.
  • Advocate for youth and families having difficulty receiving needed services.
  • Work in tandem with other school-based facilitators to facilitate Tier 3 processes as needed.
  • Record participant activities and data in appropriate databases, in order to document efficacy and outcomes of the program.
  • Help to develop additional data collection methods to document further professional development and capacity needs for each site in coordination with implementation teams and the Restorative Justice Program Manager.
  • Maintain contact with designated Point-Person to track successful or unsuccessful completion of Tier 3 restorative agreements.
  • Attend regular meetings, trainings (local, regional, and state), and project specific conference calls.
  • Adhere to the state of Colorado Restorative Justice Standards of Training and Practice developed by the RJ Colorado Council.
  • When in a crisis situation or making a mandated report, notify direct supervisor and consult with the LPYS Clinical Supervisor.
  • Adhere to workplace conduct policies as outlined by placement site school and school district in addition to LPYS policies and procedures.

Other Duties as Assigned by LPYS Supervisor.


  • School-based, systems-related experience required (includes promoting and guiding change within school systems, implementing practices and policies);
  • Experience working with youth in conflict/crisis;
  • Knowledge of and training in restorative justice practices, theoretical framework, and philosophy; trauma-informed care and
  • Experience with group facilitation or mediation.
  • One on one, group, telephone; written communication and organization skills.
  • Comply with confidentiality and mandated reporting of child abuse, neglect, and harm to self or others.

Background Checks: All staff must participate in a background check, and driving history check. Staff must also show proof of auto insurance and submit a copy of diploma or certificate of training.

If you are interested in employment with La Plata Youth Services, please submit a completed application, resume, and cover letter to our office at 2490 Main Avenue. Click Here to be redirected to our Employment Opportunities Page. You may also fax (970) 385-1726 or e-mail the application to

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Register for the 5th Annual 5-K Animas Splash & Dash!

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AmeriCorps VISTA position open!

Would you like to be a member of our team and serve through AmeriCorps VISTA? Earn education financial support while contributing to our team supporting youth in La Plata County. Position open until filled.

Primary duties include:

1) work with the LPYS Leadership Team and External Evaluator to survey youth and families served, & research evidence-based best programs and practices, to evaluate and improve programming;

2) increase the number of year-round pro-social and culturally appropriate opportunities offered to provide a safe, fun, and supportive environment for youth and strengthen partnerships with other agencies to encourage greater inclusion and support; and

3) enhance outreach and volunteer efforts and assist in capacity building functions of the organization (grant writing, fundraising, etc.).


For more information click here

Or call us at 970-385-4440.

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Youth Creates PowerPoint Presentation — the Facts on Vaping

Recently, a youth working with La Plata Youth Services put together this informative PowerPoint on the facts and risks associated with teen vape use. We are proud to share the information, and grateful for their hard work putting this information together for public use.

Youth-Vaping Presentation-2018

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Request for Proposals (RFP) for Strategic Planning Consultant

La Plata Youth Services is seeking an experienced strategic planning consultant to facilitate a participatory planning process that will create a three-year strategic plan for the organization. Deadline: January 18, 2019 COB. For full RFP, please visit:

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El Pomar Awards for Excellence – La Plata Youth Services

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Tuesday, December 4 is SW COLORADO GIVES DAY!

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Upcoming Parent Support Group

Next week, LPYS’s Youth and Family Specialist, Stephanie Smith will be holding a Parent Support Group in our office at 2490 Main Ave.  If you have any questions or would like to join the group, please contact Stephanie Smith at or (970)-385-4440 ext. 105Feb 2018 Parent Support Group Flyer

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Restorative Justice coming to Durango Schools

Check out this article about restorative justice in Durango schools. Bravo to Miller Middle, Big Picture High, and Animas High! We applaud you.

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Training Opportunity

La Plata Youth Services

will be hosting a training event for

Motivational Interviewing

Check out the MI page for full details!

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