Employment Opportunities

Employment Philosophy: LPYS seeks individuals to join our team who value making a positive impact in the lives of youth and families. The ideal applicant will be hard-working, a team player, and passionate about working with young people. LPYS provides employees a supportive, cooperative environment in addition to training and on-going professional development.

Mission: La Plata Youth Services supports and advocates for youth facing challenges in school, home, or court.

Benefits: Vacation, sick leave, simple IRA, health insurance monthly stipend, wellness benefit, and mileage reimbursement.

Background Checks: All staff must participate in a child abuse registry check, Colorado Bureau of Investigation 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 fill out an application and return it with a resume and cover letter to our office at 2490 Main Avenue. You may also fax or e-mail the application. info@lpys.org


Current Job Openings:


Request for Proposal

Strategic Planning

Deadline for Submission: January 18, 2019

Purpose: La Plata Youth Services, Inc. (LPYS) is seeking an experienced strategic planning consultant to facilitate a participatory planning process that will create a three-year strategic plan for the organization.

About LPYS: LPYS was founded in February of 1994 by representatives from the community, area school districts, local governments, and state entities to provide a continuum of services to at-risk youth and their families in La Plata County. The agency serves as a resource to schools, law enforcement agencies, local human services departments, and other community agencies that come in contact with youth who are in need of additional support. In 2001, LPYS was designated by the 6th Judicial District Attorney as the single point of entry for all youth diversion cases in La Plata County. In 2006, LPYS began collaborating with area school districts to support youth and families facing habitual truancy charges by offering case management as an alternative to truancy court filings. In July of 2013, LPYS, Durango School District, Bayfield School District, and the 6th Judicial Court joined as founding partners of a community collaborative drawn together to identify, evaluate, and serve chronically absent and at-risk students in La Plata County through community-based, wrap-around care (SMART). In May of 2015 SMART, in partnership with LPYS and La Plata and Archuleta DHS, applied to the State of Colorado to initiate a Collaborative Management Program. Through our expansion into truancy services and by housing the community’s Collaborative Management Program, LPYS is able to collaboratively serve some of the most in-need and at-risk students in the community who would otherwise fall through the cracks. In 2003, LPYS received the ‘Outstanding Business Award’ and in 2013, the ‘Community Leadership Award’ both from United Way of Southwest Colorado. In 2015, SMART was selected as a finalist for the prestigious ‘Colorado Collaboration Award.’ In January 2016, LPYS received the Durango Chamber of Commerce ‘Non-Profit of the Year Award. In 2018, LPYS received the Award for Excellence from the El Pomar Foundation. In 2017-18, LPYS reached 651 youth through prevention and early-intervention programming, in its truancy and court diversion programs, and collaborative management services. Currently, LPYS has 8 board members, and 15 employees.

Planning Needs: LPYS has a 3-year strategic plan, adopted by the LPYS Board of Directors in 2016, that will expire in August of 2019.  As the organization enters the last year of that 3-year “plan,” the board and staff are eager to develop a strategic plan that will guide operations for the next three years. Additionally, LPYS seeks a process that will include staff, board, and key stakeholders including youth.


January – Establish Planning Group, Timeline, RFP for Facilitator

Beginning of February – Collect Data

End of March into April – Analyze Data, Pull Together Information

April into Late-May – Identify 3 Strategic Goals and Objectives

Beginning to Mid-June – Finalize and Adopt Plan

July 1, 2019 – Plan in Place

July to August – Develop On-Going Evaluation Plan

Consultant Qualifications: LPYS seeks an experienced consultant who, with the planning process team including the Executive Director and Board President, will assist in all phases of plan development including data collection and analysis, identification of strategic goals and objectives, final plan presentation, and development of an on-going evaluation plan process.

Compensation for Services: Maximum contract amount of $8,000, including all related expenses.

Response requested: Interested parties, please submit a brief (1-2 page) statement of qualifications (resume or bio), and a proposed scope of work (including a budget for services) to Katy Pepinsky, Executive Director at katy@lpys.org, or to: La Plata Youth Services, 2490 Main Avenue, Durango, CO 81301. Proposals must be received by January 18, 2019 COB to be considered.