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:


Communities-in-Schools Partnership Program Manager (Salaried, 1.0 FTE, Exempt)

The Communities-in-Schools Partnership Program Manager’s primary responsibility is to create and maintain an authentic, healthy, strengths-based, trauma-informed, culturally-competent, hope-oriented, and supportive environment for the youth and other participants in the program. To this end, the Program Manager provides coordination of the necessary program components to ensure the ongoing sustainability and vitality of Communities-in-Schools.


Program Management

  • build and sustain healthy, positive relationships with program participants, including teachers, school counselors, school administrators, 9-R administrators and staff, other service providers, and CMP program staff
  • actively foster the values of LPYS throughout all programming, specifically Social Justice (equity related to race, class, gender, sexual orientation), Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, and Compassion
  • work with each school participating in CISP to develop programming and frameworks for delivery of that programming which are unique to that particular school’s needs, strengths, and culture
  • work closely in each school participating in CISP with school administration and other school and community service providers, including strategic planning meetings
  • recruit, coordinate, and provide leadership to contracted behavioral health providers who deliver school-based services
  • assist in early identification of youth in need of services through each school’s individual staffing meeting and assist in identifying appropriate services
  • maintain and establish new relationships with service providers in order to facilitate successful collaboration
  • provide training for school staff in order to promote positive school climate and support successful implementation of identified programming (restorative practices, trauma informed care, etc.)
  • align and report efforts with granting agencies that support CISP programming
  • promote continuous expansion and/or refinement of programming within each participating school in order to serve marginalized populations, such as youth of color and youth who identify as LGBTQ
  • support the efforts of the LPCRCMP Program Coordinator with consistent communication
  • collect, organize, manage and communicate all data collection from each school participating in CISP programming (behavioral health, restorative & others) to CMP data base

Operations Management

  • Identify and create opportunities to support the sustainability, fundraising, and promotion of all CISP programming, including grant writing
  • assure program goals are met in partnership with the school administration and in accordance with the governing grant requirements
  • set agendas and record minutes
  • develop manuals and document programming in order to support replication
  • facilitate collaboration between partners regarding contracts, cost-sharing, resource allocation, scheduling, etc.
  • manage the administration, collection, and recording of pre- post-surveys for youth participating in program
  • other efforts as necessary in order to support the successful implementation of the partnership and delivery of services to students

Participate as a contributing member of LPYS team.

  • attend and actively participate in LPYS fundraisers
  • support organizational development by involvement with planning workgroups and special projects
  • attend ongoing training sessions and seminars as needed
  • responsibilities may include the following: speaking, workshops, etc., that address youth issues
  • participate in hiring of new staff
  • sustain professional and positive working relationships with staff
  • knowledge of and adherence to organizational hierarchy, goals, operations, and mission statement
  • represent the organization in a respectful way both on and off the job
  • notify supervisor as needed with high risk clients, client emergencies, and/or if client situation is deteriorating
  • share in office maintenance
  • Other Duties as Assigned


  • committed to the success of the program
  • flexible, reliable, friendly and conscientious
  • able to work with both youth and adults with a respectful and non-judgmental attitude
  • capable of being appropriately responsive to challenging and/or crisis situations
  • one on one, group, telephone and written communication skills
  • organizational skills
  • compliance with confidentiality and mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect

Desired Work Experience:  A minimum of four years professional experience in a human services related field. Experience leading trainings, teaching classes, and facilitating programming. Experience with and knowledge of clinical mental health topics and restorative justice/practices. Working knowledge related to issues related to race, class, gender, sexual orientation in the field of public education. Experience in program management, including finance and/or budgets.

Education:  Master’s degree in human services related field preferred.

Compensation: This is an exempt full-time position (1.0 FTE). Annual base salary: $44,554.

Benefits: Vacation, sick leave, health insurance monthly stipend (paid as additional taxable income), simple IRA, annual 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 and the La Plata County Regional Collaborative Management Program, please submit a completed application, resume, and cover letter to our office at 2490 Main Avenue. Application can be accessed from the La Plata Youth Services website: http://www.lpys.org/about-lpys/employment-opportunities/. You may also fax (970) 385-1726 or e-mail the application to laura@lpys.org.

Applications due by: November 23rd, 2018.


LPYS is now accepting applications for a new AmeriCorps VISTA position as the La Plata County Regional Collaborative Management Program (LPCRCMP) Program Development Assistant!

Program Start/End Date : 1/22/2019 – 1/22/2020

Member Duties : The VISTA will support program development through research, community outreach, and systems building.

• Research evidence-based and evidence-informed practices to help identify programming to address service gaps.

• Co-Create presentations of evidence-based and evidence-informed practices to promote dialogue with collaborative members and the community-at-large.

• Actively participate in all CMP-related meetings and create related program documentation, including grant writing and reporting, strategic planning, and process implementation, and Collaborative support.

• Create and refine marketing and promotional materials

• Track, collect, and manage data from various programs to then compile into informative reports

• Assist with updates for manuals, policies, trainings, and curriculum

Program Benefits : Education award upon successful completion of service , Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend , Childcare assistance if eligible , Training , Living Allowance , Health Coverage* , Relocation Allowance .

Register and apply using the following link :