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Director of Juvenile Justice Programs and Services
National Youth Advocate Program in Rockford, Illinois
Date Posted 02/12/2021
Philanthropy-Senior/Executive Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

National Youth Advocate Program is committed to making a lasting impact in the communities and people we serve. The Matteson team continues to expand and offers and exciting leadership opportunity!

The Director of Juvenile Justice Programs and Services will establish the framework and lead all active initiatives related to the organization’s on-going juvenile justice programming. To achieve this goal, the Director will direct three programs (CANEI, Juvenile Justice Youth Services, and dually involved youth/release upon request) to ensure program goals are successfully achieved, while raising the level of public awareness of the juvenile work done by National Youth Advocate Program. The Juvenile Director will help chart future programming, strategic growth and assist in the management of day-to-day operations.

NYAP, a non-profit organization, has been serving the needs of youth and families for over 40 years! With over 1000 staff in 9 states, we are a group of dedicated life-changers working to “Be a Part of Something Bigger”!


The Director of Juvenile Justice Programs and Services will perform duties including, but not limited to:

  • Perform all work in a manner consistent with the National Youth Advocate Program’s mission, values, and philosophies.
  • Responsible for the development, implementation, and administration of all Juvenile Justice related programming in Illinois.
  • Develops and reviews procedures, programs and policies to assure efficient functioning of Juvenile Justice Related Programs.
  • Ensures that communications and the flow of information between the programs and funding sources are maintained in a consistent and open manner; confers regularly with immediate staff, conducts periodic management meetings, and conducts periodic general staff meetings or provides timely and accurate information to staff.
  • Promotes and maintains conditions that encourage staff loyalty, enthusiasm, and morale; ensures organizational and individual compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action philosophies and practices, and with the established ethical code of conduct.
  • Works with Quality Assurance Manager to provide for the systematic evaluation and audit of administrative and technical operations to ensure the quality of services meets organization standards.
  • Provides leadership for staff's effective and efficient therapeutic engagement of youth and families to facilitate their skill development in order to enhance short and long-term community safety.
  • Establishes annual Juvenile Justice services goals consistent with the DJJ, DCFS, and IDHS objectives, utilizing evidence based practices to reduce recidivism and monitor the adherence and progress of each goal.
  • Establishes collaborations with DJJ and Courts in Cook, Winnebago and Will Counties to address client needs and develop service agreements, contracts, and memorandums of understanding with providers.
  • Performs other tasks and work as assigned and/or required.


  • A Master's Degree in Management, Public Administration, Criminal justice, or Social Service preferred.
  • Five or more year's employment/experience in probation/court services, of which at least three are at a supervisory or administrative level.
  • The ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents and to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.
  • The ability to write reports and other items using original or innovative techniques or style.
  • The ability to make effective and persuasive presentations on controversial or complex topics to Judges, top management, public groups, and state and county officials.
  • The ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • The ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions dealing with abstract and concrete variables.
  • Must pass an extensive criminal history and employment history background check.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.
  • Proficient use of desktop and laptop computers, smart phones and tablets, printers, fax machines and photocopiers as well as software including word processing, spreadsheet and database programs.


  • The preferred candidate must demonstrate a commitment to promoting success in juvenile justice and social work and be committed to recidivism reduction and restorative justice.
  • Be an advocate for the fair administration of justice for youth.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of methods and procedures of probation and court services programs.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of methods of casework supervision and of staff development practices.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the laws pertaining to the Court and current social, economic, and health problems.

The person in this position needs to follow a team concept and support both agency goals and co-workers. Employees must be able to effectively work with and be respectful and sensitive to persons from various cultures, socioeconomic, ethnic, religious, and racial backgrounds.


The National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP) is a not-for-profit 501(3)c organization that has provided cost effective, community based services and support to children, youth, and families since 1978. NYAP provides a wide array of services to youth and families in Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, and Louisiana.

NYAP is committed to supporting and protecting youth and families and strengthening the communities they serve. We provide opportunities and resources to youth and families through our innovative programs and services. NYAP strongly supports and offers guidance to our dedicated foster parents, work hard to build community support and advocate with public agencies and officials on behalf of youth and families.

Become a part of the NYAP family! We offer company sponsored training such as CPR/CPI, along with the following benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, and Short Term Disability Insurance, Company-paid Long Term Disability Insurance and a $50,000 Life Insurance Policy, as well as a generous paid time off policy.

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