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State of Massachusetts Transportation Officer, Northeast Region in Middleton, Massachusetts

The Department of Youth Services (DYS) is seeking positive, and dynamic individuals for the role of Transportation Officer, at the 33 Gregory Street, Middleton, MA. The selected candidate will transport youth that are in the care of DYS to various destinations such as other DYs facilities, courts, hospitals and community programs. IN this role you will be a key member of the residential team, direct-care staff monitor, and provide on-site and immediate intervention of DYS youth For additional information about the Department of Youth Services and its programs please watch: Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive): * Transport youth to and from the Department of Youth Services (DYS) facilities, correctional facilities, community programming and/or community placement, courts, hospitals, foster homes, etc., to bring them safely to the destination in accordance with laws, rules, policies, standards and procedures. Search youth for contraband; deliver youth’s personal belongings to the specific destination; observe youth; and maintain awareness of public surroundings to ensure secure transport and to prevent issues or altercations. * Inspect vehicle and safety equipment, including first aid supplies, fire extinguishers, locks and restraints; perform basic vehicle maintenance and arrange for repairs to ensure vehicles are in proper working order and to meet safety requirements. * Coordinate with court, hospital, facility and program staff to share and receive relevant youth information, to ensure proper documentation is transported with the youth, and to arrange for efficient and secure transport of youth while protecting the safety of youth and the general public. * Maintain complete and accurate records and logs related to vehicle use, including inspections, mileage, tolls, gas and repairs to satisfy agency and procurement requests. * Prepare incident reports related to transport activities to provide documentation in compliance with agency policies and procedures. * In some instances, serve as the first point of contact for youth following detainment. Communicate with youth and/or families to answer questions, explain the process and put youth at ease; report any disclosed information related to criminal history, abuse or medical concerns in compliance with the law. * Assist agency staff by providing temporary security in a program or office setting during the intake. * Determine the process for removing and transporting youth from one facility to another to ensure the safety of all parties. * Use restraint equipment during transport when necessary and/or appropriate in accordance with policy. * Select routes to transport youth in a timely fashion. * Determine whether an environment is unsafe, either for the client or for the general public; change plans for removal or transport if deemed necessary to protect the safety of all parties. * Respond appropriately to emergencies or medical situations that occur during transport. Required Qualifications: * Successful completion of a Physical Ability Test (PAT) * Knowledge of the state laws, rules, regulations and safety practices governing motor vehicle operation * Ability to understand and apply the law, rules and regulations governing agency operations * Ability to read road maps and understand directions * Ability to exercise sound judgment and make quick decisions * Ability to interact effectively with people who are under physical and/or emotional stress. * Ability to maintain accurate, organized records * Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing * Ability to use a computer to type, manage databases and produce written documents Preferred Qualification: * Good driving Record. * Familiarity with General Laws pertaining to juveniles and juvenile rights. * Be able to physically restrain a youth, when necessary. * Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. To Apply: Please upload both Resume and Cover Letter for this position when applying. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. About the Department Of Youth Services: The Department of Youth Services (DYS) is the juvenile justice agency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We work with young people who are detained or committed and provide detention, custody, diagnosis, education and support to young people ages 12-21. Most of the youth served are between the ages 14 and 18. The Department promotes positive change for the youth committed to our care, and has been on the forefront of de-institutionalization, in part, by providing adolescent-focused rehabilitation to youth in residential treatment. The goal of DYS is to focus on youths’ gradual reintegration back to the community as productive citizens. DYS works in partnership with provider agencies, law enforcement and school officials, families, communities and others to ensure that the services provided are effective and that they create pathways to success for the young men and women in DYS care and custody. By working in close collaboration with these entities, DYS can continue to help make communities better and safer places. For more information please go to: Total Compensation As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your total compensation, including: * 75% state paid medical insurance premium * Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans * Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs * Low cost basic and optional life insurance * Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan * 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time * Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities * Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options * Incentive-based Wellness Programs * Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities * Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program Pre-Offer Process: Pre-Employment Requirements: Candidates must pass a pre-employment screening which includes: 1) Drug Screening; 2) Psychological Screening; 3) Medical Examination; and 4) Physical Abilities Test (PAT) for direct care positions. If you would like more information, please logon to the DYS website to access detailed information on the Pre-Employment process. A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit and click on "Information for Job Applicants". Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Upon hire, incumbents shall be required to complete and maintain a valid certification in crisis intervention, suicide prevention, Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and first aid. Incumbents are required to possess a current and valid motor vehicle driver’s license at a class level specific to assignment. Executive Order #595:As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Job: Community and Social Services* *Organization: Department of Youth Services *Title: *Transportation Officer, Northeast Region Location: Massachusetts-Middleton - 33 Gregory Street Requisition ID: 210009AA