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Juvenile Justice Specialist/Substance Abuse Program Manager.

The Behavioral Health Division is currently hiring a Juvenile Justice Specialist/Substance Abuse Program Manager. In this role, you will split your time between Title II and Drug Free Community efforts. 


About the Job

As the administering agency for Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention (OJJDP) funding, ICJI is charged with ensuring the state is in compliance with the juvenile detention requirements of the Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act (JJDPA). As the Juvenile Justice Specialist/Substance Abuse Program Manager, you must develop a thorough understanding of the Indiana Juvenile Justice System. You will assist with Grants Management and will have significant involvement with the Juvenile Justice State Advisory Group (SAG), including conducting scheduled and as needed meetings, providing technical assistance, data coordination, and assisting with policy/procedure development.

You will support the Behavioral Health Division in the management of division initiatives related to substance abuse prevention, treatment, law enforcement, and juvenile justice.  You will promote the coordination and cooperation in the areas of recovery including assisting with Indiana’s 92 Local Coordinating Councils (LCCs).  Your focus and responsibilities as Juvenile Justice Specialist/Substance Abuse Program Manager will be to provide the necessary services to Local Coordinating Councils to support the mission of the Behavioral Health Division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.  You will be responsible for the state’s annual Title II application and assist with reporting. You will handle other duties as assigned.

A Day in the Life

The essential functions of this roles are as follows:

  • Provide direct services to assist with the day to day work of the Behavioral Health Division, including working on grants for juvenile justice and drug free communities.
  • Provide technical assistance and supervision to the local coordinating councils and juvenile justice systems to enhance recovery, sustainability, and planning.
  • Work with the Division Director to train and oversee the SAG membership in their roles and functions.
  • Assist with planning and oversight of SAG meetings in coordination with the SAG chair, co-chair, and Director of the Behavioral Health Division.
  • Compile materials necessary to complete state and federal reports for the division.
  • Provide expertise in substance abuse recovery and juvenile justice.
  • Assist with planning and development of methods and procedures for implementing trainings related to the mission of the Behavioral Health Division.
  • Develop and/or sustain communication networks among all relevant segments of the community, ICJI and others
  • Represent ICJI locally and statewide through attendance at meetings, approved public presentations and correspondence in accordance with ICJI communications and technology use policies.
  • Provide planning and technical guidance to the LCC’s and grantees with the development of comprehensive community plans.
  • Direct and implement policy to ensure statutory guidelines are met.
  • Identify data, research and evidence based practices necessary to implement strategic plans

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What We’re Looking For

  • College degree preferred in social services, psychology, criminal justice, or public administration.
  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
  • Basic knowledge of legislative research and public policy
  • Excellent personal skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Grant writing, review and evaluation of grants
  • Ability to manage several projects at one time
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to manage and meet multiple deadlines
  • Ability to interpret and ensure compliance standards are met
  • Expertise in substance abuse and coalition development
  • Ability to travel in/out of state.



Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Indiana Youth Services Association is committed to proactively working to advance racial equity, focusing on eliminating inequities and increasing success for all in our agency and our community!

Indiana Youth Services Association
303 N Alabama St., Suite 210
Indianapolis, IN 46204 (317) 238-6955