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.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): LPYS strives to embed DEI principles into everyday practices. La Plata Youth Services hosts a DEI Working Group, which consists of LPYS employees who meet regularly to discuss and support organizational needs in regards to DEI. Additionally, LPYS is engaged in an internal professional development initiative focused on DEI, which includes opportunities to gain knowledge and build skills to better serve marginalized populations. Examples include self-study resources, intra-agency learning groups, and working with an organizational consultant to address inequities within LPYS.

Anti-Discrimination Policy: In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at LPYS will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. LPYS does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

LPYS will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.

In addition to a commitment to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals, LPYS has established an affirmative action program to promote opportunities for individuals in certain protected classes throughout the LPYS.

Any employees with questions or concerns about any type of discrimination in the workplace are encouraged to bring these issues to the attention of their immediate supervisor. Employees can raise concerns and make reports without fear of reprisal. Anyone found to be engaging in any type of unlawful discrimination will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

La Plata Youth Services provides diversionary services to children and youth under the age of eighteen from La Plata County. No person shall be subject to discrimination because of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, creed, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender expression. This policy applies to every aspect of La Plata Youth Services, our programs, practices, policies, and activities, as well as to those of its contractors and volunteers.

Benefits: Vacation, sick/personal leave, paid holidays, Individualized Health Care Reimbursement (ICHRA), Simple IRA Retirement Benefit, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), annual wellness benefit, parental leave, training budget, and mileage reimbursement.

Background Checks: All staff, volunteers, and interns must participate in a sex offender 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 email (info@lpys.org) the application.

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Job Openings

Strategic Planning Consultant

LPYS is seeking an experienced strategic planning consultant to facilitate a participatory planning process rooted in equity. The goal of this process is to create a three-year strategic plan for the organization.

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 November 5, 2021 COB to be considered.


CRC Rural Capacity Building VISTA Project ~ AmeriCorps VISTA
Reports to: La Plata Youth Services Executive Director
Project Period: 9/3/2021 - 9/2/2022

The Program Associate VISTA will increase opportunities for marginalized youth to participate in leadership opportunities, events, and programs; will support youth mentoring activities; and will build outreach efforts and relationships with community partners to strengthen services for youth facing challenges in school, home, or court La Plata County.

Position is office-based in Durango, Colorado.
Position is full-time, approx. 40 hours per week.

Education: A Bachelor's Degree or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and/or training.

To Apply: Create an application in the My AmeriCorps Portal. For assistance with the application and/or scheduling an initial screening, please contact Anna Toth at toth@crcamerica.org.

Position open until filled.