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Rite of Passage COMMUNITY TRANSITIONAL SERVICES SPECIALIST - RISE Behavioral Health in Watkins, Colorado



This position is responsible for acting as a liaison between Rite of Passage and the Placing Agency and assists youth with any aspects relating to their transition from Rite of Passage to the community. This position reports to the Regional Behavioral Health Director.


  • Acts as a liaison between Rite of Passage and the Placing Agency. Develops and maintains professional relationships with Placing Agency staff, ROP Case Managers, Career Coordinators and all community –based contacts.

  • Maintains regular contact with Placing Agency staff to assist in developing parole plans/services.

  • Provides mentoring/counseling for students, clients and family.

  • Researches employment and educational opportunities for clients. Develops and maintains positive relations with regional career path employers, high schools and colleges.

  • Interfaces with the community to secure employment for clients. Provides clients with guidance in preparing for employment and teaches interviewing skills.

  • Provides life skills training (i.e. shopping, meal planning, budgeting, active parenting, etc.).

  • Provides educational guidance to students/clients developing graduation and transition plans, preparing for enrollment into secondary and/or post-secondary programs.

  • Provides students/clients with community resource expertise to ensure an effective re-integration to the community. Assists students/clients in identifying support services in their perspective communities.

  • Provides mentorship and guidance to students/clients throughout their transition to the community and monitors their progress in the community.

  • Conducts transition activities such as job interviews, school enrollment, obtaining identification, treatment program enrollment, drug testing, and transportation.

  • Provides monthly progress notes and weekly student/client updates to placing agency officials according to case plan.

  • Facilitates court hearings, probation officer visits and client visits and/or home passes.

  • Completes required reports and documentation in a timely manner, provides management with required reports and advises of any problematic situations.

  • Complies with and implements the Rite of Passage Policies and Procedures as detailed in the appropriate manuals/handbooks.

  • Ensures the highest standards are maintained to prevent illegal, unethical, or improper conduct and to ensure the program remains in compliance with agency licensing and Rite of Passage policies and procedures.

  • Assists with the correction of deficiencies and quality improvement efforts.

  • Attends and participates in regularly scheduled staff meetings, pre-release Placing Agency staffing, committee meetings, regional transition meetings, graduations and validations, and other meetings as needed.

  • Commits to attending training and staff development classes to ensure sufficient hours of training on an annual basis. Notifies supervisor if annual training hours are deficient.

  • Ensures the safety, health and welfare of staff and students/clients at all times.

  • Provides encouragement, guidance and resources to the staff and students/clients when needed.

  • Models and ensures all program norms are upheld without compromise.

  • Acts as a positive role model and mentor for both staff and students/clients.

  • Treats others with respect, confronts negative behavior and supports confrontation.

  • Other duties as assigned, verbally or in written form.


  • BA/BS in Human Services or related field preferred or relevant licensure/certification.

  • At least two years of Rite of Passage experience working with at-risk clients as direct care, case management, educational or transitional services.

  • Background in dealing with placement agencies.

  • Knowledge of community resources available to clients.

  • Knowledge of licensing, Placing Agency and ROP policies.

  • Must meet the requirements to be an eligible ROP driver. Must possess a current State Driver’s License and have an acceptable driving record for the past three (3) years.

  • Strong knowledge of overall company operations and policies and procedures, licensing policies and Placing Agency policies.

  • Ability to pass a criminal background clearance check, drug screen, physical and TB test.

Rite of Passage is a leading national provider of programs and opportunities for troubled and at-risk youth from social services, welfare agencies and juvenile courts. For 35 years, we have developed and operated a continuum of programs based on the needs of youth and our placing agencies. With an emphasis on evidence-based practices and positive skill development, combined with our supportive and therapeutic approach, our organization is respected by industry experts as a highly effective solution for our youth. Since 1984, over 25,000 youths have entered and completed our programs. Rite of Passage has built its reputation on running life-changing educational treatment programs that positively contribute to the community.

Our employees are dedicated, passionate individuals that are committed to inspiring positive change in the lives of youth. Becoming a member of the Rite of Passage team is more than just a job, it’s an opportunity to create a meaningful career with a company driven by its powerful mission to make a difference.




  • Bachelors or better in Human Services

Licenses & Certifications


  • Drivers License



  • 2 years: At least 2 years experience working with at-risk clients

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)