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DYRS Employment Opportunities

The DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) is a Social Services Agency tasked with providing holistic and therapeutic programs and services to adjudicated youth between the ages of 12-21 in the District of Columbia. In this effort, DYRS also continues to seek creative and unique talent from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds. Our Human Resources office is actively recruiting highly qualified individuals to serve our youth in our secure facilities, offices and the community. Our varieties of supporting positions are in the following departments:

Strategic Development and Performance Management

The Strategic Development and Performance Management department is responsible for the monitoring and oversight of developing strategies, reviewing plans, determining new areas of focus and facilitating the operation of research and analytical functions as they pertain to juvenile justice. We continue to seek talent versed on issues of importance in areas of law, policy, plans of actions, and proper approaches as they relate to projects, programs, research and analysis.

Youth and Family Services

The Youth and Family Services department provides community services for court-ordered youth (including Supervised Independent Living Programs, Extended Family Homes, Residential Treatment Facilities and Therapeutic Foster Care). In addition, the department provides medical care, custodial care, supervision, services, support and opportunities to: youth committed to DYRS; and youth awaiting court processing who are placed in the secure detention facility (Youth Services Center) or shelter care by the DC Superior Court. This includes detained services, committed services, health services and resource management and utilization. Our direct care positions within this department are vital in the success of assisting our youth in transition and require individuals who have in-depth knowledge and passion toward positive youth justice and positive youth development.

Year-round hiring of direct care positions (including pooling of candidates) include:

  • Supervisory Youth Development Representatives (Full-Time & Part-Time)
  • Youth Development Representatives (Full-Time & Part-Time)
  • Social Workers (LGSW, LCSW, LICSW)


The Operations department provides administrative support and the required tools and services to achieve operational and programmatic results, priorities, federal and local legislative mandates that must be accomplished by various components of the department. In addition, this department provides risk management, real estate and property management, administrative services and human resources support. The department focuses on the establishment of DYRS resource and spending goals and objectives, budget and investment priorities, program selection evaluation criteria, operational standards and human capital initiatives. In this capacity, we are seeking individuals with an array of experience in business operations and management.

How to Apply

DYRS requisitions are regularly updated and posted online at careers.dc.gov  – the one-stop source for District Government employment opportunities and electronic application submissions. 

To find DYRS job listings on careers.dc.gov, please select the drop down menu next to Agency and select “Youth Rehab Services, Dept of” and select “Search.” We look forward to hearing from you!

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