Work at DYS: Human Resources Brochure

A Rewarding Career in Juvenile Justice Starts Here

Impacting Youth

What we do is important—our mission makes Massachusetts communities safer by helping DYS youth change the trajectory of their lives.

DYS supports young people in creating and sustaining productive lives. We do this through providing counseling, education, career training, and services to youth detained by or committed to DYS by the courts.

DYS operates various youth residential and community programs across Massachusetts. These include:

  • DYS Residential Treatment Facilities
    24-hour monitored residential units
    • hardware-secure
      (locked facilities)
    • staff-secure
      (community facilities)
  • DYS Community-Based Offices
    Services are provided to youth living in the community.

DYS: Discover Your Strengths

Join our team. Develop your skills.

Our employees work together to improve the lives of young people. DYS provides rewarding opportunities to grow your career and strengthen communication, critical thinking, decision-making, and mediation skills in a dynamic team setting.

At DYS, we know that every day and every interaction matters. We seek caring, creative, and skilled role models from various professions and diverse backgrounds to: 

  • Support a mission that promotes positive youth development
  • Provide safe and secure environments for youth and staff 
  • Believe that change is possible for at-risk youth
  • Respect and embrace diversity
  • Guide and care for youth struggling with emotional and behavioral issues 
  • Collaborate with law enforcement, schools, courts, and other agencies

Career Opportunities

Our employees make a difference. While availability varies, we typically look to hire individuals who want to work directly with youth as Residential Group Workers.

We also have career opportunities in:

  • Administration
  • Clinical Services
  • Casework
  • Program Management
  • Facility Operations

DYS State Employee Benefits Include:

  • Health, dental, vision, and life insurance packages
  • Vacation, holiday, personal, and sick days
  • 100% tuition remission at state colleges
  • Short-term and long-term disability coverage
  • Statewide work locations
  • Multiple shift opportunities for direct-care staff
  • Employee assistance and support services
  • Professional development resources

Connect with DYS
To find current job opportunities click on “DYS Human Resources Information”

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Contact Information

Department of Youth Services
Human Resources
600 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: (617) 727-7575
Fax: (617) 889-7818

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