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Families First Specialist

Utah Youth Village

Families First Specialist

Hiring in:

Salt Lake County (Full-Time)

Reports to: Families First Coordinator

Status: Full-Time

Pay: Starting $36,500 ($17.55/hr), negotiable BOE

Are you looking for a job where you can really make a difference in the lives of children and families? Is a flexible schedule, lots of autonomy, and opportunities to mentor troubled youth toward success appealing to you? Utah Youth Village's Families First Program is looking for independent, creative problem-solvers to serve as In-Home Behavioral Specialists to work with at-risk youth and their families.

The Families First Specialist will use the principles of the Teaching Family Model to teach families, parents, and children skills to help alleviate the stressors in the home. Each Specialist is expected to work with at least 18 families per year, managing a caseload of 2-5 families at a time. Home environments may range from wealthy to impoverished families with a range of cleanliness issues and behavior problems. Utah Youth Village will provide detailed training and 24-hour on-the-job support. 


We offer a competitive base salary in the Social Work field. Our base salary may be increased based on an applicant’s:

  • Experience in the field
  • Extra Education (SSW, Master’s Degree, etc)
  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Other Skills or Qualifications

Other benefits include:

  • Medical and dental insurance coverage 
  • Standard vacation/sick time accrual 
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Cell phone stipend
  • Computer stipend
  • Flexible work hours, ability to complete paperwork at home
  • Weekly Professional Development Trainings


  • Teach behavioral skills using the Teaching Family Model
  • Write Case Notes for each visit, Treatment Plans, Discharge Reports, and other internal reports
  • Develop creative teaching tools to help families internalize behavioral skills
  • Help families create safety plans for severe behaviors
  • Attend team meetings, court hearings, IEP meetings, etc. with the family
  • Work primarily in the afternoon/evenings when youth/families are at home
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and consultations with a supervisor
  • Remain calm while handling tense, emotional situations


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies, or a related field preferred, but not required 
  • Professional written and oral communication
  • Minimum typing speed of 40 WPM
  • Bilingual preferred, but not required
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Access to a personal, insured vehicle
  • Other related experience is preferred, but not required


  • Ability to stand; walk; sit; and use hands to handle objects, and reach with hands and arms. 
  • Ability to drive and navigate throughout the city and rural areas in order to visit families in their homes on a daily basis. 
  • Physically able to access apartments/homes using stairs and able to walk distances over a variety of terrain to access a client’s home.
  • Ability to see the individuals in the family well enough to observe the behaviors of the different family members, including but not limited to subtle shifts in physiology such as rate of breathing, shifts in skin color or changes in facial expression. 
  • Ability to hear normal communications from other people, including whispers or soft sounds.

 To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and resume to Families First Director, Wayne Arner at  and Recruiter, Brittany Bird, at

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Last Updated: 2/26/24