Careers FAQ

Common questions about careers at Youth Villages.

The best way to find out more is to start the application process. It can’t hurt, and it may just lead to a more rewarding career than you ever imagined. In the meantime, here are the answers to a few common questions we hear from many applicants.

Q: What level of education do you need to apply?
A: Although educational requirements vary across the organization, most of our positions working directly with children and families require at least a Bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling or psychology. Other related social services degrees may be considered in which case you may be asked to submit a copy of your unofficial transcripts for review. Some positions may even require a Master’s degree in a social services field.

If your educational background differs, we do have support positions that may be of interest. Those positions would require a high school diploma or GED.

Q: What types of positions do you offer?
A: While the majority of our positions are full-time, we occasionally have part-time, PRN or seasonal positions in our residential and community-based programs as well as in our corporate office.
Q: When can I resubmit my application if I would like to be re-considered for a position I was not offered?
A: You’re welcome to resubmit your application for the same position after 90 days.
Q: Can I email my resume to HR be considered for a job?
A: We do not accept resumes via email, fax or in-person. The only way the Recruiting Department can review your resume is by creating a profile and applying online on our careers site.
Q: What can I expect after submitting an application?
A: After successfully submitting an application, applicants will receive an email confirmation. The Recruiting Department reviews applications within 48 business hours. You may be asked to complete our full employment application and a 30-minute phone prescreen. If you are chosen to move forward, the hiring manager or a member of their team will contact you to begin the interview process. If you are not selected, you will receive an email notification.

If you have not heard anything within one to two weeks of applying, please reach out to the Recruiting Department at 901-251-5000 to check the status of your application.

Q: What training will I receive if hired?
A: All new hires attend Youth Villages’ week-long orientation class and on-the-job training in addition to shadowing staff before working in any of our programs. The length of training depends on the program as well as the employee’s responsibilities.
Q: How can I sign up for general job alerts and notifications from Youth Villages?
A: If you’re not ready to apply for a particular position or if there are no current openings in your location/program of interest, you’re welcome to sign up for email alerts by visiting our Connect with Us page. You will be asked to enter your email address and select your interests; this will set up email alerts in case something becomes available that matches your criteria.
Q: Can I obtain my license while working full-time?
A: Youth Villages provides licensure supervision hours for eligible employees and supervision is provided by qualified, licensed providers. These licensed providers assist employees with obtaining licenses such as LCSW, LPC and LMFT.
Q: How much travel is required? Is mileage reimbursed?
A: Community-based positions will typically require daily travel up to a 60-80 mile coverage radius, and staff may be reimbursed mileage when applicable.
Q: Is working on-call required? Is my cell phone reimbursed?
A: Most community-based positions will require rotating on-call duties. The on-call schedule will be discussed in the interview process, and staff may be reimbursed for their cell phones when applicable.
Q: How soon are you looking to fill positions posted online?
A: Positions that are posted online usually need to be filled as soon as possible. However, we do also consider candidates who may not be able to start a new position immediately (while completing a degree or relocating).
Q: What types of internships are offered throughout the year?
A: Youth Villages offers unpaid, for-credit internships at a variety of locations during the fall and spring semesters. We also offer paid summer internships in Memphis, TN and Nashville, TN that begin late May and conclude early August. Internship opportunities are open to students in graduate, undergraduate and recreational therapy programs.
Learn more about our internship program here.

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