Youth Recovery Specialist *$1,500 Sign-On Bonus*

Employment Status



Open Until Filled


Mason City, IA
We are YSS:

Francis Lauer’s Residential Addiction Treatment provides a successful, individualized, and evidence-based recovery program for youth (ages 12-18) in a safe, homelike atmosphere. We understand substance abuse affects more than just the addict; our comprehensive approach incorporates support for the youth’s family and others in their support network.

The role:

As a Youth Recovery Specialist, you will supervise and care for recovering youth on a rotating on-duty, off-duty basis. You will facilitate skill-building groups, support clients in completing treatment goals, assist with daily living routines, and support the general management of the house so that each resident can grow and develop as an individual to their fullest capacity. The position is one of supervision, engagement through skill-building sessions, and maintenance rather than therapy.

What you will need:
  • A high school diploma/equivalent.
  • One year of human service-related experience.
  • Flexibility to serve on the on-call rotation and cover shifts, as needed.
  • Must be at least 21 years old with a valid driver's license to meet insurance requirements to drive agency vehicles.
  • Recovering applicants must have a minimum of two years of continuous sobriety to be considered for this position.
  • Expertise in problem-solving, conflict mediation, and crisis management.
  • Commitment to diversity and an ability to work well with diverse clients.
What you will do:
  • Relate to residents in a caring, supportive, and therapeutic manner dealing respectively with their thoughts, feelings, and choices.
  • Provide the necessary amount of structure to facilitate the growth and productive functioning of the facility.
  • Provide for the daily maintenance of the house and assures that safe living conditions are provided in compliance with fire, safety, and health regulations.
  • Supervise volunteers and substitute staff while on duty.
  • Oversee nightly schedule for residents, including rooms in order and lights out, and maintain building security. Inspect the house to see that it is clean and orderly.
  • Transport residents to meetings, work, doctor’s appointments, recreational activities, etc.
  • Be on a rotating "on-call" for runaway reports and crises.
  • Other duties as needed.
What we offer:
  • $1,500 sign-on bonus
  • Fun team environment
  • Mission-driven work
  • Wellness program offerings
  • Discounts on pet insurance
  • Flexible shift and hours
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Development of employment skills that you can take with you anywhere: teamwork, problem-solving, adaptability, communication, leadership, creativity
Full-time employee benefits include: 
  • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Supplemental accident, critical illness, and hospital indemnity insurance
  • Retirement
  • Birthday as a paid day off
  • Paid time off
  • Holiday pay
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Years of service recognition
  • YSS is a qualified employer under the Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program.



For more information, please contact Matthew Voorhees at

All applicants are required to complete an online application. YSS hires nicotine-free staff only.
YSS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.