Youth Services Coordinator

  • Oregon Youth Authority
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Jan 11, 2022
Full time Public Health Government Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) welcomes you to join the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) team as their new Youth Services Coordinator to help coordinate and deliver services to youth and their families and to assure culturally sensitive service delivery by others in the Portland, Oregon metro area - Clackamas County, Multnomah County, and Washington County. You will be responsible for providing training and consultation to agency staff; networking with the community regarding youth and other minority youth concerns.

A Day In The Life:

  • Assists youth and families in understanding Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility and Camp Florence Youth Transition Facility and OYA Services, programs, and expectations.
  • Provides cultural education for minority youth in need of cultural awareness.
  • Facilitates group intervention and one on one activities with youth in secure facilities and community settings.
  • Meet with intake youth individually upon arrival at least once a week to discuss behavior, personal issues, progress, problem -solving skills, goal setting, and by using various techniques to confront, guide and support the youth during the intake process and after they transfer to their permanent living units. Introduce Family Engagement and opportunities youth and family will have to participate.
  • Consult and assist OIIR staff and statewide regional liaisons in delivering direct program services, cultural awareness, and special projects.
  • Collaborate with probation officers managing the youth case plan for youth’s individual transition plans.
  • Provides emotional support for minority youth/families at case reviews and Multi-Disciplinary Meetings (MDT’s).
  • Works collaboratively and assists the OIIR Statewide Services Coordinator to provide services for  non-citizen youth.
  • Assists to respond and communicate any issues related to youth immigration concerns at Eastern Youth Facility and provides support and guidance to youth and their families. 
  • Assists OIIR Director, Manager, and staff in delivering cultural, diversity service to youth in closed custody, community residential programs, and community support for surrounding counties in Eastern Oregon and OYA staff statewide.
  • Coordinate and facilitate cultural events.
  • Networks with all minority community to provide educational, cultural, inspirational events for youth and staff at Eastern Oregon Youth Facility. ​
  • Makes speeches and presentations to community groups.
  • Keeps Oregon minority community informed about Eastern Oregon programs/services.
  • Assists the Tattoo Removal Program Coordinator
  • Assists the Tattoo Removal Program Coordinator facilitate/explains/provides Spanish translation between youth, staff, and physicians.

This position is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU/OPEU).

Working Conditions:

Must be able to work under the following condition with or without reasonable accommodations:

  • Oregon Youth Authority is a tobacco free environment.
  • Work in a team environment. Help promote and maintain a harmonious work environment.
  • Daily face-to-face contact with adjudicated youth, some of which frequently resist instruction and exhibit verbally hostile or physically assaultive behavior. May be subject to a hostage situation.
  • Physical exertion to subdue out-of-control, combative, belligerent, hostile youth. May require use of reasonable force (including restraint equipment) during course of duties or during disturbances or other emergencies.
  • Staff may have potential exposure to communicable diseases. The consistent and effective use of appropriate infection-control materials and techniques is required.
  • Staff is expected to be a positive example and role model for the other staff and youth. The staff is to be supportive toward OYA, RVYCF and Camp Florence, their policies and procedures. Being a positive role model includes, but is not limited to: no excessive absenteeism, personal appearance is neat, treats all human beings with respect, is a law abiding citizen.
  • Each employee is to provide a positive, affirming environment which values fellow employees and the people they serve.
  • Will adhere to OYA Policy Memo II-D-3.4 regarding interpersonal relationships with youth.
  • All OYA employees are expected to work using safe work practices and to follow all policies regarding safe work practices.  


At OYA, diversity, equity, and inclusion are more than just words on a page. To meet our mission and live our values as an agency, DEI must be at the heart of all we do. We support cultural competence, develop teams and cultivate leaders in ways that are equitable to everyone, especially people of color, those who identify as LGBTQ+, or those from other marginalized communities. We are explicit and intentional as we identify resources that all our youth and staff need to grow and prosper. Our DEI work connects closely with our culture of positive human development, with safe and supportive environments where everyone is held accountable and connected to their community. The end goal is to protect the public and reduce crime by holding youth accountable and providing opportunities for reformation in safe environments.

If you are looking to join a team that values individual and cultural differences, with the opportunity to contribute to youth reformation by enriching our workforce with diversity, OYA wants to hear from you!  People of color, women, and other members of historically marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply!

Please take a moment to watch this quick video about Oregon Youth Authority, our team and our culture For more information please visit

What's in it for You?
OYA values our employees. We believe that your time outside of the workplace is as valuable as it is inside the workplace. We offer a great work/life balance with flexible work schedules on most positions and a competitive benefits package, including low-cost, high-coverage health insurance, generous time-off, and a competitive retirement plan.

Discover more about working in Oregon state government by clicking here.

What We Are Looking For:

  • a Bachelor's degree in a behavioral science or a related field with major courses in a behavioral science and one year of professional Juvenile Counseling experience in a correctional facility setting.

Three years experience providing professional counseling services directly to clientele or having direct client or inmate contact in a social service/rehabilitative setting may substitute for the Bachelor's degree.

NOTE: Professional counseling experience must include providing supportive counseling to clients on a one-to-one basis with full responsibility for monitoring each case plan.

To receive credit for a degree or coursework in a related field, you must submit a photocopy of your transcripts.

The State of Oregon requires all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series or have an approved exception to the requirement due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Successful candidates for this position must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception prior to their first day of employment. Failure to provide proof of full documentation or receipt of an approved exception will lead to withdrawal of the job offer. For more information, visit our policy listed here.

Special Qualifications:

  • Driver’s License: Driving/travel is an essential function of the position. You must possess a valid Oregon Driver's License and acceptable driving record.

DESIRED ATTRIBUTES/APPLICATION SCORING CRITERIA: In addition to your related work experience and education, we will use the attributes below as part of final scoring to advance those that qualify to the interview portion.

  • Lived and/or demonstrated experience working with at-risk population and marginalized population.
  • Experience working with community members/partners, internal and external stakeholders, and peers.
  • Strong computer skills, Microsoft Office, ability to create analyze and track data for reports and documentation.

How to apply:

  • Complete the application fully by going to and search job announcement REQ-85257 or click here:
  • A resume will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.
  • Complete the questionnaire / supplemental questions.
  • COVER LETTER: Submit a cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications and the desired attributes above.
  • After you submit your application please respond to the public records request authorization and gender identity questionnaire. This step will come after you submit and will complete the process. If you are an employee, the tasks will come to your Workday inbox.
  • If you are a veteran, you may receive preference. Click here for more information about veterans’ preference. The task to claim preference will come after the public records request and gender identity questionnaire tasks. Click here for a guide on how to upload your documents. For privacy reasons, please do not attach your DD214/DD215/civil service preference letter to your application or combine it with any other required document attachments.

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we are here to serve. OYA is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be individualized based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical​​​ condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or ​expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.” The more diverse we are, the better our work will be.


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