Living Unit Manager

  • Oregon Youth Authority
  • 2630 N Pacific Hwy, Woodburn, OR 97071
  • Feb 08, 2022
Full time Security Facilities Government

Job Description

OYA welcomes you to join our MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility as a Living Unit Manager!

Do you have demonstrated leadership skills? Or the ability to handle crisis situations in a youth corrections environment? If so, OYA wants to hear from you! The Oregon Youth Authority is currently hiring a full-time, permanent Living Unit Manager to manage the daily operations and logistics of a 24/7 closed custody living unit. This position directs and supervises unit staff who provide daily supervision, control and treatment of adjudicated youth at OYA and youth from the Department of Corrections in a secure correctional facility. The LUM projects and prepares budget requests to support operational needs, evaluates services for effectiveness, maintains living unit equipment and supplies, participates as a member of the facility management team and serves as Officer of the Day as needed.

Your Role

  • Develop and implement processes, structures, and work schedules that support staff engagement.
  • Develop and monitor unit schedules to ensure that youth are receiving the services identified on their case plan.
  • Problem solve scheduling difficulties with the facility staff schedulers and unit leaders to ensure campus operations run smooth and youth are in identified programming.
  • Develop unit guidelines and protocols to create a safe environment on the unit.
  • Develop employees by working with employees on an individual and team basis to identify training opportunities.
  • Facilitate community groups, one on one meetings, primary time, and other activities to allow for youth and staff to have meaningful participation in the program.
  • Develop and maintain active youth connection to their communities through creating opportunities for volunteering and other activities for the youth and staff.
  • Complete all necessary Human Resource related documentation for assigned staff such as payroll, FMLA, SAIF, and performance appraisals when due (annual, temporary or special).
  • Respond to, review, investigate and resolve incidents of alleged staff misconduct and allegations of abuse or mistreatment with support from and in coordination with Professional Standards Office and Human Resources.
  • Take action to ensure the effective and efficient operation of the facility through the use of policy, procedures, budget controls and accountability of delegated responsibility.

This position is part of the state's management team.

Working Conditions:

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

  • All OYA locations are tobacco-free environments.

  • Employees are subject to recall during facility emergencies.  May deal with angry and hostile family members and visitors.

  • Daily contact with youth and others who may exhibit hostile, assaultive behavior.  This position is expected to enforce rules and may need to physically restrain youth.

  • May be subject to a hostage situation.

  • There is potential exposure to communicable diseases.  The consistent and effective use of appropriate infection-control materials and techniques is required

  • Travel is required to attend meetings, participate on committees, and transport youth as needed.


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 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 You Need To Qualify:

Five years of experience in supervision, staff-technical, or professional-level work related to juvenile justice, corrections, treatment program, or similar environment. One year of this experience must have included supervision and management of a program, section, or unit which included one or more of the following areas:

a) development of program rules and policies,

b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans,

c) program evaluation, or

d) budget preparation.


Five years of experience in supervision, staff-technical, or professional-level work related to juvenile justice, corrections, treatment program, or similar environment. One year of this experience must have included program/project leader
responsibility involving one or more of the following areas:

a) development of program rules and policies,

b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans,

c) program evaluation and/or project evaluation, or
d) monitoring and controlling or preparing a budget.

(NOTE: A Bachelor's degree or equivalent course work (144 quarter or 96 semester hours) in a field related to management, such as Business or Public Administration, or a field related to the program of the employing agency, may be substituted for three years of the required experience, but will not substitute for the one year of specialized experience.)

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.


  • Drivers License: Driving is an essential function of this position. A valid driver license and an acceptable driving record are required for this position. We will conduct pre-employment driving records checks on our final candidate(s).

DESIRED ATTRIBUTES/APPLICATION SCORING CRITERIA: If you have these qualities, let us know! It’s how we will choose whom to move forward!

Note: You do not need to have all of these qualities to be eligible for this position.

  • Effective communicator both verbally and writing.
  • Experience working with diverse population with multiple background needs.
  • Experience working with youth that are in a highly emotional state.
  • Experience and ability to lead and work with multi-discipline teams with varying viewpoints and perspectives.

  • Demonstrated experience successfully collaborating and developing positive relationship with unit staff and Managers.

  • Ability to keep organized in a fast-paced environment, managing time and work space, while paying attention to detail and meeting deadlines.

  • Experience and/or knowledge in organizational change management principles and techniques.

  • General knowledge and application of administrative rules and policies, union contracts, Oregon Revised Statutes, and statewide policies and procedures.

  • Ability to adjust to changes in work environment and willingness to learn and develop.

How to apply:

  • Complete the application fully.
  • Attach a cover letter. Your cover letter should clearly demonstrate how your experience and training related to the position. Include in your cover letter your experience working with youth and staff with diverse background.

    • Your cover letter must be limited to two (2) page.

    • Please address your cover letter to Troy Britting, Program Director

    • Generic cover letters and/or cover letters that do not address the qualities, experience, and skills working with youth and staff with diverse backgrounds may receive lower scores than those that addressed the desired qualities.

    • If you are an external applicant, you must upload your cover letter in the ‘Resume/CV’ section of the application.

  • Complete the questionnaire / supplemental questions.
  • 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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