Job Details

Juvenile Counselor 2

Clackamas County, Oregon City, OR

Job - Government

Close Date: 02/25/2019

This Job Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Monday, February 25, 2019.
IMPORTANT DATES (Anticipated Recruitment Schedule):
• Application Deadline: Monday, February 25, 2019
• Application Review: Tentatively by Wednesday, February 27, 2019
• Written Test (ERGO IMPACT): Monday, March 11, 2019
• Oral Board Interviews: Tentatively week of March 18, 2019
• Department Interviews: Tentatively Thursday, April 4, 2019
• Hiring Decision: Tentatively week of April 8, 2019
• Anticipated Start Date: Tentatively week of April 29, 2019

Clackamas County proudly offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including competitive wages, cost-of-living adjustments, merit increases (for eligible employees) and a robust sick and vacation plan for regular status employees.
We encourage and support employee health and wellness by offering a variety of gym membership discounts, annual wellness fairs and alternative care benefits, so you can customize your wellness needs to fit your lifestyle.
This is a full time (37.5 hours per week) County position represented by the Employees' Association.
Competitive compensation package:
Annual Salary Range: $53,202 - $67,554
Hourly Pay Rate: $27.28 - $34.64
Attractive benefits package and incentives for employees in regular status positions are detailed below.
Generous paid time off package, including:
• 3.6 weeks of vacation per year
• 9 paid holidays and 1 personal day per year
• 8 hours per month sick leave accrual
Employer paid 6% PERS retirement contribution
• A Choice of Medical Plans with Vision and Prescription Drug Coverage
• A Choice of Dental Plans
• Chiropractic Coverage and Alternative Care Benefit
• Robust wellness programs, including gym discounts and wellness education classes
• A variety of optional benefits (see Benefits section below)
• Longevity pay

• Do you want to make a difference in the lives of youth and their families?
• Do you have exceptional organization skills?
• Do you have creative problem solving skills?
• Do you have a personal commitment to putting ethics into action by holding yourself to the highest standards of professionalism, honesty and objectivity?
• Do you believe that all youth are capable of success?
If you answered “yes” to the questions above, we want you to join our team as a Juvenile Counselor 2 at the Clackamas County Juvenile Department. If selected for this position, you will serve as the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Counselor, focusing on monitoring and supervising juvenile drug treatment court participants. In this role, one of the major responsibilities is to engage participants and their families in services that will empower them to make better choices, encourage healthy family functioning, reduce youth substance use and delinquent behavior and promote public safety. You may also have an opportunity to carry a small caseload of Alcohol and Drug Diversion cases, where youth have received multiple open referrals within a year for possession of marijuana or alcohol.
As the Juvenile Counselor 2, you will play a contributing role in the department’s Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Committee and support committee goals and objectives, in addition to possible participation in community based coalitions related to alcohol and drugs.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE for this position will be someone who:
Creates a Respectful and Safe Environment by promoting a working environment and culture in which employees and all the youth, families, and victims we serve feel physically and emotionally safe and able to express themselves without repercussion. The ideal candidate is committed to serving diverse populations, and recognizes that all youth, families, and the victims we serve must be treated with dignity and respect, and must not experience discrimination, bias, or a lack of equity in services. These diverse populations include but are not limited to people of all races, ethnicities, and national origins; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender-nonconforming people; individuals with physical or mental disability; people of all ages, religions, genders, political affiliations, veterans, and people of various socio-economic statuses.
Embodies “SPIRIT” by demonstrating a commitment to the Clackamas County core values of Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, Individual Accountability, and Trust in their work (Clackamas County Core Values).
Builds (Cultivates) Relationships by sustaining cooperative working relationships with internal and external customers, partners and stakeholders, in order to work toward shared goals.
Commits to Teamwork and Collaboration through team unity by working effectively towards a shared goal, encourages sharing of information, productive problem solving and putting team success first.
Demonstrates Excellent Customer Service by anticipating, assessing, and responding effectively to the needs of the diverse youth, families, and victims we serve.
Embraces Continual Learning by displaying an ongoing commitment to, and takes ownership for, learning and self-improvements, demonstrates willingness to grow within the job as technology, organizational changes demand it.
Honors Confidentiality in compliance with privacy laws, business needs, including all juvenile matters, and employee/team relations, using only for the purpose required to fulfill employment obligations.
Seeks to Problem Solve as evidence by using critical thinking and analytical skills, identifies alternative strategies bringing a solution-focused approach to address challenging or difficult solutions.
Engages in Self-Management as evidenced by the individual’s ability to demonstrate dependability, flexibility, responsibility, accountability and the ability to develop strategies to effectively manage tasks of one’s work.
Builds Teams by developing and inspiring employees, as well as fostering an environment where employees work collaboratively.
Professional Communication demonstrated by self-awareness, respect for others, empathy, situation appropriateness and professionalism when communicating verbally, non-verbally and in writing.
Puts Ethics into Action by holding himself or herself to a high standard of professional, honest and objective behavior in all dealings with or about youth, families, victims, stakeholders, community partners and service providers. Maintains professional relationships and appropriate social, emotional and physical boundaries at all times with the youth and families the Juvenile Department is entrusted to serve.
Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*
• At least one (1) year of experience working with at-risk youth
• At least one (1) year of experience working with the families of at-risk youth
• At least one (1) year of experience maintaining discipline and orderly conduct among youth
• Thorough knowledge and understanding of adolescent development
• Strong verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with emotional or upset individuals
• Strong interpersonal skills that translate into all of the following:
o Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and partnerships both internally and externally
o Ability to handle a wide range of situations and circumstances effectively, positively, and professionally and to maintain composure in difficult, stressful and quickly emerging situations
o Ability to work well independently, as well as having a collaborative, team-oriented approach to work
o Exercising tact, good judgment and diplomacy, especially while working with people who are experiencing extreme emotions
o Strong active/reflective listening skills
o Develop supportive and constructive relationships with youth and families
• Must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test
• Must pass a criminal history check, which may include national or state fingerprint records check
• Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.Learn More About County's Driving & Vehicle Policy
Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*
• Experience performing strengths and risk assessments
• Experience with providing appropriate treatment plans
• Experience preparing and presenting court reports
• Experience supervising caseloads of youth referred for delinquencies
• Experience supervising caseloads of youth who have been diagnosed with alcohol or other drug dependence
• Experience working with Drug Treatment Court teams
• Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Psychology, Criminology or other related field
*For Veterans qualified for Veteran’s Preference: If you believe you have skills that would transfer well to this position and/or special qualifications that relate to this position, please list those skills and/or qualifications in the open-ended question at the end of the application and explain how those skills and/or qualifications relate to this position.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
• Initiates contact with juveniles referred to the department via police reports; interviews juveniles and their families; prepares intake reports.
• Develops, implements, and revises treatment plans; refers children/adolescents to appropriate agency or placement resources.
• Assesses specific medical or emotional problems such as alcohol and drug dependency and refers to appropriate programs; assesses need for psychiatric or medical evaluations.
• Provides counseling for juveniles and their families; evaluates and assesses juveniles’ behaviors and needs; works with juveniles to establish personal goals and plans. Completes risk assessments, develops individualized case plans with goals and objectives, and initiates service matching and referrals.
• Explains court procedures to juveniles and their families; sets court appointments; secures legal counsel, if necessary; prepares relevant legal and court documents. Prepares documentation for Drug Treatment Court case staffings/treatment meetings. Prepares for and presents during court hearings.
• Supervises juveniles on probation, visits juveniles at homes, schools and places of employment; monitors juveniles’ performance; maintains accurate records and prepares written reports. Observes drug tests, monitors school attendance and supports team communication by providing regular updates via email and in person, monitors Drug Treatment Court phase progress, monitors compliance with court orders, administers drug tests, assures participation in treatment, and coordinates regular polygraph tests.
• Transports juveniles to and from detention centers, courts, state training schools, homes, and other appointments.
• Contacts victims and determines restitution to be paid by juveniles.
• Serves on community committees; speaks before civic groups on juvenile department programs and activities.
• Applies knowledge of family engagement principles and ensures consistent communication with parents or caregivers.


Occasional interactions with juveniles may involve physical contact and/or exposure to hostile attitudes.
Participation in Defensive Tactics training and its use involve controlled defensive and offensive body movements including standing, twisting, bending, balancing, pushing, swinging, blocking, parrying and striking.


This position is included in the County’s alternate workweek program, working 37.5 hours during a standard workweek of Monday through Thursday (Fridays off). Specific hours of work will be discussed with the candidate selected for this position at the time an offer of employment is extended.


Clackamas County is in a prime location in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area and is recognized nationally as one of the most livable areas in the United States. Located on the southern edge of the City of Portland and extending to the top of Mt. Hood, Clackamas County is part of a thriving region in the Northwest. It has a population of about 400,000 citizens.
The Juvenile Department provides case management services for all persons under the age of 18 coming within the jurisdiction of the juvenile court.
Its three fold purpose is to hold juvenile offenders accountable, protect public safety and provide intervention services directed at reforming the youth’s conduct.
The juvenile department’s programs are designed to have the youth offender restore the losses that he or she has imposed upon victims and the community at large. We accomplish this by using a strengths based case management approach and by providing opportunities to positively connect the youth in the community.
Mission Statement
The mission of the Clackamas County Juvenile Department is to provide prevention, intervention, and juvenile justice services to youth and families so they can experience positive change, repair harm to victims, and become contributing members of our community.
Integrity, Collaboration, and Excellence
Guiding Principles
• To honor diversity and to treat all persons with respect.
• To involve youth, families, and community partners in creating an effective and responsive department.
• To strive to be innovative leaders in the field of juvenile justice.
• To incorporate evidence based practices in our work with youth and families.
• To honor victim’s rights and interests throughout all phases of the justice system; To invite victim’s participation in determining how to meaningfully address harm.
• To provide opportunities for youth to repair harm to victims and communities.
• To engage youth to have positive involvement in their communities.
• To foster open communication and team work in a supportive work environment.
• To demonstrate ethical and honest behavior in all that we do.
Learn more about the Clackamas County Juvenile Department


Clackamas County only accepts online applications.

Clackamas County does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States.
Clackamas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.
If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date. You may request an accommodation during the online application process.

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