Juvenile Counselor 1 - Bilingual English/Spanish Skills REQUIRED

  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon City, OR, USA
Full Time Government

Job Description

Do you believe that all youth are capable of success?

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of youth and their families?

Do you want to be able to use your fluency in Spanish to positively impact the Spanish speaking youth and their families?

Do you have creative problem solving skills?

Do you enjoy working in a team environment?

Do you have exceptional communication and organizational skills?

Do you have a personal commitment to putting ethics into action by holding yourself to the highest standards of professionalism, honesty, and objectivity?

If you answered "yes" to the questions above, we want you to join our team at the County's 24-hour Juvenile Intake and Assessment Center as a Bilingual Juvenile Counselor 1. If selected for this position, you will be responsible for accepting custody of youth from police officials, assessing youth's needs and developing release plans. You will also have an opportunity to supervise a caseload of youth who are referred to the Juvenile Department for criminal charges. One of the key components of this position is communicating with youth and their families in both English and Spanish languages.

Please note: the eligibility register established as a result of this recruitment process may be used to fill other Juvenile Counselor 1 (English/Spanish Bilingual) vacancies in the future.

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.

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:*

  • Fluency in both English and Spanish languages (Note: Language fluency means being capable of using a
    language easily and accurately. Being “bilingual” means using or being able to use two languages with
    equal fluency.)
  • 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:
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and partnerships both internally and externally
  • 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
  • Ability to work well independently, as well as having a collaborative, team-oriented approach to work
  • Exercising tact, good judgment and diplomacy, especially while working with people who are experiencing extreme
  • emotions
  • Strong active/reflective listening skills
  • 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.

Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

  • Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Sociology, Psychology or a related field
  • Experience working with juvenile offenders in the juvenile justice system
  • Case management experience working with youth
  • Experience using screening and assessment tools related to mental health status and substance use
  • Experience preparing for and presenting cases in court
  • Experience partnering with other agencies to assist youth and families in being successful

*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.




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 positions.

We encourage and support employee health and wellness by offering a variety of gym membership discounts, onsite fitness classes, onsite Farmers Market with fresh produce available for purchase, annual wellness fairs and alternative care benefits, so you can customize your wellness needs to fit your lifestyle.

This is a full time (40 hours per week) County position represented by the Employees' Association.

> Compensation:

  • Annually: $53,278* - $67,338*
  • Hourly: $25.61* - $32.37*

*Bilingual skills are compensated at an additional 5%.

> Attractive benefits package and incentives:

  • Generous paid time off package:
  • 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
  • Excellent benefits package, including:
  • 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
  • Longevity pay



Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree


o Hourly: $25.61* - $32.37*

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