Youth Care Specialist

Janus Youth Programs, Inc | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 11/25/2022

Level: Entry

Job Location: Buckman House - Portland, OR

Remote Type: N/A

Position Type: Part-Time/Full-Time

Education Level: Bachelor Degree Preferred

Salary Range: $20.00 - $22.50 Hourly

Travel Percentage: Up to 25%

Job Shift: Any

Job Category: Nonprofit - Social Services

SCHEDULE: Schedule TBD; plus additional hours for staff meetings and supervision. However, this schedule may be adjusted according to the needs of the program.

WAGE/BENEFITS: $20.00 per hour (potential +$2.00 for eligible overnight hours worked and potential +$.50 for staff with Bachelor's Degree in: Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, Mental Health, Human Development or a related field). Janus offers an excellent benefits program including medical, dental, life & long-term disability insurance; EAP; 401(k) and paid time off (varied eligibility waiting periods apply). Voluntary optional coverage is also available.

Applications for all positions may be forwarded to appropriate similar positions within Janus Youth Programs. Positions may vary by location, pay structure, union, and supervisory staff.

The Youth Care Specialist is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operation of a residential independent living treatment program for males, ages 17-21, who are re-entering the community from close custody juvenile correction institutions. The position provides assistance to the Senior Youth Care Specialist/Assistant Supervisor in creating and implementing Independent Living Curriculum and in assuming duties, as needed, during absences. The position also provides orientation and program overview to new intakes.

QUALIFICATIONS: Any combination of education, experience and training that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position is qualifying.

  • Bachelor’s degree in mental health, social work, juvenile justice, or related field or two years’ experience working with youth is preferred. (Note: No less than 50 percent of the Direct Care Staff shall have a Bachelor’s Degree.)
  • Previous relevant experience and familiarity with applicable resources preferred.
  • Experience and clinical training working with delinquent or emotionally disturbed adolescents, at least one of which has been in a residential setting, is strongly preferred.
  • Preference may be extended to current employees of Janus Youth Programs, Inc.


  • Must value working in a multicultural/diverse environment.
  • Ability to work effectively and act on the agenda of the program.
  • Requires working effectively within a team dependent environment.
  • Ability to problem solve, exercise independent judgment within program guidelines, and respond to crisis situations.
  • Ability to exercise tact, discretion, and judgment in working with a variety of people.
  • Ability to effectively monitor safety and effectively de-escalate potentially chaotic or volatile situations.
  • Ability to remain calm and emotionally available in an environment that serves at-risk and troubled adolescents
  • Ability to regularly attend scheduled shift, be punctual for scheduled shift and meetings, and be in a condition suitable for assuming responsibilities of the position.
  • Ability to accurately read, record, interpret and convey information.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals, including clients, co-workers, management staff, and identified community partners.
  • Ability to maintain appropriate professional boundaries in working with others and in handling confidential information.
  • Ability to climb at least 2 flights of stairs.
  • Ability to provide visual and auditory supervision of clients.
  • Ability to escort and supervise clients in the community which may require standing and walking up to an hour at one time.
  • Ability to accurately log the outcome of client meetings and planning sessions.
  • Ability to direct clients to resource groups in the community for assistance.
  • Ability to problem solve while keeping in mind the best interest and welfare of the client.
  • Ability to stay awake and alert throughout assigned shift.
  • Demonstrated ability to accept feedback and supervision and act upon feedback provided.
  • Extensive exercise of independent and team-coordinated direction and judgment.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse cultures.
  • Perform and/or supervise routine household tasks (cleaning, cooking, emptying trash, etc.)
  • Manual/Physical dexterity allowing for performance of routine office and household functions (i.e., phone use, filing, faxing, copying, computer use, cleaning, etc.).


  • Driving is preferred; a personal vehicle for travel and/or transport clients is preferred. All employees who drive for work purposes must have and maintain a valid driver’s license for state of residency, have a driving record that permits coverage under the corporate auto liability policy, and complete the agency’s driving approval process before driving for work. If driving a personal vehicle for work purposes drivers must also have personal auto liability coverage ($100,000/$300,000 levels strongly recommended). Employees are not to drive for work purposes until they have received written authorization to do so.
  • Bloodborne Pathogens training is required on first day of employment and annually thereafter.
  • Must complete Mandatory Abuse Training within the first 30 days of employment and annually thereafter.
  • Provides emergency first-aid, as needed, and must have and maintain standard first-aid/CPR certification.
  • Must pass criminal history background check.
  • Food Handler’s Certification.
  • Must obtain National Provider Identification Number through the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System.
  • Full COVID-19 vaccination required.


  • May involve exposure to communicable diseases, including a variety of illnesses and infections such as the common cold, TB, Hepatitis, flu, meningitis, and HIV.
  • May involve exposure to upset, angry, severely traumatized or emotionally disturbed children, adolescents and families.
  • May involve time in excess of routine schedule and/or overtime, including evening/overnight, weekend hours, and/or holidays.
  • May require working and providing services at locations other than program site (i.e., restaurant, café’, clients’ apartments, etc.,) and may, therefore, be exposed to environments not under agency control (i.e., second-hand smoke, varying hygiene practices, etc.).

This position description is intended to give the reader a general idea of the overall purpose and the main activities and responsibilities that are intrinsic to this position. While this description is intended to be representative, it is not intended to be limiting.

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Listing Type
Nonprofit | Social Services
Position Type
Full Time | Part Time
Experience Level
Entry Level
Employer Type
Direct Employer
$20.00 - $22.50 Hourly
Salary Type

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