Senior Youth Care Specialist

Janus Youth Programs, Inc | Tigard, OR

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Posted Date 7/21/2023

Level: Experienced

Job Location: Cordero House - Tigard, OR

Remote Type: N/A

Position Type: Full Time

Education Level: Bachelor Degree Preferred

Salary Range: $21.70 - $24.30 Hourly

Travel Percentage: Up to 25%

Job Shift: Any

Job Category: Nonprofit - Social Services

SCHEDULE: Monday through Friday 7:00 am - 3:00 pm. However, this schedule may be adjusted according to the needs of the program

WAGE/BENEFITS: $21.70 per hour (plus additional +$2.00 for eligible overnight hours worked and potential +$.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, Employee Assistance Program, and 401(k). Janus offers 8 paid holidays, 52 hours of sick time, and Paid Time Off that accrues as hours are worked with a maximum annual accrual of 80 hours in the first year. Voluntary optional coverages are 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 Senior Youth Care Specialist is responsible for providing quality youth care and close intensive supervision of male adolescent clients in a residential treatment setting. This position is responsible for assisting in the day-to-day operation of a residential treatment facility. This position will assist in the coordination of services provided by the clinical team. This position is responsible for coordinating medical and psychiatric services and insuring that clients receive quality medical and medication services. This position will complete tasks related to USDA requirements for food purchasing, preparation and documentation on a daily basis.

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

  • Bachelor’s degree OR equivalent education, experience and/or training which is defined, at a minimum, as one year work experience AND two years education, training, or additional work experience, all in the care and rehabilitation of youth. (Note: no less than 50 percent of the Youth Care Specialists shall have a Bachelor’s Degree).
  • Experience demonstrating knowledge of medication administration policies and procedures.
  • Experience demonstrating knowledge of USDA policies and procedures.


  • Value working in a multi-cultural/diverse environment.
  • Ability to work effectively within: culturally diverse populations; team dependent models; crisis management; strength-based theoretical orientation; adolescent development; and family reunification. Ability to work effectively may be demonstrated through academic experience, job experience, references, and interview responses.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally with a broad variety of people, including staff, supervisors and management.
  • Able to provide visual and auditory supervision of residential clients.
  • Able to remain calm and emotionally available in an environment serving severely disturbed youth.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team-dependent environment and to act on the agenda of the program.
  • Ability to exercise tact, discretion and judgment in working with a variety of people.
  • Ability to maintain appropriate professional boundaries in working with others and in handling confidential information.
  • Ability to effectively monitor safety and demonstrate group management skills and effectively deescalate potentially chaotic or volatile situations.
  • Ability to regularly attend scheduled shift, be punctual for scheduled shift and meetings, and be in a condition suitable for assuming responsibilities of position.
  • Openness to feedback and supervision.
  • Able to accurately read, record and interpret information.
  • Manual/physical dexterity allowing for performance of routine office functions such as copying, filing, phone use, computer use, faxing, etc.
  • Able to demonstrate computer skills and proficiency.
  • Demonstrates organizational skills and is proficient in handling details, coordinating tasks, multi-tasking, time management and prioritization.
  • Able to perform meal preparation and perform or supervise routine household cleaning.
  • Able to climb at least two flights of stairs.
  • Able to load and carry heavy groceries up one to two flights of stairs.


  • Driving is required; driving an agency vehicle and a personal vehicle for travel and/or transport of clients is required. 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, and/or 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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Salary21.70 - 24.30 Hour
Listing Type
Nonprofit | Social Services
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level
Entry Level | Mid Level | Senior Level
Employer Type
Direct Employer
$21.70 - $24.30 Hourly
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