Milieu Counselor - PASO

Morrison Child and Family Services | Portland, OR

Posted Date 2/01/2021

Milieu Counselor
Portland, OR
Full Time, Full Benefits

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Job Req:1289

Do you have an interest in mentoring teen boys coping with adversity? Do you like to work in a diverse and dynamic environment?

PASO, a mid- level security (staff -secure) residential facility is seeking Milieu Counselors to mentor and teach life skills to adolescent boys. Our program is designed to help the youth, by creating a secure and therapeutic environment in which the youth, learn the necessary skills to be self-sufficient. Through our residential facility, the youth have access to education, and mental health services onsite; while they are waiting reunification with family, a sponsor or the next steps in their immigration case.

To ensure the safety of the minors in the program, we maintain stricter security measures, such as higher staff to client ratio for supervision. This placement is for youth who require close supervision but do not need placement in a secure facility. Must be comfortable working with potentially adjudicated youth, and in a regulated environment; and be willing to work within the parameters set forth by program licensing guidelines. Must be able to ability to react quickly, and appropriately to the potential challenges involved working in a residential facility.

The ideal candidates will demonstrate compassion, possess a strong sense of ethics and understand the importance of maintaining professional boundaries. They will communicate effectively with the youth, in a tactful and thoughtful manner. The ability to maintain composure during stressful situations is crucial competency in this position.

Mentoring the youth: Milieu Counselors lead by example, by interacting professionally and respectfully with youth and colleagues. They promote a learning environment, where youth receive help with academics, encouragement in pursing individual interest/hobbies and if needed learn techniques to address or cope with behavioral issues.

Creating a culturally inclusive environment in which the youth can feel supported. Bi-cultural and bilingual speaking applicants are encouraged to apply!

Ensuring the safety of the clients we serve: Milieu Counselors monitor by being present and alert to see and hear the youth (line of sight), to ensure the safety of all participants. Tools such as relevant training, radios, logs and conducting head counts ensure that Milieu Counselor possess the necessary skills to be able to react and respond immediately if the youth need assistance or support.

Supporting the functioning of the program by completing necessary documentation, completing inventories of program supplies/materials, maintaining the cleanliness and order of program property.

Flexible! We have morning, and swing shifts available! Four 10-hr shifts, means you get three days off!

Current Open Shifts:
Swing Shift:
Wednesday-Saturday 12:30pm-11:00pm (2)

Overnight Shift:
Wednesday-Saturday 9:00pm-7:30am (1)
Thursday-Sunday 9:00pm-7:30am. (1)

Education and Work Experience:
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • At least 21 years of age
  • High School Diploma
  • Minimum of 1 year employment experience in the child welfare field working with children and/or adolescents in a social service setting
  • Basic computer skills using Microsoft Word, Excel, databases and Outlook

  • Valued Experience:
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish and English, written, read and verbal strongly preferred
  • ORR experience
  • Residential experience
  • Knowledge of adolescent developmental issues, trauma, abuse and neglect, substance abuse and dependence, delinquency, peer influence, and related group and individual interventions.

  • Other Requirements:
  • Pass a DHS criminal history background
  • Meet agency driving requirement
  • Language testing, if applicable

Starting Pay Rate:
Milieu Counselor: $14.00-$14.89
Bilingual (Spanish) Milieu Counselor: $15.26 - $16.23

$1/hr for swing shift differential! Applies to hours worked after 1:00pm
***must work at least five hours after 1:00pm time-frame to receive differential.
$1/hr for overnight shift differential! Applies to hours worked between 11:30pm-7:00am
***must work at least three hours during 11:30pm-7:00pm, time-frame to receive differential

About Us:
Morrison Child and Family Services is a non-profit organization that provides a comprehensive array of services to children, adolescents, and their families. As an agency Morrison, its team members, and clients commit to the following values of trauma-informed care:

  • Nonviolence - being safe and doing the right thing
  • Emotional Intelligence - managing our feelings so we don’t hurt ourselves or others
  • Social Learning - respecting and sharing ideas of our teams
  • Democracy - shared decision making whenever possible
  • Open Communication - saying what we mean and not being mean when we say it
  • Social Responsibility - everyone makes a contribution to the organizational culture
  • Growth and Change - creating hope for our clients and ourselves
  • Equity - Assuring all can survive and thrive

Visit our website to learn more about mission and history and our strategy for accomplishing our goal of achieving significant, positive, and long-term clinical outcomes for the clients we serve.

At Morrison we celebrate diversity. Through our commitment to equity and inclusion, we support our communities to move beyond disparity and oppression and work with compassion, integrity, and dedication to social justice through the implementation of goals and policies. We strive to create an inclusive and anti-racist organization by ensuring that racial identity will not determine or predict the quality of trauma-informed care a child receives; to that effect, we’re looking for candidates who can provide culturally-appropriate care or possess the ability to hold each other and yourself accountable to the diversity and uniqueness of all individuals within Morrison, our clients and our community stakeholders.

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Internal Candidate Process: Current Morrison employees, please visit our Internal Career Center by logging in Workforce Now ADP and following this path: Myself > Talent > Career Center > Milieu Counselor PASO

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Listing Type
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level
Mid Level
Employer Type
Direct Employer
$14.0000 To $16.2300
Salary Type

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