Milieu Counselor - Shelter

Morrison Child and Family Services | Portland, OR

Posted Date 1/27/2021

Milieu Counselor
Portland, OR
Full-Time, Benefits
FLSA: Non-Exempt

Job Req:1291

Do you enjoy mentoring youth? Do you find it rewarding to help others?
If so, the Milieu Counselor position may be just the right fit for you!

Morrison is looking for Milieu Counselors to mentor youth in a shelter setting. Our shelter is well equipped to comfortably care and provide support for up to 50 youth at a time. Through our residential facility, the youth have access to education, and mental health services onsite.

The ideal candidates will demonstrate compassion, while still being professional and ethical. 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.

At shelter we see each team member as an invaluable part of each youth’s success during their stay at Shelter. This is a fast-paced work environment where every day is unique and offers opportunities to be creative and work as a team.

What does a Milieu Counselor do?
Milieu Counselors help adolescent boys and girls, (11 – 17 years of age) become acquainted with American culture, language and customs. The youth primarily arrive from Latin American countries, occasionally from other countries such as South East Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa.
They are mentors and role models for youth in the program. They create a supportive 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.
Ensures the safety of the clients we serve, both in the residential setting and during community outings. 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.
Supports the program by completing necessary documentation, completing inventories of program supplies/materials, maintaining the cleanliness and order of program property and working with the team to create fun and engaging activities such as arts and crafts projects, team building games and talent shows!

Available Schedules:

Full-Time Shifts
Morning Shift (7:00am-5:30pm)
Wednesday-Saturday (Sunday- Tues off)

Swing Shift (1pm-11:30pm)
Sunday-Wednesday (Thursday-Saturday off)
Wednesday-Saturday (Sunday-Tuesday off)

Overnight Shift (9:30pm-8am)
Wednesday-Saturday (Sunday- Tues off)

Part-time Option:
Morning Shift:
Thursday-Saturday (Sunday-Wednesday off)

On-Call Position - Also Available! Shift and hours determined by staff availability combined with program needs.

$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

  • 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:
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English, written, read and verbal strongly preferred
  • Availability to work on any of the seven days of the week; availability to work any shift of the day, including, but not limited to, Swing, or Early Morning, or both
  • Experience working in residential program settings

  • Other Requirements:
  • Pass a DHS criminal history background
  • Meet agency driving requirements: a valid driver’s license for OR or WA and a driving record permitting coverage under corporate auto liability policy. Personal auto liability insurance ($100,000/$100,000 required), if position requires use of own vehicle for work purposes.
  • Language testing, if applicable

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

  • 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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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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