Hiring fair this weekend! Multnomah County seeking qualified applicants who are passionate about working with youth in detention

May 19, 2022

From left Juvenile Custody Services Specialists: Lela Clay, Whitney Burch and Mike Peterson

Contacts: Jessica Morkert-Shibley, 971-563-3735; Danny Fajardo, 971-291-9300

Hiring fair this weekend! Multnomah County seeking qualified applicants who are passionate about working with youth in detention

PORTLAND - Multnomah County is hosting a hiring fair at its Juvenile Justice Complex, located at 1401 NE 68th Ave. in Portland, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. 

The County is specifically looking for passionate applicants to serve as Juvenile Custody Services Specialists who work with youth temporarily housed in detention. The County is also seeking applicants for the Juvenile Services Division’s Assessment and Evaluation Program, which provides transitional services for young people returning to the community.  

Juvenile Services Division detention staff play a vital role in the lives of young people and are responsible for ensuring a safe, supportive and nurturing environment for youth temporarily housed in detention. These roles require someone who is passionate about, and dedicated to, serving youth and working to change their life trajectory.  

The Juvenile Justice Complex is a 24-hour facility where staff typically work nontraditional hours, including evenings, weekends and holidays.   

“Juvenile Custody Services Specialists help ensure the safety and wellbeing of youth in our detention facility and Assessment and Evaluation Program,” said Deena Corso, director of the Juvenile Services Division. “The work is challenging but also incredibly rewarding. We offer competitive compensation and benefits.”

The Division is seeking applicants who have an associate’s degree or equivalent credential, with major coursework in child psychology, sociology, or a related field, as well as two years of experience working with at-risk youth. A bachelor’s degree may substitute for one year of experience.

Please read more about the position’s qualifications and how to register for the hiring fair here

Applicants are encouraged to register before attending. While drop-in applicants are welcome, pre-registered applicants will be given priority. Those who meet the minimum qualifications will receive a tour of the detention center as well as be invited to potential on-site interviews and job offers.

The Juvenile Services Division is part of Multnomah County’s Department of Community Justice. Watch this video or read more about some of the great behind-the-scenes work under way in detention. 

Multnomah County Department of Community Justice:

Vision ~ Community Safety through Positive Change 

The Department of Community Justice (DCJ) is recognized as a national leader in both adult and juvenile community justice. DCJ routinely consults and makes use of evidence-based practices in our program and policy development. The Department's commitment to data-informed decision-making has led DCJ to make smart investments of taxpayer dollars in supervision, sanctions, and services for the county's highest risk and highest need justice-involved individuals. DCJ makes long-term investments in its employees through the provision of education and training.