We’re hiring! Multnomah County seeking qualified applicants who are passionate about working with youth in detention

May 17, 2023

For Immediate Release

May 17, 2023 

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

** For media interested in interviews, availability will be on Wednesday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please contact Jessica Morkert-Shibley. 

We’re hiring! Multnomah County seeking qualified applicants who are passionate about working with youth in detention

PORTLAND - Multnomah County is hosting a Career Informational Event at its Juvenile Justice Complex, located at 1401 N.E. 68th Ave. in Portland, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. Those attending will be able to: 

  • Learn information on juvenile justice careers
  • Tour the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center
  • Get questions answered by staff from the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice (DCJ) Juvenile Services Division and DCJ Human Resources.

Multnomah County is seeking passionate applicants who wish to serve in the juvenile justice field, including as juvenile custody services specialists who work with youth temporarily housed in detention. The Juvenile Services Division works to hold youth accountable and provide restorative and reformation opportunities, and promote equitable and fair approaches to community safety. Those wishing to attend must pre-register for the event. Please note, there is limited space and we will not be accepting drop-in visitors on the day of the event.  

We’re hiring! Multnomah County seeking qualified applicants who are passionate about working with youth in detention

Juvenile Services Division 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 individuals who are passionate about, and dedicated to, serving youth and working to help them change their life trajectory.  

The Juvenile Justice Complex is a 24-hour facility where staff typically work nontraditional hours, including evenings, weekends and holidays. 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. Learn more about the Juvenile Services Division Juvenile Custody Services Specialist position here

The Juvenile Services Division is part of Multnomah County’s Department Community Justice. Youth served by the division are often supported through a variety of programs, including healthcare services, peer support groups, spiritual support, recreation, library services and educational services.

The following videos and stories provide a glimpse of some of the work underway at the Juvenile Services Division:


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.