OYA welcomes you to join our exceptional team of Group Life Coordinators at the Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility!
What You Will Be Doing:
The Group Life Coordinator 2 ensures a safe and secure environment for the public, youth, and staff. The Group Life Coordinator 2 provides pro-social role modeling by working directly with youth carrying out the specific day to day functions of each unit. This includes:
- Coaching, confronting, and correcting the behavior of the youth.
- Observing, evaluating, and recording youth behavior, attitude, and performance. You will record their attendance and participation in treatment groups, recreations, vocational/educational activities, and/or community service and document unusual incidents and critical events.
- Prepare Youth Incident Reports (YIRs)
- Assign, train, and supervise youth who are performing chores on living units and jobs within the facility (e.g., maintenance, kitchen, laundry, landscaping, janitorial, etc.)
- Supervise youth performing community based work crew activities where appropriate.
- Observe and monitor youth offenders for suicide prevention and potential health and safety risks.
- Conduct security inspections and searches of facility, grounds, and state vehicles.
- Administer medication to youth (under the training and indirect supervision of medical staff) and maintain contact with medical staff to ensure appropriate medical care for the youth.
- May provide secure transport of youth to appointments within the community.
About Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility:
Oak Creek is one of nine Oregon Youth Authority Correctional Facilities. It holds the distinction as the sole facility that serves young women in Oregon. Located in the city of Albany within Linn County, Oak Creek serves approximately 50 female youth in the juvenile and adult justice systems. Like the seven facilities that serve males, Oak Creek houses youth who are adjudicated for criminal behavior in juvenile court, as well as youth serving sentences that originated in adult court from various jurisdictions. These youth have either been waived to adult court from juvenile court or by virtue of their age and severity of the criminal offense automatically remanded to adult court.
Unique among the OYA facilities and unlike their male facility counterparts, is Oak Creek’s capacity and challenge to address all aspects of a correctional facility. Stated another way, Oak Creek is the sole facility in OYA that engages in the functions of Intake, Long Term Care, Mental Health, Behavior Management, and Transition. While some OYA facilities may do most of the five functions listed above, no OYA facility aside from Oak Creek addresses all five areas as part of its ongoing practice.
At OYA, diversity, equity, and inclusion are more than just words on a page. To meet our mission and live our values as an agency, DEI must be at the heart of all we do. We support cultural competence, develop teams and cultivate leaders in ways that are equitable to everyone, especially people of color, those who identify as LGBTQ+, or those from other marginalized communities. We are explicit and intentional as we identify resources that all our youth and staff need to grow and prosper. Our DEI work connects closely with our culture of positive human development, with safe and supportive environments where everyone is held accountable and connected to their community. The end goal is to protect the public and reduce crime by holding youth accountable and providing opportunities for reformation in safe environments.
If you are looking to join a team that values individual and cultural differences, with the opportunity to contribute to youth reformation by enriching our workforce with diversity, OYA wants to hear from you! People of color, women, and other members of historically marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply!
What’s in it for You?
OYA values our employees. We believe that your time outside of the workplace is as valuable as it is inside the workplace. We offer a great work/life balance with flexible work schedules on most positions and a competitive benefits package, including low-cost, high-coverage health insurance, generous time-off, and a competitive retirement plan.
- Multiple Positions: This recruitment announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill current vacancies – permanent, full-time, part-time and temporary positions.
- Representation: This position is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU/OPEU).
- Compensation: $3,345 – $5,091 monthly / $19.30 – $29.37 hourly. Salary normally starts at the first step.
- OYA facilities are tobacco free environments.
- Shift work in a 24-hour, 7-day a week operation, with night shifts, weekends, holidays, and overtime as required.
- Adhere to the dress code of the specific work site.
- Frequent exposure to verbal abuse, threats, and dealing with impulsive, rebellious, assaultive youth.
- The use of reasonable force in the performance of duties or during a disturbance or other emergency situation may be required.
- Physical standards for vision, hearing, dexterity, push/pull, running, and jogging.
- Transport youth as requested, and, if in a security position, operate state vehicles constantly.
How To Qualify:
- You must possess a high school diploma, GED certificate, or other proof of education at the same or higher level; AND
- Six months full-time experience working with 12 to 24 year-old youth offenders in either a residential care or treatment program; OR
- a Certificate or Associate degree from an accredited school in a behavioral science or equivalent training program.
The State of Oregon is requiring all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series by October 18, 2021 unless the employee receives a medical or religious exemption/accommodation. New employees must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exemption/accommodation by October 18, 2021. For more information, visit https://www.oregon.gov/das/HR/Documents/50.000.03-COVID-19-Vaccination-Requirements.pdf.
- You must be 21 years of age or older and possess a valid driver license and acceptable driving record.
Desired Attributes: We may show preference to candidates whose application materials demonstrate the following:
- Experience working in a team setting and communicating information.
- Experience utilizing problem-solving techniques.
- Experience providing and utilizing skills as a mentor or as a coach.
- Experience demonstrating excellent verbal and written communication skills.
This position also requires a Physical Abilities Test (PAT)
The PAT includes the following elements that applicants need to demonstrate the ability to:
- Ability to handle, feel, and have finger dexterity using both hands.
- Ability to move, carry or hold objects weighing from 6 lbs up to 165 lbs moving a maximum of 54 feet.
- Ability to kneel, bend, turn and stand, turn and sit, reach and crawl.
- Ability to perform 15 step-ups on a 12-inch stepping platform.
- Ability to run or jog 100 yards.
- Ability to hold body weight in the push-up position for 50 seconds.
- Ability to hold a 6lb medicine ball at chest level with arms extended for a period of 40 seconds.
- Ability to complete the circuit outlined above two times with a 1 minute break between sessions.
- Acceptable vision of at least 20/30 (with or without correction) in both eyes, with peripheral vision of 160 degrees from a distance of 20 feet.
- Have binaural hearing (aided or unaided) in ranges from 500 to 2000 Hz and from 20 to 60 db.
Applicants may contact the facility for more information on the PAT or the OYA Training Academy.
To Apply: Please click on the external link in this job announcement or go to oregonjobs.org and search job announcement number REQ-61464.
Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we are here to serve. OYA is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be individualized based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.
We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.” The more diverse we are, the better our work will be.