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Position opening: Multnomah County Youth Development Coordinator

Multnomah County Youth Development Coordinator position opening.  The Office of Diversity and Equity collaborates with the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement to coordinate the Multnomah Youth Commission - the core focus of both agencies' youth development programs. Closes Sept. 7.

MULTNOMAH COUNTY invites applications for:

Youth Development Coordinator

Job #: 6088-112
Opening Date: 08/21/15
Closing Date/Time: 09/07/15 11:59 PM
Salary: $30.43 - $37.46 Hourly $63,537.84 - $78,216.48 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time Regular
Location: Southeast Portland
Department: ND - Office of Diversity & Equity
The Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) is hiring a Youth Development Coordinator position to assist with the Multnomah Youth Commission (MYC).  MYC is the official youth policy body for both Multnomah County  and the City of Portland, consists of a group of young people, ages  13-21, that strives to provide a voice for youth in the County &  City's work.  

The Youth  Development Coordinator will provide community coordination, planning  and policy analysis support, project development and implementation of  positive youth development policies and practices, including youth  engagement within the ODE and Multnomah County.

Responsibilities include:

  • Serve as Multnomah County Lead Staff to the Multnomah County Youth Commission (MYC): You will serve as a resident expert on youth development theory  and practice and coordinates intra- and inter-jurisdictional efforts to  increase the practice of positive youth development in the community.
  • Coordinate City/County Youth Engagement Partnership -  You will convene a  variety of County/City/Community stakeholders to launch initiatives and  projects around youth engagement in the community.
  • Provide  Linkage among staff and Committees:  You will assist in providing  staff support to ODE Board and committees related to positive youth  development; assist committees in finding and maintaining linkages  between their work and the community.
  • Effective Communication:  Your ability to communicate in a respectful manner and adapt your  communication style for diverse audiences will be key to working  effectively with clients, community partners and coworkers. Your writing skills and attention to detail will enable you to prepare accurate,  well-written reports and documents for grants, committees, department  directors and other stakeholders, often within tight timelines.
  • Community Presence: Your work takes place in the office and out in various  community settings. You must be able and willing to travel to locations  throughout the county and to work a variety of shifts, including  weekends.

Diversity and Inclusion: At Multnomah County, we don't just accept difference; we value it and  support it to create a culture of dignity and respect for our employees. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.



We will consider any combination of relevant experience, education and  transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled  required. Please be clear and specific about how your background is  relevant.

Experience: Fully describe your paid or unpaid job duties and include the number of hours you have worked per week for each position on your application.  We give full credit for relevant part-time work experience 20 hours or  more per week. Any relevant experience less than 20 hours per week will  receive partial credit.

Education: Include information about any college and/or advanced degrees earned.  Include any quarter/semester credit hours earned if you have not  completed a degree. In general, we consider international education  equivalent to education obtained in the United States.

Transferable skills: Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through  education, work experience (including the military) or life experience  that are relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any  transferable skills on your application and clearly explain how they  apply to this position.

A typical way to qualify is as follows:

Minimum Qualifications/Transferable Skills:

  • Five years of increasingly responsible major program development and policy analysis experience.
  • Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with  major coursework in public administration, social work, statistics,  mathematics or a related field.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Your application materials must show that you meet all of the following requirements to qualify.

  • At least three years of increasingly responsible program development and  policy analysis experience related to youth development policy;
  • Minimum of one year experience working in partnership with youth on initiatives.
  • Ability to pass a criminal records check
  • Must be able to coordinate transportation to and from multiple work  locations with possession of a valid driver's license and access to  personal vehicle or utilizing a county vehicle, or arranging other means of transportation for attending work events.

Application Requirements: The application packet consists of the following:

  1. Online application: Explain all related experience (paid or unpaid) and training in the education and work experience sections of the application.
  2. Responses to supplemental questions: Keep in mind we may use your responses to supplemental questions as a  screening tool, without reviewing the remainder of your application or  attachments. The quality and strength of your answers may determine if  you move forward in the process. Respond to each question completely and concisely. Refer to your relevant experience (paid or unpaid) and  training.

The Selection Process: We expect to evaluate candidates as follows:

  1. Application review: We will review the education and work experience sections of the  applications to identify the candidates who meet the minimum  qualifications as stated in this announcement. We may conduct a more  thorough review of all remaining applications to identify the most  qualified candidates.
  2. Supplemental question review: Your responses will be provided to a team of subject matter experts who will not have access to the remainder of your application. Respond to each  of the questions individually and completely, while explaining relevant  experience (paid or unpaid) and training related to each item. The  quality, complexity, and accomplishments that you provide will determine whether your application is advanced further in the recruitment  process.
  3. Phone screen.
  4. Oral exam: A scored interview.
  5. Consideration of top candidates: We will consider qualified candidates in order of rank and score from  the list of eligible candidates. This may include panel interview(s), a  hiring interview, and/or additional testing to determine the best  candidates for a position.
  6. Background check and reference checks: All finalists must pass a thorough records and reference check.

Note: Application information may be used throughout the entire selection process. This process is subject to change without notice.


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What We Can Offer You: We offer a comprehensive array of benefits in support of your physical, emotional and financial well-being. A few highlights:

  • Health insurance (medical, vision, Rx, and dental).
  • Qualify for a defined benefit pension after five years of vesting; we pick up  the employee's share of the retirement contribution (6% of subject  wages).
  • Generous paid leave and the ability to maintain a great work/life balance.
  • Life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance.
  • Option to participate in deferred compensation, flexible spending accounts.
  • Occasional telecommuting and flexible work schedules.
  • Limited travel, primarily local.
  • Access to a free bus pass for the Portland metropolitan area.
  • Professional development opportunities.
  • Wellness resources.

Type of Position: This hourly union-represented position is eligible for overtime.

Veterans' Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans' preference for this recruitment. Review our veterans' preference website for details about eligibility and how to apply.

Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific  disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. Please contact the recruiter below in  advance to request assistance. Individuals with hearing or speech  impairments may contact the recruiter through the Telecommunications  Relay Service by dialing 711.


Tony Jenkins, Recruiter Department of County Assets/Non-Departmental 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Ste 400 503-988-7552

Disclaimer: This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment  guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute either an  expressed or implied contract.


Youth Development Coordinator Supplemental Questionnaire
* 1. Indicate your level of education:
  Checkbox No College Checkbox Some college (less than 2 years) Checkbox Associate's degree (2 years) Checkbox Bachelor's degree (4 years) Checkbox Master's degree (5 years) Checkbox JD or PhD degree (6 or more years)
* 2. Indicate your level of increasingly responsible program development and policy analysis experience:
  Checkbox Less than 4 years Checkbox Four to less than 5 years Checkbox Five to less than 7 years Checkbox Seven to less than 9 years Checkbox Nine or more years Checkbox No related experience
* 3. Do you have at least three years of full-time youth related program development and policy analysis experience?
  Checkbox YES Checkbox NO
* 4. Do you have a minimum of one year full-time experience working in partnership with youth on initiatives?
  Checkbox YES Checkbox NO
* 5. Limit your response to no more than 300 words: Please describe  your experience as a trainer in developing and implementing positive  youth development training.
* 6. Limit your response to no more than 300 words: Describe one  project you have coordinated (from initial project conception to  implementation, evaluation and reporting) in partnership with youth.
* 7. Limit your response to no more than 300 words: Please describe  your past experience reaching out to historically harder-to-engage  populations, (particularly youth of color and young men). Also share any experience you have had engaging youth living on a low-income and/or  youth engaged in the juvenile justice or homeless youth systems and, if  relevant, how your own life experiences have influenced your approach to this work.
* Required Question