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Douglas County  8060
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Salary Range DH30


This classification serves as director of the juvenile department and performs administrative duties in planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating all department programs; provide professional advice to staff counselors; serve as liaison between department and child-caring agencies, District Attorney, law enforcement, parents and the public.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.)

l. Develop, manage, organize, implement and evaluate operations of the department. Establish procedures, policies and other support systems for efficient operations to meet current and long-range goals. Establish, maintain, and interpret policy and procedure.

2. Conduct legal intake procedures on dependency and delinquency cases; attend hearings as necessary.

3. Lead, coordinate and prioritize work activities of support staff through supervisors; offer assistance as needed and determine best solution when problems arise. Train staff and ensure compliance with standards. Final approval of all selection, promotion and termination of employees. Assume responsibility for work performed within museum. Establish and interpret policy and procedure. Oversee preparation of legal paperwork, court reports, and statistical records.

4. Serve as liaison between department and child-caring agencies, attorneys, law enforcement, parents and the public when conferring on juvenile matters. Respond to, and effectively resolve, inquiries, complaints or problems affecting services.

5. Prepare and administer annual budget; present to budget committee; monitor fiscal expenditures and revenues. Explore alternative funding sources. Research, prepare and submit grant applications.

6. Confer with Juvenile Judge on matters concerning department operation and policy and procedure.


Knowledge of: Extensive knowledge of social work theory, practice and procedures applied to juveniles with emotional or behavioral problems, and appropriate treatment program; thorough knowledge of the judicial system, Oregon criminal and juvenile laws; thorough knowledge of principles, methods, and techniques of effective administration including public relations, personnel management and fiscal management to develop, implement and evaluate programs; considerable knowledge of available child-care resources; skill in dealing with aggressive or emotionally disturbed juveniles. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; formulate and implement operational and administrative policies; plan, develop and evaluate funding requirements; prepare and justify budget requests and grant proposals; plan/consult with law enforcement agencies, courts, teachers, family members; perform short and long-range financial planning; analyze and evaluate operations and develop and implement corrective action to resolve problems; establish and maintain record keeping systems and reports; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures, establish new policies when applicable and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; supervise, motivate and lead support staff; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; courteously meet and deal effectively with employees, Board of Commissioners, Judges, law enforcement, state and city agencies, attorneys, shelter home operators, juveniles and their families and the public.

Education, experience and training: Masters degree in corrections, criminal justice, sociology, psychology or related field plus six years experience in child welfare or juvenile court work which involves counseling of youth or juvenile investigations which includes two years in a supervisory position OR any satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training. At time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license.


This classification is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Commissioners.

This classification supervises support staff through Youth Ranch and Casework Supervisors and has final responsibility for work performed by the department.


Work is performed within established department policy and procedures; state and county statutes, rules, regulations, orders, resolutions and ordinances; Juvenile and Criminal Codes; State Child Welfare Laws; management, personnel and financial theories, principles and practices; accepted practices within the juvenile profession; personnel rules. Incumbent remains current on guidelines and utilizes seasoned judgment in interpreting and usage of appropriate guidelines. As department head, can implement or revise department policies.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is primarily performed in an office environment. Field work involves transporting of juveniles which requires lifting luggage up to 30 pounds. Physical exertion required from time to time while restraining juveniles. A reasonable amount of driving is required.

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