Revised: 09/70; 01/93
FLSA: Exempt
EEO: 1



Under policy direction, to plan, organize, direct and manage the activities and operations of the County Juvenile Department; to oversee and coordinate the use of Multnomah County's juvenile detention facility; and to do other work as required.


The Juvenile Department provides court hearing and case management services for children and youths involved in child abuse, neglect, chemical dependency and/or violations of the law. Other programs include pre-hearing investigations, probation supervision, 24-hour on-call emergency response and drug and alcohol evaluations.

The Juvenile Department Director participates as a member of the County's executive management team and is responsible for fulfilling department objectives as established by the Board of County Commissioners and the presiding Juvenile Court Judge. The incumbent develops and implements Department goals, objectives, policies and priorities and provides administrative direction to management and professional staff.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Develops and implements new and revised policies; establishes goals, standards, objectives and procedures; oversees the preparation of the Department's annual program plans; ensures provision of services is in compliance with Federal and State statutes, rules, and regulations.
  2. Participates in regional and state organizations, commissions and task forces to promote and coordinate intergovernmental programs; represents the County in drafting, introducing, advocating and testifying on legislation related to Department activities; provides training regarding juvenile law and procedure to law enforcement agencies.
  3. Administers, develops and directs the preparation of annual and supplemental budgets; presents budget proposals to County budget committee, Juvenile Court Judge and Board of County Commissioners; oversees the monitoring of revenues and expenditures; researches alternative funding sources including preparing, approving and negotiating grant proposals; oversees the preparation of various financial and statistical reports.
  4. Promotes and coordinates department activities and programs with other counties, business associations, citizen groups and the public; evaluates and responds to policy and procedural inquiries and complaints from employees, citizens and other government agencies.
  5. Hires and directs management, professional and clerical staff to provide quality service to citizens and County staff; prepares performance evaluations; administers progressive discipline; conducts and/or facilitates staff training and development programs; promotes cooperative team efforts among staff and with other County departments.
  6. Assists counseling staff with technical and complicated case issues and procedures; reviews investigation of cases, intake procedure, legal issues, casework techniques, case diagnosis, prognosis and the utilization of community and statewide assessment and treatment resources; confers with law enforcement, school, child-care and state agencies and organizations; provides on-call juvenile counseling services for an assigned 24-hour shift.
  7. Directs Department's legal and casework positions; oversees and prepares initial evaluations, pre-hearing summaries, petitions and other documents; confers with the District Attorney and the Juvenile Court Judge regarding juvenile cases.


Comprehensive knowledge of: Principles, methods and techniques of public administration, personnel management and budget/grant administration; participative management theories; department operations in investigation, intake, casework supervision and detention; juvenile behavior problems and treatment methods.

Thorough knowledge of: Juvenile court law and procedures; child welfare laws; individual casework techniques; community resources; funding sources and financing methods; federal, state and local government operating methods and procedures; techniques of mediation, negotiation and public relations; principles and techniques of contract preparation, negotiation and administration; labor relations procedures and collective bargaining practices; intelligence, personality and other testing methods and techniques.

Considerable Skill to: Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; prepare and deliver oral presentations to public and private groups; formulate and implement operational and administrative policies; plan, develop and evaluate funding requirements; prepare and justify budget requests and grant proposals; review contracts for compliance with County policies and legal requirements; direct staff in continuous efforts to improve quality productivity and effectiveness; incorporate team participation in decision making; respond to changes desired by citizens and County staff; establish and maintain effective working relationships with outside agencies, elected officials, County employees and the public; understand, interpret and apply Federal, State and local statutes, rules and regulations relevant to Department policies and procedures; train, direct, evaluate and supervise management, professional and administrative personnel in multi-disciplinary team activities.


Must successfully pass an extensive background investigation including national fingerprint records check.

Must pass a pre-employment drug test.

Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.


Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.