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Jobs at OYA

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We help youth change, which in turn helps keep communities safe. And our staff feel like they’re making a meaningful difference.

“Rewarding,” “make a difference,” and “meaningful” are phrases you’ll often hear from our employees. We seek people who want challenging work where they will learn, grow, and feel good about what they are doing.

Many OYA employees provide direct care for youth, while others serve in support roles in our administrative offices. All are united by a belief in the positive, developmental approach to rehabilitation, and by our culture of creating safe, supportive environments, where we all are held accountable, and where we are connected to our community.

Research shows that the brain continues developing until at least our mid-20s. That means we have rich opportunities for helping the youth in our care learn how to take responsibility for their behavior and how to act differently in the future. We do this by providing safe, positive, supportive environments where youth can become responsible citizens.

OYA strives to be an inclusive environment where we honor, value, and welcome those that bring different skills, perspectives, and backgrounds to the workplace. If you are looking to join a team that not only contributes to youth reformation but also values individual and cultural differences, we want to hear from you!

What kind of jobs does OYA offer?

Inside Secure Facilities — statewide

  • Group life coordinators: They provide front-line supervision of close-custody youth, coordinate daily activities, and serve as positive role models.
  • Registered nurses
  • Multicultural services specialists
  • Clerical/office support
  • Cooks
  • Psychiatric social workers
  • Treatment managers
  • Maintenance workers

Field Offices — statewide

  • Juvenile parole and probation officers
  • Foster care certifiers
  • Clerical/office support

Central Office — Salem

  • Clerical/office support
  • Accountants
  • Contracts specialists
  • Policy Analysts
  • Researchers
  • Training and development specialists
  • Information technology specialists
  • Human resources specialists

Find Jobs

Find job openings at OYA. (Click on “Oregon Youth Authority" under the “Company" filter.)

Watch: OYA recruitment video


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