Lead Milieu Counselor (Youth Care Worker)

Family and Youth Support Portland, Oregon


TITLE: Lead Milieu Counselor SAGE
POSITION: Full-Time/ In-Person 
SALARY: $22.58 - $26.18 per hour (see program specific pay scale below)
SCHEDULE: Wednesday - Saturday (Swing Shift)
Morrison Child and Family Services: We are a Joint Commission and Sanctuary accredited non-profit organization that provides a comprehensive array of services to children, adolescents, and their families. As an agency, Morrison, its team members, and clients commit to the following values of trauma-informed care:
  • Nonviolence - being safe and doing the right thing 
  • Emotional Intelligence - managing our feelings so we don’t hurt ourselves or others 
  • Social Learning - respecting and sharing ideas of our teams 
  • Democracy - shared decision making whenever possible 
  • Open Communication - saying what we mean and not being mean when we say it 
  • Social Responsibility - everyone makes a contribution to the organizational culture 
  • Growth and Change - creating hope for our clients and ourselves 
  • Equity - Assuring all can survive and thrive 

Position Summary:

The Lead Milieu Counselor supervises youth in the milieu of an intensive treatment program providing support and guidance for daily living skills. Responsibilities include providing both program and transitional support and intervention to youth in placement. The Lead MC strives to sustain a strong leadership role amongst the Milieu Counselors and provides direction regarding client intervention and emotional regulation and provides support to staff to create an environment of emotional awareness balanced with client needs.  

About the Program:

Our SAGE Youth Residential program provides long-term stabilization for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation (CSEC). Both during their exploitation and prior to it, many of these youth have experienced multiple environmental, social, and biological traumas. This may include sexual abuse, parental neglect and/or abuse, alcohol/drug dependency or abuse, school failure, and high levels of emotional vulnerability. Our SAGE program serves vulnerable youth in the CSEC population by providing a safe and secure setting in which they can experience Support, Achieve their goals, Grow, and become Empowered.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides supervision and support for youth in a milieu setting. 
  • Employs interventions that are consistent with best practices, the therapeutic models delivered by the program, ethical principles, and professional standards, regulations, policies, and procedures, and laws. 
  • Models appropriate interpersonal interactions while handling the activities and situations in the milieu space. 
  • Uses structure, routines, and activities to promote effective relationships. 
  • Responds to client behavior while encouraging and promoting several alternatives for the healthy expression of needs and feelings.  
  • Assists clients in identifying and developing their strengths through activates and other experiences.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to developing a thorough knowledge and application of the Sanctuary model and other organizational policies & practices. 
  • Participate in staff development, in-services, and training related to equity and inclusion in the workplace; model appropriate behaviors; develop, recommend, and implement improvements to business practices with awareness and understanding of the impact in a trauma-informed and culturally diverse organization.

This position is in an on-call rotation that provides support to the program for crisis intervention, managing staffing changes, etc. 


Experience/Education Requirements:
  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required 
  • Basic computer skills using Microsoft Word, Excel, databases and Outlook 
  • 2 years of experience working with youth or a combination of education and related experience (highly preferred in a residential setting) 
Other Requirements:
  • Pass a DHS criminal history background 
  • Valid Driver’s License  
Pay Scale:

Lead Milieu Counselor: $22.58 - $24.02 

Lead Milieu Counselor (Bilingual): $24.61- $26.18
Why join us?
  • Growth Opportunities- Morrison values its employees and provides leadership training to see our employees thrive and grow. Promotion from within is encouraged and seen throughout the organization.
  • We make a difference in our community – At Morrison we provide a comprehensive continuum of mental health, substance abuse and prevention and education services for youth, from birth through age 21. We work with families and communities to make a difference in every child’s life.
  • Student Loan Forgiveness Options- Morrison is a non-profit mental health organization so working with us, you could qualify for student loan forgiveness through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.
  • Licensure Supervision. Our Leadership staff provide supervision and training towards a QMHA or QMHA II Certification.

We are an Affirmative Action Plan Employer. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic.
In compliance with our Affirmative Action Plan, Morrison uses E-Verify to determine employment eligibility after an offer is accepted.
Applications will be reviewed as received.  Morrison reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any point during the posting period.
Morrison employees are offered a variety of benefits including Medical, Vision, Dental, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employer-Paid Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment and Long-Term Disability, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
If your personal values align with our agency's vision and dedication to serving youth and families, please submit your résumé, application, and cover letter to www.morrisonkids.org/careers.