Youth Residential Safety and Security Specialist

Family and Youth Support Portland, Oregon


Youth Residential Safety Specialist/Residential Security Specialist - Shelter & Long Term Group Home 
Portland, OR
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Saturday -Tuesday 4:30 pm- 3:00 am


Works a fixed post position in the Facility Central Control Area of the program. Responsible for duties associated with the safety and security of residents and staff and assists Milieu Counselors with some clerical aspects.

The ideal candidates understand the importance program policy and procedure, including the importance of safety and security in a residential setting. They will communicate effectively with the youth, in a tactful and thoughtful manner. The ability to maintain composure during stressful situations is crucial competency in this position.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Monitor movement of workers and youth within the facility, efficiently communicate with on duty staff regarding locations and movements of youth, may assign staff to areas of need as necessary. Maintain informed of youth run risk levels and safety plans.
  • Maintain safety and security of the physical infrastructure by performing routine and random security duties.
  • Operate communication equipment including closed circuit video, staff radios, and maintain surveillance of all occupied areas.
  • Issue staff radios and maintains key accountability.
  • Inform on duty staff via radio communication of any safety and security issues while preventing and detecting security breaches. Intervene and report on any remarkable unauthorized behaviors of the residential population.



Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • At least 21 years of age
  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required (Diploma, GED or college transcripts required step of hiring process) 
  • At least one year of experience working with youth, preferably in a monitored or highly secured, residential facility


Valued Experience:

  • Experience working in a secure center setting or loss prevention
  • Criminal justice coursework
  • Bilingual Spanish


Other Requirements:

  • Pass a DHS criminal history background
  • CPR/First Aid certification within 30 days of hire and kept current
  • May work outside normal shift hours based on agency needs



$19.56- $20.81

Bilingual (Spanish): $21.32- $22.68

Why join us?

  • Benefits and Perks – Extensive benefit package includes medical, dental and vision coverage. Company provided Life and Long-Term Disability. Paid vacation and sick time. Transportation stipend for employees working at our downtown location.
  • 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.
  • 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. At Morrison, Qualified Mental Health Professionals may also qualify for student loan repayment.   


About the Program: ORR Immigrant Youth Services - LTGH  

Our Long-Term Home provides services to up to 20 adolescents at one time (ages 14-17 years old) in a co-ed residential facility setting. The youth, typically from Latin America and occasionally other countries live in our Long-Term Group Home, while they await family reunification or other placement options. They attend public school and other community activities. 

 ABOUT THE PROGRAM: ORR Immigrant Youth Services - Shelter
Our shelter is well equipped to comfortably care and provide support for up to 50 youth at a time. Through our residential facility, the youth have access to education, and mental health services onsite. The program serves adolescent boys and girls, (11 – 17 years of age) The youth primarily arrive from Latin American countries, occasionally from other countries such as South East Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa

  About Us: 

Morrison Child and Family Services is a 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 trauma informed care, ensuring we understand that behaviors are a result of trauma and are able to check our own trauma and bias in how we respond.  


Visit our website to learn more about our mission and history and our strategy for accomplishing our goal of achieving significant, positive, and long-term clinical outcomes for the clients we serve. 


At Morrison we celebrate diversity. Through our commitment to equity and inclusion, we support our communities to move beyond disparity and oppression and work with compassion, integrity, and dedication to social justice through the implementation of goals and policies. We strive to create an inclusive and anti-racist organization by ensuring that racial identity will not determine or predict the quality of trauma-informed care a child receives; to that effect, we’re looking for candidates who can provide culturally-appropriate care or possess the ability to hold each other and yourself accountable to the diversity and uniqueness of all individuals within Morrison, our clients and our community stakeholders. 

 Morrison employees are offered a variety of plans to help address their health and welfare needs, as well as the needs of their families.  Many of these benefits are paid in whole, or in part by Morrison and others are offered as a voluntary option to be paid for by the employee through payroll deductions.  Our comprehensive benefits package includes Medical, Prescription, Vision, Dental, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employer-Paid Life, AD&D and LTD, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).  In addition to these plans, employees may purchase additional voluntary life insurance, short-term disability, critical illness and accident coverage through Unum.

 Position Open Until Enough Qualified Applicants Have Responded 
 We strive to Create a Diverse, Inclusive environment to Better Serve our Clients. 
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


 Residential ORR Programs through Federal Mandate must provide proof of immunity including the following vaccinations that are typically received in childhood: MMR, Varicella, and DTaP. There is also an annual Flu Vaccination requirement. Proof of compliance is required for employees at these sites, and masks are required while pending compliance.