If you’re seeking a meaningful career where you can positively impact your local community, consider joining our team at NWRRC. Our nonprofit organization is dedicated to supporting individuals as they transition from various aspects of the Criminal Justice system back into their communities and families. Through our programs and services, we’re committed to helping our residents succeed while also ensuring public safety.

At NWRRC, we believe that everyone deserves a second chance. We’re proud to be a part of the solution, providing our residents with the support and resources they need to reintegrate successfully into society. Our mission is to guide and encourage our residents to develop and implement an individualized plan that supports their successful transition back into their communities and families, without reoffending. We also focus on constant supervision, structured accountability, and community protection, allowing our residents to thrive and become productive members of society.

We are always seeking passionate, dedicated, and skilled individuals to join our team. As an NWRRC team member, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those we serve.

If you’re committed to making a positive impact in your community and share our values and mission, we encourage you to explore the career opportunities available at NWRRC. Our website features a list of open positions that we update regularly.

Here are just a few of the many perks of working with us:

  • Health and wellness: We believe that healthy employees are happy employees, which is why we offer 100% premium coverage for medical, dental, and vision insurance for all staff members. We also provide fitness incentives to keep our team members feeling great both inside and outside of the workplace.
  • Retirement planning: Planning for the future has never been easier with our employer-funded SEP-IRA retirement plan. After just one year of employment, staff members are eligible for a generous 7% employer contribution to their retirement account, paid out quarterly.
  • Time off: We offer generous PTO, vacation, and sick time allowances for all full-time staff members. Staff receives 6 to 12 days of PTO depending on department, as well as accrue up to 12 days of additional vacation and 12 days of sick time annually, to start.
  • Education assistance: We value our employees’ professional development and encourage our staff to pursue higher education in their field of interest. Through our tuition assistance program, eligible employees can receive up to 50% coverage for tuition and course fees.
  • Free meal: Our Food Services team prepares delicious meals daily and staff working during meal service can enjoy their food for free.

For inquiries or to apply for an open position, contact Jessica Dietz, Human Resources Manager, at jessicad@nw-rrc.org.

Resident Support Specialist
Department: Aid and Assist
Full Time
Portland, Oregon, United States - 97218

The Northwest Regional Re-Entry Center NWRRC is a great organization to get started in the social services, mental health and criminal justice fields, and also a great place to continue your career. NWRRC is a non-profit organization which has been around since 1964. We operate a 150-plus bed residential re-entry center and provide transitional services to offenders re-entering society from incarceration, for probation clients serving sanctions for violations of their supervised release, and for those under community restoration orders.

We are hiring for a Resident Support Specialist and are looking for someone with a passion for this field of work. NWRRC is contracted with several agencies to provide restoration services for defendants in criminal cases with mental health disorders who have been deemed by the court "unfit to proceed" in their defense. The purpose of this contract is to develop additional housing and services for restoration services both to provide "step down" services for individuals who no longer require hospital level of care and as an alternate to initial placement for Individuals needing competency restoration services.

The population served under this program includes adults who have serious mental illness SMI and who often have not yet established/reestablished the ability to fully aid and assist in their legal defense because of their psychiatric conditions. Common psychiatric conditions include; schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, major depression and psychotic disorders not otherwise specified NOS. Individuals may also have a high prevalence of co-occurring substance use disorders.

As an overview, this role provides support to our resident population and also plans, designs, and carries out engaging activities, programs, events and life skills. Support may include rule teaching and compliance and encouraging activities of daily living cleaning, bathing, medication, positive and pro-social behaviors, etc..

Sample of duties:

  • Motive and encourage residents with severe and persistent mental illnesses
  • Provide one on one support to assist residents in complying with community treatment orders and facility rules and procedures
  • Provide legal skills training to residents

Schedule: Our facility operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Resident Support Specialist position is shift work, and the shifts are currently mornings and evenings and the department covers all 7 days of the week. Our schedules are designed to be consistent and may occasionally require overtime.

Compensation: Here is our compensation structure:

  • Resident Support Specialist I entry-level in this field of work: Pay starts at $19.86 hourly. After 1 year of positive performance, you may be eligible to receive an 8% raise. That is 5% at 6 months and 3% more at 1 year.
  • Resident Support Specialist II experienced in this field of work, at least 2 years: pay starts at $21.61 hourly. After 1 year of positive performance, you may be eligible to receive an 8% raise. That is 5% at 6 months and 3% more at 1 year.

On top of that, budget permitting, we do a pay adjustment annually for all positions COLA. We have an annual holiday bonus too.

Benefits: Here is an overview of our benefits:

  • Time off: Staff receive 18 days of PTO and vacation annually that's 3.6 weeks!, half front-loaded and half accrued. Staff also accrue 12 days of sick time annually. We also provide paid time off for bereavement and jury duty.
  • Healthcare: We pay 100% of the medical, vision and dental premiums for our staff. That's a value of up to $673 monthly. Insurance begins the first of the month following date of hire.
  • Retirement: We have an employer-funded SEP-IRA retirement plan. You are eligible after 1 year and we will contribute 7% on a quarterly basis.
  • Tuition assistance: After 6 months, we will pay up to 50% of your tuition cost for a degree or certificate in a related field of study.
  • Fitness: We will pay you up to $50 monthly for exercising/going to the gym.
  • Free meal: If you work over meal service, you can eat for free here. The food is delicious!
  • Other perks and benefits.

Background check: All of our staff must pass a state and federal background investigation, as well as a pre-employment drug test. Under our federal contract, testing positive for marijuana/THC is a disqualifier. This positive requires a valid Driver's License and a driving record in good standing.

Thank you for your interest in joining our team!

NWRRC provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law.

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NWRRC provides 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 under applicable law.