The Opportunity:

At Corrections Health, we provide medically needed health care for adults and youth in custody at Multnomah County Jails and Juvenile Detention Facility. Come join our team of Portland’s most outstanding health care professionals providing exceptional services to our diverse community!

Are you someone who inclusively leads with race? Do you find passion providing health education to individuals within the criminal justice system while coordinating clients to receive the appropriate healthcare and services they need? If so, then come apply your skills with us today!

We are seeking a Community Health Specialist 2 (CHS2) with experience working with the to provide field services/case management to program participants, including connecting participants to social support services, advocacy, peer support, and attending primary care and other appointments with clients. You will work alongside the Transition and Community Services Program to support health education and outreach, testing, vaccinations and supporting clients transition safely back into the community.

Come join us in doing work that matters!
As the Community Health Specialist 2, other duties will include:

  • Partnering with Public Health and Corrections Health Leadership to create appropriate learning materials for adults and youth in custody in Multnomah County.
  • Leading in-person and on-site education efforts within the jails and detention centers to provide information, suggested solutions, answer questions, and rely on own lived experiences to inform and educate on healthy behaviors and resources available.
  • Assisting with screening, testing, vaccination or other prevention efforts within the jails and detention centers of Multnomah County.
  • Collaborating with team members on best practices for gathering and sharing information with adults and youth for prevention methods that support the client’s needs.
  • Assisting in the coordination of health care, mental health, substance abuse, and social service treatment of participants post-release, including making appointments for clients.
  • Conducting outreach to groups or organizations that work with or support those going into or out of correctional facilities.
  • Partnering with family members and support members to provide team approach in support of clients.
  • Ensuring clients being released are offered housing options as appropriate and help coordinate housing with community partners to continue wellness activities and behaviors.
  • Maintaining necessary written documentation of all activities including documentation in the clients electronic medical record via Epic and Google platforms as appropriate.
  • Guarding and securing private health information and entering in the appropriate system and manner to assist with reports and documentation standards.

We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific about how your background is relevant. For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page.

Minimum Qualifications/Transferable Skills*:

  • Education: Associate’s degree AND
  • Experience: One (1) to four (4) years of experience in community outreach services providing health information, advocacy, social support and assistance in using the health care system to groups and families. (Equivalency 3-6 years of qualifying training and/or experience).


The ability to pass a Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office background check / investigation, which will include being fingerprinted. Employment is contingent on passing a background investigation.
Must have valid CPR / BLS Certification upon hire OR within 30 days of hire.
The employee holding this position is designated as an Essential Employee under Multnomah County Personnel Rule 3-15-015, Essential Employees.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: To protect the health of the community and employees, Multnomah County Corrections Health requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved medical or religious exemption as a qualification of employment.

Preferred Qualifications/ Transferable Skills*: You do not need to have the following preferred qualifications/ transferable skills to qualify. However, keep in mind we may consider some or all of the following when identifying the most qualified candidates. Please clearly explain on your application how you meet any of the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills.

  • Experience working with Justice Involved Individuals (JIIs)
  • Experience working with individuals with Substance Use Disorders (SUDS)
  • Public health education – outreach
  • Experience Working with probation/parole/supervision
  • Ability to problem solve complex case management developments
  • Crisis management
  • Attention to detail
  • Solution focused

*Transferable skills: Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience (including the military) or life experience that are relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any transferable skills on your application and clearly explain how they apply to this position.


A completed Application Packet: You must submit all requested items below. Failure to do so will be deemed as an incomplete application.

1. Attach a Resume demonstrating you meeting minimum qualifications; AND

2. Attach a Cover Letter addressing the following:

Demonstrate your experience working with the Black / African American community; and
How you meet the qualifications for this position; and
Why you are interested in the position

Note: The application, resume and cover letter should clearly demonstrate your work experience/skills and how they relate to the descriptions provided in the ‘Overview’ and ‘To Qualify’ sections of the job announcement. Please be thorough, as these materials will be scored and determine your eligibility to advance in this recruitment process.

The Selection Process: For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page. We expect to evaluate candidates for this recruitment as follows:

  • Initial review of minimum qualifications
  • Resume and Cover Letter Review
  • Phone screen
  • Consideration of top candidate(s).
  • Background, reference

Note: Application information may be used throughout the entire selection process. This process is subject to change without notice.

Type of Position: This position is eligible for overtime.
Type: Represented

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Diversity and Inclusion: At Multnomah County, we don’t just accept difference; we value it and support it to create a culture of dignity and respect for our employees.

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran or protected veteran status, genetic information and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO Know Your Rights poster is available for your reference. Multnomah County is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. We request priority protected veteran referrals.

Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans’ preference. Review our veterans’ preference page for details about eligibility and how to apply.

Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. Please contact the recruiter below in advance to request assistance. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may contact the recruiter through the Telecommunications Relay Service by dialing 711.


Recruiter: Amanda Armstrong

Email: amanda.armstrong@multco.us

Phone: +1 (971) 5001688

Application information may be used throughout the entire selection process. This process is subject to change without notice.

Disclaimer: This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

Job Profile:

6047 – Community Health Specialist 2

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