Work at Central City Concern

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Achieving Central City Concern’s mission would be impossible without dedicated, compassionate people.

When you join our team, you’re part of a staff that’s driven to make a difference at all levels of the organization — and across fields including health care, pharmacy, social services, housing, nonprofit leadership and administration.

From professional staff to medical assistants to maintenance workers, we value both formal education and lived experience as preparation for the work we do. This aspect of our culture means you’ll have a chance to make an impact from day one.

CCC’s work environment is collaborative, supportive and offers generous benefits. You’ll also find many opportunities for professional growth to help you realize your full potential.

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Employee spotlights

Vi Swiftcloud, program supervisor

How she got here

At age 25, Vi hit rock bottom. Struggling with addiction, homelessness and incarceration, she eventually committed to recovery. Her first CCC job was cleaning toilets for $5 an hour in 1995. Over the decades she worked her way up — from front desk to building manager to resident coordinator to housing specialist — while also earning a bachelor’s degree. She now oversees the Employment Recovery Program and the Recovery Mentor Program.

In her own words

“When I got here, I didn’t have a whole lot of skills. I was rough around the edges. Since that time, those edges have smoothed out. I’m grateful that I have a second chance. The first time I didn’t do very good, but I am able to have a life now because I put my recovery first.”

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Trent Gay, employment specialist

How he got here

Trent coached future NBA athletes and had a successful career before his substance use led to jail time and homelessness. Through CCC’s Recovery Mentor Program, he got clean and was hired on-call with CCC’s Social Enterprises division. He is now an employment specialist, helping homeless people get back on their feet.

In his own words

“When I work with clients, I think back to my coaching days. Like I did with my players, I show them I have confidence in them. I tell them, ‘We need to build on the skills you already have, and I can show you how to transfer those into something positive.’ ”

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Sheri Hamilton, mental health therapist

How she got here

Sheri earned her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Multnomah University. At a job fair in 2017, she learned about CCC’s Imani Center, a culturally specific program for Black individuals who are systematically undertreated for mental health and substance use disorders. While at Imani, Sheri earned her certification in recovery counseling, and she now provides services as a dually-credentialed mental health therapist.

In her own words

“I’ve really grown a lot here. CCC supported me in pursuing my licenses and earning my clinical hours, and it catapulted me into who I am today… I believe people choose to work for CCC because the organization provides a safe space, allowing their employees to grow and become the best they can be as a community. I’m thriving.”

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Our values

At CCC, you’ll work alongside people of all backgrounds and walks of life. Here are some of the ways we support an inclusive culture:

  • Hiring and recruitment practices that make sure our staff represents the backgrounds of those we serve.
  • A commitment to offering a living wage and advancing pay equity.
  • A robust Veterans’ employment program for returning service members and military spouses.
  • Serving as a second-chance employer for people with criminal backgrounds.
  • Offering many ways for employees to make their voices heard on equity issues.
  • A no-tolerance policy for racism among staff, clients and residents.
  • Agency-wide anti-racism and equity training.
  • Including equity and anti-racism in our criteria for working with outside vendors.

Learn more about our culture and our commitment to being an anti-racist organization.

Kim Hutchinson, RN (at far right); Simone Vining, Medical Assistant; and Kimberly McKay, Medical Assistant show off their new protective ponchos.

Equal opportunity, disability accommodations and affirmative action

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Central City Concern is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are accountable to the federal government to report baseline outcomes related to workplace representation; however, our commitment to non-discriminatory outcomes extends beyond compliance. Central City Concern is committed to being an inclusive and anti-racist workplace. We are actively implementing measurable approaches to embed diversity, equity and inclusion in each element of our organization.

As an organization, CCC is committed to embracing and actively supporting a diverse workforce. We promote a culture of inclusion where the personal dignity and worth of each individual is valued and celebrated. In order to achieve this objective, we must hire and inspire the right people to do the right work. We strive to hire a workforce that contributes to diversity of thought through intersectional identities. All applicants will be considered without regard to protected classes.

See our full EEO statement.

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We encourage people with disabilities to apply for any employment opportunity for which they are qualified. Requests for reasonable accommodation can be directed to the our human resources department at 503-294-1681.

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Central City Concern has long held the belief that our mission can best be achieved by utilizing the human resources available to us to the fullest extent possible. We hire, recruit and take affirmative action so that discrimination does not occur on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, disability or any other status protected under applicable laws.

Download CCC’s affirmative action plan statement.

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