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Volunteers of America Oregon, Portland

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 03/07/2017

Throughout our over 100 years of providing services to the community, the name Volunteers of America Oregon has become synonymous with compassion and care. We've earned our reputation through dedication and tireless commitment to helping individuals and families create safer, healthier, and more stable lifestyles. For as long as we've been around, our programs have been changing lives. Some people say they can't imagine doing what we do. We say, "We can't imagine not doing it!"

Position Summary: Responsible for providing alcohol and drug recovery support and assertive case management for prison diversion and re-entry programs at Volunteers of America of Oregon. Requires experience providing mentor services for men incarcerated in Oregon jails and prisons that need support transitioning back to a crime/drug free life in the community. Participants come from a diversity of backgrounds, family structures and cultures, and we seek a mentor who has experienced similar situations during their own transition to a crime/drug free life. Vehicle needed to drive program participants to appointments, recovery activities, and to obtain resources, when appropriate.

Education, Training & Experience:
• High school diploma or GED.
• At least one year of experience working in a clinical setting.
• Prefer bilingual English/Spanish capability.

• Ability to develop rapport with clients and staff, and maintain professional boundaries.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Knowledge of resources and programs in the Multnomah County area.
• Familiar with addiction and the recovery process.
• Crisis intervention and de-escalation skills.
• Able to work independently and as a member of a team.
• Computer literate, including MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook).

Additional Eligibility Requirements:
• Ability to successfully pass a criminal background check.
• Reliable form of transportation.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
• Provide support by introducing program participants to the 12-step and other community recovery meetings.
• Assist in obtaining food stamps, food boxes, and personal identification.
• Monitor and assist program participants to follow through on a case management plan designed by the individual’s primary counselor.
• Help program participants to prepare resumes, teach job readiness skills, and connect them with job development programs and employers.
• Support program participants in the final treatment phase to find safe longer-term housing.
• Work in a friendly, collaborative manner with community partners, including frequent communication with each participant’s primary counselor and parole officer.
• Follow VOA policies and procedures and all relevant state and federal regulations and standards.
• Attend and actively participate in individual and group supervision, weekly staffing and other meetings as assigned by the clinical supervisor.
• Perform CPR in case of emergency.

Other Responsibilities:
• Other duties as assigned by clinical supervisor.
• Connect participants with community services and supports.
• Attend trainings as required.

Supervisory Responsibility: Position is not responsible for supervision of other employees.

Work Environment:
• Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
o While performing the duties of this job, the employee is consistently required to stand, walk, sit, use hands and fingers to handle or feel objects, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, kneel, talk, or hear.
o The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision and the ability to adjust focus.
• Environmental Conditions: Work takes place in both an office and treatment center.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work: This is a Full time position; 40 hrs. per week; Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May occasionally require overtime or weekends.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the incumbent(s) of this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and activities required for this position.

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Volunteers of America Oregon is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability any other category protected by federal, state or local law.


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