Post Date: 01/17/2019
Close Date: 02/15/2019
TITLE: Washington County Mentor
REPORTS TO: Youth Empowerment & Violence Prevention Program Manager
COMPENSATION: $18.00, Full-time, hourly, 1.0 FTE non-exempt
CLOSING DATE: Open until filled
Latino Network’s mission is to provide transformative opportunities, services and advocacy for the education, leadership and civic engagement of our youth, families, and communities. Our work springs from the core belief in Latino community self-determination—that is, the ability of community members to participate meaningfully in the decisions that affect their lives and the lives of their families. We build and manage collaborative and energetic teams to implement high quality, culturally inclusive programs. We actively partner across a variety of city, county, state and community organizations to deliver training and support, a wide range of services, as well as influence policy.
Latino Network seeks a bilingual, bi-cultural mission-driven professional with proven nonprofit and community experience to lead a full range of activities for a growing organization. As part of a dedicated team working toward a shared vision, the Washington County Mentor is charged with understanding the needs of the high-risk youth and implementing the mentorship plan for referred youth. This is a roll-up-your-sleeves position with the capacity to impact the wellbeing of adjudicated youth. If you are resourceful, able to build strong relationships, and passionate about working for education equity, then Latino Network is the place for you.
This position mentors adjudicated Latino youth at a ratio of 1:15. The position requires regular strength based, pro-social, and positive cultural identity interaction with youth to support their success both in meeting probation plans and developing positive future plans. The position also requires regular interaction with community members, partner organizations and institutions, as well as attendance at community events and meetings. This position works closely with the CHI team as well as the Washington County Juvenile Court Counselor assigned to the youth to understand the needs of the youth being mentored. Excellent community engagement skills, attention to detail as well as excellent communication through one on one meetings, phone, e-mail, and group communication with Latino Network community partners, staff and program participants is a requirement.
Latino Network is a fast-paced, highly engaged work environment with satellite operations within Multnomah County. We strive to communicate effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds. We actively seek opportunities for professional development for our staff and promote a willingness to change for continual improvement.
Latino Network provides a generous benefits package that includes 15 days of paid vacation, 12 days of paid sick leave, 10 paid holidays, employer-paid health coverage, 401K, and Life Insurance.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Develop a trusting relationship with assigned youth and their family.
Regular consistent contact and visits with youth.
Responsible for oversight of specifically assigned adjudicated youth.
Support youth in developing positive coping skills from a strengths-based perspective.
Coordinate with Program Manager, Juvenile Court Counselor, and other partners to ensure youth is supported with treatment services and community resources and assist with this as needed.
Support youth in making positive choices.
Assist in helping youth build the skills to advocate for themselves.
Attend court, school, and/or meetings as support for the youth when requested by youth and in consultation with Program Manager and Juvenile Court Counselor.
Model and encourage direct, professional communication.
Help plan, schedule, implement/lead mentor support group meetings/activities/events.
Support activities, events, and programs developed to encourage and maintain positive relationships with youth and their families so they may fully benefit from the program.
Maintain organized client records.
Data entry into Latino Network case management software.
Ensure absolute confidentially with respect to all information regarding our youth and families
Attend weekly staff meetings, staffing for assigned youth, and all trainings required.
Submit accurate, timely reports as requested by Program Manager and/or Program Director.
Properly document and submit program expenditures in a timely manner.
Perform any additional duties as directed by the Program Manager.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, EDUCATION, AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree required plus two years of directly relevant experience with youth and families in target population. (Candidates without a Bachelor’s degree, but with demonstrated expertise along with at least two years of directly relevant experience with high-risk youth may be considered).
Bilingual and bi-cultural: Fluent in Spanish and English and able to communicate in a professional manner in both languages.
Knowledge of culturally based world-view and problem-solving practices of Latino individuals and families in urban and rural neighborhoods impacted by crime, poverty, and racial inequity.
Personal experience of target population preferred.
Ability to advocate for others and problem solve.
Experience working with high risk and Latino youth and families.
Ability, experience, and genuine interest in working with youth involved in the juvenile justice system.
Strong commitment and passion to work with the population served.
Experience and ability to work from a strengths-based perspective served as motivation for change.
Ability to handle difficult and sensitive situations and information in a calm and professional manner.
Extreme attention to detail, promptness, and follow-through on time-sensitive tasks.
Experience with Latino youth, families, and community in supporting their aspirations to become contributing law-abiding citizens.
Working knowledge of the symptoms of physical and mental disorders, substance abuse, behavior, and adjustment problems of juvenile offenders, and limitations or disabilities in children adolescents and adults.
Ability or expressed desire to work in multi-disciplinary and cross-jurisdictional team with shared clients.
Computer literate. Knowledge of Efforts to Outcomes software preferred.
Experience in designing and implementing programs for Latino community preferred.
Experience in teaching life skills, development of life skills group curricula, and facilitating skills groups with juveniles and families.
Ability to conduct presentations and facilitate fluently in both English and Spanish as needed.
Knowledge of key education institutions, resources, programs, social services and government agencies.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with governmental partners, youth, families, community support systems.
Strong organizational, time management and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a collaborative team member, and meet deadlines.
Demonstrated consistency in following instructions and implementing strategies.
Ability to be flexible and adaptive to successfully achieve the functions of the position as described in the job responsibilities.
Openness to feedback, growth, and supervision.
Perform additional duties and responsibilities as directed by the Program Director.
ADDITIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Successful completion of initial and ongoing employment screens, including but not limited to criminal background and vehicle record as required
Office setting requires sitting and typing for extended periods of time
Share office space and equipment in WA County office
Move rapidly from extreme positions, i.e. sudden standing from floor
Regularly work in the office and in the community (schools, churches, parks, community centers, etc.,) as needed and in the office
Must have a valid Driver’s License, reliable transportation required and the ability to meet individuals in their own homes, academic settings, and other community settings, including transporting participants as needed
Automobile liability insurance preferred; must be eligible to be an insured driver under Latino Network’s Commercial Auto Liability
Evening and weekend availability may be required, and work hours are flexible to accommodate program implementation; long hours during peak periods
May require heavy lifting and moving boxes and other items as needed (twist, bend, reach, carry items up to 20 lbs and think strategically about how to properly move heavy items
Walk long distances for youth excursions
Crawl or lie on floor or grass as appropriate for youth-centered activities
Feel comfortable swimming or being in a pool
Submit your application, resume and cover letter at: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs
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