Job Details


Volunteers of America Oregon, Portland

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 02/26/2019

Position Summary: The Mentor provides mentoring services for young African American men, age 18 – 30 years old, involved in gang activity and/or transitioning back to life in the community from jail or prison. Duties include supporting participants in gaining skills and resources to successfully complete community supervision by working with family members, clinicians and parole/probation officers to deliver culturally specific curriculum and programming.

Education, Training & Experience:
• High school diploma or GED required.
• MHACBO certified CRM (Certified Recovery Mentor) or the ability to obtain a CRM within six months of hire is required.
• Skills and experience in gang-related issues, treatment services, corrections, case management, and/or adolescent development.
• Familiarity with addiction and the recovery process.
• Experience with individuals in recovery from addiction disorders and/or experiencing mental health challenges preferred.
• Must be off supervision for minimum of 5 years.
• Knowledge of social service resources and programs in the Multnomah County area.
• CPR certification, or completion of certification within 30 days of hire required.

• Familiarity with African-American communities and culture including knowledge of culture, norms, values and language.
• Ability to build meaningful, trusting relationships with program participants, their families, community agencies and community members while maintaining professional boundaries.
• Capable of facilitating therapeutic process-oriented and educational groups.
• Crisis intervention and de-escalation skills.
• Able to work independently and as a member of a team.
• Computer literate, including MS Office (Word, and Outlook). Able to maintain timely, accurate documentation in electronic medical record system.

Additional Eligibility Requirements:
• If in recovery, able to demonstrate at least two years of continuous sobriety under nonresidential, independent living conditions for the immediate past two years.
• Reliable vehicle, active driver’s license, current insurance, and ability to pass our insurer’s driving standard.
• Ability to pass DHS criminal background check.
• Ability to gain access to state and county correctional facilities.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
• Support participants with navigating the criminal justice system.
• Engage in therapeutic and supportive relationships with clients.
• Work with team and participants to coordinate case management services.
• Facilitate culturally-specific curriculum (Habilitation Enhancement Accountability Therapy) and other groups as needed in the community and correctional facilities.
• Maintain healthy professional boundaries with clients and co-workers in accordance with professional ethical guidelines.
• Coordinate pro-social events for participants
• Communicate issues or concerns about level of risk with participants
• Use personal vehicle to transport program participants to appointments, recovery activities, and to obtain resources when appropriate.
• Work in a friendly, collaborative manner with community partners, including frequent communication with each participant’s primary counselor and parole officers.
• Attend and actively participate in individual and group supervision, weekly staffing and other meetings as assigned by the supervisor.
• Follow VOA policies and procedures and all relevant state and federal regulations and standards.
• Perform CPR in case of emergency.

Other Responsibilities:
• Must be prepared to handle client crises and/or emergencies.
• Other duties as assigned by Supervisor.
• Attend trainings as required.

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