Job Details

Youth Engagement Specialist-Jefferson HS

Latino Network, Portland, OR

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 04/15/2019

Description
TITLE: Youth Engagement Specialist-Jefferson HS

REPORTS TO: Program Manager, Youth Education and Wellness

COMPENSATION: $32,300-$40,700 Annually or $15.53-$19.57 Hourly Based on experience 1.0 FTE Non-Exempt

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled



ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND

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 is a fast-paced, highly engaged work environment with satellite operations with Multnomah County.



CANDIDATE PROFILE

Latino Network seeks a bilingual, bi-cultural mission-driven professional with proven nonprofit and community experience to lead school-based programming including case management and afterschool groups. As part of a dedicated team working toward a shared vision, the Youth Engagement Specialist is charged with carrying out the vision of the Department of Youth Education and Wellness. The Youth Engagement Specialist ensures and promotes youth safety, growth, and leadership; and has proven skills in providing individual case management and facilitating skill-building curriculum for student groups. The Specialist works collaboratively to achieve program goals and document measurable youth development outcomes, contributes to a collegial and productive work environment and promotes the organization’s vision and mission.



POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Youth Engagement Specialist will carry out culturally specific programming at Jefferson High school with the goal of improving school performance and attendance and decrease disciplinary referrals. One part of programming is focused on supporting 11th and 12th grade students by implementing Escalera, a college and career readiness program that includes providing information about college saving and planning, financial aid, college, and scholarship application assistance programs and processes, and career exploration, all while building a positive cultural identity. Another is focused on leading a MECHA club for 9th through 12th-grade students. Summer programming is focused on supporting rising 12th graders for their senior year. The Youth Engagement Specialist must have facilitation experience and be able to guide conversations clearly and fluently in both English and Spanish.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
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.

BENEFITS
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.

Requirements
atPRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Regular work performed at Jefferson High school. When not at Jefferson High school, based at Latino Network's main office.
Provide individual case management to 30 youth, which includes meeting at least twice a month with students to complete initial assessments, develop and update individual development plans, and provide referrals as needed.
Maintain individual participant case files, communicate with parents when needed including home visits, collect data throughout the school year and summer, and document it in multiple databases.
Responsibilities include outreach and recruiting, logistical planning, curriculum development, and implementation, and individual case management.
Collaborates with the Family Engagement Specialist, partner organization, school administrators, staff and teachers, local government, and the community.
Provide and run a MECHA club once a week to students in 9th-12th grade.
Develop and maintain strong working relationships with participants, school teachers, counselors, community partners, and stakeholders
Work collaboratively with Family Engagement Specialists to keep families engaged and informed with the goals of 1) increasing two-way communication between schools and families, 2) increasing student learning in the home, and 3) monitoring of students’ discipline, academic progress, and attendance
Maintain accurate records and written communications in paper files and multiple databases as required by funders on a weekly basis, including, but not limited to: contact information, attendance, entrance/exit surveys, individual development plans.
Work collaboratively with other Youth Engagement Specialists and Family Engagement Specialists to coordinate and carry out field trips and/or other special events
Participate in mandatory all-staff and team meetings and trainings
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, EDUCATION, AND EXPERIENCE

Bachelor’s Degree in education, communication, sociology, psychology or related field
Excellent written and oral communication skills in Spanish and English
Knowledge of and experience in navigating educational institutions, resources, programs, social services, and government agencies, and developing, implementing, and facilitating classes for youth.
Evening and weekend availability may sometimes be required, and work hours are flexible to accommodate program implementation; long hours during peak periods
Must have a valid Driver License, reliable transportation required and the ability to meet individuals in their own homes, academics 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
To Apply:

Application review begins immediately. Submit your application, resume and cover letter at: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/

Successful completion of initial and ongoing employment screens, including but not limited to criminal background and vehicle record as required.

For more information about Latino Network visit www.latnet.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/latnet

Latino Network is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Complete details: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/101631/Latino-Network/Youth-Engagement-Specialist-Jefferson-HS