Job Details


Portland YouthBuilders, 4816 SE 92nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266

Job - Education

Close Date: 01/17/2020

Portland YouthBuilders is a non-profit vocational alternative high school and a residential general contractor, seeking a qualified Technology Trainer. Students are culturally diverse, low-income young adults aged 17-24 years. This program integrates academic education with hands-on technology training on work sites providing a rich, disciplined and transformative learning environment.

PYB is deeply committed to continuously working to make our organization a more equitable and just place for both students and staff. As it is written in our equity statement: At PYB, we believe that communities are strengthened when diversity is honored. We believe we have a responsibility to interrupt and confront inequity. At PYB, we commit to continuously reflect and challenge the ways in which we, as a community, and as individuals, perpetuate inequity. It is not only vital to our students’ success but essential to our purpose.


We are seeking someone who is committed to educational equity and inspired by working with young people from diverse backgrounds who are transforming their lives through learning and service. The trainer will work with the Technology Program Manager to support students as they develop the technology skills, knowledge and habits necessary for success in entry level technology jobs, postsecondary education and training. This training occurs at the PYB Technology Center and in the field with community partners. Successful candidates will employ a strengths based approach to students

The Trainer must be adaptable to student needs, be able to break down complicated concepts into easily digestible steps, be patient and compassionate with students, and thrive in a fast-paced work environment while juggling multiple priorities and goals.

People of color are encouraged to apply.


Reports to: Technology Program Manager
Compensation: $42,000-$50,000 DOE
Employment Status: Regular, Exempt
Schedule: Full-time- 40 hours per week
Benefits: Seven weeks paid vacation during school closures (4 weeks in July, 2 weeks in December and 1 week in March- prorated in first year based on length of service); most state recognized holidays paid, plus 1 personal day per month; $650 per month contribution to cafeteria plan for health care benefits and/or retirement savings; dynamic environment with great team of students and staff.


The duties for this position include, but are not limited to the following:

Community Education
• Support Students to develop and deliver student-led computer-skills classes for community partners, including senior centers and libraries
• Transport students to and from field service in a PYB van
• Support students to practice professionalism and soft skills while teaching community members
• Coordinate and schedule computer skills classes for students to lead with community partners


• Develop and deliver curriculum in the following technical areas: Computer User Support, Information Security Analysis, and Web Developing. Classes are designed to prepare students for a career in technology.
• Experience with the following is necessary:
Configuring hardware, installing operating systems and problem solving.
Wired and wireless networking
Basic Javascript , CSS and HTML
Block style drag and drop coding
2D and 3D design experience

Advocacy, case management and support
• Participate on cross-departmental Case Management Teams to support student success, with a focus on students’ professional skill development and readiness for placement in post-secondary education and entry level tech jobs.
• Track student performance, including attendance, competency attainment and assignment completion.
• Enter information into student database (FileMaker).

• Use the PYB equity lens as part of daily decision making
• Participate in organizational outreach and recruitment activities
• Support the development of technology-focused partnerships including employers, internship sites, post-secondary programs, technical advisors, donors, etc.
• Collaborate with colleagues - be open, team-oriented, cooperative, energetic and innovative.
• Attend staff meetings, department meetings and all-staff professional development opportunities.
• Execute delegated responsibilities as identified by the Technology Program Manager.


• Bachelor’s degree
• Experience working with low-income and students of color
• Experience teaching technical skills
• Valid Driver’s License with a good driving record
• Ability to pass fingerprint-based Criminal Background Check and drug screening
• Curiosity and enthusiasm about technology

• Master’s degree
• Experience with mentorship
• Relationships with post-secondary institutions and/or employers
• Experience applying technology to solve problems

Specific job skills
• Culturally competent practice; willing to engage in conversations about race
• Ability to develop one-on-one relationships with students from diverse backgrounds
• Ability to take initiative, prioritize, plan and organize
• Effective problem prevention and problem solving skills
• Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Self-starter and independent thinker
• Commitment to professional growth
• Capacity to collaborate with colleagues in order to facilitate student success
• Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects and meet deadlines
• Ability to improvise and work through uncertainties


Thank you for your interest in joining the staff at Portland YouthBuilders.

Please email your cover letter and resume as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed as they come in until the position is filled. Please send materials to Wade Hopkins, Technology Program Manager at Screening process will begin as soon as submissions are received.
Portland YouthBuilders’ mission connects us to people and communities across Portland. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, disability, veteran status, or any other classifications applicable by law. Portland YouthBuilders is committed to the diversity of our people, programs and services. The organization acts affirmatively in the employment and advancement of qualified people of color. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. TTY1-800-735-2900
PYB employees and volunteers must successfully complete a criminal background and drug test check prior to work. Portland YouthBuilders is a Drug Free Workplace and adheres to the requirements of the Drug Free Workplace Act. Portland YouthBuilders’ students and staff are subject to random drug tests.
o This project was funded in part (25%) by a grant awarded under the YouthBuild Initiative in the amount of $1,100,000 as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.
o This program financed in part with funds provided through Worksystems, Inc. from the U.S. Department of Labor, the City of Portland, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
o PYB is an AmeriCorps program and students who are AmeriCorps members are eligible for an education award.

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