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Job Title: Bilingual Youth Advocate (English/Spanish)
Reports To: Program Development and Systems Manager
Classification: Exempt, Program
Position Time: 1 FTE


The Youth Advocate is bilingual (English/Spanish) and provides evidence-based gang prevention services in East Multnomah County (Reynolds and Centennial Schools). NWFS project is funded by Multnomah County Juvenile Services Division’s Community of Healing Initiative (CHI) grant and will serve annually 25 gang impacted youth, ages 11-16, and their families. The focus will be on Latino youth but will also serve other youths from culturally and ethnically underserved communities. The Youth Advocate will provide a variety of services to youth and families, including social support, skill building, resource navigation, and school/employment interventions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve/have weekly contact with 25 gang impacted, diverse youths and their families
  • Conduct JCP screening, GAIN-SS, and Ecomap to identify youth’s protective and risk factors for gang involvement as well as adequately match youth to appropriate services and levels of interventions in the CHI continuum.
  • Develop culturally appropriate, strengths-based individual service plans (SP) with youth
  • Provide individualized gang prevention services that address risk and protective factors and provide connections to education, employment, basic needs, health, mental health, A&D treatment, prosocial activities, parenting education, and other services
  • Engage families in a strengths and need assessment, culturagram, and do a family service plan
  • Conduct family home visits, meet youth at school and in the community, and engage youth and family in afterschool and weekend prosocial events.
  • As possible, will increase work with siblings by connecting them to other programs and resources
  • Work with youth on goals that promote self-esteem and a positive cultural connection
  • Provide skill-building focused on social-emotional regulation and interpersonal skills
  • Identify and track with the youth academic/attendance goals
  • Assist program youth with resume building, employment applications, mock interviews, and transportation to job interviews
  • Provide support, skill building, and resource connection to program families
  • Facilitate Parent groups (Nurturing Parenting or Staying Connected with Your Teen) (twice a year)
  • Cofacilitate Family Empowerment and Understanding Teen Mental Health workshops throughout the year (once a month)
  • Connect youth to other NWFS programs and do a warm-hand off approach for external referrals to ensure a successful connection
  • Organize with NWFS East County team 6-8 fieldtrips per year focused on education, employment, sports, and recreational or cultural enrichment activities
  • Match 5 medium-risk youth with mentors, in accordance with best mentoring practices and following the mentor protocol/procedures
  • Collaborate with Peer Court program on quarterly community service events
  • Administer pre/post youth and parent questionnaires and exit interviews
  • Offer/refer families to monthly prosocial activities
  • Meet regularly with the Program Manager to coordinate and set program goals and meet desirable program outcomes and grant deliverables
  • Build and maintain good relationships with Multnomah County Juvenile Services Division, CHI providers, schools, police, and other community partners.
  • Maintain accurate, complete, and concise files
  • Conduct program outreach
  • Knowledge of legal requirements for reporting abuse and maintaining confidentiality
  • Knowledge of best practices for gang prevention
  • Apply HIPAA to case management and charting
  • Effectively communicate about NWFS, its mission, and programs to community partners and participants
  • Accept guidance and supervision of the Program Manager in the spirit of establishing and maintaining an honest and professional working relationship
  • Assist Program Manager with annual evaluation processes for programs, provide tracking, maintain records for reporting, and assist with grant reporting
  • Adherence to budget, tracking and reporting as required for grants
  • Responsible for mentors, including volunteer information/files and volunteer hours
  • Comply with all NWFS personnel policies and procedures
  • Perform additional duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) required
  • A BA in criminal justice, BS in social work, or BA in counseling psychology or experience working with at risk youth preferred
  • Basic counseling and group facilitation skills required
  • High energy, dynamic, flexible, self-directed, and organized
  • Knowledge of adolescent development, legal issues, and working with at-risk youth
  • Knowledge of best practices for gang prevention
  • Knowledge of legal requirements for reporting abuse and maintaining confidentiality
  • Able to work a flexible, non-traditional work schedule that will include some evening and weekend work periods
  • Must be able to lift at least 30 pounds
  • Ability to multi-task and use effective organization and time management skills
  • Must have good computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Word and ability to learn and implement various database programs
  • Excellent oral and written and communication skills
  • Ability to work with and supervise volunteers
  • Works well with others and has good follow-through
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable car, and automobile insurance

Salary range: $17-$19 per hour

Benefit package includes paid vacation, holiday, sick time as well as individual health and dental benefits and matching 401K.

Submit cover letter, resume, and application to:

Northwest Family Services

6200 SE King Rd., Portland, OR 97222