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Job Title: Children of Incarcerated Parents (CIP) and Parenting Inside Out (PIO) Support Specialist

Report To: Children of Incarcerated Parenting Program Manager

Classification: Non-exempt

Position Time: Full-time, some evenings and weekends

Job Summary

The CIP/PIO Support Specialist will provide support to the program manager as well as work independently to provide Parenting Inside Out classes. This person will assist with case coordination, mentor 2 CIP youth, be comfortable working individually and in big groups among children who are affected by incarceration. CIP Youth range in ages from elementary through high school. Comfortable in outings with CIP youth. A special focus is with children who have or have had an incarcerated family member. This person will conduct home visits for youth intake as well as for recruitment of potential mentors. PIO is an evidence-based parent education class lasting 12 weeks and this position requires being comfortable working with families who have been involved in the justice or child welfare systems.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in the implementation of small groups in in grade schools which offer support to children in grades K-6.
  • Offer community education to increase awareness of the particular needs of children of incarcerated parents including providing information about the Sesame Street CIP project for young children. ( Continue development and maintenance of referral, intake, and closure processes.
  • Help recruit, screen, train, and provide support for volunteer mentors.
  • Work cooperatively with NWFS staff, the Clackamas County Juvenile Department, School Homeless Liaison other non-profit providers, and school staff to provide a consistent program with the goal of helping participating students to have successful transition into high school and show improvement in pro-social behavior.
  • Assist with youth outings.
  • When possible, match the youth with mentors.
  • Leverage additional resources for the youth.
  • Attend monthly Clackamas County Children of Incarcerated Parents Workgroup meetings.
  • Conduct home visits with the youth’s family and maintain relationship with the youth’s parents.
  • Assist with field trips with both small and large groups of youth, which will include volunteer opportunities for the youth development and maintenance of referral, intake, and closure processes
  • Conduct 3 PIO series throughout the calendar year (evenings or Saturdays) long with simple meal preparation.
  • Supervise childcare providers.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Attend staff meetings, trainings and other development activities as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Accept the guidance of the CIP Program Manager, Executive Director and other managers in the spirit of cooperation and establishing and maintaining an honest and professional working relationship.

Job Qualifications

  • BS or BA required in social services or education.
  • Must have two years of experience working with youth.
  • Must pass criminal background check prior to starting work.
  • Ability to connect with youth and adults.
  • Enthusiastic, empathetic, compassionate, and flexible.
  • Able to exercise discretion and work independently.
  • Implement a trauma informed approach.
  • Understand the issues and dynamics associated with children of incarcerated parents as well as the family dynamics of caregivers associated with the justice and child welfare systems.
  • Accept direction well and works well with others.
  • Willing to educate others on prevention.
  • Willing to work non-standard and irregular hours, including evenings and occasional weekends.
  • Ability to keep personal information about participants confidential.
  • Must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license with the required automobile insurance.

Working Conditions

This position requires frequent and lengthy standing, speaking in a loud voice and ability to lift at least 30 pounds.  Must be available for flexible, non-standard work hours, including evenings and occasional weekends.  Also, work is often performed in an office environment and involves frequent use of a computer.  Frequent use of phones to communicate with current and potential partners and volunteers.  Will drive to perform work with the community. May require occasional travel out-of-town.


Salary range: $16.24 - $17.31 per hour. Includes vacation, holidays, sick time, and employer contribution to health and dental insurance and 401K.

Send in an application, cover letter, and resume to

Northwest Family Services
6200 SE King Rd.
Portland, OR 97222