Latinx Go Team Child Specialist

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Northwest Family Services

Job Description

Job Title: Latinx Go Team Child Specialist (Bilingual English/Spanish)

Reports To: Mental Health Department Manager

Classification: Exempt

Position Time: 1.0 FTE

Duration: 5 months of funding

Job Summary: The Latinx Go Team Child Specialist will work in partnership with Clackamas County Behavioral Health Go Team. The project is limited to 5 months. This position works in a team with other Latinx Go Team members. The purpose is to provide stability and triage resources for Latinx family members affected by COVID-10 who are in distress. This position will focus on the children and work in partnership with the team member who is working with the adults in the familial cohort. Efforts should focus on activating/augmenting existing community supports to increase social connections, which reduces the risk of developing behavioral health symptoms, and encouraging age appropriate coping skills among target audiences. It is based on Psychological First Aid (PFA) which is designed to help foster short and long-term coping skills. It is a standard practice in the wake of any disaster. While COVID-19 is an ongoing, complex disaster, the principles are similar. Staff offers emotional and practical support in equal measure. PFA providers work to mitigate the traumatic effects of a disaster event by helping distressed COVID-19 affected Latinx members increase skills, knowledge, and effectiveness in maximizing health and resiliency. This position will work in concert with the Latinx Go Team Project Manager as well as the Clackamas County Go Team. Staff will work as a team to establish resourcing and referrals. This position will also assist in providing outreach and events to educate about services. This is a short intervention aimed at stabilizing and providing resources.

Essential Functions:

  • Participate in all training required by NWFS and Clackamas Behavioral Health.
  • Travel up to 50% of time to community sites within Clackamas County.
  • Communicate in a professional/cultural, trauma informed, and empathetic manner.
  • Provide information at a literacy-equivalent on resources and if appropriate, refer them to testing according to protocol and/or to other agencies for community resources.
  • Incorporate PFA strategies most suited for an effective learning experience for children and youth Latinx community members.
  • Assist with outreach and education events (a minimum of 2 to 3 per month) to educate community members (e.g., Latinx members or those who serve them) about resources and Go Team support.
  • Accompany Latinx Go Team members who are meetings with individuals and families who are affected by COVID-19.
  • Diligently follow all COVID-19 safe practice strategies (e.g., hygiene, mask, face shield, gloves, sanitizing) including distributing materials to family members as available.
  • Maintain necessary and timely written documentation and data entry for this project and the attached activities.
  • Follow HIPAA requirements and assure confidentiality for participants (e.g., protect personal/health identifying information; maintain records in locked files, transmitted records).
  • Provide weekly reports to the Department Manager.
  • Complete all required reports in a timely and precise manner.
  • Complete all other duties as assigned.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Works cooperatively with other NWFS staff to implement project objectives.
  • Perform public health emergency response duties as assigned and consistent with training provided.
  • Complete required training; participate in meetings and webinars as assigned.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of community and social service agencies.
  • Effectively communicate about NWFS, its mission, and programs to community partners and participants. Utilize NWFS communication plan. Document programs and activities for representation on behalf of Northwest Family Services to the broader community, including, but not limited, to the news media and social media.
  • Must be committed to organizational mission and fiscal responsibility.
  • Comply with all NWFS policies and procedures.
  • Provide timely reports as required
  • Conduct other duties as assigned.
  • Attend all staff meetings, training, and development as required.
  • Accept the guidance and supervision of the supervisor and management team in the spirit of establishing and maintaining an honest and professional working relationship.

Job Qualifications:

  • Prefer BA or BS
  • Post-Secondary Education in Public Health, Social Services or health care related program strongly preferred but not required.
  • Experience working with families, especially children and youth in crisis, through a safe practice home visit strategy is desirable.
  • Bilingual, bi-cultural English and Spanish required
  • Excellent interpersonal skills required and ability to interact professionally with culturally diverse individuals during a time of crisis and distress is essential.
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Accountable
  • High energy, self-directed, organized
  • Able to work independently and take direction
  • Ability to show empathy to distressed individuals
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Can work as part of a team
  • Proficiency with computer necessary
  • Experience with Office 2010
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable car, and automobile insurance

Working Conditions:

Work performed in outdoor or indoor environments with weather conditions as permitted. Wear Personal Protective Equipment when conducting the work scope, model and follow all necessary safety protocol of agency protocol. Involves use of a computer. Frequent use of phones to communicate with current and potential referrals. Able to carry 20 to 30 pounds. Able to work a occasional evenings and weekend work periods.

Wage: $24.25 to $25.25 per hour depending on experience

Benefits: Major health and dental insurance, vacation/personal leave.

Submit cover letter and resume to:

Northwest Family Services

6200 SE King Rd.

Portland, OR 97222