Employment Opportunities

Life Skills Coach-Mental Health Specialist

Title: Life Skills Coach-Mental Health Specialist
Salary Range: $30,000 - $33,000 DOE
Job Location: Portland, OR
Classification: Non-exempt  

General Job Summary:
The Life Skills Coach-Mental Health Specialist is responsible for providing case management, skill development, resource brokerage and referral, case coordination and advocacy services to former and current youth in care for ages ranging from 16-21.

Requirements/Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in social work, psychology or related field or Bachelor’s degree combined with more extensive clinical experience.
• A minimum of 2 years of experience engaging youth who face multiple barriers.
• Basic knowledge of the child welfare system and spectrum of services for youth in foster care.
• Understanding of the issues of substance abuse, mental health, developmental disability, trauma, abuse and adolescent development.
• Ability to work with multicultural staff and youth.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
• Experiences working with youth who experience developmental disabilities strongly preferred

Responsibilities include:
• Act as a Mental Health Specialist on three levels: 1) working with individual youth referred to PDX-Connect who present some of the more acute mental health needs, 2) acting as one of the team leaders on clinical and mental health issues for program youth/staff/interns, including how we’re modifying our services to best meet the needs of youth in the program, and 3) serve as a mental health point person for PDX-Connect with our community partners.
• Supply clinical knowledge and support to the team on a regular basis during team meetings, particularly around how we’re working to best support the unique and varied needs that youth are facing who experience mental health issues while navigating transition from foster care
• Work with the Program Supervisor and Foster Care Initiatives Director in developing and delivering community outreach with partners such as DHS around how we can work to best support youth around mental health issues through the PDX-Connect program
• Provide individual support as needed for staff/interns who are needing guidance around mental health resources for their particular caseloads
• Administer range of assessments to determine youth’s current skills and areas of growth.
• Maintain accurate and timely documentation of all services. Track youth participation in development activities and document youth progress in these activities in accordance with performance reporting requirements using an electronic data collection system.
• Provide budgeting and financial support for youth receiving state/federal funds.
• Provide support and guidance to help youth expand work readiness skills, post-secondary readiness, and transitional life skills and accomplish identified goals.
• Maintain regular face to face meetings with youth on caseload at least once a month.
• Provides referrals to other programs and services as needed

To apply, send your cover letter and resume to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) attn. Bri, for consideration.  New Avenues for Youth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

LGBTQ Program Coordinator

Title: LGBTQ Program Coordinator
Salary Range: $35,000 - $45,000 DOE
Hours: Full-time  

Requirements:
Bachelors’ degree in related field (psychology, social work, or counseling) and at least 5 years’ experience working with LGBTQ youth required.  Masters’ degree and supervisory experience preferred.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Provide management and supervision of the Sexual Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC) including management of daily operations; supervision of staff, volunteers and interns; development and implementation of programming. 
• Provide management of program budget; management of grants; and oversight of scheduling for SMYRC staff. 
• Liaison to private and public youth serving agencies. 
• Understanding of substance abuse recovery models, mental health, trauma, abuse and adolescent development, including brain development
• Experience, ability and commitment to working with sexual minority and culturally diverse staff, participants and community
• Valid driver’s license and ability to drive and lift up to 50 lbs. required

To apply, send your cover letter and resume to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  New Avenues for Youth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Youth Advocate for Residential Housing Program

Title: PDX-Connect Life Skills Coach – CSEC Specialization
Salary Range: $25,500 - $30,000 DOE
Job Location: Portland, OR
Classification: Full-time; evenings and weekend overnights required  

General Summary:
New Avenues for Youth is seeking a Residential Counselor in our transitional housing program for homeless youth. Provide independent living skills training and guidance in a multicultural residential setting. Manage a milieu setting, maintaining a safe and supportive environment while motivating youth to explore alternatives to street life through a Positive Youth Development model. Includes some meal preparation and general facility maintenance/cleaning.

Requirements/Qualifications:
• BA and experience with at-risk youth required, CADC preferred.
• Weekend days and/or overnights required.
• Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
• Exceptional patience and sensitivity for homeless or at risk youth
• Experience in responding to crisis situations with homeless or at-risk youth.

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Attn: Leah for consideration. 
New Avenues for Youth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Assertive Engagement Specialist/Case Manager

Title: Assertive Engagement Specialist/Case Manager
Salary Range: $32,500 – $35,000 DOE  
Job Location: Portland, OR
Classification: Full-time, evenings and weekends required  

General Summary:
Provide engagement and clinical case management services with an interdisciplinary, multi-agency team to high-risk, homeless youth ages 16-24 accessing basic services in a drop-in program. Responsibilities include: assessment, short term individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, case planning, resource brokerage and referral, case coordination and advocacy, follow-up and after care.

Requirements/Qualifications:
Master’s degree in counseling, psychology or social work and understanding of the issues of housing, substance abuse, mental health, trauma and adolescent brain development required. Experience, ability and commitment to working with sexual minority and culturally diverse staff, participants and community.  Bilingual applicants encouraged to apply.

To apply, send your cover letter and resume to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for consideration.  New Avenues for Youth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.