Employment Opportunities

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.

• 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.

PDX-Connect Life Skills Coach – CSEC Specialization

Title: PDX-Connect Life Skills Coach – CSEC Specialization
Salary Range: $34,000-$38,000 DOE
Job Location: Portland, OR

At New Avenues for Youth our mission is to work in partnership with our community to prevent youth homelessness and provide homeless, youth in foster care and at-risk young people the resources and skills needed to lead healthy, productive lives.

General Summary:
Provide case management, skill development, resource brokerage and referral, case coordination and advocacy services to foster care youth ages 13-21 who have been identified as at risk for or current Commercially and Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC).  In addition to providing direct services to youth, CSEC Coach will meet with regional stakeholders and practitioners to learn and develop practice approach. The CSEC Coach will also serve as internal expert to help train and support agency staff in working with CSEC youth.

• A combination of a Bachelor’s degree and lived personal experience in foster care and/or a Master’s degree in social work, psychology or related human services field. Will consider lived experience in substitute of years of Education.
• Ability to deeply connect and engage with youth
• Experience engaging youth who face multiple barriers, preferably around contexts associated with exploitation.
• Basic knowledge of the child welfare system and spectrum of services for youth in foster care.
• Ability to work with multicultural staff and youth.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
• Understanding of the issues of exploitation, substance abuse, mental health, trauma, developmental disability, abuse and adolescent development preferred.
• Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license
• Use of personal vehicle for transporting self and clients for work purposes required.

Responsibilities Include:
• Responsible for rapid response to youth referrals from DHS.
• Using a harm reduction and assertive engagement model, keep youth engaged at multiple levels, allowing youth to access services at their own pace over time.
• 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 CSEC youth in their transition from care and into successful adult lives.
• As the youth have the ability to engage, administer range of assessments to determine youth’s current skills and areas for internal growth.
• Integrate results into a comprehensive action plan based on the youth’s input and timeline that will guide your work.
• Help develop and implement life skills training curriculum for both 1:1 and group settings regarding identifying exploitation, internal assets, healthy relationships, and other skills that will amplify youth’s successful transition into adulthood.  Additionally, develop opportunities for youth in the program to engage with peers and access support from the cohort.
• Provide budgeting and financial support for youth receiving state/federal funds.
• Accompany youth to community events and activities associated with their action plan.
• Utilize traditional and non-traditional methods of education to engage youth in the program and identify school, work and life related goals and plans.
• Provide support and guidance to help youth expand work readiness skills, post-secondary readiness, and transitional life skills and accomplish identified goals.
• Track, document and evaluate youth participation and progress in these activities and prepare required DHS reports monthly.
• Maintain accurate and timely documentation of all services in a timely manner. 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.

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.

Enterprise Sales Specialist

Salary: $10 an hour plus commission
Hours: 20-25 hours per week, flexible hours
Classification: Temporary position, Seasonal
Location: Portland, OR

Are you looking for a unique, rewarding, summer employment experience?

New Avenues for Youth, a Portland Non-Profit organization, owns and operates a screen-printing shop, New Avenues INK, in the NW Pearl District.  In addition to providing top-quality screen-printed apparel to local businesses and organizations, this shop provides job training and employment opportunities for foster, at-risk, and homeless youth in New Avenues for Youth’s programs. This summer we are looking to pilot a new sales specialist position to grow our customer base.

Strong commitment to outreach and meeting customer needs, excellent communication skills both interpersonally and in group settings, interest in socially responsible business, well organized.  A minimum of two years’ experience in sales.

The Commission Sales Associate will assist in targeted outreach efforts to potential customers of New Avenues for Youth’s screen-printing business, New Avenues INK.  The Commission Sales Associate will contact identified targets, communicate about the product and service offering of New Avenues INK, and connect potential customers to New Avenues INK Business Manager.

To apply, please 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.

Pathways Mental Health Counselor

Salary Range: $32,500 - $34,000 DOE  
Supervisor: Clinical Coordinator
Job Classification: Full-Time, occasional evenings and weekend required

General summary:
New Avenues for Youth is seeking a Mental Health Counselor to partner with mental health treatment services, alcohol & drug treatment services and Homeless Youth Continuum providers to offer homeless youth ages 15-24 therapeutic supports. Carry a caseload of 20 mental health clients who are referrals from the Homeless Youth Continuum.  Provide mental health treatment to clients, mental health planning and linkage to ongoing mental health treatment in the community. Services may include assessment, referral, dual diagnosis services, mental health counseling, housing stabilization, and skill building. Manage Pathway leasing funds for up to three scattered-site community apartments and provide case management support for apartment residents. Provide trainings to staff in the Homeless Youth Continuum on varied and applicable mental health best practice topics.

Master’s Degree in counseling, psychology or social work required.  Minimum of two years of experience working with high-risk youth preferred. Spanish language skills preferred.

Please submit your cover letter and resume to Attention: Kari Brenk. 
New Avenues for Youth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.