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The Mission of NAYA Family Center is “…to enhance the diverse strengths of our youth and families in partnership with the community through cultural identity and education”.

Position Description

Position: Pathways to Adulthood ILP Specialist

Department/Program: Family Services Department; Foster Care Services Program

Compensation: Starts at $18.00 hourly or commensurate with experience

Benefits: Paid time off is based on tenure with the agency and includes accruals of sick and vacation hours. NAYA recognizes 12 paid holidays per calendar year. NAYA also provides medical, dental, vision insurance, a Flexible Spending Account, and Life Insurance. Employees may enroll in a 401K retirement plan after 3 months of employment.

Employment Status: Regular, Part-Time (75% Equivalency), Non-Exempt

Hours: General working hours are 9am-6pm; flexible work schedule available upon approval; evenings and occasional weekends, as assigned.

Supervision: No supervisory requirements

Reports To: Foster Care Services Manager

Job Location: Portland, OR

Created/Revised: July 2021

Position Description:

The Pathways to Adulthood Independent Living Program Specialist (ILP), position is responsible for case management of Native American youth in foster care in both state and tribal out of care systems. Responsibilities include providing Life skill building group activities, advocacy, and attention to the multiple needs of youth in foster care and providing family support to relative and foster families raising non-birth children. This position is primarily a direct service position (80%), with the balance of the time (20%) spent performing administrative tasks related to ILP and life skill program activities.

Essential Functions:

• Provide a full range of case management services to foster care youth and their families, including:

o Implementing thorough, accurate, and timely client file management techniques (both electronic and paper records management) in compliance with funding sources, strength-based interventions, and priorities of the Family Services Director and Executive Director

o Make independent decisions about how to provide support for foster care youth and families based on a thorough assessment of client needs.

o Plan and provide group activities, intervention, individual activities, counseling, and support for Native American youth in coordination with families and foster care and Independent Living Program services

o Maintain ongoing contact with youth and foster families on caseload (which may include youth in state and tribal Foster Care and Independent Living Programs, as well as youth emancipated from foster care)

o holding group meetings regularly, providing performance feedback to students and their school or support team, and maintaining all associated documentation needed for the students to receive appropriate academic credit

o Providing orientation, training, and ongoing support to clients in foster care transitioning to adulthood.

• Oversee that the Independent Living Program objectives are carried out and program operational requirements are fulfilled, including:

o Communicating with DHS caseworkers, foster parents/care-givers to recruit and maintain youth participation in groups and homework activities

o Working directly with program participants to create goal plans and teach life skills by administering skill assessments and helping clients identify goals

o Ensuring contract compliance and timely completion of monthly reports, billing statements, and other related paperwork

o Collecting data and completing program evaluation for recording requirements

o Attending ILP Provider meetings as required (approximately once per month)

• Maintain and develop Foster Care resource list and resources for Native youth in substitute care

• Acquire and utilize resources made available through collaboration with other agencies to meet additional needs of clients and their families (including local and state public, private and tribal social services agencies), including:

o Assisting youth to gain awareness about educational/vocational assistance (OSAC, FASFA, College Applications)

o Assisting youth to gain awareness about housing assistance (such as Chafee Housing program and Housing Subsidy Program)

• Develop curriculum and facilitate groups twice a month.

• Provide training with the Positive Indian Parenting model

• Disburse client assistance funds (including family grants, support services, youth bus tickets, and school supplies) in compliance with funding sources and Family Services Department priorities

Additional Duties:

• Other duties as assigned by Foster Care Services Manager

• Additional Foster Care Support Specialist Duties, including:

o Supervising/chaperoning/attending specific Native teen conferences, gatherings, and committees (including some overnight supervision of program involved youth)

o Planning and helping to facilitate Foster Care Department events (such as the monthly Sibling and Family Visit Night)

o Coordinating and performing transportation of clients

• Additional NAYA Family Center Duties:

o Understand and adhere to confidentiality.

o Coordinate wraparound services effectively with other NAYA Family Center programs and staff

o Input data, and maintain NAYA and/or contractually required information database systems to track client information

▪ Includes entering client data, assisting and/or preparing periodic reports

▪ Database examples include but are not limited to: Efforts to Outcome (ETO), eSIS, Counselor Max, SAGE Fund Accounting, Raisers Edge, etc.

o Participate in trainings and/or meetings to ensure program outcomes are achieved

o Represent NAYA with the utmost professionalism at community events and other public relations opportunities

o Work as an active member of departmental team

o Participate actively in cross-departmental team projects

o Contribute to fostering a safe and secure environment for community members and staff

Qualifications:

Education & Training:

• Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Education, or similar field required

• Master’s Degree in Social Work preferred

• Knowledge and understanding of the Indian Child Welfare Act required

• Knowledge and understanding of the services provided by DHS (Department of Human Services) Child Welfare required

• Knowledge of local community resources, emergency services, and social service agencies, especially with low-income and ethnic minority clientele required

• Knowledge of Native American history, an understanding of the diversity of the local American Indian/Alaskan Native community and issues surrounding the Urban Indian experience required

Certifications/Credentials:

• Certification (or ability to certify) and ability to maintain certification in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), 1st Aid and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)

Experience:

• Experience working within diverse populations (specifically with the urban and reservation Native American population, including working within a tribe, board, or other organization) strongly preferred

• A minimum of two (2) years of experience human/social/direct services with low income and culturally diverse populations required

• Experience working at or in conjunction with the Department of Human Services Child Welfare preferred

• Demonstrated experience providing social services to families preferred

Skills:

• Ability to manage and maintain a high-volume caseload of participants efficiently

• Ability to facilitate engaging group sessions twice a month and maintain attendance

• Ability to stay composed and exercise good judgment in stressful situations, such as dealing with distressed and/or demanding clients

• Ability to connect with clients in a manner that successfully motivates them to achieve better outcomes

• Ability to be extremely flexible when managing changing priorities and schedules, without compromising quality of outcomes, ability to complete tasks, or uphold commitments

• Ability to consistently apply sound decision-making procedures and a thorough analysis of the situation when solving problems

• Ability to meet multiple, sometimes conflicting deadlines or workload demands by applying strong organizational systems and efficiently managing time

• Ability to deal with different people and situations appropriately, including effective communication with people from diverse backgrounds

• Communication skills, active listening, verbal and written, including public presentation skills

• Proficient computer skills including:

o Web-based research

o Word Processing

o MS Excel

o Database use

o Email

Work Environment: 20% office/, 80% outside office including travel time. Much of the position will happen through telework (video conferencing and telephone).

Physical Requirements:

• The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell.

• Frequent use of keyboard, monitor, mouse, telephone and/or headset

• The employee may be required to sit for extended periods of time.

• The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.

• Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

• Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Equipment Used: Computer, phone, fax, copy machine.

Safety Considerations: Some travel may be required.

Other Requirements:

1. Valid Oregon or Washington State Driver License or must be able to obtain one upon hire (must be eligible to be an insured driver under NAYA Family Center’s liability insurance policy which requires an Oregon or Washington only)

2. Successful completion of a background investigation (including a fingerprint criminal history check; see https://www.pps.net/cms/lib/OR01913224/Centricity/Domain/60/Forms%20-%20Fingerprinting/Disqualifying_Convictions_2015.pdf for more information)

Application Procedures:

Interested candidates should submit:

1. A Cover Letter addressing your qualifications for the position and why you are interested in joining the NAYA Family Center team

2. A current Resume

3. A completed NAYA Application for Employment Form

Application forms and additional information about employment at NAYA Family Center can be found at http://www.nayapdx.org/about/jobs.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Attention: Incomplete applications will not be considered. Electronically submitted applications are preferred. Due to the sheer number applicants, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Please respect our no phone calls policy. This job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change by the employer due to changes in grants and funding sources.

Please send application materials to:

Attn: Human Resources

Native American Youth and Family Center

5135 NE Columbia Boulevard

Portland, OR 97218

Fax: (503) 288-1260

The Mission of NAYA Family Center is “…to enhance the diverse strengths of our youth and families in partnership with the community through cultural identity and education”.

Position Description

Position: Pathways to Adulthood ILP…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Part Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    August 16, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    August 6, 2021

Salary

At least $18Starts at $18.00 hourly or commensurate with experience

Benefits

Paid time off is based on tenure with the agency and includes accruals of sick and vacation hours. NAYA recognizes 12 paid holidays per calendar year. NAYA also provides medical, dental, vision insurance, a Flexible Spending Account, and Life Insurance. Employees may enroll in a 401K retirement plan after 3 months of employment.

Paid time off is based on tenure with the agency and includes accruals of sick and vacation hours. NAYA recognizes 12 paid holidays per calendar year. NAYA also provides medical…

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Portland, OR
Associated Location
5135 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland, OR 97218, United States

How to Apply

Application Procedures:

Interested candidates should submit:

1. A Cover Letter addressing your qualifications for the position and why you are interested in joining the NAYA Family Center team

2. A current Resume

3. A completed NAYA Application for Employment Form

Application forms and additional information about employment at NAYA Family Center can be found at http://www.nayapdx.org/about/jobs.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Attention: Incomplete applications will not be considered. Electronically submitted applications are preferred. Due to the sheer number applicants, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Please respect our no phone calls policy. This job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change by the employer due to changes in grants and funding sources.

Please send application materials to:

Attn: Human Resources

Native American Youth and Family Center

5135 NE Columbia Boulevard

Portland, OR 97218

Fax: (503) 288-1260

Application Procedures:

Interested candidates should submit:

1. A Cover Letter addressing your qualifications for the position and why you are interested in joining the NAYA…

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