Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington is seeking a Program Specialist with Spanish language skills to support our Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (GSBB) program. The GSBB program serves girls whose mothers, grandmothers, aunts, or sisters are incarcerated at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in Wilsonville, Oregon. GSBB’s mission is to lessen the impact of family separation, due to incarceration, and reduce the long-term negative impacts on girls and their families. Learn more about this life-changing program at our website.
The GSBB Program Specialist leads Girl Scout-based programming within CCCF, at the Portland Service Center, and online through the Zoom platform, and supports the GSBB Program Manager in developing, coordinating, and implementing the GSBB program. The Program Specialist will also supervise GSBB Program Assistants, girls, participants, volunteers, and interns.
What you’ll do
- Plan and deliver Girl Scout-based programming for girls, ages 5-18, and their incarcerated family members participating in the GSBB program and serving as troop leaders, both in-person and virtually.
- Plan and facilitate Troop Meetings and Leader Meetings, virtually and in person.
- Supervise girls, interns, participants, and volunteers during Troop Meetings and other troop and council events.
- Plan and implement troop field trips, camp overnights, and other Girl Scout activities.
- Transport girls to meetings and events.
- Work with incarcerated participants and their girl(s) to ensure that the program is responsive to their needs.
- Support and supervise volunteers to ensure that Girl Scout policies and procedures are understood and followed at all times including while at CCCF.
- Organize materials needed to support girl experience for in-person and virtual programming, and troop leaders. Coordinate purchasing of materials. Prepare activity boxes to be mailed to girls and their families. Prepare and deliver troop leader materials to CCCF.
- Design effective, individualized accommodations for girls unable to participate in programming, virtual or in-person.
- Support all program participants in engaging in the program, including maintaining consistent contact through various means of communication and providing guidance on accessing virtual program platforms, and in-person.
- Maintain monthly budget for all program needs including but not limited to program supplies, food and beverages, and postage and mailing.
- Participate in collaborative work with internal GSOSW communities, including the Program Team.
- Support training of GSBB volunteers and interns.
- Administer program evaluations.
- Promote and assist with council-wide programs, activities, public relations, and fund development endeavors.
- Utilize GSOSW's customer relationship management system to manage, support, and track interactions with GSBB families and volunteers.
- Provide high-quality customer service to members, volunteers, staff, and other community contacts.
What you bring
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Experience working in youth programs, particularly those serving at-risk youth, youth of diverse backgrounds and ages, and high-need families.
- Experience working with and understanding children of incarcerated parents and families impacted by the justice system – highly preferred.
- Spanish language skills at an independent user/conversational level, or better.
- Impeccable communication skills, including verbal and written, and public speaking. Ability to communicate well in challenging circumstances.
- Effective time management, decision-making, and prioritization skills.
- Computer proficient, including Microsoft office suite, remote meeting applications, and ease in learning new applications.
- Must be comfortable working within a correctional facility.
- Ability to transport girl members to meetings and events, with a valid driver’s license in good standing, an acceptable driving record, and a required level of auto insurance.
- Must be able to pass the Oregon Department of Corrections background check and complete the security badging process for the Oregon Department of Corrections. The badging process will take up to one year to complete and can be completed during the first year of employment.
How it works
- Compensation –Non-exempt, starting at $17.50 per hour (equivalent to $36,400 annually) +$1.25 per hour for Spanish language skills at a conversational level, or better.
- Benefits -Benefits include health insurance, life insurance, long-term disability, short-term disability. We also provide a generous retirement plan, paid time off, and paid holidays. See more details on our website.
- Hours – Full-time. Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including at least one evening a month, two Saturdays a month, and occasional overnight trips.
- Location -This position requires driving to CCCF regularly, and to other meetings and events primarily in the Portland Metro area. For office/administrative work, the selected employee can choose to work remotely, in our Portland Service Center, or a hybrid work setting.