School Navigator, Health & Wellness Program Specialist

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Minimum: $32,300
Maximum: $40,700

Published

11/02/2018

Start Date

11/16/2018

Application Deadline

11/16/2018

Address

410 Northeast 18th Avenue
Portland
Oregon
97232
United States

Description


Description

TITLE:  School Navigator, Health & Wellness Program Specialist

REPORTS TO: Program Manager, Youth Education and Wellness

COMPENSATION: $32,300-$40,700 Annually or $15.53-$19.57 Hourly 1.0 FTE Non-Exempt

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled


ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND

Latino Network’s mission is to provide transformative opportunities, services and advocacy for the education, leadership and civic engagement of our youth, families, and communities. Our work springs from the core belief in Latino community self-determination—that is, the ability of community members to participate meaningfully in the decisions that affect their lives and the lives of their families. We build and manage collaborative and energetic teams to implement high quality, culturally inclusive programs. We actively partner across a variety of city, county, state and community organizations to deliver training and support, a wide range of services, as well as influence policy.


CANDIDATE PROFILE

Latino Network seeks a bilingual, bi-cultural mission-driven professional with experience in recruiting youth and implementing leadership development programs with middle and high school-aged youth. This position will also work to develop and lead a new Culturally Specific School Navigator position at David Douglas High School working with male Latino youth and their families. The School Navigator/Health & Wellness Program Specialist will work closely with the management and other staff to coordinate and implement programs for youth. The candidate has proven skills in providing case management for youth and engaging families in the school community, as well as experience, designing and running groups. This position will be self-motivated, able to oversee and coordinate multiple activities simultaneously and promote Latino Network’s vision and mission. As part of a dedicated team working toward a shared vision, the School Navigator is charged with carrying out the vision of the Department of Youth Education and Wellness. This is a roll-up-your-sleeves position with the capacity to impact the health and wellbeing of Latino youth. If you are resourceful, able to build strong relationships, and passionate about working with youth, then Latino Network is the place for you.


POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Program Specialist portion of the role will ensure and promote youth safety, growth and leadership; implements curriculum for small groups; and organizes and implements all events and activities for youth participating in Speak Up & Empower and the Systems of Care (SOC) Collaborative during the program year. The School Navigator portion of the role will provide services at David Douglas High School throughout the school year and summer. The establishment of a strong relationship with administrators, staff, and Latino students is critical to the success of this program. This position will work collaboratively with the management to achieve program goals and targeted outcomes, promote youth development, contributes to a collegial and productive work environment, and promotes the organization’s vision and mission. This position requires excellent follow-through; attention to detail; professional writing skills; and excellent communication through one on one meetings, phone, e-mail, and group presentations to system providers serving youth, Latino Network community partners, staff, and program participants. This position also collaborates with Youth Engagement Specialists who are also present in the school providing other programming, school teachers, staff and administrators, partner organizations, local government, and the community.


WORK ENVIRONMENT

Latino Network is a fast-paced, highly engaged work environment with satellite operations within Multnomah County. We strive to communicate effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds. We actively seek opportunities for professional development for our staff and promote a willingness to change for continual improvement.


BENEFITS

Latino Network provides a generous benefits package that includes 15 days of paid vacation, 12 days of paid sick leave, 10 paid holidays, employer-paid health coverage, 401K, and Life Insurance.


Requirements

DDHS SCHOOL NAVIGATOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (58%):

  • Meet with pertinent school administrators to work on school priorities and outline the flow of work and referrals
  • Meet with reengagement specialists and Latino student liaisons to learn more about the history of parent engagement at the school and collaboratively strategize outreach with disengaged Latino male students and families
  • Carry out a school needs assessment, including interviews with key administrators, staff, and students to develop a plan for rolling out services
  • Participate in school staff meetings
  • Work closely with reengagement specialists and key staff to re-engage referred students and improve identified students’ academic performance and attendance
  • Provide individual case management to a fluid caseload of 16 male Latino students during the school year in order to promote improvement in attendance, behavior and course performance. The School Navigator will conduct a biopsychosocial assessment and develop academic and social-emotional goals in order to monitor progress
  • Work with students before school, after school, on weekends and during the summer as well as outside of the traditional school day, in order to effectively re-engage them in school
  • Access Synergy in order to access student attendance and grade information
  • Depending on the outcome of the needs assessment, provide weekly group sessions covering topics impacting youth
  • Collaborate with DDHS’s Latino Student Union in coordinating and recruiting students and families for family engagement activities through the 21st CCLC program, including existing and/or new activities, as well as engaging families by sharing data with them and inviting them to participate as members of the Stakeholder Team
  • Conduct home visits and other engagement activities with parents of youth on caseload in order to help them understand and navigate the school system
  • Continue to work with youth and their family if they transition to Fir Ridge
  • Work during summer programming at DDHS
  • Work with the DDHS 21st CCLC Co-Coordinator to develop and implement data collection/analysis processes relevant to the work outlined in the contract to meet grant requirements. This includes but is not limited to: the performance measures put forth by Latino Network, number of students served through case management and weekly group sessions, and number of adult family members served
  • Check in with the DDHS Co-Coordinator on an ongoing basis to track progress toward goals and communicate about any issues, concerns or strategies to strengthen the program
  • Meet quarterly, at DDHS, as a member of the 21st CCLC program Stakeholder Team to provide input about, and review, data-informed progress updates for continuous program improvement. May be asked to assist in conducting surveys of the students and families they serve through the 21st CCLC program


HEALTH & WELLNESS PROGRAM SPECIALIST DUTIES (42%):

  • Demonstrate strong outcomes in outreach, recruitment, training, and retention of youth receiving services in the Multnomah County System of Care 
  • Increase the involvement of youth in the Multnomah County System of Care (SOC) Collaborative and Practice Level meetings, including sharing their experience with policy makers
  • Establish a safe, fun and youth-focused environment where participants are encouraged and supported in the development and strengthening of social, leadership and behaviors
  • Plan, implement and facilitate curriculum-based activities, discussions, projects, etc., for assigned groups
  • Coordinate and carry out field trips for assigned groups
  • Provide educational and technical assistance to mental health administrators, providers, juvenile justice, child welfare, education, developmental disabilities and other system partners on the experience of youth within the system
  • Provide education, support, and advocacy for youth who are involved in Multnomah County System of Care
  • Maintain accurate records and written communications
  • Provide information for quarterly program reports
  • Maintain strong working relationships with participants, community partners, and stakeholders
  • Participate fully in all-staff and scheduled meetings and trainings


SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, EDUCATION, AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, education, sociology, psychology or related field, plus 2 years of experience relevant work experience
  • Experience with disengaged male Latino youth and families, both individually and in group settings 
  • Experience addressing mental health issues and referring to appropriate levels of care
  • Demonstrated consistency in following instructions and implementing strategies
  • Strong organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn about culturally based worldview, adaptive reasoning, and problem-solving practices of Latino individuals, families, and community living in urban neighborhoods impacted by crime, poverty, and racial inequity
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn about trauma-informed care and strengths-based practices
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn about youth who may be involved in gangs or impacted by them
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in Spanish and English
  • Experience in implementing programs for Latino youth


ADDITIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Successful completion of initial and ongoing employment screens, including but not limited to criminal background and vehicle record as required
  • Office setting requires sitting and typing for extended periods of time
  • Regularly work in the office and in the community (schools, churches, parks, community centers, etc.,) as needed and in the office
  • Evening and weekend availability may be required, and work hours are flexible to accommodate program implementation; long hours during peak periods
  • Reliable transportation required. Automobile, driver's license, and automobile liability insurance preferred; must be eligible to be an insured driver under Latino Network’s Commercial Auto Liability
  • May require heavy lifting and moving boxes and other items as needed (twist, bend, reach, carry items up to 20 lbs and think strategically about how to properly move heavy items)  
  • Walk long distances for youth excursions
  • Crawl or lie on floor or grass as appropriate for youth-centered activities
  • Feel comfortable swimming or being in a pool
  • Move rapidly from extreme positions, i.e. sudden standing from floor
  • Share office space and equipment


TO APPLY: 

Submit your application, resume and cover letter at: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/69745/Latino-Network/School-Navigator-Health-Wellness-Prg-Specialist

Latino Network is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/69745/Latino-Network/School-Navigator-Health-Wellness-Prg-Specialist

Send resume and cover letter to;  https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/69745/Latino-Network/School-Navigator-Health-Wellness-Prg-Specialist


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