Gang Intervention Outreach Specialist

Job Type

Full Time


Details: $15 to $16 per hour, DOE



Start Date


Application Deadline



5135 NE Columbia Blvd.
United States


Position:                                             Gang Intervention Outreach Specialist

Department/Program:                 Youth and Education Services Department          

Compensation:                                Starts at $15.00-$16.00 per hour

Employment Status:                     Regular, Full-Time, Non-Exempt

Hours:                                                 Flexible working hours Tuesdays through Saturdays; mainly afternoons and evenings. Typical shift is 3:00pm – 11:30pm. Some day shifts will be required.   

Supervision:                                     No supervisory requirements

Reports To:                                        Direct Services Manager

Job Location:                                    Portland, OR


Position Description: The Gang Intervention Outreach Specialist offers service to high-risk gang-involved youth and young adults up to the age of 25. They will identify and engage youth impacted by gang involvement for intervention, support and referral to appropriate services. The specialist will utilize culturally-specific skills to meet youth where they are at, in order to provide information and connection to educational and employment resources, while guiding youth in healthy decision making. This position works in collaboration with the City of Portland Mayor’s Office of Youth Violence Prevention (OYVP) to provide outreach services for at-risk youth and their families. This position is primarily a direct service position (80%) with the balance of the time (20%) spent performing general administrative tasks and service coordination. 


Essential Functions:

·        Provide intervention outreach services around the City of Portland identified hot spots for gang related activity during hours of highest need

·        Identify and intervene gang impacted young people and refer to appropriate services for resources

·        Manage crisis and provide service intervention as needed

·        Prepare and provide public presentations in order to inform and engage community providers about appropriate responses to youth gang behaviors

·        Attend meetings with the Street Level Gang Outreach Team and the OYVP to coordinate service delivery; as well as bi-monthly Community Peach Collaborative meetings through OYVP

·        Facilitate youth engagement and self-determination

o  Engaging youth to build and strengthen their identity and role in the Native community

o  Facilitating interdepartmental activities to engage youth

·        Maintain documentation in a timely, thorough and accurate manner in accordance with agency guidelines and as required by funding sources

o  Preparing weekly reporting as required by the OVYP

o  Assisting in database management, including entering program data

o  Preparing required activity reports and participating in program evaluation activities (such as programmatic and fiscal reports)

·        Provide staff support and mentoring to Gang Outreach program participants, including:

  • Recruit youth to participate in weekly Open Gym Basketball events
  • Lead Open Gym Basketball which includes, but is not limited to, knowing the building use policy at each site, arming/disarming the building, and following all safety procedures at that site
  • Facilitate pro-social group activities (empowerment groups, recreational groups, and other courses)
  • Collect attendance and input the required documentation for program participation


Additional Duties:

·        Other duties as assigned by Direct Services Manager or Director of Youth and Education Services

·        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



Education & Training:

·        College graduate preferred with Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Education, or similar field preferred

o  An equivalent combination of education and experience may be an acceptable substitute

·        Knowledge of service systems and gang related issues related to out-of-home youth

·        Knowledge and expertise in working with gang affected youth and their families

·        Knowledge of local community resources and experience with workforce system and social service agencies, especially with low-income and ethnic minority clientele

·        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



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



·        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

·        Two (2) years of experience in youth development and/or human services with low income and/or culturally diverse populations required

·        Experience working with gang-related issues; including youth prevention and intervention

·        Demonstrated ability to elicit client participation and involvement in individual and program planning and evaluation

·        Demonstrated skills working with youth in individual and group settings



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

·        Ability to communicate with and develop positive relationships with youth, including skills such as:

o  Listening in a non-judgmental way

o  Using respectful language

o  Being direct and clear as appropriate

o  Avoiding power struggles

o  Honoring client confidentiality

o  Communicating effectively with both young people and adults

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

·        Ability to develop and maintain professional and trusting relationships

·        Ability to actively support and work with sexual minority and culturally diverse staff, participants, and community

·        Ability to work independently and efficiently in a variety of community-based, non-traditional settings

·        Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team setting

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

·        Ability to work in high-risk community settings during non-traditional hours

·        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 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

·        Ability to respect and honor cultural and human diversity, including:

o  Exhibiting an awareness of commonalities and differences (such as gender, race, age, culture, ethnicity, class, religion, disability) among youth of diverse backgrounds and shows respect for those of different talents, abilities, sexual orientation and faith

o  Building on diversity among and between individuals to strengthen the program community and the community at large

o  Serving as a role model for the principles of inclusion and tolerance

o  Understanding and respecting culture of youth/families

·        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: 80% outside office including direct outreach to youth and their families, 20% office/individual client work.


Physical Requirements:

  • Lifting a maximum of 30 pounds, sitting for extended periods of time
  • The employee may be required to sit for extended periods of time
  • 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 (must be eligible to be an insured driver under NAYA Family Center’s liability insurance policy)
  2. Successful completion of a background investigation (including a fingerprint criminal history check)





Benefits:  Paid time off is based on tenure with the agency and includes accruals of sick and vacation hours (see agency Personnel Policy manual for tiered accrual rates). NAYA recognizes twelve (12) paid holidays per calendar year. NAYA also provides medical/vision, dental, and life insurance. Employees may enroll in a 401K retirement plan after 3 months of employment. Employee paid Benefits include: Medical (FSA), Dependent Care (DCAP), Transit Benefit (CERA), Group Term Life + AD&D, Accident, Critical Care + Short Term Disability.    

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Application Procedures: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter addressing their qualifications for the position and why they are interested in joining the NAYA Family Center team. Please also enclose a NAYA application and your resume. Applications and the official position description can be obtained online at


Application Deadline: July 30, 2018


Attention: Incomplete applications will not be considered. 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