Youth Development Coach - Gang Prevention Share:
Why join us?
Realize your vision: Use your experience to help shape Portland
Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC), a multi-faceted agency with roots in
workforce development that provides wide-ranging services meant to promote
stronger attachments between disenfranchised youth, their families, and the
Work with an amazing team: Be a part of a fast-growing organization.
Join a talented staff dedicated to the mission of educating and supporting
youth through the age of 25.
Impact your community: Be a part of an innovative and holistic
program which houses a range of wrap-around services aimed at stabilizing
families and strengthening the community through education, crisis
intervention, community monitoring, case management and personal growth
Position: Youth Development Coach - Gang Prevention
Location: TBA - At one of our
POIC + RAHS Sites
Hours: Monday -
Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm, plus evenings & weekends as required. In addition, must be available to work one
Saturday per month to deliver monthly service projects with youth.
Salary: $38,000 -
Benefits Package following initial probationary period
Reports to: Director of Family
Job Summary: Working collaboratively with Multnomah County Community Justice
Juvenile Services Division, the Youth Development Coach will build competencies
and healthy outcomes for a caseload of approximately 25 African-American youth
11-16 years old and their families over the course of six months. A total of 50
youth will be served annually, providing gang prevention services.
The Coach addresses the cultural and
gender-specific educational, emotional, and social needs of youth who are
high-risk for gang involvement, or who are already involved with gangs but have
not yet entered the juvenile justice system; provides assertive engagement;
directs case management; facilitates multi-systemic wrap-around services;
engages youth and their families in pro-social activities; develops Youth
Development Plans for youth and their families that outline program participation
activities; coordinates services and maintains partnerships with community
agencies; facilitates monthly service projects with youth on case load; and
steers Virtue Builder mentoring groups.
The Coach acts as a positive adult role model
to clients and provides: on-going feedback, accountability, limit-setting and
confrontation, emotional support, effective communication and conflict
resolution skills, personal hygiene/self-care and healthy interpersonal
relationship guidance, mediates conflict between clients when necessary,
participates in Team meetings with other Multnomah County Gang Prevention
Services Team members for program support, collaboration and client
consultations and participates in POIC CHI Team meetings to ensure program
supports are solidified.
Responsibilities & Duties:
1. 1. Assess and assertively engage with youth using the Juvenile Crime Prevention Quick Screen and implement strength-based individual success plans built on culturally specific and evidenced based practices to help participants develop and reach goals.
2. 2. Develop and lead monthly service projects with youth to develop civic engagement and leadership skills, build positive peer connections and foster empathy and compassion.
3. 3. Work collaboratively with other professionals in the field including schools, community-based organizations, Mental Health/ Alcohol and Drug organizations, Child Welfare, Department of Community Justice, and Oregon Youth Authority.
4. 4. Use creativity and resourcefulness to ensure that youth and their families are aware of all community resources available for them and advocate with other service providers for the needs of families as appropriate, which may include, but are not limited to, housing stability, counseling services, and prosocial activities.
5. 5. Provide day-to-day activities that may involve social casework, intake, assessment, assertive engagement, and skill development through engaging youth and families in activities through: Education/Employment, Home/Family, Health, Pro-Social Activities, Spirituality, and Community.
6. 6. Facilitate, participate, develop and coordinate pro-social activities for youth and their families.
7. 7. Adhere to documentation requirements as indicated in CHI Program policies, including but not limited to accurate data entry into CHI Data base, case files, service plans, weekly/monthly reports, and case notes.
8. 8. Respond to all crises and risk incidents within the required time frames per Portland OIC policies.
9. 9. Participate in regular supervision check-ins, department staff meetings, community partner meetings and all staff trainings.
1 10. Other duties as assigned.
Key Data Points for This Position:
- Meeting or exceeding contact hours for gang prevention services.
- Timely and detail-oriented data entry, case notes, and written reports.
- Use of assertive engagement to support clients meet goals outlined in their plans.
- Ability to meet or exceed as a team player through leadership or participation in CHI activities.
- Participation in larger POIC initiatives as measured by involvement in POIC+RAHS committees.
- Bringing value to organization through resources and funding.
- - A passion for POIC+RAHS mission and serving at-risk young adults and their families.
- - A passion to work with African American youth aged 11-16 and their families through gang prevention services.
- - Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with youth and families of color. Diversity, inclusion and equity are fundamental values of POIC+RAHS.
- - Excellent problem-solving skills, highly organized, and can work well under high stress
- - Knowledge of community resources and agencies providing social services needed by a diversity of youth and their families living in Multnomah County.
- - Ability to maintain a high level of accountability, documentation, and community engagement/ collaboration.
- - Excellent relationship building skills that incorporate counseling knowledge for effective rapport, communication, active listening, clarification, reflection and questioning.
- - Skill to assess risk factors, protective factors, personal and evaluation needs to develop appropriate individual interventions and case plans.
- - Flexible work schedule: will include weekend and evening work.
- - Valid driver's license, reliable transportation and automobile insurance meeting minimum requirements as defined by the agency.
- - Successful completion of initial and on-going employment screens, including, but not limited to criminal background, sex offender, drug, abuse and neglect and vehicle record as required.
- BA or BS degree in counseling or related field, OR Associates Degree plus four years equivalent experience working with vulnerable youth, preferably including one year of gang-related work
- Experience working with communities of color, in particular African-American youth and their families.
- General computer and word processing skills and willingness to advance computer skills.
- Experience and intermediate skills with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).
- Experience with crisis intervention, community networking and resource development.
POIC + RAHS is committed to the future success of at-risk youth through the age of 25, providing the highest quality services in education, mentoring, family outreach, employment training, and placement.
We believe all people have value.
We believe all people can grow.
We believe all people can contribute and build thriving communities.
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