Community Engagement Specialist for New Meadows Program

LOCATION:                         Portland Area                                   

SALARY:                                $16/hour

HOURS:                                  Part-time, some evenings and weekends required

CLASSIFICATION:          Non-Exempt


About New Avenues for Youth:  

New Avenues is a social services agency working in partnership with the Portland area community to provide homeless, foster-care, and at-risk youth of all backgrounds with the resources and skills needed to lead healthy, productive lives.  We are a diverse non-profit organization in our 20th year serving youth.


Our Commitment to Equity: 

New Avenues for Youth imagines a community where all young people experience health, wellbeing, and a self-determined home. We understand that racism, poverty, and experiences of oppression lead to social injustice and housing instability for youth. Due to current and historical exploitation and racism, youth of color are disproportionally impacted. In order to advance equity at New Avenues and fulfill our mission, we must address how privilege has shaped our organizational culture, policies, and practices.

New Avenues believes equity is an ongoing commitment without closure; in taking risks, we will learn from our mistakes. We will listen to and learn from young people’s lived experiences. We will seek multiple perspectives, strive for transparency, remain humble, and resist the urge to simplify or silence hard truths. We make these commitments because we believe in social justice and the inherent human dignity of each individual.


The Position:

The Community Engagement Specialist for New Meadows serves as a positive role model to community partners and youth ages 17 to 25 who are transitioning out of foster care.  By leveraging the adjacent Bridge Meadows intergenerational healing community and New Avenues for Youth self-sufficiency and life skills services, resources have been combined to build and operate this community for youth graduating to independent living. This position work closely with ILP Coaches, Housing Case Manager, Residential Advisor, Housing Navigator and the Bridge Meadows Community Liaison to drive skill building activities based on the identified resident and program needs. This includes coordinating and facilitating groups to teach the necessary life skills for young people from foster care to successfully maintain housing as well as prepare for independent living. Late afternoon and early evening availability is required for this position to best serve youth.


Experience and Education:   

  • A Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology or related human services field or combination of a lived personal experience in foster care and work experience. Will consider lived experience in substitute of years of Education.
  • At least 2 years of experience working with youth who face multiple barriers


Skills and Knowledge:

  • Basic working knowledge of the foster care system
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work with multi-cultural staff and youth
  • Knowledge of best practices and experience with creating skill-building groups
  • Experience facilitating groups
  • Competency working with an interdisciplinary support team
  • Strong organizational and coordination skills
  • Ability and desire to work with diverse staff and youth and to excel in a multi-cultural environment
  • Bilingual English and Spanish speaking a plus

To apply, send your cover letter and resume to  Please be sure to include where you came across this opportunity in your response.  You can learn more about New Avenues by visiting our website at  New Avenues for Youth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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