PAVE Career Coach

Location:                          Portland, OR                                    

Salary:                               $18.39 an hour  

Hours:                                40 hours per week, temporary position


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 PAVE Career Coach will work with New Avenues PAVE job training program supporting homeless and at-risk youth to develop and follow through on career, employment, educational, and personal goals. As a part of the PAVE team, the Career Coach will help maintain a structured, supportive and safe milieu. In addition, the Career Coach will collaborate with staff across New Avenues in order to create a model that provides the most effective, comprehensive services for program youth.

While the end date for this temporary position is not yet determined, it is intended to end September 2018.  Other similar opportunities for ongoing employment with New Avenues may be a possibility once this assignment is completed.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Desire to work with multicultural staff and youth.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Knowhow to maintain accurate and timely documentation of all services, track youth participation in development activities, and document youth progress in accordance with performance reporting requirements.
  • Assists the Employment Manager with monitoring data, tracking training milestone dates and data validation.
  • Utilizes the career mapping process to engage youth in the program and identify school and work related goals and plans.
  • Conducts WIOA eligibility reviews and follows NextGen enrollment processes.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with the job training team to implement strategies to successfully meet program outcomes.
  • Provides support and guidance to help youth expand work readiness skills, post-secondary readiness, and accomplish identified goals.
  • Maintains regular bi-weekly to monthly contact with youth enrolled in PAVE.
  • Develops and implements job readiness training curriculum in coordination with the Workforce Skills Trainer and the Youth Opportunity Center Manager
  • Willingness to transport clients to various community activities is required.
  • Highly proficient computer skills.
  • Valid Driver’s license and acceptable driving record.
  • Bilingual: English/Spanish preferred.

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, education, psychology or social work, OR equivalent education and experience required.
  • Vocational/educational training and experience preferred.
  • Workforce development experience preferred.

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

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