Youth Advocate – Residential Program [080]

Salary:                  $36,000 – $38,000 DOE

Location:             Lake Oswego, OR

About New Avenues for Youth:

New Avenues for Youth imagines a community where all young people thrive and experience health, well-being, and a self-determined home. New Avenues works in partnership with the Portland 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 thrive and experience health, well-being, and a self-determined home. Historical inequities and intersecting forms of oppression such as racism, poverty, adultism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism, among others contribute to marginalization and exploitation of youth. We believe, to redress youth homelessness and housing instability we must challenge and dismantle racism and other forms of oppression and build relationships within our communities that advance equity.

At New Avenues, advancing equity is an ongoing commitment without closure. We remain open-minded and presume best intentions, knowing that discomfort and conflict are inevitable. We take risks and make and learn from our mistakes. We seek multiple perspectives, strive for transparency, remain humble, and resist the urge to silence hard truths.

The Position:

The Youth Advocate will work at New Avenues Robinswood Residential Housing, for multicultural foster care youth ages 7-20. The residence is staffed 24 hours a day with the Youth Advocates being responsible for meeting youth’s basic needs, overseeing residential care, facilitating individual and group activities, overseeing medication compliance, supporting mental health and treatment plans, transporting youth to necessary appointments, and supporting the health and safety of the residents. The position includes some general facility cleaning and upkeep. Various full-time schedules available.

Knowledge & Skills:

• Prior experience working with high risk and/or volatile youth
• Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology or Social Work preferred for Lead Youth Advocate position
• Exceptional patience and sensitivity
• Ability to swiftly build trust and rapport with youth to effectively assist in their daily activities
• Ability to support and maintain a safe environment, emotionally and physically, for all youth residents
• Proven aptitude for facilitating youth groups and activities
• Participating in a strength-based and solution-focused manner in meetings
• Desire to foster equity, work with diverse staff, and excel in a multi-cultural environment
• Oversee and participate in the cleaning and up-keep of the facility
• Applicants are required to have a valid driver’s license
• Bilingual English/Spanish speaking a plus

New Avenues for Youth offers a very generous benefits package. To apply, click on the ‘Apply for Job’ button at the bottom of this screen. Attach your resume, paste your cover letter, or a message to HR in the space provided. Please be sure to include where you came across this opportunity with your submission. New Avenues for Youth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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