Professional Mentor - CHI ProgramPortland, Oregon
About Portland OIC
At Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc., we are committed to the future success of underserved youth through the age of 25, providing the highest quality services in education, mentoring, family outreach, employment training and placement.
Rosemary Anderson High School (RAHS) is an accredited high school with four campuses in North Portland, East Portland/Gresham, New Columbia and SE Portland.
We believe all people have value, all people can grow, and all people can build and contribute to thriving communities.
Position: Professional Mentor with the Community Healing Initiative (CHI) Program
Location: POIC has several sites throughout Multnomah County, including North Portland, East Portland/Gresham, SE Portland, and New Columbia
Benefits: Full benefits package
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm , plus evenings and weekends as required
Reports to: Director of Family Outreach
Position Summary: The Community Healing Initiative (CHI) is a partnership with POIC, Latino Network, and Multnomah County's Department of Community Justice Juvenile Services Division. CHI Mentoring program serves gang-impacted African American boys (aged 12-18) and their families with multiple needs and barriers. Mentoring services is a prevention and intervention strategy aimed at reducing youth’s involvement in gangs. Professional Mentors help disconnected African-American males reintegrate back into their communities and stay focused on positive aspects of their lives. POIC is seeking a highly enthusiastic, self-disciplined, and motivated Professional Mentor to provide caring and supportive relationships with a caseload of gang involved male youth or youth who are at risk for gang involvement and who are on probation. POIC is seeking a Professional Mentor with life experiences similar to the mentees. This shared life experience will establish bonds between mentors and the youth with whom they are paired. The Professional Mentor provides culturally competent, strength-based services and support to a caseload of youth. This position requires a high level of travel, organizational skills, and case coordination.
- Develop a trusting relationship with assigned youth and their family built on client centered goals linked to their probation service plan and integrated to CHI menu of services.
- Expose youth to pro-social activities and transport youth to appointments that support youth's goals in probation completion and community engagement.
- Provide weekly contact and visits with youth in the school, home, detention, residential treatment facilities, OYB and in the community.
- Expose youth to activities and opportunities through critical mentoring-focused on the development of a critical consciousness to understand social, political, and economic oppression.
- Support youth in developing positive coping skills from a strengths-based perspective.
- Support youth with treatment services and community resources as needed.
- Support youth in making positive choices and develop positive decision making skills.
- Empower youth to advocate for themselves and to develop a positive cultural identity as an African American young man.
- Attend court, school, treatment, wrap-around, and other meetings as support when requested by multi-disciplinary team.
- Lead scheduled weekly mentor support group meetings/activities/events.
- . Maintain client files. Document contacts and visits with youth, caregivers, juvenile court counselors, and multi-disciplinary team meetings.
- Attend all trainings and meetings as required.
- Maintain confidential information.
- Models and encourages direct, professional communication.
- Models and encourages direct, professional communication.
- A passion for POIC + RAHS mission and serving at-risk young adults and their families.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with youth and families of color. Diversity, inclusion and equity are fundamental values of POIC + RAHS.
- Ability and genuine interest in working with youth involved in the juvenile justice system.
- Strong commitment and passion to work with African American boys on probation.
- Skill to teach life skills; develop skill group curricula, and facilitate skill groups with juveniles and families.
- Ability to communicate in a professional manner, both orally and in writing.
- Ability to advocate for others and problem solve with a social justice mindset.
- Organizational and time management skills.
- Ability to maintain professional boundaries and to handle confidential information.
- Openness to feedback, growth, and supervision.
- Ability to handle sensitive information and situations in a calm and professional manner.
- Ability to work from a strengths-based perspective in motivating youth to make a change.
- Flexible work schedule that may 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.
- 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.
- Excellent relationship building skills that incorporate counseling knowledge for effective rapport, communication, active listening, clarification, reflection and questioning.
- Associate’s Degree plus two years of experience working with at hope youth strongly desired. Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
- Strong organizational skills, work ethic, flexibility, and resourcefulness
- Able to work independently and meet deadlines
- Experience in facilitating groups
- 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.
- Full benefits package
- Salary is DOE
How to Apply
- Email a cover letter, 3 professional references, and a resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Reference "Professional Mentor - CHI" in the subject line of your email and in your cover letter.
POIC is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.