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Clackamas Women's Services Latinx Youth Advocate (bilingual Spanish)

Posted: 01/10/2021

Position : Latinx Youth Advocate (bilingual Spanish)
Status : Permanent, Non-Exempt, Full Time
Pay : $17.50 - $20.50/hr DOE, benefits available first of the month following date of hire
Hours : Regular schedule; combination of weekdays, evenings and weekends
Responsible To : Children’s Program Manager

We take into account the fact that staff with bilingual/bicultural competencies provide an additional and essential value tour organization and we increase our starting wage accordingly for bilingual/bicultural staff.

About Clackamas Women’s Services (CWS)
Clackamas Women’s Services (CWS) was incorporated in 1985 as Clackamas County’s first shelter for women and children escaping family violence and domestic abuse. CWS’ service delivery framework is built on trauma-informed best practices that promote safety and self-determination. Our vision is to live in a society that no longer tolerates domestic and sexual violence, but rather thrives on mutual respect.

CWS offers comprehensive, responsive solutions for adults and children impacted by sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, the sex industry, and elder abuse. Through our confidential emergency shelter, our rural outreach office, the DHS branches and A Safe Place Family Justice Center, CWS coordinates services with other public and private agencies in order to best serve survivors seeking help. Participants in our programs receive no-cost services by highly trained staff.

Clackamas Women’s Services (CWS) fueron incorporados en 1985 como el primer albergue del condado de Clackamas para las mujeres y los niños escapando de la violencia familiar y el abuso doméstico. El marco de prestación de servicios de CWS se basa en las mejores prácticas basadas en trauma, que promueven la seguridad y la autodeterminación. Nuestra visión es vivir en una sociedad que ya no tolera la violencia doméstica ó sexual, sino que se nutre del respeto mutuo.

CWS ofrece soluciones integrales y sensibles para adultos y niños afectados por agresión sexual, violencia doméstica, acoso, la industria del sexo y el abuso de ancianos. A través de nuestro refugio confidencial de emergencia, nuestra oficina de extensión rural y un centro de justicia familiar de Lugar Seguro, CWS coordina los servicios con otras agencias públicas y privadas con el fin de servir mejor a los sobrevivientes que buscan ayuda. Los participantes en nuestros programas reciben servicios sin costo por personal altamente capacitado.

Position Purpose
The Latinx Youth Advocate will focus on providing individual, group and family services to youth survivors of domestic and sexual violence, dating violence, sexual assault or exploitation and youth exposed to domestic and sexual violence in our region with a focus on serving Latinx youth. This position will be part of the Children’s Program at CWS and stationed at A Safe Place Family Justice Center with mobile capacities to meet with youth and families throughout the county at schools,social service agencies, medical/forensic settings, etc.
 
Key Responsibilities

  • Provide advocacy to youth in various areas of the county by offering the following support:
  • Short-term, crisis intervention services
  • Emotional support
  • Safety planning
  • Assessment of youth needs, strengths and challenges
  • Assist with individualized goal-setting
  • Identification and connection to supports (caregivers, counselors, family members, etc.)
  • Information and referral for community resources
  • Partner with schools, youth-serving organizations and other community partners to support the needs of youthsurvivors within the county
  • Provide culturally specific/culturally relevant advocacy support to Latinx youth across the agency – including shelter, counseling, etc.
  • Develop expertise for supporting youth who have experienced sexual assault to ensure youth survivors have adequate support while navigating systems (courts, college title IX, etc.)
  • Co-facilitate Children’s Program groups (such as TREM for youth, Make Parenting a Pleasure and A Windowbetween Worlds)
  •  Provide assistance with the Camp HOPE and Pathways program, including but not limited to
  • Assist with activity implementation and camper & family engagement throughout the year and leading up to camp.
  • Act as in-person, lead staff member at camp for 2.5 weeks each summer by leading activities and participating in the execution of all aspects of on-site, Camp Hope programming.
  • Act as a mentor and set a great example for camp counselors and camp support staff,
  • Participate in youth mentoring events throughout the year
  • Serve as back-up for CWS childcare – supervise and care for children & youth, ages 0-12.
  •  Attend Violence Prevention lessons to provide information on advocacy services and support resources.
  • Provide advocacy and support to survivors accessing the Confidential Chat & Text Line.
  • Serve as the CWS Representative on Community Collaborations that support youth and/or culturally specific populations such as the Student Threat Assessment Team or Hispanic Interagency Networking Team.
  • Provide assistance to Children’s Program Manager in implementing child-focused initiatives including ensuring services are culturally relevant and accessible for Latinx youth.
  • Work with the Children & Youth Team (CYT) to provide feedback and consultation across CWS programs to support children and youth services that focus on resiliency and strengths
  • Have working knowledge of age appropriate toys & activities and be able to create engaging environments for children & youth
  • Maintains working knowledge of best practices, evidence based and promising practices.
General Responsibilities
  • Represent the mission and value of CWS to program participants and community partners.
  • Complete documentation of all services, including intakes, releases of information, demographics tracking andstatistics within the CWS database for all participants on a minimum of a weekly basis.
  • Maintain appropriate participant confidentiality in accordance with advocate privilege and federal statutes.
  • Attend and participate in regular group consultation and staff meetings. Participate in all staff meetings.
  • Ensure complete documentation of all services including intakes, confidentiality statements and statistics within the client database for all clients occurs on a minimum of weekly basis.
  • Assist with monthly, quarterly and annual statistical and narrative reports as assigned by the Children’s Program Manager.
  • Maintain positive working relationships with community service providers.
  • Lead efforts towards development of additional collaborative partnerships to increase resources available to CWS participants.
  • Ensure all communication with community partners is aligned with CWS values.
  • Serve as CWS representative and participate in community task/work groups as appropriate.
  • Engage in public speaking engagement on behalf of CWS.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English)/Bicultural
  • Minimum 2 years direct service work with youth
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communication understanding of domestic & sexual violence, and their effects on survivors, children, youth and society.
  • Demonstrated understanding of anti-oppression issues, ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds, and understanding of culturally competent service delivery methods.
  • Computer proficiency in Windows environment including: word processing and spreadsheets; (client databases preferred)
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable motorized vehicle requires and automobile insurance.
  • Solid relationships with Clackamas County social service delivery agencies preferred.
We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce that represents the communities we serve. Women, people of color, LGBT, older adults and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please submit a resume and cover to hr@cwsor.org with the subject line of “Latinx Youth Advocate