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Job Title:  Families Affected by Incarceration Program Support Specialist

Report To: Parenting Education Coordinator

Classification: Non-exempt

Position Time: Full-time, some evenings and weekends

Job Summary

This position will provide administrative support and parenting education for the Families Affected by Incarceration Program at Northwest Family Services. This person provide support to the program manager and work independently to provide Parenting Inside Out classes. This person will also manage all aspects of childcare provided during a variety of parenting classes.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct engaging and interactive parent education using the PIO curricula as designed including meeting with each parent individually during one of the middle weeks of the 12 week program.
  • Continue development and maintenance of referral, intake, and closure processes.
  • Work cooperatively with NWFS programs and community partners
  • Leverage additional resources for the youth.
  • Coordinate and staff the Clackamas County Children of Incarcerated Parents Committee
  • Incorporates motivational interviewing techniques to help parents explore and resolve issues.
  • Uses interactive and engaging strategies so that parents learn and practice parenting skills.
  • Models the positive behaviors parenting classes teach, both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Demonstrates respect, support, and equality for the class as a group, and as individuals.
  • Responsible for ensuring a competent childcare program and all aspects therein
  • Ensure simple meals are provided for parents and children at each class.
  • Conduct PIO series throughout the calendar year (evenings or Saturdays) along with simple meal preparation.
  • Completes all required tracking, reporting, and evaluation.
  • Provides information and referral to families.
  • Works cooperatively with other NWFS staff to implement project objectives.
  • Meeting agenda: build the agenda by discussing with the CIP committee leadership the week before the meeting and send out the agenda no later than Monday before the CIP meeting.
  • Maintain a current roster of CIP committee members as well as subcommittee members and make available to committee members.
  • Maintain the CIP committee and subcommittee meeting notes. Send out the meeting notes within a week of the meeting to the relevant committee members. Maintain the meetings notes in a central, organized file.
  • Maintain and document the CIP committee outreach and training schedule, activities, and events for both future needs as well as historical activities.
  • Attend all subcommittee meetings, as needed, and maintain notes and relevant documents as well as maintain historical documents.
  • In partnership with the CIP finance committee, identify and bring to CIP committee attention funding issues when program planning would be impacted through discussions with Children, Youth, and Families (CYF).
  • Facilitate the transfer of funds from the Clackamas County Police Officers Benevolent fund to designated recipients
  • Act as conduit to assure that communication between the committee and CYF is sufficient
  • Be fully informed and actively participate in the activities of the CIP committee and is funded projects.
  • Ensure the CIP training materials are current and available to committee members.
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Qualifications

  • BS or BA required
  • Must pass criminal background check prior to starting work.
  • Ability to connect with youth and adults.
  • Enthusiastic, empathetic, compassionate, and flexible.
  • Able to exercise discretion and work independently and collaboratively
  • Must have effective written, oral communication, and presentation skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Proficient in Office software and outlook (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc.)
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable car, and automobile insurance. Available for some traveling.
  • Must pass background driving and criminal history checks
  • Implement a trauma informed approach
  • Understand the issues and dynamics associated with children of incarcerated parents as well as the family dynamics of caregivers associated with the justice and child welfare systems
  • Accept direction well and works well with others.
  • Willing to educate others on prevention.
  • Willing to work non-standard and irregular hours, including evenings and occasional weekends.
  • Ability to keep personal information about participants confidential.
  • Must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license with the required automobile insurance.
  • Must be committed to NWFS organizational mission and fiscal responsibility. Comply with all NWFS policies and procedures.

Working Conditions

This position requires frequent and lengthy standing, speaking in a loud voice and ability to lift at least 30 pounds. Must be available for flexible, non-standard work hours, including evenings and weekends. In addition, work is often performed in an office environment and involves frequent use of a computer. Frequent use of phones to communicate with current and potential partners and volunteers. Will drive to perform work with the community. May require occasional travel out-of-town.

Salary range: $18.00 – 19.50 per hour. Includes vacation, holidays, sick time, and employer contribution to health and dental insurance and 401K.

Mail or email NWFS application, cover letter, and resume to:

Northwest Family Services

6200 SE King Rd.

Portland, OR 97222