Student Support Coordinator (Washington County)

Closing on: Oct 31, 2021

TO APPLY: Submit a resume and cover letter by email to emo@emoregon.org, fax to (503) 223-7007, or mail to EMO, 245 S Bancroft St., Suite B, Portland, 97239. Position closes Oct. 31.

PURPOSE: Second Home is a community effort to provide safe and stable housing for unaccompanied students, so that they can focus on their studies, explore their gifts and talents, graduate from high school, and realize their goals and dreams for their life. The program is a partnership between our statewide nonprofit Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, local school districts, local mediation centers, business and faith communities, and concerned community members. 

The Student Support Coordinator will meet with and support students in Washington County regarding housing, educational supports, and other services needed and requested by each student according to their unique needs. The Student Support Coordinator will also work in partnership with the student support coordinator for Boys and Girls Aid of Washington County. In addition, this team member will network with staff from the local school districts, other agencies, congregations, civic organizations, and businesses to meet the needs of and support students referred to the program, help to spread awareness regarding youth homelessness and the Second Home program, and assist in setting up and maintaining a student resource office at Forest Grove United Church of Christ. 

ACCOUNTABILITY: To the mission and goals of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) as determined by the Board of Directors, and as administered by the President and his/her delegates.

REPORTS TO: Second Home Program Director and the Senior Rural Coordinator for Washington and Lincoln Counties.

DIRECT REPORTS: None

LOCATION: Western Washington County and surrounding area; Student Resource Center at Forest Grove United Church of Christ.

CLASSIFICATION: Non-exempt, 20 hours per week.

BENEFITS: Salary range starts at $18.45 hourly. All regular employees (does not include on-call or temporary) are eligible for vacation, holidays, sick leave, 401(k) retirement plan, employee assistance program and employee trainings. Employees in exempt positions or non-exempt positions that are 20 hours per week or more, also receive medical, dental, disability and life insurance, per eligibility requirements.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

The Student Support Coordinator will meet with and support students referred to the Second Home program and to the Student Resource Center at the Forest Grove UCC site:

  1. Communicate effectively and regularly with students, Second Home teammates and community organization partners.
  2. Collaborate with partners in meeting student needs, strategic planning and program development.
  3. Participate in providing community outreach through speaking engagements/presentations, online and print publicity, social media, radio, etc.
  4. Meet with students regularly to establish supportive relationships and refer to needed community services.
  5. Participate in ongoing Second Home team meetings.
  6. Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

Ability to work within the mission, vision and ethics of EMO, and maintain an understanding of the services provided by the programs and projects of EMO.

KNOWLEDGE:  Lived Experience and/or bachelor’s or master’s degree in Social Work and/or two years of experience in the field; Training in the effects of trauma on community members.

SKILLS: Able to work independently while maintaining a close relationship with team, supervisor and co-workers; Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills with the ability to listen to and affirm people from a wide variety of backgrounds and circumstances; Especially to treat all individuals with respect and dignity.

EFFORT: High level of organization and prioritization skills; Candidate must have access to reliable transportation to scattered work sites and possess valid driver’s license and evidence of insurability.

RESPONSIBILITY: Experience and comfort working with clients at off-site locations (e.g., home visits, site visits, etc.); Self-starter.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Ability to work in a respectful manner with people of diverse ethnicity, socio-economic circumstances, religion, cultural and sexual orientation; High tolerance for ambiguity and change; Available some weekends/evenings; Available to work in the Washington County area.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Well-connected in the community.

Experience in the nonprofit world.

Proficient in the Spanish language.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is an equal opportunity employer and, as such, considers individuals for employment according to their abilities and performance. People of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and people living with HIV are encouraged to apply.

Employment decisions are made without regard to race, age, religion, color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or any other classification protected by law. All employment requirements mandated by state and federal regulations will be observed.

Job Type: Part Time
Job Location: Second Home

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