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Transition Projects

Are you a college student? Do you have a part time job, but you’re looking to make a difference? Transition Projects seeks bright, driven people who are passionate about social justice, equity, assisting those most in need and who want challenging career opportunities that deliver personal and professional fulfillment. Our dedicated and energetic employees provide essential services to a marginalized, vulnerable population. We take pride in making a difference in the lives of so many every day. Join our team and choose your own schedule!

Position: Residential Advocate On-Call MEN’S SHELTER
Location: Doreen’s Place, Clark Center
Supervisor: Facility Manager
Hours: Varies; On-Call
Wage: $13.00 Hourly
Eligible for Linguist Differential
Shift Differential: $.20 Hourly for Swing Shift
$.40 Hourly for Grave Shift

Oversee shelter facility in a manner that is consistent with the Transition Projects’ philosophy, values, policies and procedures. Participate actively in team work to provide services to clients. This is an unrepresented non-exempt position.

1. Supervise shelter activities to ensure safety of residents.
2. Assure cleanliness, sanitation, and upkeep of facility, performing minor maintenance and cleanup duties as necessary or requested.
3. Maintain confidentiality of residents, staff and agency.
4. Provide advocacy and information and referral services to residents.
5. Facilitate problem solving and provide crisis intervention services to residents as necessary.
6. Perform urinalysis and breathalyzer testing of residents as needed.
7. Coordinate with agency staff to ensure consistent delivery of services.
8. Attend agency and program staff meetings.
9. Supervise resident chore assignments and their completion.
10. Responsible for knowing and following policies and procedures with regard to building safety.
11. Responsible for knowing and following procedures in emergency situations.
12. Responsible to maintain accurate logs, shift reports, and client records, both manually and using web-based program.
13. Supervise volunteers in assisting shelter staff and residents.
14. Other duties as assigned.

Each Transition Projects employee must:
1. Represent the organization professionally at all times.
2. Provide positive role models to residents, tenants and clients.
3. Maintain positive relations with clients, volunteers, co-workers, staff from other agencies, agency funders, and the general public.
4. Be tested for TB within 2 weeks of hire and be retested at least annually thereafter throughout employment.
5. Demonstrate effective communication skills by conveying necessary information accurately, listening effectively and asking questions when clarification is needed.
6. Plan and organize work effectively and ensure its completion.
7. Exercise necessary cost control measures.
8. Demonstrate reliability by being present for work as scheduled, arriving and leaving on time and taking breaks in expected time frames.
9. Interact effectively with persons of diverse ethnic backgrounds, religious views, cultural backgrounds, and sexual orientations and treat each individual with respect and dignity.
10. Demonstrate team behavior and promote a team-oriented environment.
11. Demonstrate initiative.
12. Participate in ongoing development and improvement of all program processes and relationships.

The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee, with or without accommodation, to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

1. Hearing and vision adequate for interaction with clients, interaction with staff and interaction with the general public.
2. Hearing adequate for telephone work. Vision adequate for close work.
3. Hand and finger dexterity adequate to operate standard office equipment.
4. Ability to walk, bend, stand, sit, reach, stoop, pull, sit, climb stairs, and squat.
5. Ability to perform CPR for fifteen minutes continuously.
6. Ability to lift 50 pounds.

1. The right individual for this position has a passion for helping others, is nonjudgmental, and is able to deal with difficult situations in positive and constructive ways.
2. Bachelor’s degree in related field or one year experience in social services preferred. Experience working with homeless/low-income population helpful.
3. Understanding of the issues surrounding homelessness, chemical dependency, domestic violence and sexual assault.
4. Demonstrated ability to work independently. Ability to appropriately assess a situation and take corrective action as necessary.
5. Knowledge of services available to low-income and homeless persons in Multnomah County through Transition Projects and other agencies or the demonstrated ability to obtain such knowledge.
6. Demonstrated ability to provide crisis intervention and to follow procedure in crisis situations.
7. Written and verbal communication skills. Good computer skills. Ability to use web-based data collection program.
8. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.

To apply for this position, access our Career Center:
Alternatively you may submit a cover letter & resume by FAX to 503 280 4740, or by mail or in person to TRANSITION PROJECTS, 665 NW Hoyt St, Portland OR 97209.

☆ Dont forget to tell your interviewer that you heard about this opportunity from the Urban League of Portland ☆