Pay Rate: begins at $33,280 + Current Array of Benefits
SUPERVISOR: Community Health Worker Program Coordinator
Proposed Start Date: ASAP
SCOPE: Family Advocates will provide African American families with culturally-specific home visits, parent-child play groups, holistic wraparound services, and parent and community leadership development opportunities. The Family Advocate will work to support and empower African American families, and with the mission of the Urban League of Portland to achieve equality in education, employment and economic security through their work supporting this early childhood initiative.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Effectively facilitate two (2) trainings annually, 10-12 week series of culturally-specific instructions from an African American viewpoint, using Popular Education-based instructions for parent child groups and isolated families with children ages birth through six.
2. Support parents/caregivers in preparing their children for Kindergarten by providing parent/caregiver support, individual education about healthy early childhood development, child screenings, and wraparound services to assist African American families in addressing the social determinants of health.
3. Conduct home visits with African American families and provide tools for increasing Kindergarten readiness such as books and specific educational activities. These activities will include curriculum on inexpensive activities, physical wellness and nutrition, parent and child stress management, brain development and attachment, and school advocacy skills.
4. Assess child immunization status and help parents/caregivers address any barriers preventing families from getting their immunizations and well-child visits up to date.
5. Conduct child development and health assessments and provide culturally appropriate referrals for African American families.
6. Work collaboratively with SUN school site manager to bridge the gap between isolated African American families and their neighborhood school. The Family Advocate and SUN site manager will work together on recruitment, event planning and distribution of resources to families.
7. Provide information about policy-making and leadership opportunities for African American parents in the area of early childhood education.
8. Connect parents to school activities, personnel, and volunteers through participation in groups and events held at the school.
9. Provide referrals to community organizations that are working to address the social determinants of health of African Americans through advocacy and organizing.
10. Facilitate communication between the health care system, school system, and parents including directly advocating for African American families and their culturally-specific/income-specific needs.
11. Attend monthly Steering Team meeting to provide input into the continued development of a Family Advocate, CHW model that is effective in all the identified cultural communities, and from the viewpoint and perspective of African Americans.
12. Attend quarterly Family Advocate, CHW Community of Practice meetings for continued professional development and support.
13. Maintain up-to-date records and files on all families enrolled in the project.
14. Conduct assessments with a trauma-informed, empowerment-based lens.
15. All other duties, as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
• Membership in, or an unusually close relationship to, the community of African American parents
• Experience doing organizing/outreach/advocacy in the African American community
• Strong desire to promote educational equity in the African American community
• Community Health Worker Certification preferred, but will train
• A combination of experience, education and/or training which substantially demonstrates ability to carry out assigned duties
• Ability to work well independently and within a diverse team
• Ability to be flexible and creative in the work environment and to work outside of a traditional work environment
• Willingness and ability to conduct visits to community members in their homes
• Ability to coordinate multiple priorities
• Good follow-through
• Good oral and written communication skills
• Basic computer skills
• Ability to set limits in order to care for self and not promote dependency
• Ability to tolerate and thrive in a fluid situation where plans change based on new information
• Respect for diversity; desire and ability to work cross-culturally
• Ability to demonstrate a combination of the following characteristics: patience, open-mindedness; high level of responsibility; willingness to grow, change and learn; courage; motivation; empathy; compassion; flexibility; persistence; creativity
• Possess methods and strategy for coping with vicarious trauma, and if in recovery, have at least two years of active recovery
• Access to reliable transportation including public transportation
• Ability to work a flexible schedule including some nights and weekends, if needed
Ideal skills of effective Community Health/Education Workers:
1. Communication Skills
– Ability to listen
– Ability to use language confidently and appropriately
– Ability to speak the language of the community
– Ability to document work
2. Interpersonal skills
– Friendliness and sociability
– Ability to work on a team
– Ability to work with diverse groups of people
– Ability to develop rapport and trust
– Ability to “meet people where they are”
3. Teaching skills
– Ability to share information one-on-one
– Ability to choose and use appropriate educational methods
– Ability to plan and conduct a class or presentation
– Ability to find and bring back requested information
4. Service coordination skills
– Ability to identify and access resources
– Ability to network and build coalitions
– Ability to make “supported” referrals
– Ability to follow-up
5. Advocacy skills
– Ability to speak up for individuals and communities
– Ability to overcome barriers and withstand intimidation
6. Capacity-building skills
– Leadership skills (such as strategizing, motivating, creating an action program, accepting responsibility)
– Empowerment skills (such as helping people identify concerns and develop a plan to resolve problems)
7. Knowledge base
– Understanding of community, history, and culture
– Knowledge about specific health issues
– Knowledge about health and social services systems
How to apply: Please submit a detailed and compelling letter detailing your suitability for this position and your passion for the mission of the Urban League of Portland, as well as names and contact information of three references and a resume to gro.xdplunull@sbojlu. Please include your first and last name and position title “Family Advocate” in the subject line. No calls accepted. Position is open until filled, but interested candidates are strongly encouraged to respond promptly.
About the Urban League of Portland: Established in 1945, the Urban League of Portland is one of the oldest African American service, civil rights and advocacy organizations in the region. We are part of a network of over 80 National Urban League Affiliates across the country and are recognized as one of the leading voices for African Americans and others in Oregon and Southwest. The Urban League of Portland’s mission is to empower African Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security and quality of life. Our programs include a distinctive blend of direct services, organizing, outreach, and advocacy. We offer workforce services, community health services, summer youth programming, senior services, meaningful civic engagement opportunities, and powerful advocacy.
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