African Immigrant Youth and Family Advocate job Portland Oregon
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African Immigrant Youth and Family Advocate Job

Employer Name: IRCO SpiderID: 8591995
Location: Portland, Oregon Date Posted: 4/24/2019
Wage: 15.00 Category: Social Services
Job Code:
Number Of Openings: 1

Job Description:
POSITION: African Immigrant Youth and Family Advocate
WAGE: $15.00 - $18.00 per hour DOE
LOCATION: Ron Russel Middle School & Mill Park Elementary School
STATUS: Temporary/ 40 hours per week until May 31, 2019
SCHEDULE: Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:30pm
OPENING DATE: March 12, 2019
CLOSING DATE: Open until filled
LANGUAGE: Bilingual in English and Somali
DRIVING: Required
OTHER: Works with youth under 18

The Youth and Family advocate will work with IRCO's youth staff, SUN site coordinators, and staff from various
schools to engage students and their families in their school environments in a positive and culturally
appropriate way. This position is responsible for providing academic support for up to 15 school-aged youth
and after-school academic group activities 2 times per week. Academic Advising includes: regular goal setting
around academics, school attendance, engaging students in academic programming after-school, regularly
communicating with school staff and parents around student progress and challenges, regular
bilingual/bicultural school to home and home to school communication. In addition, the Youth and Family
advocate will conduct bi-monthly parent communications about student academic and behavioral progress
and monthly parent group activities during the school year. This position is expected to use creative and
culturally appropriate approaches with students and families when designing and implementing program
activities, build positive relationships with families, school staff and IRCO colleagues, and work closely with
Program Coordinator to meet program goals and objectives.
 Engage up to 28 youth in culturally specific academic advising: developing individualized student plan,
academic goal setting, track student academic progress and attendance, follow-up with
students/families/staff as needed and conduct family engagement around student
progress/challenges, regular communication with school staff
 Design, implement and conduct academic student group activities during the school year and summer.
 Administer pre and post academic assessments for all program participants
 Collaborate with program and tutoring coordinator to build culturally relevant curriculum to address
identified academic gaps
 Work closely with school administration and staff to identify families in need of support and provide
outreach to these families
 Provide individualized support, resource development, and referral services to families
 Perform client intake and assessment
 Provide school-linked family support including bilingual/bicultural school to home and home to school
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 Work collaboratively with IRCO and school staff to engage parents in their school environment in a
positive and meaningful way
 Conduct family support activities such as home visits, and intensive phone outreach to update parents
on their children's educational progress
 Provide parent educational activities around key school topics such as: school programs and school
policies, academic programs, learning in the home, and problem solving
 Archive student academic lesson plans/ family group and workshop lessons plans
 Plan and chaperone program outings and fieldtrips in accordance with standard procedures
 Maintain accurate and confidential records on each client, including intake/assessment information,
action/service plans, hours of service, and all contacts and referrals made
 Provide translation and interpretation for families throughout the case process
 Responsible for compiling monthly reports and data collection for contract reporting purposes
 Maintain cooperative external relationships with collaborative agencies, volunteer agencies,
community and general public as authorized
 Participate in staff meetings, training, committees, and volunteer activities to support IRCO's goals
 Work with school staff to provide

Job Requirements:
Any combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the
position would qualify. This would typically include:
 Bachelor's degree or equivalent in social services, counseling or related field
 Minimum one (1) year supporting student learning individually and in group settings
 Minimum one (1) year of working within a school or school district and supporting family navigation of
school systems and policies, preferably within Portland Public, David Douglas and/or Reynolds schools
 Minimum two (2) years working with and relating to families including experience in community
and/or parent organizing
 Knowledge and understanding of immigrant and refugee cultures and local populations
 Bilingual in English and Somali
 Ability to communicate clearly about sensitive information and explain school systems in both English
and Somali
 Knowledge of emergency, social, and human services, as well as the information and referral system
 Proficient in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Access and Power Point
 Experience and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
 Ability to function in a positive manner in a demanding work environment, to demonstrate a high
degree of flexibility, to respond to priorities and schedules that change frequently, and to meet
 Ability to meet multiple, sometimes conflicting deadlines
 Strong analytical and decision-making abilities
 Ability to deal with distressed and/or demanding clients and employees in an effective manner
 Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and make good judgments as it pertains to clients
 Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
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 Bilingual in English and Somali. Strong intercultural communication skills within the African community
 Ability to communicate in a positive manner verbally, in writing, and by phone to individuals and groups
 Ability to communicate with a variety of personality types and levels of the organization as well as with
persons outside of the organization
 Ability to listen for understanding and assist in problem solving
 Ability to prepare clear, accurate and concise reports
 Must be punctual, maintain a good attendance record, and be able to work flexible hours to meet the
availability of clients and customers
 Ability to use basic office equipment, telephone, copy machine, fax machine, and personal computer
 Must be able to complete office work with or without accommodation
 Must possess a valid driver's license and verification of current auto-insurance and have full use of
automobile during work hours
 Ability to work in varied temperatures and weather conditions
Applications are accessible on the IRCO website, or IRCO’s main office, 10301 NE Glisan,
Portland, OR 97220, 503-234-1541. Attach resume and cover letter to IRCO application form. This position
requires the completion of an IRCO application. Materials submitted without a completed application are
considered incomplete and will not be considered. Due to the high volume of applications received, we will
not be able to contact each applicant. We may not be able to return calls regarding the status of your
application. If selected for an interview, we will contact you by telephone.
The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) is a non-profit organization established in 1976
to serve immigrants, refugees, and the broader community in Portland, Oregon. Our mission is to promote the
integration of refugees, immigrants, and the community at large into a self-sufficient, healthy, and inclusive
multiethnic society. Find out more at

Job Criteria:
Start Date:
Position Type: Full-Time Temporary
Years of Experience Required: 2
Education Required: Bachelors
Overnight Travel:
Vacation Time:

Job Benefits:
Health/Dental Benefits, Retirement Benefits, Flex Time

Contact Information:
Contact Name: Nataliia Boichuk Company Type:
City: Portland
State: Oregon
Zip: 97220
Web Site:

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