Position Summary

This Employment & Education Specialist-ACT position works as a member of a multi-disciplinary Assertive Community Treatment team to provide meaningful employment and/or education opportunities to transition age youth in the Multnomah County Homeless Youth Continuum.

Essential Duties
Participate on interdisciplinary team providing community-based, wrap-around support.
Participate in outreach activities necessary to offer services and engage participation in a non-coercive manner.
Assess skills and employability to assist in goal planning and, when needed, benefit attainment for disabled participants.
Provide individual and group employment skills development.
Assist youth in obtaining and maintaining employment.
Assist youth in enrollment and attendance to educational institutions.
Systematically develop relationships with employers and school personnel to support participants in obtaining and maintaining employment and education goals.
Help youth become active partners in learning soft skills that support success on the job or in school, assessing their progress, and celebrating gains, persistence and other achievements.
Support program to comply with all Oregon Administrative Rules related to Individual Placement and Support (IPS) and follow recommendations of the Oregon Supported Employment Center for Excellence (OSECE).
Coordinate with Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) for client referrals, resource navigation assistance, and to coordinate services per the VR contract.
Participate in crisis planning and crisis intervention, which may include after-hours work.
Participate in the rotation of carrying after-hours crisis phone and providing holiday coverage with other members of the team/program.
Ensure timely documentation of services and outcomes.
Adhere to all state and federal privacy regulations, including HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2, and to Outside In policies and agreements regarding confidentiality, privacy, and security.
Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills
Knowledge of basic employer expectations, employee rights, budgeting, and how to facilitate soft skills development.

Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and focus on data collection.
Ability to work with a diverse population and interact effectively with different types of people.
Ability to work collaboratively and equally well with diverse coworkers, businesses, community partners, and youth with multiple barriers to employment.
Good engagement skills.
Good communication and conflict resolution skills.
Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
Ability to support agency goals and the operational functioning of the Behavioral Health Department.
Ability to complete all required documentation and information input in a professional, thorough, and timely manner.
Commitment to continual learning and quality performance.
Ability to maintain professional boundaries and performance at all times.
Ability to navigate technologies used in this position including Credible Behavioral Health Electronic Health Record, MS Office Applications, and Windows Server.
Valid drivers license.
Ability to be insured to drive participants in agency vehicle and car share.

Preferred Skills

Spanish fluency

Education and Experience
Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA) or Bachelors degree in Human Services Field (e.g., occupational therapy, teaching, social work).
Two years relevant experience working in workforce development, educational development and/or with young people experiencing homelessness and navigating trauma.
Experience building and maintaining relationships with community partners.
Experience using the IPS model to fidelity preferred
Training, experience, and skills working with people with mental health and substance use concerns preferred.

Working Conditions
This job includes working in a standard office environment as well as a variety of community locations to offer community-based treatment. This means that the employee will meet with participants in community locations which may include the participants home, hospital, and other surrounding community settings. The employee will be responsible for transporting participants in a rented vehicle.

Physical Requirements
Must pass pre-employment background check. This includes clearance by the DHS Background Check Unit.
Standing, sitting, walking, on a regular basis.
Driving, climbing, balancing, reaching, kneeling, crouching, stooping and lifting up to 25 pounds on a frequent basis.
Regular use of hands and fingers to type.
Must be able to climb stairs several times a day.
Talking and hearing is required on a regular basis.
Availability for after hours and holiday coverage rotation.

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