Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon
Salem, OR
Monday, January 1, 2018
$14.50 - $15.50
Pay Type: 
Hourly
30
M-F
12/20/17
Part-time
No
No
No

Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon is seeking a young adult peer with life experience in mental health, addiction/recovery, incarceration/juvenile justice, Oregon Youth Authority, foster care, homelessness, oppression, LGBTQ+, etc. The Youth Peer Support Specialist (YPSS) provides peer support services to young adult participants at the Salem Drop Center. The Salem Drop Center is open to youth and young adult participants ages 14-25, many of whom experience challenges related to mental health, oppression, addictions/recovery, and other system involvement. You will build connections to participants and assist in needs-identification, solution brainstorming, and self-advocacy. You will foster a welcoming environment and engage youth using peer support and innovative technology. Furthermore, you will be expected to demonstrate competency in recovery and ongoing coping skills.

JOB SPECIFICATIONS:

Compensation: $14.50 -$15.50 D.O.E. / Hourly
Offered Benefits: Medical, Vision, and Dental
Work Schedule: 30 hrs/wk (hours vary)
Position Type: Part-time .75 FTE

OVERVIEW :

Utilizing their specific training, the YPSS may:

Assist young adults in identifying and attending other support services, resources, or opportunities
Provide young adults with assistance in developing natural supports
Assist young adults in creating long-term life goals known as life-assignments (40 Developmental Assets)
Utilize and assist young adults in gaining problem-solving skills

Assist peers in identifying and combating negative self-talk
The YPSS will communicate and keep documentation on:
Weekly supervisory meetings
All peer interactions (these documents may be used for official purposes)
Any data related to goal setting/meeting
The YPSS will serve as a partner between mental health staff and participants by:

Providing and advocating for effective recovery based services
Assisting peers in obtaining services that suit their recovery needs
Meeting with mental health professionals to improve relations between peers and staff
Modeling effective communication skills, and problem solving to resolve conflict between participants and staff
The YPSS will provide culturally responsive support services:

Share lived experience in young-adult serving systems (mental health, addiction/recovery, incarceration/juvenile justice, Oregon Youth Authority, foster care, education, LGBTQ+, etc.)
Utilize evidence-based practices including Positive Youth Development, CPS, Wraparound and the 40 Developmental Assets

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Excellent interpersonal skills
Ability to build/sustain collaborative working relationships.
Excellent advocacy and public speaking skills.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
Strong attention to detail.
Outstanding oral/written communication skills and strong organizational skills.
Ability to travel and willingness to work evenings and weekends as required.
Identification as a peer with lived experience.
Multilingualism (especially in Spanish and English).

PREFERRED CERTIFICATIONS:

First Aid Certification
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification
Oregon Food Handlers Card

REQUIREMENTS:

Ability to travel and willingness to work evenings and weekends as required.
Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and car insurance.
Willingness to update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining professional networks, and attending trainings.
Ability to pass a background check and drug screening.

TO APPLY:

Please send your resume and cover letter explaining your relevant personally lived and professional experience and interest in the position via as a response to this ad, either through DuckConnect or as attachments to tenaya@youthmoveoregon.com. Only applications with both resume and cover letter will be considered. No phone calls please.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

YMO has a two-tier interview process. Based on the pool of applicants, we will conduct an initial phone interview, and then a second in-person interview with our Creative Director and Supervisor of the Position. Please read the job post completely and thoroughly and reply to the posting with BOTH cover letter and resume.