Job Details

Family Engagement Specialist

LATINO NETWORK, Portland Or.

Full Time - Non-Profit

Salary Range: $37,440 – $42,640 yearly. DOE

Close Date: 08/31/2020

POSITION TITLE: Family Engagement Specialist
REPORTS TO: Education and Wellness Program Manager
COMPENSATION: $37,440 – $42,640 yearly. DOE
CLASSIFICATION: Full-Time, 1.0 FTE, Non-Exempt

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND
Latino Network’s mission is to provide transformative opportunities, services and advocacy for the education, leadership and civic engagement of our youth, families and communities. Our work springs from the core belief in Latino community self-determination—that is, the ability of community members to participate meaningfully in the decisions that affect their lives and the lives of their families. We build and manage collaborative and energetic teams to implement high quality, culturally inclusive programs. We actively partner across a variety of city, county, state and community organizations to deliver training and support, a wide range of services, as well as influence policy.

POSITION DESCRIPTION
The Family Engagement Specialist aims to drive equity through integrated evidence-based, culturally specific and responsive services to empower historically underserved students and families to achieve academic and economic success. To meet this goal, the Family Engagement Specialist is responsible for implementing culturally specific programming and providing case management to parents and caregivers to assist parents in effectively supporting their child’s academic pursuits. The Family Engagement Specialist will empower families to achieve their professional and economic goals by leading dynamic workshops and providing case management. The Family Engagement Specialist works closely with their counterpart, the In-Youth Engagement Specialist, whose focus is to work with students. Collaboration also involves schools and community agencies, with the expected result being that more Latino/a students thrive in their school district. The Family Engagement Specialist is responsible for documenting all measurable family outcomes, contributing to a collegial and productive work environment, and promoting the organization’s vision and mission.

This position requires excellent follow through; high attention to detail; professional writing skills; and excellent communication through one on one meetings, phone, e-mail, and group communication with Latino Network community partners, staff, and program participants. The Family Engagement Specialist must have facilitation experience and be able to guide conversations clearly and fluently in both English and Spanish.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide information, education, resources and tools for parents to support their children in areas of development and culture, promoting respect and analysis of traditions, customs and cultural heritage.
Establish and maintain trusting relationships with parents to increase their engagement with schools and support their child’s learning at home and school.
Implement Colegio de Padres at each school site.
Develop plans to increase family engagement, advocacy, and leadership.
Serve as liaison between students, homes and schools to improve family access to schools and educators.
Establish and maintain trusting relationships with parents to increase their engagement with schools and support their child’s learning at home and school.
Maintain communication with families through phone calls and in person home visits to inform parents of meetings, classes and special events.
Connect families to resources that meet their needs (e.g., housing, career preparation, medical).
Maintain accurate records of service provided and outcomes in ETO as required by funders while ensuring confidentiality.
Develop and maintains strong working relationships with participants, school teachers, counselors, community partners and stakeholders.
Promote the program through participation in meetings and conferences involving the school community and other community events.
Design programming in accordance with approved budget and maintain accurate records of program spending.
Participate in mandatory all-staff team meetings and trainings.
Provide necessary referrals to participants.
Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree in social work, education, sociology, psychology or related field, or 4 years of relevant work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience in implementing programs that educate and empower Latino youth and families.
Knowledge and experience navigating educational institutions, resources, programs, social services and government agencies.
Knowledge of cultural customs, attitudes, and activities of Latinos residing in urban neighborhood impacted by crime, poverty, and racial inequity.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with schools, students, families, and community support systems.
Strong organizational, time management, data collection, and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
Demonstrated consistency in following instructions and implementing strategies.
Ability to be flexible and adaptive to successfully achieve the functions of the position as described in the job responsibilities.
Experience addressing mental health issues and referring to appropriate levels of care.
Knowledge of or willingness to learn about culturally based world view, adaptive reasoning, and problem-solving practices of Latino individuals, families, and community living in urban neighborhoods impacted by crime, poverty, and racial inequity.
Knowledge of or willingness to learn about trauma informed care and strengths-based practices.
Knowledge of or willingness to learn about youth who may be involved in gangs or impacted by them.
Excellent written and oral communication skills in Spanish and English.
ADDITIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Successful completion of initial and ongoing employment screens, including but not limited to criminal background and vehicle record as required.
Office setting requires sitting and typing for extended periods of time.
Regularly work in the community (schools, churches, parks, community centers, etc.) as needed and in the office.
Evening and weekend availability is required, and work hours are flexible to accommodate program implementation; long hours during peak periods.
May require lifting and moving boxes and other items as needed (twist, bend, reach, carry items up to 20 lbs. and think strategically about how to properly move heavy items).
Walk long distances for youth excursions.
Crawl or lie on floor or grass as appropriate for youth-centered activities.
Feel comfortable swimming or being in a pool.
Move rapidly from extreme positions, i.e. sudden standing from floor.
Share office space and equipment.
Reliable transportation required. Automobile, driver’s license, and automobile liability insurance preferred; must be eligible to be an insured driver under Latino Network’s Commercial Auto Liability.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit and climb or balance. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell. May require heavy lifting and walking during events and outreach activities.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
Latino Network is a fast-paced, highly engaged work environment with satellite operations within Multnomah County. We strive to communicate effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds. We actively seek opportunities for professional development for our staff and promote a willingness to change for continual improvement.

Benefits & Perks- Latino Network provides a generous benefits package that includes;
Health Plans including Medical, Dental, Vision, and Alternative Care
FSA - Flexible Spending Account for Medical & Dependent Care expenses
401k Plan with Match
Employee Assistance Program
Employer sponsored Life, AD&D and Short-Term Disability Insurance
Paid Leave (both Vacation and Sick)
Summer Fridays
Team & Family Events

TO APPLY:

If you, or anyone you know, are interested in joining us in supporting our mission to positively transform the lives of Latino Youth families and communities, please submit your application, resume and cover letter at: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/List/1630/Latino-Network, Successful completion of initial and ongoing employment screens, including but not limited to criminal background and vehicle record as required.


Latino Network is an equal opportunity employer. We value and support diversity and inclusion to create a culture of dignity and respect.


We also invite you to learn more about us at www.latnet.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/latnet.


Complete details: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/List/1630/Latino-Network