Fields: youth, education, correctional system, women’s rights, social justice
Location: Portland, Oregon
About the Organization: Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington serves more than 25,000 girl and adult members in Oregon and Clark and Skamania Counties in Washington. Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (GSBB) works to reduce the impact of parent-children separation due to incarceration. The program fosters positive personal and social development of girls and their mothers or grandmothers, providing opportunities, providing opportunities to learn new skills and build confidence. Ultimately, the program’s goal is to end the familial cycle of crime, incarceration, and poverty. The program is delivered in Wilsonville, Oregon at Coffee Creek Correctional facility.
About the Position: The Program Assistant provides support in the development, coordination, and implementation of the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program; assists in the delivery of the program, regular meetings dates and at special events.
- Assists the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars Program Specialists and Program Manager in the implementation and delivery of the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program.
- Serves as support staff for Saturday Sessions twice a month, Troop Leader Meetings once a month, and other Girl Scout events as scheduled.
- Supervises girls, interns, participants and volunteers during Saturday Sessions and other events.
- Provides assistance for Saturday Sessions and Troop Leader Meetings including, but not limited to: providing transportation for girls to and from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, preparing supplies, completing light administrative work, etc.
- Ensures council policies and procedures are understood and followed.
Must be able to work a non-traditional schedule that is mostly remote and not office-based, including evenings once a month, Saturdays twice a month, GSBB Team Meetings once a month at GSOSW Portland Service Center during typical business hours and occasional overnight trips within our council jurisdiction. Travel will constitute 35-55% of work time depending on the season. A valid driver’s license in good standing and an acceptable driving record required. Must successfully pass both, the Oregon Department of Corrections and the GSOSW, background checks. Must become a member for Girl Scouts of the USA.
- Associates degree (minimum) or satisfactory combination of work and educational experience in social science, education, recreation, youth development, criminal justice, or related field.
- Comfort working within a correctional facility.
- Commitment to social justice and diversity, and the ability to work effectively with persons of different backgrounds and abilities.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including maturity of judgment. Must be able to communicate under challenging circumstances while maintaining a high level of confidentiality and professionalism.
- Strong communication skills, including verbal and written, and experience communicating to volunteers in large and small groups, as well as on an individual basis.
- Preferred Skills:
- Bilingual (English/Spanish) speak, read and/or write.
- Bachelor’s degree in social science, education, recreation, youth development or a related field, or equivalent combination of work experience and education.
- Experience working in youth programs, particularly those serving at-risk youth and high-need families.
- Experience in conflict resolution, and program planning and implementation.
- Experience working with and understanding children of incarcerated parents and families impacted by the justice system.
- Familiarity with the Girl Scouts organization and its curriculum.
Estimated Salary: $14/hour, 20 hours/month
Deadline: September 11, 2018
Apply Here: Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington