Full Time

Housing Specialist – Parole Transition Program / Flip the Script at Central City Concern

Fields: housing, social work, African American, job training, correctional system

Location: PortlandOR, Oregon

About the Organization: Central City Concern (CCC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency serving single adults and families in the Portland metro area who are impacted by homelessness, poverty and addictions. Founded in 1979, the agency has developed a comprehensive continuum of affordable housing options integrated with direct social services including healthcare, recovery and employment. Central City Concern meets its mission through innovative outcome-based strategies which support personal and community transformation: Direct access to housing which supports lifestyle change.; Integrated healthcare services that are highly effective in engaging people who are often alienated from mainstream systems; The development of peer relationships that nurture and support personal transformation and recovery; Attainment of income through employment or accessing benefits.

About the Position: This position will be a member of the Parole Transitions team with a primary focus on the Flip the Script (FTS) initiative which aims to increase employment and housing outcomes among program participants exiting incarceration. This position is responsible for providing culturally responsive services to African American clients. Primary responsibilities include supporting clients as they move into permanent housing through the identification of housing resources and opportunities. This includes assessing program participant needs and providing assistance in obtaining permanent housing, working in collaboration with CCC staff, and external partners. This position will work closely with other service providers including Program Advocate, Peer Mentors and the Department of Community Justice to coordinate services and ensure ongoing support.

Special Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. At least 2 year/ A.A. degree preferred.
  • Engaged in African American culture and knowledge of African American history and cultures.
  • Knowledge and skills in working with individuals challenged by homelessness, health, mental health, and/or chemical dependency issues; that have criminal background barriers; or with multiple barriers to housing
  • Ability to successfully interact and communicate clearly with a wide variety of people including, landlords, partnering agencies, supervisors, and co-workers; Ability to effectively interact with co-workers and clients with diverse ethnic backgrounds, religious views, political affiliation, cultural backgrounds, lifestyles, and sexual orientations and treat each individual with respect and dignity.
  • Ability to be creative, innovative, and a progressive problem solver.
  • Ability to perform considerable inner-city travel.
  • Ability to display a non-judgmental attitude and a willingness to learn new skills; Ability to learn and apply training instruction.
  • Ability to effectively interact with co-workers and clients with diverse ethnic backgrounds, religious views, political affiliation, cultural backgrounds, lifestyles, and sexual orientations and treat each individual with respect and dignity.
  • Ability to set and maintain professional boundaries, and to de-escalate volatile situations.
  • Demonstrated expertise in assisting individuals to develop individualized plans and providing on-going support as they work to achieve goals.
  • Knowledge of area employers, housing resources, training providers, human service agencies and community groups.
  • 1 year of experience implementing successful strategies with ex-offenders (“re-entry population”) that promote successful reintegration into the community.
  • Must possess a current driver’s license, access to a vehicle, and car insurance.

Estimated Salary: $17.00-$17.85/Per hour

Deadline: September 17, 2018

Apply Here:
Central City Concern

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