Economic Empowerment Specialist

Throughout our over 100 years of providing services to the community, the name Volunteers of America Oregon has become synonymous with compassion and care. We've earned our reputation through dedication and tireless commitment to helping individuals and families create safer, healthier, and more stable lifestyles. For as long as we've been around, our programs have been changing lives.  Some people say they can't imagine doing what we do. We say, "We can't imagine not doing it!"

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT SPECIALIST: Home Free, VOA Oregon’s domestic violence intervention program, seeks an experienced advocate for an outstationed position with flexibility of hours, up to full time.

This position is part of a one-year project designed to expand Home Free’s current Economic Empowerment services to survivors accessing the Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services and assist in the development and sustainability of Home Free’s Economic Empowerment programming.  This position will be outstationed in the Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services.

The Economic Empowerment Specialist will provide comprehensive individual case management & mentoring to support domestic violence survivors in achieving short and long-term goals around training, education, employment, financial management and self-sufficiency.

The Economic Empowerment Specialist will deliver Home Free’s financial literacy curriculum - Dollars & Sense, and co facilitate a weekly Employment Seeker’s Support Group with Home Free’s Employment Access Specialist.

This position is limited duration, ending December 31, 2014. We have applied for continued funding for 2015.

Position Requirements: Applicants must have completed a 40 hour Basic Advocacy Training within the past 2 years and have a minimum of 1 year of DV advocacy experience and a reasonable combination of skills and abilities in the following areas: case management, safety planning, time management and self-direction, systems advocacy, ability to relate to people from diverse backgrounds, oral and written communication, relationship-building, group facilitation, community networking, and the ability to work with minimal supervision in an outstationed environment.

Candidates with experience in navigating employment and educational systems, job development and delivering financial literacy curricula, as well as knowledge of local community resources preferred.

This position requires a valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle.  This position requires the ability to pass a criminal record check and driving check.  Bicultural, bilingual, and women of color encouraged to apply.   Monday – Friday schedule, daytime hours.  Open until October 23, 2014.

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Volunteers of America Oregon is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability any other category protected by federal, state or local law.