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WorkSource Oregon Youth Engagement Specialist in Portland, Oregon

All cultures, races, disabilities, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities are welcome at Boys & Girls Aid. The Youth Engagement Specialist provides individual and group counseling, skills training, and crisis support for female, female identifying, and non-binary youth placed in basic residential services and independent living services at Seneca House, a qualified residential treatment program (QRTP). This position requires an effective communicator who can interact with a vast range of individuals and groups, both internal and external, in calm and assertive manner while performing care for the youth in accordance with Agency policies and procedures and within the Behavioral Rehabilitation Services (BRS) expectations. ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES You'll model best practices and use a culturally aware lens regarding confidentiality, trauma-informed care, positive youth development, Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), Restorative Justice and conflict resolution. Serves as a member of the treatment team, providing guidance for Youth Care Counselors; supports staff in the implementation CPS intervention plans, incentive plans, restrictions, and consequences; helps connect service plan goals and objectives to milieu work. Works in collaboration with the Case Manager in response to mental health and behavioral emergencies, including creating safety plans, performing suicide risk assessments, and developing behavior contracts; communicates with and provides support regarding those tools; highlights community resources that can be accesses in mental health emergencies. Utilizes relevant curriculum and resources to create lesson plans; coordinates and facilitates regular individual and group skills training in areas such as social-emotional development, academic success, and independent living skills; focuses on skill development to advance permanency for each youth. Works in collaboration with the Case Manager to engage youth's families and natural supports; may facilitate parent skills training, mediations, development of home visit goals, and offer other supports for youth transitioning home with their families; participates in the provision of aftercare to youth who have successfully transitioned to new placements. Connects youth and families with relevant community programs, services, and resources; maintains connections with relevant job training and internship programs. Participates in orienting new youth to the program at point of intake; reviews program expectations and facilitates the get to know you process. Coordinates with each youth's school placement, developing connection with their academic team; advocates for appropriate school supports and placements; shares relevant treatment information with youth's school; participates in IEP meetings, conferences, and other relevant academic planning. Documents BRS as required by contract and program procedures; updates databases and client files to reflect tracking of client progress and program outcomes; adheres to contractual and licensing requirements in all documentation; maintains academic credit tracking as applicable. Drives own car or agency vehicle to various locations as a regular part of pe