Family Advocate - Janus Youth Programs

Family Advocate - Janus Youth Programs

12 Jul 2021
Oregon, Portland, 97201 Portland USA

Family Advocate - Janus Youth Programs

Insights Teen Parent Services has been providing parenting education and support services to young parents through home visiting and support groups for nearly 40 years. We offer 8 different programs with specialties including child development, domestic violence, homelessness and foster care involvement for teen parents or their children.

Echo is a voluntary program offering supportive services to pregnant and parenting youth involved with the DHS Child Welfare system to best support parent and child through the entire process. Family Advocates walk alongside young parents involved in the Child Welfare system to support their understanding and participation in child welfare and juvenile court process. Family Advocates meet with families weekly, or more, offering intensive home and community visiting focused on life skills development, hands on parenting, enhanced family functioning and healthy relationships.

Family Advocates provide hands on parenting activities in Supervised DHS visits and may supervise visits in some circumstances. Family Advocates communicate regularly with DHS staff, the parent’s attorney and other community professionals to coordinate services. Family Advocates frequently provide documentation that is entered as evidence in Juvenile Court proceedings and testify voluntarily or under subpoena several times per year.

Family Advocates conduct an initial needs assessment and multiple subsequent assessments for families and provide appropriate resources and referrals to community agencies. Family Advocates utilize multiple assessments and brainstorm with the family to develop an individual family support plan and set up activities and strategies that help the family meet their identified goals.

SCHEDULE: 40 hours per week; Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am and 6pm; plus additional hours for staff meetings and supervision. However, this schedule may be adjusted according to the needs of the program.

WAGE/BENEFITS: $3,250.00per month, salary non-exempt. Janus offers an excellent benefits program including medical, dental, life & long-term disability insurance; EAP; 401(k) and paid time off (varied eligibility waiting periods apply). Voluntary optional coverage is also available.

TO APPLY: Please apply online through Paycom:

Applications for all positions may be forwarded to appropriate similar positions within Janus Youth Programs. Positions may vary by location, pay structure, union, and supervisory staff.

QUALIFICATIONS: Any combination of education, experience and training that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position is qualifying.

Bachelor’s degree in a social-service related field.

Experience demonstrating knowledge of community resources and ability to successfully access needed resources.

Experience providing outreach and/or direct-service to adolescents, children and families.

Experience with early childhood and knowledge of child development.

Experience providing parent education and/or support.

Preference may be extended to current employees of Janus Youth Programs, Inc.


Must value and thrive working within a multicultural/diverse work environment.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a variety of individuals, including young parents, DHS workers, Family Court judges, District Attorneys, landlords, school staff, and resource providers.

Bi-lingual skills (English/Spanish) are preferred but not required.

Ability to speak and present information in both individual, small-group and large-group settings and to represent the program in community settings.

Ability to accurately read, write, and interpret information.

Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage time and information efficiently.

Demonstrated ability to problem solve and exercise independent judgment.

Ability to work effectively both individually and within a team-dependent environment and a willingness to receive and act upon feedback.

Ability to maintain appropriate professional boundaries in working with others and in handling confidential information.

Ability to exercise tact, discretion and judgment in working with a variety of people.

Ability to consistently attend and be punctual for scheduled work commitments and meetings and be in a condition suitable for performing the functions of the position.

Math aptitude sufficient to provide education regarding home budgeting.

Manual/physical dexterity allowing for performance of routine office functions such as writing, copying, filing, computer use, phone use, faxing, etc.

Ability to lift up to 20lbs in order to deliver/carry supplies to parent/child-family activities or to trainings.

Ability to walk and climb stairs in order to access clients’ homes and apartments is required.

Strong understanding of the dynamics of intimate partner violence and the impact on families.


Driving is required; drives agency vehicle and/or​ a personal vehicle for travel and/or transport clients required. All employees who drive for work purposes must have and maintain a valid driver’s license for state of residency, have a driving record that permits coverage under the corporate auto liability policy, and complete the agency’s driving approval process before driving for work. If driving a personal vehicle for work purposes drivers must also have personal auto liability coverage ($100,000/$300,000 levels strongly recommended). Employees are not to drive for work purposes until they have received written authorization to do so.

Bloodborne Pathogens training is required on first day of employment and annually thereafter.

Must complete Mandatory Abuse Training within the first 30 days of employment and annually thereafter.

Must pass criminal history background check.


May involve exposure to communicable diseases, including a variety of illnesses and infections such as the common cold, TB, Hepatitis, flu, meningitis, and HIV.

May involve exposure to upset, angry, severely traumatized or emotionally disturbed children, adolescents and families.

May involve time in excess of routine schedule and/or overtime, including evening/overnight, weekend hours, and/or holidays.

May require working and providing services at locations other than program site (i.e., restaurant, café’, clients’ apartments, etc.,) and may, therefore, be exposed to environments not under agency control (i.e., second-hand smoke, varying hygiene practices, etc.).

This position description is intended to give the reader a general idea of the overall purpose and the main activities and responsibilities that are intrinsic to this position. While this description is intended to be representative, it is not intended to be limiting.

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