Skills Training Specialist

Deadline January 13, 2022

Department: Youth Empowerment and Violence Prevention

Reports To: YEVP Program Manager

Compensation: $22.21 hourly ($46,200)

Classification: Full-time (1.0 FTE)

FSLA Status- Non-Exempt

Benefits & Perks Latino Network provides a generous benefits package that includes;

Health Plans including Medical, Dental, Vision, and Alternative Care
FSA – Flexible Spending Account for Medical & Dependent Care expenses
401k Plan with Match
Employee Assistance Program
Employer sponsored Life, AD&D and Short-Term Disability Insurance
Paid Leave (Vacation, Sick, Family medical leave, Sabbatical)
$300 Home Office reimbursement
$50 Monthly internet reimbursement
Self – Care perks
Team and family events


Latino Network’s mission is to provide transformative opportunities, services and advocacy for the education, leadership and civic engagement of our youth, families and communities. Our work springs from the core belief in Latino community self determination—that is, the ability of community members to participate meaningfully in the decisions that affect their lives and the lives of their families. We build and manage collaborative and energetic teams to implement high quality, culturally inclusive programs. We actively partner across a variety of city, county, state and community organizations to deliver training and support, a wide range of services, as well as influence policy.


The Skills Training Specialist will be responsible for supporting the Youth Empowerment and Violence Prevention Program Manager, Family Care Manager, and Mentor/Outreach in direct wraparound services for high-risk youth and youth’s families who have been impacted by gun violence in their community. This position requires coordination, planning and facilitation of youth groups for gun violence impacted youth. (ages 13-19). The Skills Training Specialist will assist the Family Care Manager with intakes and assessments, group mentoring sessions, crisis intervention, case planning and resource brokerage and referral, case coordination and advocacy, follow-up and after care, ART groups (Aggression Reduction Training), Parent Groups, and assist the Mentor/Outreach position with conducting outreach to Latinx communities that have been impacted by gun violence.


Work with Program Manager to ensure team alignment to La Cultura Cura: Joven Noble Curriculum, “A Rites of Passage, Character Development Model”.
Provide mobile or site-based wrap-around advocacy and support for youth ages 13-19 who are program participants.
Communicate effectively with law enforcement, probation and parole, and community partners.
Work closely with community, city, OVP partners, other service providers inside and outside Latino Network.
Develop and maintain professional and trusting relationships with youth that encourage positive social and emotional development.
Create and nurture Protective Factors (caring relationships, high expectations, and relevant and meaningful participation) in each youth’s environment, including within the multi-agency team setting.
Integrate and reconnect youth with natural supports and community resources.
Understand and value Multnomah County Assertive Engagement goals, objectives and outcomes and participate in the coordination of services and program development in an interdisciplinary, multi-agency team setting.
Manage crisis by ability to recognize and provide appropriate intervention as needed.
Address youth conflict directly and respectfully while avoiding power struggles.
Teach and model effective problem solving and conflict negotiation.
Exhibit flexibility by providing services in non-traditional settings (outside of traditional ‘office’ settings, i.e. the community, cafes, schools, parks, etc.)
Make referrals based on appropriate match between youth’s needs and available resources. Advocate with referral agencies as needed and when appropriate to facilitate referral for identification of client needs.
Exhibit an awareness of commonalities and differences among youth of diverse backgrounds and show respect for those of different talents, abilities, sexual orientation and faith. Build on diversity among and between individuals to strengthen the program community and the community at large by serving as a role model for the principles of inclusion and tolerance.
Maintain accurate and up to date ETO (Efforts to Outcome) records related to caseload and statistical information within legal and ethical professional standards.
Complete all youth and service related paperwork in a timely manner.
Attend all required program, division and agency meetings.
Engage community members in support roles and network various systems/options for youth.
Provides support coverage for all Latino Network programs as necessary.
Maintains punctual, regular and predictable attendance.
Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
Maintains professional standards of performance, demeanor and appearance at all times.
Performs tasks and responsibilities in a complete and timely manner, complying with agency policies and standards and conforming to scheduling requirements of this job description and programs.
Maintains a creative, team-building, cooperative approach to job performance and seeks to bring a constructive, problem-solving orientation to all tasks.
Maintains an awareness of the agency’s mission and works to promote the positive individual and social change goals it embodies.
Exercises confidentiality, discretion and professional judgment at all times keeping with the responsibilities carried and by the agency for the care and welfare of youth and families.
Perform additional duties and responsibilities as directed by the Program Manager.

By nature of our service to k-12 school districts, this position is subject to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) mandate requiring all employees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or qualification for a medical or religious exemption. By applying for this position, you represent you meet these job requirements. Failure to do so will disqualify you from employment.


Bilingual and Bi-cultural proficiency: Fluent in Spanish and English.
Knowledge of culturally based world-view and problem solving practices of Latino individuals and families in urban neighborhoods impacted by crime, poverty, and racial inequity.
Experience working with youth facing multiple barriers and Latino youth and families is preferred.
Minimum of two years’ experience working with youth experiencing multiple barriers required.
Understands the issues of substance abuse, mental health, trauma, abuse and adolescent development including brain development.
Experience, ability and commitment to working with sexual minority and culturally diverse staff, participants and community.
Excellent communication, organization, creativity, flexibility, optimism, and overall interpersonal skills.
Experience with Latino youth, families, and community to support their aspirations to become contributing law-abiding citizens.
Ability or expressed desire to work in a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency and cross-jurisdictional team with shared responsibility for specifically assigned individuals and families.
Computer proficient.
Ability to conduct presentations and facilitate in a fluid manner both in English and Spanish as needed.
Knowledge of key education institutions, resources, programs, social services and government agencies in the Portland Metro area.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with governmental partners, youth, families, community support systems.
Strong organizational skills.
Demonstrated ability to work independently, leading a team, and as a collaborative team member.
Demonstrated consistency in following instructions and implementing strategies when needed.
Ability to be flexible and adaptive to successfully achieve the functions of the position as described in the job responsibilities.
Actively strives to continue to develop professional skills through engaging in appropriate professional training and experience.
Ability to work with diverse staff and excel in a multicultural environment.


Regularly work in the office and in the community as needed
Evening and weekend availability may be required, and work hours are flexible to accommodate program implementation; long hours during peak periods.
Reliable car, driver’s license, and automobile liability insurance; must be eligible to be an insured driver under Latino Network’s Commercial Auto Liability.
May work in the community including client homes, schools, churches, parks, community centers, etc.
Undergoing and passing criminal background checks is required
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties of this job.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties of this role. Must be able to perform with or without accommodation the essential functions as described above; which may include, but not limited to: seeing, hearing, typing, speaking, bending, reaching, walking, carrying, lifting and standing for periods of time.The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; type, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb and stoop, kneel, crouch, or bend. May require heavy lifting and walking during events and outreach activities.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:Latino Network is a fast-paced, highly engaged work environment with satellite operations and positions performing work both onsite and remotely. We actively seek opportunities for professional development for our staff and promote a willingness to change for continual improvement. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather); outdoor weather conditions; extreme cold (non-weather) and extreme heat (non-weather). This position requires frequent computer use. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Latino Network strives to communicate effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds


If you, or anyone you know, are interested in joining us in supporting our mission to positively transform the lives of Latino Youth families and communities, please submit your application, resume and cover letter at:, Successful completion of initial and ongoing employment screens, including but not limited to criminal background and vehicle record as required.

Latino Network is an equal opportunity employer. We value and support diversity and inclusion to create a culture of dignity and respect.

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