Youth-led Involvement through Engagement and Leadership

Unite Oregon is seeking experienced staff to support BIPOC, immigrant and refugee, and low-income students through a 9-month leadership development cohort model. Offered to 20-25 students Chavez, Ockley-Green, and Harrison Park middles schools the program will engage students in advocacy strategies, community-based organizing practices, and experiential workshops to address barriers to advance education equity.  Students will gain experience through practical and relevant curriculum designed to engage, empower, and elevate student voice in our schools. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to self-direct learning to address achievement gap, disproportionate discipline issues, and institutional barriers in the education system.

Position Title: Youth-led Involvement through Engagement and Leadership Development Senior Organizer 

Duration: Full Time, Ongoing
Compensation: $46,000 per year depending on experience; generous and progressive benefits including medical and dental care 100% of premiums paid by Unite Oregon, paid wellness leave, vacation, flex time, and personal days off.

About Unite Oregon: Unite Oregon is a 501c3 grassroots community organization with three chapters, in Portland, Beaverton, and Medford. We believe that all people can become leaders and agents of change in the areas of racial justice, immigrant and refugee rights, affordable housing, and living wages. Unite Oregon is building a unified intercultural movement for justice in our state.

Position Description

Unite Oregon is seeking experienced staff to support BIPOC, immigrant and refugee, and low-income students through a 9-month leadership development cohort model. Offered to 20-25 students Chavez, Ockley-Green, and Harrison Park middles schools the program will engage students in advocacy strategies, community-based organizing practices, and experiential workshops to address barriers to advance education equity.  Students will gain experience through practical and relevant curriculum designed to engage, empower, and elevate student voice in our schools. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to self-direct learning to address achievement gap, disproportionate discipline issues, and institutional barriers in the education system. 

Project components include an intensive, annual leadership development training program for three cohorts of students—one from each target school cluster— support in addressing common barriers to education, identifying advocacy tools and practices, and development of a robust youth-led organizing model center around leadership development that is youth-led and adult-assisted. 

Position Responsibilities Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Individual Support

  •  Ability to relate to and support students from diverse cultural, language, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds primarily culturally-specific students of color
  •  Ability to build and maintain relationships with students and families 
  • Providing 1:1 meetings, house visits when applicable, and phone calls to students
  •  Providing individualized support to students as necessary to navigate the school system
  •  Collecting and disseminating information regarding students issues and concerns

Parent Education and Communication

  • Provide culturally appropriate tools and resources for YIELD students
  • Create and deliver culturally relevant and culturally responsive curriculum designed to support students 
  • Understand the barriers/challenges that students of color face within PPS
  •   Create peer-to-peer networking communities that provide opportunities for parents to learn, support, and navigate the college going process together with their student.
  •  Maintaining regular communication with parents throughout school year

Programming

  • Track data, activities and results of engagement with students in Chavez, George, Harrison Park
  • Facilitate and lead issue-based sessions requested by students
  • Identify issues and potential solutions to increase student attendance decrease disproportionate discipline 
  • Be familiar with and understand the barriers and/or challenges that first generation, students of color, and students face as they transition to college.
  •  Attend BUILD weekly meetings
  •  Advise on school-level strategies in support of student empowerment

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree and/or experience working in higher education, college preparation programs
  • Ability to relate to and organize parents from diverse cultural, language, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds primarily culturally-specific communities of color.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with parents, youth, key community leaders, other partnership agencies, and school administrators.
  • Experience with recruitment, retention, and community outreach, organizing and engagement strategies in higher education   
  • Experience with group facilitation and popular education methods including leading workshops in a multicultural, multilingual setting that include team building activities and engaging dialogue
  • Excellent project planning and event organizing ability; proven experience conducting workshops, actions, and trainings
  • Strong communication, writing, organizational, and data tracking experience  
  • Strong commitment to educational equity, social and racial justice

 

All interested candidates, please and resume and cover letter and 2 references to Operations Director Joel Williams at  [email protected]

This position opens until filled. 

Unite Oregon  is committed to providing equal employment opportunity and equal access in a non-discriminatory manner to its programs and services for all persons without regard to race, creed, color, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, political affiliation, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any real or perceived sensory, mental, or physical disability.