Youth Support Specialist

New Avenues for Youth (Non-Profit)

Job Description


New Avenues for Youth is committed to supporting a workplace that honors, celebrates, and acknowledges our community’s powerful differences. Through our work here, we move together to support the wellbeing, care, and growth of youth in our community. To be at our best, we embrace that the diverse communities we serve must be reflected in our colleagues supporting the work we do each day. We are committed to our workforce centering practices that support and encourage Black, Indigenous, people of color, people with disabilities, and people with non-dominant gender identities to grow and thrive.

We encourage Black, Indigenous, people of color, people with disabilities, and people with non-dominant gender identities who may not believe they meet all of the described qualifications to consider what they can contribute to community, and apply.

Your New Role:
The Alba Youth Support Specialist will provide crisis intervention, safety planning, emergency housing placement for high-risk youth (ages 9-17) who are homeless or at-risk. The responsibilities of this position include intake and assessment, emergency placement coordination, record keeping related to job duties. The specialist will engage youth and provide services through Positive Youth Development model and Trauma Informed Care frame. We are currently looking to hire for the following schedules. $21 an hour is paid for overnight shifts:


- Sun/Mon/Tuesday overnights 8pm-8:30am

- Thursday/Friday/Saturday overnights 8pm-8:30am

- Monday-Friday 6pm-8:30pm


- Wednesdays overnight 8pm-8:30am

- Saturdays and Sundays 8am-8:30pm

Skills & Knowledge:

  • Minimum of two years of experience working with high-risk youth 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, positive humor and overall interpersonal skills.
  • Use of personal automobile for transporting self and clients for work purposes.
  • Must have access to an automobile, a valid driver’s license, and active auto insurance on that vehicle.
  • Must be willing to be CPR trained and certified.

About Us…

New Avenues is an innovative, influential social services agency that works in partnership with the Portland area community to provide homeless, foster-care, and at-risk youth of all backgrounds with the resources and skills needed to lead healthy, productive lives. At New Avenues, everyone is youth centered and collaboratively work together to accomplish our mission.

We are a diverse non-profit organization serving this community for over 23 years. At New Avenues, we seek dynamic, spirited individuals looking to contribute to the success of these amazing young people. Being part of our team offers a rewarding experience where your contributions have impact. Our approachable and supportive management team is focused on providing you with the tools, guidance, and autonomy to thrive while gaining invaluable social services background.

Our Commitment to Equity…

Back in 2015, New Avenues for Youth embarked on an unending initiative to consistently advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace. Today, we are a more curious and consciously aware agency of employees invested in the ongoing practice of learning from multiple perspectives and lived experiences. We firmly believe equity is an ongoing commitment without closure; in taking risks, we will learn from our mistakes. We are an organization committed to listen to each other and those that we serve, to always strive for transparency, to remain humble, and to resist the urge to simplify or silence hard truths. We make these commitments because we believe in social justice and the inherent human dignity of each individual.

New Avenues Offers a Comprehensive Benefits Package…

Paid Vacation, Sick, and Personal Time, Paid Holidays, No Employee Cost Share for your Health, Vision, and Dental Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability, and Life Insurance. Flexibility Spending Accounts, a 403b Retirement Savings Plan, and an Employee Assistance Resource and Referral Program.

New Avenues for Youth is an Equal opportunity Employer.

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

Pay: $20.00 per hour


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Referral program
  • Vision insurance


  • Weekends as needed

COVID-19 considerations:
New Avenues follows all COVID safety protocols set forth by the CDC and the OHA.

Work Location: In person

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