Parent Mentor (Mothers)

Peer Support Salem, Oregon


TITLE: Parent Mentor - Mothers - Self Sufficiency Program
POSITION: Full-Time/ In-Person 
LOCATION: Marion County, Polk County
SALARY: $21.64/hr. - $23.02/hr. (Bilingual  $23.59/hr. - $25.10/hr.)

Morrison Child and Family Services: We are a Joint Commission and Sanctuary accredited non-profit organization that provides a comprehensive array of services to children, adolescents, and their families. As an agency, Morrison, its team members, and clients commit to the following values of trauma-informed care:  
  • Nonviolence - being safe and doing the right thing 
  • Emotional Intelligence - managing our feelings so we don’t hurt ourselves or others 
  • Social Learning - respecting and sharing ideas of our teams 
  • Democracy - shared decision making whenever possible 
  • Open Communication - saying what we mean and not being mean when we say it 
  • Social Responsibility - everyone makes a contribution to the organizational culture 
  • Growth and Change - creating hope for our clients and ourselves 
  • Equity - Assuring all can survive and thrive 

Position Summary:

The Parent Mentor Program matches Parent Mentors with parents accessing Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) in Washington County. The goal of the program is to support each parent as they work toward the ultimate goal of family stability.  Parent Mentors are role models demonstrating the possibility of change and a healthy life as a self-sufficient parent. 

Coaching parents through their case with DHS Self Sufficiency Programs and supporting them in developing healthy social supports are important aspects of this work. The Parent Mentor will be available to consult with DHS staff regarding family engagement and assist in recognizing issues of mental health needs, criminality, cultural responsiveness, poverty, addiction and recovery. 

 Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop a trusting relationship with assigned parents by providing regular contact and support, including attending meetings with DHS when requested by parents.
  • Communicate effectively with Self-Sufficiency Workers regarding referrals and client-related concerns.
  • Transport parents to treatment services and other community resources as needed.
  • Encourage parents to advocate for themselves and their family.
  • Attend weekly team meetings and regular supervision with Program Supervisor.
  • Link parents to child’s school community, encourage relationship building with teachers.
  • Link parents to opportunities to further their own education.
  • Provide parents with access to resources for employment coaching and opportunities.
  • Support parents in developing positive parenting skills and making healthy choices.
  • Document contacts and visits with parents and maintain parent records.
  • Attend trainings as necessary and participate in advisory groups on a regular basis.
  • Maintain confidential information.
  • Use tools of the Sanctuary Model & 7 Sanctuary Commitments in performing job duties.
  • Attainment of team and professional development goals on a yearly basis.
  • Model and encourage direct, professional communication among all staff and contribute to the development of good employee morale.

Core Competencies:

  • Values working in a multicultural/diverse work environment.
  • Strong commitment to the population served by the program and seeing parents succeed.
  • Ability to work from a strengths-based perspective in motivating parents toward change.
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries and to handle confidential information.
  • Ability to handle sensitive information and situations in a calm and professional manner.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Flexibility, ability, and willingness to take on new responsibilities as needed.

Experience/Education Requirements:

  • Personal experience and knowledge of addiction issues
  • Minimum 2 years in active recovery from using alcohol and other drugs required
  • Personal experience of a DHS TANF case, closed for a minimum 1 year required
  • Personal experience of a DHS Child Welfare case, closed for a minimum 1 year required
  • High School Diploma or GED or high school level writing and reading skills
  • Demonstrated success working with and/or having lived experience, specific knowledge, skills and abilities engaging Latino families

Other Requirements: 

  •  Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and personal auto liability insurance 
  • Must pass a criminal history check 
We are an Affirmative Action Plan Employer. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic. In compliance with our Affirmative Action Plan, Morrison uses E-Verify to determine employment eligibility after an offer is accepted.

Applications will be reviewed as received.  Morrison reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any point during the posting period. 

Morrison employees are offered a variety of benefits including Medical, Vision, Dental, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employer-Paid Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment and Long-Term Disability, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).  

If your personal values align with our agency's vision and dedication to serving youth and families, please submit your résumé, application, and cover letter to