Parent Mentor (Multnomah County)

Peer Support Portland, Oregon


Job Title:  Parent Mentor – Multnomah County   
Department/Program: Parent Mentor Program     
Reports to:  Peer Supervisor   
FLSA status:  Non-exempt 
Salary Range: $21.64/hr. - $23.02/hr. (Bilingual $23.59/hr. - $25.10/hr.)
Position/Job Summary: The Parent Mentor Program matches Parent Mentors who have a history of addiction and involvement with DHS Child Welfare with parents currently entering the Child Welfare system. Parent Mentors are role models demonstrating the possibility of change and a healthy life as a parent in recovery.  Parent Mentors provide system navigation based on a combination of their personal experience and professional training provided by Parents Anonymous.  Empowering and coaching parents through their case with DHS, supporting them at Family Decision Meetings and court hearings, linking parents to appropriate resources, driving parents to appointments, and providing support for other mentors on the team are all important aspects of this work.   
Position/Job Duties and Responsibilities:   
  • Develop a trusting relationship with assigned parents by providing regular contact and support, including attending court and/or meetings with DHS when requested by parents
  • Communicate positively and professionally with DHS staff and work collaboratively to support families in assigned county
  • Build relationships with DHS Child Welfare staff and serve as a positive representative for the Parent Mentor Program
  • Consult with DHS Child Welfare Staff regarding effective culturally specific practices to engage urban and rural families
  • Assist teammates and DHS Child Welfare staff in recognizing culturally specific issues of addiction and recovery
  • Link parents with culturally responsive treatment services and community resources as needed
  • Empower parents to advocate for themselves and their family by coaching parents in understanding the boundaries and expectations of DHS
  • Support parents in developing positive parenting skills and making healthy choices
  • Attend regular supervision with Peer Supervisor and weekly Parent Mentor Team Meetings 
  • Document contacts and visits with parents and maintain accurate parent records
  • Maintain confidential information
  • Attend all trainings as necessary and participate in panels and advisory groups
  • Attainment of team and professional development goals on a yearly basis
  • Models and encourages direct, professional communication among all staff involved and contributes to the development of good employee morale
  • Values working in a multicultural/diverse work environment
  • Strong commitment to the population served by the program and to seeing parents succeed
  • Ability to communicate in a professional manner, both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrated advocacy skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to use a computer using Microsoft Suite, Outlook for email and timekeeping system.
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries and to handle confidential information
  • Ability to attend regular scheduled work hours between 7am-7:30pm, be punctual for scheduled work hours and meetings, and be in a condition suitable for assuming responsibilities of the position
  • Ability to handle sensitive information and situations in a calm and professional manner
  • Ability to work from a strengths-based perspective in motivating parents to make a change
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Flexibility, ability, and willingness to take on new responsibilities as needed
  • Manual dexterity allowing for copying, typing, filing, and writing
Required Position Qualifications:   
  • Personal experience and knowledge of addiction issues required
  • Minimum 2 years in active program of recovery from using alcohol and other drugs required
  • Personal experience of a DHS Child Welfare case required, closed for a minimum of 1 year
  • High School Diploma or GED or high school level writing and reading skills
  • Experience supporting other men & women in recovery
Preferred Position Qualifications:   
  • Experience being mentored in the Parent Mentor Program
  • Experience being sponsored in the 12 Step community
  • Experience as a Parent Group Leader for Parents Anonymous support groups
  • Knowledge of treatment and community resources
  • Basic clerical experience
  • Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office and Outlook
  • Certified Recovery Mentor certificate through ACCBO
  • Bilingual in Spanish
  • Demonstrate a commitment to developing a thorough knowledge and application of the Sanctuary model and other organizational policies & practices.  
  • Participate in staff development, in-services, and training related to equity and inclusion in the workplace; model appropriate behaviors; develop, recommend, and implement improvements to business practices with awareness and understanding of the impact in a trauma-informed and culturally diverse organization.   
Other Requirements:    
  • Position requires personal transportation allowing for travel within the assigned counties in a timely manner. If driving a personal vehicle for work purposes must have and maintain a valid driver’s license for state of residency, personal auto liability insurance at $100,000/$100,000 level, and a driving record permitting coverage under corporate auto liability policy.
  • Blood borne Pathogens training is required on the first day of employment.
  • Must pass a criminal history check.
  • May involve air travel outside the State of Oregon
Physical demands:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently is required to sit, use hands and fingers, reach with arms; talk and hear.  Vision abilities include close vision distance vision and color vision.  Occasionally this position requires walking, stooping, bending and lifting up to 10 lbs.   
Work environment:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to a noise level of large groups of people. Outside weather conditions during travel time and outings with the youth. Possible exposure to communicable diseases which can encompass a variety of illnesses and infections, including tuberculosis, Hepatitis A, B, and C, infectious meningitis, and HIV. Possible exposure to drug paraphernalia.  Exposure to upset, angry, severely traumatized or emotionally disturbed children, adolescents and families.    
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).