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JOB NOTICE: Resource Navigation Specialist

Who We Are

FosterClub’s mission is big: lead the efforts of young people in and from foster care to become connected, educated, inspired and represented so they can realize their personal potential and contribute to a better life for their peers.

Our approach is to engage and empower those who have the most at stake in transforming the foster care system: young people themselves.  FosterClub creates and connects young people from foster care with unique tools and programs, and engages young people to transform life for themselves, their peers, and to ultimately improve the child welfare system.  
FosterClub understands that good youth engagement integrates Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI), and that the entire child welfare system is improved by prioritizing the well-being of young people who experience significant bias and discrimination in the child welfare system due to their race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, and who are disproportionately represented in the child welfare system. 
Candidates who identify as POC and candidates with Lived Experience in Foster Care are strongly encouraged to apply. 
The Opportunity:  Resource Navigation Specialist
FosterClub develops and delivers innovative strengths-based, trauma-informed publications and communications for youth in/from foster care. As a member of our Direct Support to Youth Team, the Resource Navigation Specialist will expand FosterClubs’ advocacy efforts by helping to connect current and former foster youth with important tools and resources.

Essential Functions

  • Manage National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) for Oregon and Nevada, ensuring survey completion rates in accordance with federal standards
  • Develop, in collaboration with Youth Publication & Communication Specialist, resource navigation documents, including toolkits, e-newsletters, and training documents to support youth in navigating resources
  • Maintain and update the FosterClub resource hub and support youth in accessing resources
  • Develop new contracts for NYTD work
  • Engage Oregon youth in/from foster care, including engaging youth via social media and in-person
  • Complete and deliver accurate, timely reports to Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) 
  • Provide content to Youth Publications & Communications Specialist and Membership & Outreach Specialist
  • Deliver a high level of level customer service via phone and email 
  • Support All-Star intern activities during internship season, including hosting briefing and debriefing, and supporting youth during travel to youth conferences 
  • Keep abreast of current trends and research in youth development and child welfare practices
  • Work collaboratively to reduce racial and gendered outcome disparities for youth and families engaged in the child welfare system
  • Other duties as assigned 

Required Qualifications

  • Commitment to FosterJEDI and friendly support of youth

  • Ability to effectively interface and communicate with state partners, current and former foster youth, as well as FosterClub teammates, volunteers and interns

  • Ability to impactfully present and communicate information to state partners, current and former foster youths, as well as FosterClub teammates, volunteers and interns 

  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a collaborative team 

  • Commitment to ongoing personal and organizational growth development  

Desired Qualifications 

  • Intermediate to expert level experience using Google Suite (Google Docs, Sheets, Drive, etc.), Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook, Word, Publisher, PowerPoint), or similar systems
  • Intermediate to advanced experience managing databases such as FileMaker or Access. Basecamp or other web-based project management system experience preferred
  • Beginner to Intermediate experience using creative tools such as Adobe or Canva  
  • Experience creating content, proofreading and editing written communication for youth audiences, and adhering to brand standards 

Physical Demands

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:
  • Sit or stand in a stationary position at a desk up to 40 hours per week 
  • Drafting/writing 80% of the time
  • Answer phones and respond to phone inquiries
  • Moving tubs or bin <35lbs, occasionally 
  • Ascend/descend one flight of stairs for staff/team meetings 2x’s per week
  • Extensive movement at youth events, occasionally on uneven terrain at youth camps
  • Driving youth in 12 passenger van occasionally 

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Regular office hours Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm, willing to discuss and accommodate slight adjustments
  • Frequent travel and overnights while supporting team members and Young Leaders to fulfill contractual obligations at youth events and adult stakeholder trainings nationwide
  • Traveling overnight for staff retreats and developmental training opportunities
  • Open office environment
  • Travel
  • Travel and Flying >25%, up to 50% during All-Star Season (June-August)

Equitable Employment Opportunity Statement
FosterClub is committed to building a more just, diverse, inclusive and accessible work environment. We strive to be a workplace where youth who have experienced care, folks with traditionally marginalized identities, and those with non-traditional career paths can thrive. As an Equitable Opportunity Employer we are also committed to upholding applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations prohibiting unlawful discrimination in employment on the basis of age, ancestry, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or the presence of a physical, cognitive, or sensory disability. 
Classification: Full-Time, Non-Exempt
Compensation: $16.50 - 23.00 per hour, DOQ; Paid Time Off; Dental; Medical 
Reports to: Director of Youth Programs, Erich N. Pitcher
Start Date: As soon as possible
Review: Six month probationary period; Quarterly performance and compensation evaluations  
Location: Oregon 



Sep 14, 2020 By Celeste