Job Summary
Employment Type
Full Time
Years Experience
1 - 3 years
$40k+ Annual
Job Description

About New Avenues for Youth:  

New Avenues is a social services agency working 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.  We are a diverse non-profit organization in our 21st year serving youth.  

Our Commitment to Equity: 

New Avenues for Youth imagines a community where all young people thrive and experience health, well-being, and a self-determined home. Historical inequities and intersecting forms of oppression such as racism, poverty, adultism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism, among others contribute to marginalization and exploitation of youth. We believe, to redress youth homelessness and housing instability we must challenge and dismantle racism and other forms of oppression and build relationships within our communities that advance equity. 

At New Avenues, advancing equity is an ongoing commitment without closure. We remain open-minded and presume best intentions, knowing that discomfort and conflict are inevitable. We take risks and make and learn from our mistakes. We seek multiple perspectives, strive for transparency, remain humble, and resist the urge to silence hard truths.

The Position:

The Pathways Mental Health Counselor will carry a caseload of up to twenty mental health clients who are referrals from the Homeless Youth Continuum.  This role provides mental health treatment to clients, mental health planning, and linkage to ongoing mental health treatment in the community.  Services may include assessment, referral, dual diagnosis services, mental health counseling, housing stabilization, and skill building. In addition, the person in this position will manage Pathway leasing funds for up to three scattered-site community apartments and provide case management support for apartment residents. The Pathways Mental Health Counselor also provides training to staff in the Homeless Youth Continuum on varied and applicable mental health best practice topics.

Skills & Knowledge:

  • Desire to work with a diverse, multicultural staff and youth
  • Applied knowledge of trauma informed care
  • Ability to collaborate with Homeless Youth Continuum (HYC) service providers to identify youth in need of mental health support and integrate mental health plans into overall service coordination.
  • Aptitude to maintain a minimum of 60 documented hours of youth engagement per month.
  • Willingness to provide training for staff at HYC agencies to assist staff in early identification and support of youth mental health needs 
  • Effectively assist youth enrolled in Pathways Housing with securing permanent housing and ensuring the units meet Housing Quality Standards
  • Provide on-going case management and service coordination support for Pathways Housing participants.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English speaking a plus

Education & Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in counseling, psychology, or social work required
  • Experience conducting mental health and behavioral assessments
  • Minimum two years of experience working with high-risk youth preferred 
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Job ID: 251274556

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