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Drop-In Coordinator

Feb 8, 2021
Oasis Youth
Oasis Youth Center
Tacoma

Position: Drop-In Coordinator

Mission & Vision: Founded in 1985, Oasis Youth Center transforms the lives of queer and questioning youth by creating a safe place to learn, connect, and thrive. Oasis envisions a world in which queer youth are valued in the community as strong, creative leaders. Oasis is a youth-adult partnership in which young people and adults come together for shared teaching, learning and action. Learn more online at www.oasisyouthcenter.org


Scope of Work: The Drop-In Coordinator, under the supervision of the Program Manager, is responsible for the following work related to Oasis’s Crime Victim Service Center:

  • Coordinate and facilitate Oasis drop-in sessions during afterschool and evening hours Monday through Saturday. Duties include, but are not limited to, center set-up, staff check in, youth outreach, drop-in facilitation and programming, volunteer engagement, Center closing, documentation, and reflection. Requires ability to engage and connect with a diverse group of youth and young adults. 

  • Design, deliver and support innovative, culturally relevant, fun activities and community events focused on youth membership retention and return participation for youth who are hurt or harmed by crime including assault, childhood physical abuse, and hate violence. Activities may include, but are not limited to, leading movie/discussion nights, dances, convenings, and other programming to bring together queer youth in a safe, healthy environment. 

  • Facilitate and support weekly deliveries of meals and other donations at Oasis and satellite locations. Ensure distribution to youth who have been hurt or harmed by crime.

  • Answer and respond to organizational emails and phone calls in a timely manner.

  • Model a youth-adult partnership. Maintain a safe and respectful environment, ensuring that Oasis members, volunteers and visitors follow established and agreed upon rules and boundaries

  • Conduct intakes for new Oasis members, explaining and modeling rules to new youth and setting clear boundaries. Assist youth in finding programming that matches their interests. Support youth in making return visits to Oasis. Connect youth to staff advocates when additional crime victim advocacy support is needed during day-time hours

  • Develop, coordinate, and support program facilitation for Victims of Crime programming, including, but not limited to, conducting community outreach, delivering educational sessions, advising on victim advocacy issues, evaluation surveys, and program budgeting

  • Support senior staff in delivering workshops, educational activities, and awareness raising events that address root causes of violence against queer youth, including racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia

  • Engage in a high level of communication with senior staff to ensure that youth have access to critical crime victim advocacy, crisis intervention, conflict management, and referral resources

  • Participate in monthly Oasis Bridge Builders community action council meetings and other community meetings

  • Document activities and services, and collect data in accordance with standards set by Oasis and our funding sources

  • Represent Oasis at health fairs, community events, and other outreach functions, particularly functions that connect Oasis to youth who may be hurt or harmed by crime

  • Other duties as assigned.


Training Desired:

  • CPR and First Aid Training 

  • Food Handler’s Permit

  • Knowledge of Youth Program Quality (YPQ) standards and outcome based evaluations

  • 30-hour Basic Sexual Assault Advocacy Training (BSAAT) or related sexual assault or crime victim advocacy training

  • Mental Health First Aid and Trauma Informed Care

  • Note: New staff members will be provided with these trainings. 


Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of volunteer, intern, or work experience with a queer youth program or other youth-serving organization

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred: relevant volunteer and work experience will be considered.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced environment and maintain exceptional communication skills and boundaries at a queer youth drop-in center. Ability to successfully interface with hundreds of people annually

  • Demonstrated group facilitation and public speaking skills with youth and young adult audiences

  • Demonstrated experience in successful program creation and planning

  • Organizational and time management skills

  • Trauma informed care, crisis management, and conflict resolution experience.

  • Willingness to seek, give, and incorporate feedback in support of continuous individual and organizational improvement

  • Ability to demonstrate proactive and innovative problem-solving.

  • Demonstrated experience, ability and enthusiasm for working and identifying with queer youth of varying socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, and faith backgrounds

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to work effectively and contribute positively as a team member.

  • A positive attitude and desire to grow professionally and personally. 

  • Proficiency in, or ability to learn, Google cloud-based suite (i.e. Google docs and spreadsheets) and Salesforce

  • Access to reliable transportation and the ability to travel throughout the county during after school, evening, and weekend hours, including to areas without transit systems.

  • Flexible scheduling availability and willingness to work in a small-team environment.

  • Available to attend one overnight weekend retreat annually in November.

  • Please note: Because this position works directly with vulnerable youth, Oasis will perform a required Washington State Patrol background check after the final interview process, and before an offer of employment is made. Oasis will also check references prior to any employment offer.


Position Overview: 

  • Position requires a high level of physical activity including: walking and moving throughout center during drop-in shifts; lifting items that weigh up to 30 lbs; and routine rearranging and moving objects and furniture. 

  • Position is full-time (40 hours per week) and includes a generous Paid Time Off and benefits package

  • Position reports to the Program Manager.

  • A typical work week will include a mixture of office/planning hours and direct program hours. View a sample schedule here.


More about Oasis Youth Center:

  • Oasis is fiscally sponsored by Pierce County AIDS Foundation (PCAF), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization. Learn more online at www.piercecountyaids.org

  • Oasis supports and engages employees in opportunities for training, advancement, and increased leadership at Oasis and beyond. 

  • Oasis values Accountability, Action, Communication, Positivity, and Seventh Generation Thinking.


Note about funding for position:

  • The Drop-In Coordinator position is funded by the City of Tacoma.


Compensation and Benefits: This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Compensation for this position starts at $19.25/hr, depending upon education and experience. Extraordinary employer-paid benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision coverage, life, short-term and long-term disability insurance, employee assistance programs, paid holidays, and a generous Paid Time Off (PTO) plan.


How To Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume to Michelle Kelly-Barroga, Program Manager, jobs@oasisyouthcenter.org, by 12pm, February 10, 2021. In your cover letter, please state your interest in this specific position, your experiences working with a diverse group of queer and questioning youth, and address any relevant sexual violence prevention and/or advocacy work or volunteer experience. 


Equal Opportunity Employer: Oasis Youth Center and our fiscal sponsor PCAF (Pierce County AIDS Foundation) are proud Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employers. We do not discriminate on the basis of ethnic origin, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, or the presence of any sensory or physical disability, including HIV status. All interested individuals including people of color, women, persons with disabilities, and persons who are gay, transgender, or intersex are particularly encouraged to apply. 


Candidates for employment should be aware that Oasis Youth Center is a unique work environment in which topics of identity are an integral part of our everyday work, and are often discussed openly. Individuals who are uncomfortable with such topics and discussions may choose not to work at Oasis.

 


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