Program Assistant - Community of Hope - Portland, OR (Part-time)

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To apply, email Linda Jo at with your resume and a cover letter stating why you want this job.

Company Description: Community of Hope exists to empower homeless single-parent families to cultivate hope, healing, and stability while living in a safe, supportive environment. Community of Hope began as a collaborative effort by the Church in North Portland in the spring of 2012 and has since grown to have the capacity to serve up to eight families at a time. That means that in the year between September 2017 through August 2018 40 families called Hope House home. Our program is 100% referral based and while we accept families from all around the Metro area, because place and stability matter, preference is given to North Portland families.
Building on the inherent strengths of families, our staff provides holistic, trauma-informed care to empower parents to hold a job, manage finances, steer clear of addictions, develop positive relationships, grow in parenting skills, and make healthy life choices, all in the context of beautiful, messy community life. To learn more visit


Community of Hope seeks to fill a mid-level program assistant position up to 32 hours per week. The assistant will be responsible for administrative and programmatic oversight. Duties may include:

● Establishing a loving environment where families are welcomed and supported in healing
● Providing relational oversight, management, and accountability for shelter residents
● Mediating conflict resolution
● Initiating disciplinary or corrective action as necessary
● Modeling and encouraging effective communication skills
● Teaching classes
● Providing case management and referrals
● Developing a program for childhood trauma recovery
● Developing a program for following-up with residents after they move out
● Supervision and training of staff and volunteers
● Administrative tasks such as receiving, recording, and processing donations; maintaining receipts

Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in Social Science field or a minimum of 3 years of experience working with at-risk families and children.
● Trained in Trauma-Informed Care
● Time management and organizational skills required, including attention to detail and ability to handle multiple tasks.
● Demonstrated ability to problem solve, exercise independent judgment within program guidelines, and respond effectively to crisis situations.
● Willingness to give and receive appropriate and respectful feedback.
● Ability to work effectively as part of a team-dependent management process, and to provide leadership and support in a manner that models motivation, inspiration and respect.
● Good verbal and written communication skills
● Demonstrated knowledge of modern computer systems and applications, including Windows and Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
● Compatibility: willing to take on the vision of the Community of Hope and implement it, adding to it with their own gifts and insights.
● Cultural Appreciation: desire to work in a multicultural environment and maintain effective, positive, and respectful relationships required.
● Compassion: able to see beyond the trauma-induced behaviors of the families we serve and be welcoming and encouraging no matter what.
● Confidentiality: able to talk about confidential matters with whom it is necessary and not with anyone else.
● A person of faith: able to be open to God’s grace and to share it with others effectively.


● First-hand knowledge or experience working with those undergoing the drug treatment experience
● Event planning, donor engagement, and/or fundraising experience
● Eye for design and marketing, both in print and online (social media, e-newsletters, etc.)

Salary/Wage: $20/hour

Contact Name: Linda Jo Devlaeminck

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Website: http://communityofhopepdxorg

Application Open Until: 3/30/2019

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