Director of Community Wellness
About Urban League of Portland
Established in 1945, the Urban League of Portland is one of the oldest African American service, civil rights and advocacy organizations in the region. We are part of a network of over 80 National Urban League Affiliates across the country and are recognized as one of the leading voices for African Americans and others in Oregon and Southwest Washington. We are a key coalition-builder amongst other organizations, and work extensively with both traditional and emerging groups, the faith-based community, businesses, and other organizations, including those serving immigrants and refugees. The Urban League of Portland’s mission is to empower African Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security and quality of life. Our programs include a distinctive blend of direct services, organizing, outreach, and advocacy. We offer workforce services, community health services, summer youth programming, senior services, meaningful civic engagement opportunities, and powerful advocacy.
Equal Opportunity Statement: The Urban League of Portland is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified employees and applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability, or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.
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DIRECTOR OF HEALTH INITITATIVES POSITION SUMMARY
The Director of Health Initiatives has responsibility to effectively lead and oversee all programs relating to community health, public health, and wellness initiatives within the League. This position involves financial oversight for all program areas including spending, fundraising, and budgeting. Responsible for leading and supporting the agency’s health, wellness and older adults’ services; these programs directly support the Black community to promote health and quality of life. This leader provides strategic design, development, and oversight of programs supporting community members experiencing health concerns to manage their own health and navigate the health system, programs to promote health in the Black community, and programs to keep African American older adults and those with disabilities as valued, active members of our community. The Director provides leadership, vision, support, and guidance for service delivery of all health and senior programs, including management of all outcomes, development of all staff, and quality assurance. The director will assure service contract and regulatory compliance. Coordinate service delivery in close coordination with agency programs, funders, and community partners.
- Provide direct supervision and evaluation of leadership staff in the health and Seniors department, including supervision, information and assistance, outreach, and strengths-based management. Assign staff for each supervision to leadership staff and monitor overall workload assignments to ensure evenness and manageability.
- Monitor grant contracts, client files, information and assistance records, and other social service program records for accuracy and consistency with program goals and outcomes.
- Hold leadership team meetings and attend seniors and health related collaborative meetings in community and report back to Vice President. Conduct weekly one on one supervision with health and senior’s leadership staff.
- Develop comprehensive listing of health and older adult services and develop partnerships with health care and older adult service providers
- Promote culturally responsive mediation between community members and the social service system, and local programs, and other service providers. Ensure all programs provide holistic culturally appropriate and accessible health education, senior-focused care planning, relevant information and resources, and responsive crisis intervention for community members.
- Collaborate with community groups to identify and address the underlying health disparities and advocate for more services and protection for older adults. Engage community members in a wide range of system-level or city, region, and statewide policy interventions to reduce disproportionate health access and aging in place, along with other health disparities for African American.
- Ensure the department maintains all related data tracking systems. Responsible for related reports including outcomes, successes, and challenges, including generating community member data for monthly reports to the Vice President. Using ARDS and Apricot case management software, maintain complete and accurate documentation of service objectives and outcomes as well as other services in accordance with federal, state, county, and Urban League policy & guidelines. Maintain complete client records, daily activity logs, mileage logs, and other reports as directed.
- Attend community meetings, system level leadership meetings, training workshops and community meetings as assigned and related to housing.
- Conduct 90 day and annual reviews of all direct reports.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
- Commitment to and knowledge of social justice issues and the dynamics of social change, the history and mission of the Urban League of Portland, and expertise in present scope of Urban League service and advocacy programs.
- Knowledge and understanding of working with African Americans, low-income families and specifically with older adults and those with chronic health conditions, particularly considering the unique strengths and barriers in this population.
- Knowledge of emergency, social, education, domestic violence, child welfare, human services, and information/referral systems.
- Ability to take initiative and prioritize tasks; good time-management, problem prevention, and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to work cooperatively with others and support the goals and mission of the Urban League of Portland
- Impeccable written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate effectively and project a professional image when giving and taking information in writing, in person, and over the phone.
- Ability to listen and develop rapport and relate well with community partners
- Creative, result-oriented, self-starting, willing to learn, and able to manage multiple ongoing projects.
- Ability to work with diverse communities, specific understanding of culturally specific initiatives and programs.
- Demonstrated computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suites with an emphasis on Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook programs, required. Experience using HMIS (service point) and Apricot is preferred
- Ability to work varied days and hours including evenings and weekends as needed
- Ability to sit, stand, walk, drive, talk on the phone and/or use computer for long periods of time.
Certificates, education and Licenses
- Bachelor’s Degree required or master’s degree (preferred), 5-years community outreach or social services working with and relating to African Americans, plus at least 5-years of work experience and 2-years of paid work experience as a supervisor to staff providing community support directly related to the job duties may be considered.
When not remote, this job operates in a clerical office setting. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.