LifeWorks NW
  • Beaverton, OR, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time
  • Mental Health - Bachelor's degree/Experience

LifeWorks NW's Independent Living Program assists adolescents in successfully transitioning from foster care to living on their own. 

PURPOSE: Provides independent living skills training to clients individually or in groups within the community or in home based settings. Skills include understanding of community resources, money management, budgeting, communication, employment, activities, housing, etc. Clients are referred by the Department of Human Services (DHS) or Child Welfare.

PAY/BENEFITS: $16.86 to $18.34 per hour. Full benefits


  • Meets contract expectations regarding client engagement and productivity standards as defined by the performance review including face to face contact with clients and maintaining a full case load.
  • Continually increases level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency. 
  • Conducts assessment and case planning for youth referred to the Independent Living Program by DHS Child Welfare.
  • Maintains regular contact with Department of Human Services (DHS) caseworkers and provides linkage with ancillary service providers.
  • Solicits participation from foster parents to track hours spent with clients working on life skills in order to obtain matching grant funds.
  • Provides home, school and community visits to provide independent living skill training and resource information to adolescents e.g. health, mental health services, community supports, etc.
  • Maintains awareness of community referral resources.
  • Consults with supervisor on cases involving potential abuse or other family problems affecting clients' development.
  • Plans and implements group activities. Attends overnight conferences - annual teen conference, teen retreat, and native gathering. Participation includes transporting youth, chaperoning youth, and helping to facilitate event activities.
  • Provides vocational support and client advocacy as needed.
  • Uses program outcome measures as assigned.
  • Maintains chart notes and required DHS documentation related to external contracts, client involvement, follow-through and progress in program activities according to specified timelines in compliance with agency guidelines and confidentiality.
  • Writes newsletters as needed.
  • Completes critical incident reports when indicated within 24 hours of a critical incident.
  • Checks e-mail/voice mail daily/throughout the day when working responding to contacts within 48 hours for routine matters (urgent matters may require a more immediate response).
  • Travels between sites or in the community. Transport clients in a personal vehicle and LifeWorks NW vehicle.


  • Bachelor's degree in area of specialization directly related to work performed e.g. psychology, counseling, social work, etc. or a minimum of 3 years of prior experience with the related population required.
  • Additional 2 year of specific experience with at risk youth in similar or related work.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively; understand mental health assessment, treatment and service terminology and individual, group, family and other counseling techniques; program policies and procedures for services and supports identified in an Individual Services and Supports Plan.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide culturally-competent treatment services to diverse client populations and maintain a cooperative working relationship with others in a culturally diverse environment.
  • Demonstrated ability in providing case management services and compliance with confidentially in accordance with federal, state and/or funding source requirements.
  • Knowledge of community resources and treatment agencies enabling appropriate referrals for specific client needs.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook and Word. Ability to master proprietary software including electronic health record system required.
  • Must have access to a personal vehicle, a valid driver's license, proof of current automobile insurance coverage, and ability to meet LifeWorks NW driving requirements. 




LifeWorks NW believes that diversity strengthens our workforce and empowers our community.
LifeWorks NW is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other status in accordance with law.
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