Skills Trainer: Behavioral Skills Coach

Boys & Girls Aid | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 11/17/2021

All cultures, races, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities are welcome at Boys & Girls Aid.

Boys and Girls Aid:

Children in foster care need families who know their history and are invested in their future. Our mission is to make sure that every child in foster care grows up in a family. At Boys and Girls Aid, we operate under our Core Commitments, teach and model healthy environments, relationships and help to cultivate the best opportunities for children

Why Boys and Girls Aid:

  • $5,000 Sign-On Bonus.
  • Full Medical and Dental Insurance that includes alternative and holistic care options.
  • Flexible Time Off, Health and Holiday Pay.
  • Employee Assistance Program offering behavioral health counselling, financial and home loan assistance at no-cost.
  • 403-(b) Retirement plan with 4% organization contribution after 6 months of employment.
  • Commitment to your professional development with continued training in Trauma-Informed Care, attachment and other evidence-based practices.

The Neighborhood provides mental health therapy. Intensive skills training and therapeutic foster care services to youth referred by the Department of Human Services ages 12-20. Each youth is assisted by staff and foster parents with daily living skills, skill development, counseling, and permanency preparation activities.

What You'll do as a Skills Trainer: Behavioral Skills Coach:

You will facilitate individual and group skill building activities in the community or in the foster parent's home using effective communication and de-escalation practices. Cultural humility and social justice will be a large part of your work as you will work closely with people from diverse socio-economic, racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

  • Executes evidence-based behavior-shaping interventions, facilitates appropriate communications, models suitable problem solving and conflict resolution skills while providing care, supervision, and monitoring of youth.
  • Collaborates with youth and foster parents to introduce standards of behavior to guide appropriate interactions.
  • Guides recreational and cultural activities onsite and in the community to help youth incorporate new skills and be exposed to positive community life in coordination with foster parents and staff.
  • Coordinates and implements skill building elements of youth's service plans through consistent interaction with each client's Therapeutic Care Coordinator.
  • Provides timely and accurate distribution and documentation of prescription medications to youth if directed.


  • Two (2) years of experience in a social services, mental health or care giving setting working with youth OR Bachelor's degree in relevant field (social work, psychology, sociology) and one (1) year relevant experience.
  • Must have demonstrated knowledge and prior experience in providing services to adolescents in an individual and group setting including knowledge of Trauma Informed Care and DHS Child Welfare/Foster Care.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license from state of residence (Oregon or Washington), personal automobile liability insurance, and pass a DMV driving record check.
  • Requires the use of a personal vehicle to transport clients.
  • Must be able to provide proof of full Covid-19 Vaccination, may be granted religious or medical exemption with proper documentation.
  • A mask as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required to perform this job safely.

Note: This job description is representative of the major position requirements and is not intended to be all-inclusive.

Listing Type
Nonprofit | Training
Position Type
Full Time
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Salary Type

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