Community Health Worker

Job Status: Full Time – Non-Exempt
Job Site: Benton County with occasional travel
Job Salary: $36,670 - $47,330 per year plus benefits
Supervisor: Healthy Communities Manager

Purpose of Position: The primary goal of the Community Health Worker is to promote individual and community-wide health and well-being. By reaching people where they live, DevNW is in a unique position to offer onsite health promotion and specialized programming that targets the needs of low-income individuals. This position works collaboratively with the DevNW Thriving Communities team to help design and implement Health, Wellness and Financial Wellness programs and coordinate delivery of services related to the needs of DevNW residents.

Essential Duties:

  • Community engagement and healthy communities – Work in collaboration with community partners to provide and coordinate programming at DevNW properties that may include classes such as chronic disease prevention and management, community gardening, nutrition classes, healthy communities planning, parent education, child programming, neighborhood watch and leadership development. Develop and maintain intentional community partnerships. Participate in community health conversations.
  • Individualized Assistance/Coaching –Build relationships with DevNW tenants to set goals related to wellness, maternal and child health, chronic disease prevention and management, and/or financial literacy education. Health Navigators will meet one-on-one with individuals/families, conduct intake interviews, and develop personal wellness plans, and follow up at regular intervals to assess progress, address barriers, and make changes to their plan as necessary. Responsibilities may include referrals to behavioral health specialists, assisting with enrollment in health programs, explaining health and wellness plans and selecting a primary care physician, oral health referrals, harm reduction, and tobacco cessation
  • Information and referral - Provide information and referral, advocacy and/or short-term case management services to DevNW residents in crisis or in need of social, educational and/or employment related services. Responsibilities focus on contributors to health including early intervention, food security, social service referrals including the need for emergency rent assistance, payment plans to stabilize housing, and utility assistance.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Knowledge of and experience working with diverse populations, preferably experience related to issues of poverty, leadership development, neighborhood improvement, health care, health equity promotion, public health and/or community development.
  • Knowledge of and experience with social service networks; especially services most likely needed by low-income individuals and families.
  • Experience providing information and referral, advocacy and case management services to individuals and families.
  • Ability to develop and maintain a cooperative and team-oriented working relationship with a wide range of people, including other employees, neighborhood residents, the general public, volunteers and others.
  • Ability to work independently and make critical decisions in the field. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to speak in public before groups of people. Bilingual in Spanish preferred, but not required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and skills is qualifying.

A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and skills would be a combination of:

  • A Bachelor’s degree with major course work in areas such as human services, social work, planning, public policy, public health or a related field.
  • Two years of related experience.
  • Able to articulate the lived experience and perspective

Other requirements include:

  • Ability to use a computer, keyboard and associated software for accounting, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email and calendar/scheduling programs.
  • Completing a criminal background check prior to being hired, the results of which are satisfactory to the employer.
  • Ability to work some evening and weekend hours; travel to other locations in Oregon (once a month or less); and travel out of state for training and/or conferences for periods up to a week (once a year or less).
  • Must have reliable transportation, auto insurance and maintain a valid Oregon driver’s license.

TO APPLY: Please email application to .

Alternatively, applications may be delivered or mailed to: Search Committee, DevNW, 257 SW Madison Ave., Suite 200, Corvallis, OR 97333.

Applications must arrive at the DevNW office no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, November 4th, 2019. A completed application consists of a resume and cover letter.

DevNW is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. Applications for employment will be considered without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every one of the qualifications listed. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. If you meet key qualifications for the job, and believe you would be the best fit, we would encourage you to apply; please use your cover letter to explain how you will accomplish parts of the job for which you have less experience. If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, please feel free to contact us.

DevNW values diversity and supports a positive welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive. We strive to hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding a diverse workforce strengthens our organization.

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