Census Assistance Center Coordinator Job Opening

2/11/20 by Executive Director

Position: Census Assistance Center Coordinator (Bilingual - Spanish/English)

Wage: $15/hr.

Job Type: Temporary part-time, February 2020- July 2020

Job Location: McMinnville, various outreach locations throughout Yamhill County

Hours: Up to 20 hours on weekday evenings and weekend days

Opening Date: February 7, 2020

Closing Date: Open until filled

Supervisor: Reports to the Executive Director

About Unidos Bridging Community:

Founded in 2012 Unidos Bridging Community (Unidos) is a growing, diverse and welcoming nonprofit organization. Our mission is to promote the integration, participation, representation, and success of Latino individuals and families in Yamhill County; and to build bridges of understanding and support among Latinos and non-Latinos.

With a small team of energetic staff and a dedicated team of volunteers the work of Unidos is accomplished through education, policy and community advocacy, immigration support, and leadership development in an environment where collaboration and relationship-building is essential. More information about programs can be found at www.unidosyamhillcounty.org.

The office of Unidos is located in the heart of downtown McMinnville with convenient access to a variety of small shops and restaurants.

Position Summary: Unidos Bridging Community is a 2020 Census Assistance Center for Latinx community members of Yamhill County. The Census Assistance Center Coordinator will provide an effective on-the-ground presence for the 2020 Census in order to raise public awareness, deliver trustworthy information, and provide an opportunity for Latinx community members to receive Census questionnaire support. The Unidos Bridging Community Census Assistance Center is one component of a broader #WeCountOregon state-wide campaign plan to support hard-to-count Oregonians.

Census Background: The decennial census is a constitutionally mandated count of all residents of the United States, including immigrants (documented and undocumented), refugees, and Tribal members. It is a backbone of American democracy, helping to determine congressional and electoral representation, as well as State and federal funding allocations. Many key safety net programs are funded via census data, including Head Start, SNAP, school lunches, Section 8 housing, Pell grants, short-term rental assistance, medical assistance programs, and more.

Census Bureau estimates indicate that Oregon’s population has grown by 8.1 percent since 2010. If the census count in 2020 fully reflects this growth, Oregon will gain a sixth seat in the U.S. House of Representatives as well as increased federal funding allocations.

A Historic 2020 Census: There are a number of unique factors in 2020 that pose challenges to achieving a full and accurate census count, particularly among Oregon’s hardest to count populations. These factors include:

  • The first ever digital census—reinforcing a digital divide when almost 20% of Oregon households do not have broadband internet
  • Reductions and delays in federal funding
  • Growing fears among immigrants due to the current political and social climate
  • Increasing public distrust of government
  • Concerns regarding security of personal and online information

CAC Coordinator Position Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with the #WeCountOregon campaign on alignment in communications, messaging, and materials.
  • Develop an outreach plan to inform the Latinx communities of Yamhill County about the Census and the Census Assistance Center services.
  • Participate in outreach efforts such as tabling at community events or presenting information to the public to reach and inform community members about the importance of participating in the 2020 Census.
  • Provide community outreach in person, through social media, phone calls, and texts.
  • Provide guidance to members of the community who walk in to the Unidos Bridging Community office to fill out their Census questionnaire online using a computer.
  • Work with Unidos Bridging Community staff, Board members, and volunteers to find local resources if community members need assistance in an indigenous language not spoken by staff.
  • Maintain privacy standards while assisting community members with the online Census questionnaire.
  • Develop promotional materials that are culturally and linguistically appropriate to the Latinx communities of Yamhill County, and that are aligned with the #WeCountOregon messaging.
  • Distribute promotional material in various community places, such as churches and locally-owned businesses.
  • Distribute and provide culturally and linguistically appropriate information to community partner sites about the Census Assistance Center.
  • Establish relationships with local community partners to support outreach and assistance efforts.
  • Provide input for the creation of outreach and public education materials as needed.
  • Be responsive to communications, including phone and email, to/from community members, other Unidos Bridging Community staff and community partners.
  • Record each completed Census count assistance occurrence in an electronic tracking document and save it on a shared drive.
  • Complete monthly activity reports and submit to supervisor by the required due dates.
  • Communicate any challenges with outreach, assistance, or the online questionnaire process to the supervisor.
  • Additional tasks as requested.

Education, Work Experience and Other Requirements

  • Possession of a high school diploma or GED
  • One year of work experience in the social services field, advocacy, education, community health, arts and culture, or related fields.
  • Upon hire, completion of a #WeCountOregon Ambassador training.
  • Valid driver's license and reliable vehicle with insurance.

Qualifications

  • Bicultural and Bilingual in English and Spanish are required (reading, writing, and speaking).
  • Experience serving Latinx immigrants, non-English speakers, diverse communities and traditionally underserved populations.
  • Background in community outreach and grassroots organizing is highly desired.
  • Must have knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Drive as well as be able to work with online forms and systems.

Essential Abilities

  • Ability to handle and maintain confidential information.
  • Ability to work varied days and hours.
  • Must be able to work on evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Proficiency in the operation of computer equipment and navigation of websites and online forms.
  • Ability to provide instructions and communicate effectively both orally and in writing with individuals of varying backgrounds, education levels and abilities.
  • Ability to maintain accurate and complete records.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Must be able to handle working in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Ability to keep a level head when assisting clients with challenging experiences.
  • Ability to explain information in “plain language”.
  • Ability to adapt to diverse work settings.
  • Must be able and willing to travel to potential outreach locations throughout Yamhill County.

Working Conditions

  • Office space, occasional outdoor spaces when doing outreach in the community.
  • Ability to lift 10-30 lbs.
  • Frequent use of keyboard, monitor, mouse, and telephone.
  • Occasional driving to various outreach locations.
  • Prolonged time sitting and working with a computer.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter detailing your interest for this position. The cover letter must specifically address how you meet the qualifications, experience and other work requirements. Please include a copy of your CV/resume. Please include your first and last name and position title “CAC Coordinator” in the subject line and send it to Miriam Vargas Corona, Executive Director, at miriam@unidosyamhillcounty.org.

It is the policy and commitment of Unidos Bridging Community that it does not discriminate based on an individual’s race, creed or religion, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, marital status, and any status protected by law.

Unidos Bridging Community is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, veterans, people of color, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people, and persons with disabilities.

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