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7/25/20 by Executive Director

Protecting Oregon Farmworkers Field Navigator
Job Description

Position: Protecting Oregon Farmworkers Field Navigator
Type: Temporary, Full time from July 2020-June 2021
Job Location: Multiple locations in Yamhill County, office located in McMinnville
Program: Alianza Poder (AP) Protecting Oregon Farmworkers Project
Reports to: Executive Director
Pay Range: $20-$25/hour depending on experience
Hiring timeline: ASAP

Program Description: Alianza Poder’s Protecting Oregon Farmworkers Project is a temporary program housed at the Capaces Leadership Program that’s part of a statewide effort overseen and supported by the Oregon Health Authority’s Community Partner Outreach Program aimed at helping agriculture workers prevent and deal with COVID-19 through field outreach, education, and access/navigation to basic needs. Alianza Poder’s Protecting Oregon Farmworkers will focus in four counties: Clackamas, Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties. Unidos Bridging Community is a partner organization of the project and will serve Yamhill County.

Candidate Profile: Unidos seeks a Spanish/English bilingual individual who is dedicated to our mission and vision. We will hire a hard-working, outgoing, and self-motivated person who can be part of a team and able to work independently as well. This position requires the ability to 1) communicate clearly and effectively with agriculture workers and community stakeholders that interact with them and 2) to achieve desired qualitative and quantitative outcomes through management of project tasks with timelines.

Summary of Position: The Field Navigator is responsible for carrying-out Unidos’ COVID-19 outreach, education, and resource navigation activities in service to agriculture workers to ensure that projects goals and deliverables are met. Work hours will involve some weekends and weeknights.

Primary duties and responsibilities:
● Implement Unidos Bridging Community’s Protection of Farmworkers Project COVID-19 outreach, education, and resource navigation work plan activities to ensure goals and deliverables are met
● Contact agriculture work-sites, neighborhoods, churches, businesses and events with high concentration of agriculture workers, and where farmworker families congregate and schedule in-person outreach and education activities in said locations
● Establish and/or strengthen relationships with basic needs social service providers (e.g. healthcare, food security, housing stability, COVID-19 financial relief, and legal support resource providers)
● Provide in-person individual outreach and education about COVID-19 spread prevention measures to agriculture workers
● Provide outreach and education about COVID-19 spread prevention presentations for groups of agriculture workers at work sites
● Coordinate and attend COVID-19 screening and testing events in partnership with Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Clinic
● Share and help farmworkers navigate COVID-19 resources in Spanish and other indigenous languages as needed (e.g. warm hand offs to healthcare providers)
● Conduct proper use of PPE during in-person interactions with farmworkers
● Gather required data from participants daily and provide monthly project reports to Project Manager as needed (quantitative and qualitative)
● Participate in Oregon Health Authority’s Community Partnership Outreach Program grantee monthly webinars
● Participate in projected related training opportunities as needed
● Participate in project team meetings (e.g. check-ins, planning)
● Attend organization’s staff meetings, and check-ins with supervisor
● Actively identify and refer farmworkers needing Oregon Health Plan enrollment assistance to the Unidos OHP Assister staff person
● Actively identify and refer farmworkers needing Oregon Worker Relief Fund or Farmworker Quarantine Fund application navigation assistance to the Unidos navigation team
● Apply safety practices (including COVID-19) in all facets of the performance of duties, contact emergency services as needed
● Actively identify opportunities for process improvement and communicate with project team and supervisor

● 2-3 years experience in social service navigation, community health, community organizing preferred.
● Bilingual ability required: excellent written and oral communication skills in both Spanish and English. Able to conduct presentations and facilitate groups in both English and Spanish as needed. Conversational level of understanding of indigenous languages preferred from Mexico and Central America.
● Bicultural agility is strongly preferred: knowledge of Latinx culture, community and family communication styles, immigrant experience and generational differences, obstacles due to language barriers, legal status, poverty, and racial inequity.
● Project development and implementation experience preferred.
● Working knowledge of Google Suite features (email, spreadsheets, documents, calendar)

Essential skills and abilities:
● Ability to handle and maintain confidential information in conformance with HIPAA guidelines.
● Outgoing, engaging, positive approach in interactions with community members of different backgrounds.
● High level of personal integrity and ethical standards. Accountability to work responsibilities and professionalism.
● Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to cultivate individual and collaborative relationships with others.
● Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with employers, local public health partners, community stakeholders, and faith leaders.
● Maturity of judgment in working with a vulnerable population while maintaining a high level of confidentiality and professionalism.
● Commitment to personal and professional development.
● Strong organizational and time management skills.
● Ability to meet deadlines while managing multiple projects simultaneously.
● Demonstrated ability to work independently, manage multiple priorities, maintain organized, plan ahead and to creatively solve problems.
● Demonstrated consistency in following instructions and implementing strategies when needed.
● Ability to be flexible and adaptive to new situations and assignments.
● Natural organizer, and great people skills
● Strong connection and understanding of Oregon’s farmworker communities
● First hand experience of working in the fields, and/or low-wage work in Oregon
● Experience problem solving and dealing with conflict resolution
● Experience with public speaking
● Commitment to social justice and immigrant rights values
● Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and access
● Curiosity to learn new skills
● Sense of humor, positive attitude, creativity, flexibility and willingness to pitch in when necessary

Work environment condition and administrative requirements:
● Must be willing to travel to locations throughout Yamhill County to provide in-person outreach and education indoors and outdoors.
● Outreach preparation work will primarily be done from home until further notice; otherwise the majority of the work will be conducted out in the community.
● Must be able to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends.
● Valid Oregon driver’s license and reliable, insured vehicle are required.
● Ability to lift 10-30 lbs.
● Frequent use of keyboard, monitor, mouse, and telephone.
● Frequent driving to various outreach and assistance locations.
● Frequent use of personal protective equipment (PPE)

Unidos Bridging Community compensation offers:
● Competitive salary.
● Health stipend distributed monthly.
● Flexible working hours.
● 20 PTO days annually, 8 paid holidays annually, 8 hours of sick leave accrued monthly.
● Mileage reimbursement.
● Monthly cell phone reimbursement.

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 resume. Please include your first and last name and position title “POF Field Navigator ” 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.

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