Careers with Choice Adoptions

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES:

 
 

Adoption Specialist

Reports To: Executive Director

Internal Interactions: Program Directors, DHS Caseworkers, Adoptive Families, Expectant Parents, Foster Children, Newborns

Description

This position is a hybrid of office administrative duties and direct client responsibilities. The Adoption Specialist is responsible for providing quality services to Choice Adoptions’ Program Directors and all clients. This position reports to the Executive Director and will keep the Executive Director apprised of issues pertaining to the agency through positive, open communication.

Job Tasks:

Program Administration:

  • Assist Program Directors with adoption client record keeping and database entry.

  • Assist with office duties, including answering the telephone and processing mail.

  • Assist with general office management.

  • Other office duties as assigned.

Birth Parent Advocate:

  • Provide caring, non-judgmental support to clients who are facing an unexpected pregnancy.

  • Serve as Choice Adoptions’ representative to medical professionals and other organizations working with pregnant clients. 

  • Respond promptly to all telephone, text or email intakes and provide assessment of client's needs and/or requests. 

  • Provide clients with program information and, with guidance from the program director, assist clients in obtaining services for needs, such as housing, financial assistance, and medical insurance. 

  • Assist clients in identifying and exploring options for the expected child in a non-judgmental manner, providing a positive atmosphere for making her/his best plan for the expected child. 

  • Refer clients to appropriate services if the client chooses to parent. 

  • If a client seeks further information about abortion, encourage the client to seek other resources for abortion information or services. 

  • Support clients in the adoption planning and family selection process.

  • Attend initial match meetings between birth parents and prospective adoptive families.

  • Assist in adoption planning and the legal release of children, including execution of legal documents.

  • Assist hospital staff and birth families in carrying out the hospital plan at the time of birth. 

  • Out-of-town travel and 24-hour availability is often required during the birth and placement of a child. 

  • Provide follow-up advocacy and support to birth parents as needed and submit case notes and related documents in a timely manner.

  • Attend training to develop relevant knowledge and skills and contribute to team effort by accepting additional responsibilities as needed. 

 

Minimum Qualification:

Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field. MSW preferred.

 

Experience:

 3+ years of adoption-related experience

 

Skills:

  • Basic computer skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Customer service skills

  • Organizational skills

  • Ability to work under pressure

  • Flexibility

  • Ability to meet deadlines and goals

  • Ability to manage details

  • Self-motivation

 

Compensation:

  • The duties outlined in this job description are not all-inclusive and additional duties and tasks will be assigned as required.

  • Fair Labor Standards Classification: Part time to full time.

  • Choice is an equal employment provider.

  • Pay range is $20-23/hr depending on experience.

  • Hours and days worked is negotiable. 

  • Eligible for two weeks’ paid vacation annually and sick time.

  • Medical insurance is reimbursed for employees only, up to $400 per month.

  •  A voluntary retirement plan is offered after 24 months of continuous employment with a 3% employer matching benefit.

  • Oregon is an “employment-at-will” state. This means that either the employer or employee may end the employment relationship at any time and for any reason, unless a law or contract provides to the contrary.

 

Please send resumes and inquiries, along with a cover letter via email to mail@choiceadoptions.org. No phone calls, please. We thank all of those who apply and advise that we will respond only to those selected for an interview.

In your cover letter, please address your degree of alignment with the following distinctions of Choice Adoptions.

Mission Statement: Our mission is to serve all people involved in the adoption process and to protect vulnerable children. 
 

Values Statement: We believe in diversity and inclusion where all people feel safe and respected. 


Statement of Faith: Our team at Choice Adoptions aligns around our faith in God and His good intentions toward the people He has created. Our belief enables us to engage our culture, city, and world with great confidence because we are secure in the knowledge of God's love. Our dream is that as we live this way, our communities, and our city, will be transformed.