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Bilingual Outreach Worker – Farmworker Program in Woodburn

Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) seeks a full-time (35 hours/week), bilingual (Spanish/English) person to conduct outreach to farmworkers. The Woodburn office represents migrant and seasonal farm, nursery and forestry workers.

Background
LASO is a non-profit organization that gives free legal assistance to low-income clients in civil (non-criminal) cases. LASO’s eight regional offices serve the general low-income population throughout the state and two specialized statewide programs provide services to farmworkers and representation on Native American issues. The Farmworker Program consists of a director, four attorneys (including a supervising attorney), two outreach workers and an office manager located in three different offices.

The majority of our clients speak Spanish or one of the indigenous languages native to the southern states of Mexico and Central America, such as Mixteco, Triqui or Zapoteco. They experience a wide variety of legal problems, including unpaid wages, poor working conditions, unsafe housing, sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination and retaliation for the exercise of their legal rights.

Woodburn is located in the mid-Willamette Valley in Marion County, Oregon’s leading agricultural producer. An ethnically diverse community of 20,000, Woodburn is 30 miles south of Portland, 17 miles north of Salem, Oregon’s capital, and less than two hours’ drive from the scenic Oregon coast and the Cascade Mountains.

Responsibilities
The Outreach Worker position involves interviewing clients; giving educational presentations to groups of farmworkers in Spanish; building partnerships with other agencies and community organizations; developing and implementing outreach strategies including Spanish language media; producing informational flyers in Spanish; visiting farmworkers at migrant labor camps; and performing other support tasks as needed.

Qualifications
We seek applicants who have a demonstrated commitment to justice for low-income communities; excellent interpersonal communication and cultural competency skills; a high degree of initiative and willingness to work collaboratively; willingness to flex work schedule to work evenings and weekends as needed; a valid Oregon driver’s license and access to a vehicle to travel outside of Woodburn; and an ability to speak, read and write in English and Spanish.  Ability to also speak an indigenous language (e.g., Mixteco) is helpful but not required. Previous experience with farmworkers or immigrants is helpful but not required.  Previous experience giving presentations to groups of people is helpful but not required.  No legal experience necessary.

Salary/Benefits
Salary based on experience. Additional compensation for bilingual ability.  Excellent benefits package including health insurance and 401(k) plan.

Closing Date
March 6, 2019

Applications
Send resume and cover letter to:
Laurie Hoefer, Program Director
Legal Aid Services of Oregon
397 N. First St.
Woodburn, OR 97071
farmworkerjobs@lasoregon.org

LASO is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a healthy work environment for a diverse staff.
We encourage applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.

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