Friends of the children is committed to our community, equal employment opportunity and diversity in the workplace.

National

National Administrative Support Specialist

Friends of the Children is looking for an extraordinary professional to join our national team. Are you flexible, detailed orientated and ready to be part of a dynamic growing organization? Is working for an organization that inspires you a critical aspect of your job search? We may have the perfect career for you.

Our mission is to impact generational change by empowering youth who are facing the greatest obstacles through relationships with professional mentors for 12+ years no matter what. As the Administrative Support Specialist, you will work closely with several teams to provide the support needed to achieve our ambitious scaling plan to serve as many children as possible.

The Administrative Support Specialist is responsible for executing support activities for our national expansion and scaling efforts, our racial equity work, as well as our general operations. The Administrative Support Specialist must understand, support, and do whatever is necessary to promote the organization’s mission, vision, values, and principles as well as be able to clearly articulate the organization’s function.

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Chief Equity Officer - Remote

Friends of the Children is seeking a passionate, committed leader with strong collaborative leadership skills to guide our journey with equity and inclusion toward justice for all staff and the people that we serve. Our model is proven to impact generational change by empowering youth who are facing the greatest obstacles through relationships with salaried professional mentors – 12+ years, no matter what. As our Chief Equity Officer (CEqO), you will have the full support of the National CEO to bring your expertise to an organization that is committed to dismantling barriers and advancing justice for the children and families we serve.

Our CEqO will serve as a leader and steward, ensuring that diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of everything we do. They will be responsible for the co-creation of organizational-wide equity initiatives, incorporating network and community feedback to embed DEI in the national organization’s operational structure through resource-sharing, learning opportunities, and personal development work. They will have the opportunity to respond to the diverse needs of our 24 (and growing) locations. They will be passionate about social justice and operationalizing practices that build justice and equity for all marginalized groups. They will understand the nuances and bring experience in working with urban, rural, frontier, and tribal communities, especially with regard to the application of shared organizational values. They will have a deep understanding of our core model as it relates to both the incredible potential of every child and family and also, the significant barriers facing children and families impacted by foster care.

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Grant Writer - Remote (Contract or Contract to Hire)

Friends of the Children National is looking for an extraordinary individual to step into an already-successful grant-writing organization and take us to the next level with our national grants program: supporting the work to grow our impact from 2,000 to 10,000 youth and caregivers nation-wide on a contract or contract to hire basis.

Our next Grants Writer will be a passionate advocate for children facing the most obstacles, and will be effective at communicating the urgency of our mission and the success of our outcomes. As part of our 5-year, $50 million National Expansion Campaign, you will enthusiastically drive the National team’s efforts to secure multi-million dollar funding annually through foundation, corporate and public grants.

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Executive Director - Missoula

Friends of the Children is seeking a passionate, committed leader to use their expertise, vision, and community knowledge to launch and lead Friends of the Children in Western Montana. Our model is proven to impact generational change by empowering youth who are facing the greatest obstacles through relationships with salaried professional mentors – 12+ years, no matter what. As executive director, Western Region, for our independent Montana chapter, you will work with the community leaders, schools, non-profit partners, and investors to significantly impact foster care and intergenerational poverty in the Western region, starting first in Missoula where the position is based.

Our Executive Director will be a passionate advocate for children and families facing life's greatest challenges and will be effective at communicating the urgency of our mission and the success of our outcomes. They will be a dynamic and engaging spokesperson for the organization and will excel at networking and fundraising with major donors, corporate leaders, foundations, and the communities we serve. They will understand the nuances and bring experience in working with community leaders in urban, rural, frontier, and tribal communities. They will have a deep understanding of our core model as it relates to both the incredible potential of every child and family and also, the significant barriers facing children and families impacted by foster care.

The ideal candidate will have a smart head for business, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a soft heart for kids. They will be equally skilled at leading strategic planning, reviewing financial statements, overseeing program evaluation, and asking donors for financial support.

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Executive Director – Colorado Springs

Friends of the Children is seeking a passionate committed leader to use their expertise, vision, and community knowledge to launch and lead Friends of the Children in Colorado Springs. Our model is proven to impact generational change by empowering youth who are facing the greatest obstacles through relationships with salaried professional mentors – 12+years, no matter what. As Executive Director for the independent Colorado Springs chapter, you will work with community leaders, schools, non-profit partners, and investors to have a significant impact on foster care and intergenerational poverty in El Paso County.

Our Executive Director will be a passionate advocate for children and families facing life's greatest challenges and will be effective at communicating the urgency of our mission and the success of our outcomes. They will serve a key role in advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism within their chapter. They will be a dynamic and engaging spokesperson for the organization and will excel at networking and fundraising with major donors, corporate leaders, foundations, and the communities we serve.

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Austin

CURRENT JOB OPENINGS

Bilingual Professional Mentor

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Boston

Elementary Youth Advocate/Professional Mentor

Friends of the Children-Boston impacts generational change by empowering youth facing the greatest obstacles through relationships with professional mentors – twelve plus years, no matter what.

We provide a salaried, professional mentor, called a Friend, for a youth's entire childhood, from kindergarten through graduation. We call the children we work with Achievers to demonstrate our belief in their potential for success. We select children facing the highest number of risk factors in kindergarten and provide them with weekly support every year for 12.5 years.

Friends-Boston’s long-term goal is that Achievers will graduate from high school and succeed in college.

Job Description

An Elementary Youth Advocate is a critical member of a team of support providers for a cohort of Achievers in grades 1-5. A Youth Advocate is responsible for being the primary “Friend” to 8 elementary school Achievers. The Youth Advocate ensures that the necessary life, home and school supports are available to help every Achiever eventually graduate high school and attend college. The Youth Advocate works collaboratively with other team members and reports directly to the Associate Director of Programs. An ideal candidate is someone who is relentless in pursuit of success for his/her/their Achievers They understand and is comfortable with navigating through complex situations. They believe that all children have the capacity to succeed and will do whatever it takes to support them in doing so. They understand that circumstances of poverty are delicate and complex and they must be comfortable supporting Achievers despite barriers that may be in the way. Lastly, they believe in outcomes driven methodologies and will use data to track progress towards organizational outcomes.

Responsibilities
Attitude:

● Commitment to providing relentless support to Achievers, families and staff
● Ready to go above and beyond in time and effort to ensure goals are met
● Extreme flexibility and adaptability
● Positive, collaborative and resourceful
● Must have a team-first mindset

Achiever Support:

● As part of the team, ensure that Achievers are receiving at least 16 hours of direct and indirect support a month
● Develop positive relationships with Achievers and their Caregivers through frequent communication and home visits
● Serve as a primary contact for the caretakers of each Achiever and provide necessary support in direct benefits of the Achievers.
● Know the needs and strengths of each Achiever served in your cohort and specifically on your caseload
● Develop knowledge of academic performance and social/emotional proficiency for each Achiever
● Utilize knowledge of Achievers’ assets and deficits to set appropriate and realistic goals
● Provide “supportive efforts” (community-based resources and services) and referrals to Achievers and their Caregivers to ensure positive outcomes and to work towards prevention
● Maintain up to date electronic files for each Achiever using organization's data system
● Responsible for conducting social/emotional and needs assessments and collecting academic data from schools
● Provide transportation for Achievers as needed
● Serve as primary contact with teachers and administrators at each of the schools attended by Achievers

Data/Evaluation Management:

● Review Achiever data weekly to drive decision making about what is best for the Achiever
● Review data both weekly and monthly to prepare for monthly reporting meetings and to ensure that data is accurate and complete
● Use Efforts to Outcomes (ETO), an online evaluation program, to document and maintain all case notes and regularly analyze Achievers progress towards goals to inform and modify service plans
● Ensure on-time completion and submission of Achiever assessments, goal reviews, weekly service plan logs (case notes), academic data, and other evaluation materials

Organizational Support:

● Advocate for Achievers for opportunities to participate in enrichment
activities/events/programs
● Participate in and supervise participation of Achievers in Friends-Boston events
● Attendance at organizational events is required

Additional Responsibilities

● Other duties as assigned
● Ability to work up to 2 Saturdays/month throughout the year as well as some late nights required
● Commit to work hours of 11 am to 7 pm, with flexibility of possible morning and evening meetings as scheduled
● Vehicle and good driving record required

Qualifications

● Associate’s Degree required, Bachelor’s degree preferred
● A minimum of 2 years of working with children in an urban setting preferred
● Prior experience in the fields of education, social work, youth development and/or school based programs strongly encouraged to apply
● Black, Indigenous, and People of Color strongly encouraged to apply

Email your resume and thoughtful cover letter to hiring@friendsboston.org

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Central Oregon

Professional Mentor "Friend" / Bilingual Professional Mentor "Friend"

Friends of the Children - Central Oregon is the newest chapter of a growing national mentoring organization. Our model is proven to break the cycle of generational poverty for children who face the highest risks by providing professional mentors to thousands of youth across the country and we have recently expanded to Central Oregon.

We employ trained, full-time professional mentors. We call them “Friends”; to provide a stable, caring and sustainable relationship in each child’s life for 12 ½ years, no matter what.

Are you looking to make a difference in the lives of children who need it most?

We will hire two extraordinary individuals now to start in July of 2021 and or September 2021 who are looking to develop intensive, long-term, trusting relationships with children who need it most. Each Friend will work with eight children and will:

  • Set positive expectations
  • Nurture and promote the child’s individual strengths, talents and abilities
  • Help assure physical and emotional well-being
  • Teach life and academic skills
  • Provide enrichment activities
  • Model responsible behavior
  • Simultaneously manage multiple priorities to ensure goals are met in a timely manner

Each Friend will spend approximately four hours per week with each child and will report directly to the Program Manager and Team Lead.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • An associate’s or bachelor’s degree
  • Significant experience working with vulnerable youth
  • Be culturally competent and trauma informed
  • Superior scheduling and time management skills
  • Data entry and database management skills
  • You’ll start on the ground floor of a small nonprofit, then grow with us.
  • You’ll be part of a dynamic and supportive national network, with a proven, evidence-based mentoring model.
  • You’ll have new challenges daily, and we commit to support you in every way, to help you serve our kids and to keep your batteries charged.
  • You’ll be part of a friendly and collaborative workplace, where work-life balance is respected.
  • Most of all, you’ll play a critical role in helping Central Oregon most vulnerable children change the trajectories of their lives!

Work hours are flexible and will vary depending on the needs of the youth. Friends must provide their own child-safe vehicle and insurance; we reimburse for mileage.

If you are this amazing person, here’s what we have to offer:

Position Details:

Salary: $40,000

Bilingual Salary: $43,000

Benefits: Full

Start Date: July, 2021

Friends of the Children is committed to our community, to equal employment opportunity, and to diversity in our workplace.

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Fargo Moorhead

Friend (Professional Mentor)

We are currently seeking a mentor for our Childhood program (Kindergarten) to serve as a positive adult role model to eight elementary-aged children and develop loving, caring, and sustained relationships with each child. For each child, a Friend will set positive expectations; nurture and promote each child’s strengths, talents, and abilities; help ensure physical and emotional well-being; teach life and academic skills; provide enrichment activities; and model responsible behavior.

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Los Angeles

Development Manager

Friends of the Children – Los Angeles (Friends LA) seeks a dynamic and creative professional to serve as Development Manager, reporting to the Director of Development. This individual will serve as part of a growing team that is committed to expanding philanthropic support for our mission.

As the team and the organization are growing quickly, the Development Manager is expected to support and participate in donor/prospect engagement, including donor communications, production of cultivation events (e.g., virtual, informal gatherings, and large-scale events), and managing & building internal fundraising processes as we continue to expand operations. If you have experience in nonprofit development and a commitment to supporting youth and families impacted by foster care, we encourage you to apply.

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Director of Development

Friends of the Children – Los Angeles (Friends LA) is seeking an experienced Director of Development (DD) with management experience, expertise with diverse funding streams including foundations and individual donors, and an enthusiasm for our mission eager to create and implement targeted fundraising strategies for our growing organization.

The DD is accountable for all revenue goals and is responsible for consistently monitoring progress and adjusting work plans to achieve goals. The DD is responsible for the successful identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals and corporations with significant capacity to give. The DD will lead all local communications initiatives, including donor stewardship, community awareness, events planning, social media, and internal and external communications.

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Professional Mentor (Friend) - Los Angeles

Friends of the Children – Los Angeles (Friends LA) is looking for a passionate, committed, professional mentor, who we call Friends, to support our mission to impact generational change by empowering youth who are facing the greatest obstacles through relationships with trained full-time professional mentors—12+ years—no matter what. Our model is proven to break the cycle of generational poverty for children who face the most barriers by providing paid professional mentors to thousands of youth across the country.

Basic Function:

A Friend works intensively with eight (8) children and their families as a positive adult role model to develop a caring, trusting, and sustained relationship with the whole family. A Friend will set positive expectations; nurture and promote their strengths, talents, and abilities; help assure physical and emotional well-being; teach life and academic skills; provide enrichment activities; and model responsible behavior. A Friend will fully document activities and participate in an ongoing evaluation process. Friends will work primarily one-on-one with their children, and link and support their families to resources as appropriate. A Friend must also know, understand, honor, and support the organization’s mission, vision, values, principles, and policies, and be able to clearly articulate the organization’s function.

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Executive Assistant/Office Manager (Los Angeles)

Friends of the Children is looking for an extraordinary professional to join our Los Angeles team. Are you flexible and ready to take on a wide range of administrative support tasks? Is working for an organization that inspires you a critical aspect of your job search? We may have the perfect career for you.

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New York

Professional Mentor "Friend" - New York

Friends of the Children is a nonprofit that is impacting generational change by empowering youth through relationships with professional mentors. We do this by providing children facing the most obstacles with a long-term, salaried, professional mentor, who we call a “Friend,” from kindergarten through high school graduation, 12+ years – no matter what. We are currently seeking an extraordinary professional to embark on a new career journey as a Friend at our New York Chapter.

At Friends of the Children, we put children first and use our values to change the way the world treats and views youth facing great barriers. As a Friend, you will nurture long-term relationships from a foundation of love, acceptance, and culturally-informed practice. Do you want to help eight of our youth discover their limitless potential, by fostering their internal resiliency? Are you ready to help build relationships within the communities of our youth and families to strengthen social networks and provide bridges to new opportunities? If so, the impactful role of a Friend might be for you.

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Portland

Major Gifts Officer

Working under the guidance of the Chief Development Officer and Associate Director of Development, the Major Gifts Officer assists in the design, development, and implementation of our major gift program.

The Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for managing and cultivating relationships with existing major gift prospects, as well as identifying new prospects. An ability to empathize with donors and clearly communicate our organization’s mission is key. You will be expected to energize team members, persuade prospects and reach fundraising goals and managing portfolio prospects from Qualification to Stewardship.

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HR and Operations Assistant

The HR and Operations Assistant is a newly restructured role that is responsible for providing administrative support for the areas of Human Resources as well as for various operational processes, including front office support and processing semi-monthly payroll. This position also provides administrative support for the Chief Finance and Operations Officer, including supporting the following board committees: 401k, Finance/HR/IT, and the Building Committee.

This position is also leveraged to support initiatives of the Administration Leadership Team.

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Recruiting and HR Manager

The Recruiting and HR Manager is a newly restructured role that is responsible for the ongoing recruiting efforts of the organization, as well as supporting and executing HR and Equity initiatives. Embedding diversity, equity and inclusivity strategy and initiatives into HR is a key to the organization’s next steps in our DEI journey. This work has the full support of the executive leadership team and the board.

This position is key in promoting the company’s mission, culture and values to all employees. Reporting to the Sr. Director, HR and Equity, this position engages internally and builds strong relationships with community partners, ensuring that the organization can attract, hire, and retain the best talent so we may deliver on our mission.

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Sr. Director of HR & Equity

The Sr. Director, HR & Equity is a newly restructured role that is responsible for managing the HR functions of the organization and leading organizational equity initiatives. Embedding diversity, equity and inclusivity strategy and initiatives into HR is a key to the organization’s next steps in our DEI journey. This work has the full support of the executive leadership team and the board.

The Sr. Director, HR & Equity is responsible for planning and directing all aspects of Friends of the Children – Portland’s human resources policies, objectives, and initiatives. Reporting to the Chief Finance and Operations Officer and accountable to the entire executive leadership team, this position ensures that human resources programs support the organization's stated values and help achieve its mission, vision, and goals.

The Sr. Director, HR & Equity positively influences decisions to improve organizational culture and supports the leadership team to create an inclusive, professional culture in which all employees embrace our core values and embody our Core Assets. This position enhances organizational effectiveness by acting as an internal consultant and coach to all employees and managers on an individual, team, and/or organization-wide basis.


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Direct Service Training Program Manager

We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly skilled, relational Manager who is excited to join our team, support our staff and walk alongside the youth and families we serve! If you love to build on the strengths and develop growth areas of employees who are driven by heart and compassion, this is the job for you! We need you to thrive in an ever-changing environment, live, walk and talk equity and have a commitment to personal and professional growth for yourself and the team you will supervise. Sound good? We think so!

The Direct Service Training Manager is experienced in devising our Program training strategy, oversee its implementation and assess its outcomes. You will identify training and development needs and drive suitable training initiative. The Direct Service Training Manager is responsible for supervising, guiding and supporting Friends. The Direct Service Training Manager is a role model and mentor for Friends, acts as a team facilitator and organizational motivator, and facilitates effective communication in all directions. The Direct Service Training Manager is responsible for supporting the Associate Director of Program Employee Development with hiring, onboarding of All New Friends and supervision of the Friends on their team. A Program Manager must know, understand, honor and support the organization’s mission, vision, values and principles, be able to clearly articulate the organization’s function, and must have a demonstrated desire to positively participate in the management of the organization.

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SW Washington

Caregiver Engagement Manager

Friends of the Children - SW Washington is looking for a passionate, committed professional to perform the role of a Caregiver Engagement Manager (CEM) to provide comprehensive resource navigation and direct service support to families. Our model is proven to break the cycle of generational poverty for children who face the most barriers by providing paid professional mentors to thousands of youth across the country. As a CEM you will be tasked to support the establishment and expansion of our innovative, evidence-based model. The CEM will partner closely with caregivers who may have experienced significant trauma themselves, with community-based organizations, and with the mental health and foster care systems to build parental protective capacities and improve family stability. The CEM will engage and empower caregivers to reach their individual goals for their families. The CEM will report to the Program Director (PD) and work closely with the Program Manager (PM), and will help guide the site’s development, implementation, assessment, and evaluation of our two-generation model of support.

The ideal candidate will have a smart head for data, and be an innovative leader deeply connected to the communities we serve. They will be proactive, results-driven, and possess a sense of urgency while at the same time look to focus their entrepreneurial talents to make a real difference for children whose families are most at risk of entering the foster care system. The CEM will work closely with the PD, and will help guide the SW Washington site’s implementation, assessment, and evaluation of our two-generation model of support. The right candidate will be fiercely committed to equity and will ensure that every aspect of the organization’s mission is executed with full engagement of communities impacted by our work.

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Professional Mentor "Friend"

Friends of the Children is a nonprofit that is impacting generational change by empowering youth through relationships with professional mentors. We do this by providing children facing the most obstacles with a long-term, professional mentor, who we call a “Friend,” from kindergarten through high school graduation, 12+ years – no matter what. We are currently seeking an extraordinary professional to embark on a new career journey as a Friend at our SW Washington Chapter.

At Friends of the Children we put children first and use our values to change the way the world treats and views youth facing great barriers. As a Friend you will nurture long-term relationships from a foundation of love, acceptance, and culturally-informed practice. Do you want to help eight of our youth discover their limitless potential, by fostering their internal resiliency? Are you ready to help build relationships within the communities of our youth and families to strengthen social networks and provide bridges to new opportunities? If so, the impactful role of a Friend might be for you.

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San Francisco

Professional Mentor K-5 Progam

Friends of the Children – SF Bay Area (Friends-SF) is part of a growing national network of mentoring chapters with a proven long-term track record of helping children break the cycle of generational poverty.

We employ trained, full-time professional mentors – we call them “Friends” – to provide a stable, caring, and sustained relationship in each child’s life. Our program works to empower each child for 12-1/2 years, no matter what!

Each of our Professional Mentors develops intensive, long-term, trusting relationships with eight children utilizing a trauma informed lens in a classroom setting.

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Seattle

Operations Manager

We are looking for our next Operations Manager to keep our day-to-day operations running smoothly!

Our Operations Manager will bring human resources support to our team of passionate youth development professionals, work closely on projects alongside the Executive Director, and be the first point of contact at our office in Columbia City (temporarily remote).


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Professional Mentor

Our program is growing, and we are currently hiring two professional mentors!

We are looking for one K5 mentor working with youth in elementary school and one teen mentor who will work with youth in middle and high school. These positions offer a fantastic opportunity to work intensively with youth alongside their families and caregivers to develop trusting relationships, set positive expectations, nurture talents and abilities, and teach life and academic skills.

Are you or anyone you know passionate about creating consistency for youth who need it the most by committing to 1-to-1 relationships? Check out the job posting for more information.

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Tacoma

Professional Mentor

Friends of the Children – Tacoma (Friends-Tacoma) is looking for passionate, committed, professional mentors, who we call Friends, to support our mission to impact generational change by empowering youth who are facing the greatest obstacles through relationships with trained full-time professional mentors—12+ years—no matter what. Our model is proven to break the cycle of generational poverty for children who face the most barriers by providing paid professional mentors. Eligible candidates will be fierce advocates for children that come into contact with the foster care system, and equally effective in working with parents and caregivers to achieve their hopes and dreams.

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