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National

Program Director – Colorado Springs

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Program Director - Montana, Western Region

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Operations Director – Colorado Springs

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Operations Manager – Montana, Western Region

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Administrative Support Specialist - Remote in Portland

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Austin

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Boston

2Gen Family Support Specialist

For the last 16 years, Friends of the Children-Boston has been on the front line of supporting youth who face the most difficult challenges to future success through our innovative long-term paid professional mentor model. With more than 85% of our alumni persisting in pursuing a college degree and/or employed, we know our success is a result of our ability to provide them with a network of support in every aspect of their lives. This includes supporting the caregivers in becoming stronger advocates and champions for their children’s interests.

Over the last 16 months of the global pandemic, our youth and families bore the brunt of the impact, including loss of employment, inadequate support in remote learning transition, and significant threats to physical and mental health. As a response, we added enhanced family support elements, such as weekly food assistance, weekly caregiver check-in and respite, and technology support, to better stabilize our community. What we learned in this crisis is what we have known all along – children thrive when their caregivers thrive. It demonstrated the power of a Two-Generation (2Gen) model—that of supporting the whole family by intentionally and simultaneously working with our Achievers and their caregivers.

Solutions for rebuilding post-pandemic must include 2Gen framework and caregiver and family stabilization. Only then can we continue to support our youth in their resilience and relentless pursuit for their hopes and dreams.

Taking what we have learned, we plan to expand our model to adapt the child-focused 2Gen framework by adding enhanced services and partnerships to support the caregivers and the success of the whole family. Our vision is to build a network of support that will uplift the whole family and empower individuals, both adults and youth, to rebuild and transform the community they call home.

A 2Gen model challenges us to empower both youth and their parents to fulfill their hopes and dreams together and find tangible pathways out of poverty. Research (and our own experience) has shown that a parent’s education, economic stability and overall health has a tremendous impact on a child’s life trajectory. Similarly, a child's positive educational experience and healthy development can inspire parents and set the entire family on a stronger path together.

In addition to providing a one-on-one salaried, professional mentor (a Friend) to individual children, our 2Gen expansion will build an integrated network of support for parents and caregivers by engaging key high-impact partners to:

  • Connect the entire family to resources such as counseling, housing, transportation, health care, education and employment services;
  • Engage caregivers as a partner in school-related activities, such as supporting special needs and increasing coordination with teachers in their child’s learning environment;
  • Sponsor family-centered skills and activities to build social capital for both youth and parents;
  • Promote the caregiver-child relationship to build connection, reduce stress and problem solve together;
  • Provide skills building opportunities for caregivers to set and secure a path to long-term stability for themselves.

Through this expansion, we will triple the number of individuals served from 142 youth to more than 400 youth and families.

In order to ensure the success of our 2 Generation Expansion, we have created the position of the 2Gen Family Support Specialist to help carry out our vision. The position is critical in helping to design appropriate program elements based on knowledge of the current staff and caregivers, and work with our Professional Mentors to drive toward whole-family success. On a daily basis, the 2Gen Family Support Specialist will work closely with the Program Director to design and launch all caregiver support components. The position will report to the Program Director.

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Elementary Youth Advocate/Professional Mentor

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

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Central Oregon

Program Director

Friends of the Children Central Oregon is looking for a passionate committed Program Director to take the lead in coordinating, implementing and sustaining programming in Central Oregon. 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. As Program Director you will be relentlessly driven to establish and expand our innovative evidence based model in Central Oregon. You will lead and inspire mentors, implement the child selection process, and cultivate and maintain relationships with schools, families and the community.

The ideal candidate will have a smart head for business, and be an innovative leader deeply connected to the communities we serve. He or she 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 facing the highest risks.

The Program Director will work closely with the Executive Director, and will help guide the organization through our planned expansion.

Are you looking for an opportunity to join a lean management team with an energetic, whatever-it-takes, start-up approach? Here’s what we have to offer you:

  • A committed Executive Director who will partner with you to establish and grow the organization.
  • The ability to implement and supervise a proven, evidence-based mentoring model.
  • Strong, cohesive National team support committed to innovation and high standards.
  • A team of talented employees who are passionate about working together to create an extraordinary organization.
  • Respect for work-life balance. You’ll work hard, and we expect you to recharge your batteries.
  • A comprehensive benefit package.
  • Most of all, you get to lead an exceptional organization that helps children facing incredible odds change their life story every day.

Starting Salary: $60,000 +incentive full medical, dental, vision, life and 401k match

Friends of the Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to addressing discriminatory practices, and working toward racial equity.

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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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Chicago

Professional Mentor "Friend"

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 children 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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Detroit

Professional Mentor "Friend" (Detroit)

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 Detroit Chapter.

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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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Klamath

Family and Community Engagement Specialist

Are you equipped to empower and support caregivers? Join our efforts to boost family well-being in the Klamath Basin!

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Lane County

Professional Mentor "Friend"

Job Description:

We are currently seeking a male mentor for our Childhood program (Kindergarten to 5th Grade) to serve as a positive adult role model to eight elementary 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 strength, talents, and abilities; help ensure 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 the ongoing evaluation process. Friends will work primarily one-on-one with their children, while also building trusting supportive relationships with parents/caregivers. A Friend must know, understand, honor, and support the organization’s mission, vision, values, and principles, and be able to clearly articulate the organization’s function.

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New York

Associate Director, Individual Giving

Friends of the Children - New York is looking for its very first Associate Director, Individual Giving to join our growing family. Reporting to the Development Director, this is a newly constructed role that is responsible for cultivating and managing our individual donors. Established in 2000, Friends New York is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that is demanding equity for youth and families impacted by systems. We do this by providing 12 + years of individualized, professional mentorship and systems change advocacy - no matter what.

Friends New York is in year four of a five-year, $17 M campaign to double its number of children and youth served and expand its reach and impact on caregivers and families impacted by the criminal justice and foster care systems. Over the first three years of the campaign, we have successfully tripled our number of individual donors from 400 to more than 1,200. These donors are ready to be stewarded by a strong individual fundraiser with the skills, experience, and passion to successfully increase their support while building and cultivating a pipeline of new supporters.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated, proactive, a stellar communicator, results-driven, and deeply passionate about the mission of Friends New York. This is an exciting opportunity to help ensure the fiscal sustainability and future growth of our organization.

Responsibilities

  • Increase the number of individual donors and the average size of their gifts with accountability to the individual fundraising goals laid out in our 5-year fundraising plan
  • Collaborate with the development director and executive director to carefully plan and implement a highly customized strategy for each prospect and donor
  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit new donors (leverage events, panel discussions, social media, etc.) including the management of the annual holiday appeal and other individual donor campaigns
  • Steward a growing portfolio of individual donors
  • Determine donor interests and match them with targeted giving and engagement opportunities
  • Ensure timely and appropriate individual donor acknowledgment

Qualifications

  • Passion for Friends New York’s mission and a deep commitment to equity
  • 4-year degree or relevant experience with 3+ years of experience in a non-profit, development role
  • Goal-driven with exemplary writing and editing skills as well as attention to accuracy and detail
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Fundraising database experience preferred.
  • Strong organizational skills to handle several projects simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively

Compensation: $70,000-$80,000

Benefits include generous vacation and sick time, health, dental, vision, 401k, long-term disability, short-term disability, life insurance.

Friends NY is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to addressing discriminatory practices, and to working toward racial equity. The equal employment opportunity policy of Friends NY provides fair and equal opportunities for all employees and job applicants regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, or genetic information, in compliance with applicable federal, state and local law. Friends NY hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled.

One Friend. One Child. 12+ years. No matter what.

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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

Youth Engagement Specialist

Position Overview:

Friends of the Children-Portland is a nonprofit that is breaking the cycle of generational poverty by giving youth facing the most obstacles the ability to create a new story. We do this by providing youth in our program with a long-term, salaried, professional Mentor, who we call a “Friend,” from kindergarten through high school graduation, 12 ½ years – no matter what. We are currently seeking an extraordinary professional to embark on a new career journey as a Youth Engagement Specialist at our Portland Chapter.

As a Youth Engagement Specialist, you will play an essential role in the Youth Engagement and Empowerment Team! Their primary responsibility is to build relationships with youth, families, and staff across the entire Program Team and to create continuity and intentionality of service for youth in their care.

As a Youth Engagement Specialist, you will be assigned to specific youth or Professional Mentors who we call, “Friends” You will go on 3-4 outings per week with Mentors and youth to observe Mentors in their role and build relationships with youth.

As a Youth Engagement Specialist, you will serve as a conduit between the youth and the Youth Engagement Team whose primary function includes elevating our youth’s voices and ideas into group activities and spaces as well as their understanding of the many opportunities offered by FriendsPDX!

As a Youth Engagement Specialist, you will support in a 1:1 capacity the youth whose Mentors either go on vacation or leave the organization.

As a Youth Engagement Specialist, you will serve as a positive adult role model to develop a caring, trusting, and sustained relationship with each youth.

As a Youth Engagement Specialist, you will support the Youth Engagement and Empowerment Team by participating in all Team meetings, by planning and leading group activities, and supporting all group spaces or events.

As a Youth Engagement Specialist, you will 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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Professional Mentor

Job Description:

A Friend works intensively with a roster of 9-10 youth. The youth may vary in age from K-12th grade youth. We are currently seeking a mentor to serve as a positive adult role model to 9-10 youth and develop loving, caring, and sustained relationships with each youth. For every youth, a Friend will set positive expectations; nurture and promote each youth’s strength, talents, and abilities; help ensure physical and emotional well-being; teach life and academic skills; provide enrichment activities; and model responsible behavior.

A Friend will fully document all youth service efforts and participate in an ongoing reflection, observation, and evaluation process. Friends work directly with each of their youth in both one-on-one and in group settings, and work indirectly collaborating with the other adults in the youth’s life and intentionally planning, culminating in about four hours each week per youth

A Friend must know, understand, honor, and support the organization’s mission, vision, values, and principles, and be able to clearly articulate the organization’s function.



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Gift Processing and Data Specialist

Position Overview

The Gift Processing and Data Specialist provides database and gift processing support in collaboration with the Development Team to meet aggressive fundraising goals.

The Gift Processing and Data Specialist is responsible for high-level tasks in Raiser's Edge that include timely and accurate data entry, reporting, and gift acknowledgment.

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Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Position Overview

The Marketing & Communications Coordinator provides brand leadership and is accountable for establishing and executing the overall strategy for marketing, communications, and online fundraising efforts. They oversee the development and delivery of compelling messages and content to the community, measure performance, and enrich the position and awareness of Friends of the Children–Portland.

The Marketing & Communications Coordinator is responsible for building and maintaining a digital audience. They mold successful marketing plans that increase the reach of the organization and deepen existing relationships that result in increased online giving. They drive cross-media and multi-channel marketing strategies using website/blog content, email campaigns, search and display advertising, SEO and SEM tactics, video content, and share-worthy social media content.

The Marketing & Communications Coordinator oversees traditional marketing campaigns. They provide creative direction and project management for all print materials and mailed appeals. They utilize public relations and earned media strategies to amplify our messaging and reach a larger audience.

The Marketing & Communications Coordinator works collaboratively with program staff and Managers, design consultants, vendors, and members of the PR & Marketing Committee.

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Grant Writer

The Grant Writer actively collaborates with the three-person Grants Team to secure government, foundation, and corporate grants to meet organizational revenue goals. They help to identify new funding opportunities, strategize on grant asks, and steward funders. They support the successful implementation of organizational projects related to grant funding, including assessing program data and drafting reports. They participate in creating long-term strategic plans for growing grants revenue, applying trends in funding patterns to help build grants projects and proposals that align with the strategic direction of the organization.

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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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Assistant of HR and Operations

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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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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SW Washington

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, 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 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.

Job Description:

We are currently seeking a mentor for our program (grades Kindergarten through 12th grade) to serve as a positive adult role model to eight youth 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 strength, talents, and abilities; help ensure 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 the ongoing evaluation process. Friends will work primarily one-on-one with their children, while also building trusting supportive relationships with parents/caregivers. A Friend must know, understand, honor, and support the organization’s mission, vision, values, and principles, and be able to clearly articulate the organization’s function.

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Seattle

Operations Manager

Are you interested in working for an organization with a casual environment that has an incredible impact on the community?

Our Operations Manager will bring human resources support to our team of passionate youth development professionals, work closely on projects alongside the Chief Operations Manager, 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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