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Executive Director - Utah

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Executive Director - Detroit

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Grants Writer (Contract) - Remote

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Executive Director - Eastern Montana

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Executive Director - He Sapa RAPID CITY, SD

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Professional Mentor - Phoenix, AZ

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Professional Mentor - Montana, Western Region

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Austin

CURRENT JOB OPENINGS

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Boston

Adolescent Youth Advocate/Professional Mentor

Job Description Summary:

An Adolescent Youth Advocate (Friend) is a critical member of a team of support providers for a cohort of approximately 90 Achievers in grades 5 through 12th grade. A Youth Advocate is responsible for being the primary “Friend” to 10-12 Achievers as well as supporting the supervision of interns who support the overall needs of the cohort. The Youth Advocate ensures that the necessary life, home and school supports are available to help every Achiever graduate high school and attend college. The Youth Advocate works collaboratively with other team members and reports directly to the Assistant Program Director.

Ideal Candidate is someone who is relentless in pursuit of success for his/her/their Achievers. S/he/they understands and is comfortable with navigating through complex situations our Achievers live with. S/he/they believes that all children/teens have the capacity to succeed and will do whatever it takes to support them in doing so. S/he/they understands that circumstances of

poverty are delicate and he/she must be comfortable supporting Achievers despite of barriers that may be in the way. Lastly, s/he/they believes in outcomes driven methodologies and will use data to track progress towards organizational outcomes.

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Application Information:

Friends of the Children-Boston offers a collaborative team of colleagues who are passionate about the mission and a flexible working environment. Salary commensurate with experience.

To apply, candidates should review the Friends-Boston website and submit a resume to hiring@friendsboston.org. Please put Adolescent Youth Advocate in the subject line.

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Central Oregon

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

Friends of the Children is a nonprofit that is breaking the cycle of generational poverty by giving children facing the highest barriers the ability to create a new story. We do this by providing the most vulnerable children 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 Friend at our Central Oregon Chapter.

Basic Function:

A Friend works intensively with eight (8) children as a positive adult role model to develop a caring, trusting and sustained relationship with each child. For each child, 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. 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.

Core Job Accountabilities

  • Develop and sustain a long term, caring, trusting and accepting relationship with each child;
  • Spend time with children, one-on-one and in the classroom;
  • Develop, maintain and follow a Roadmap or Transition Plan for each child;
  • Set realistic expectations and goals based on each child’s strengths, talents, abilities and needs;
  • Teach life skills and healthy habits to contribute both to basic development and learning, and to contribute to building positive self-esteem;
  • Develop a talent/skill/area of interest with each child to help develop positive self-esteem and experience growing confidence;
  • Provide enrichment resources and activities which include opportunities for cultural awareness, diversity and community service;
  • Contribute to children acquiring behavioral management skills, tolerance, respect for others, courtesies and compassion;
  • Develop positive relationships with families, teachers and others involved in each child’s life;
  • Reinforce basic academic skills and learning;
  • Model and promote good problem solving and decision making skills;
  • Participate in the programming and resources available through the organization, effectively utilizing program resources to meet the needs of each child;
  • Maintain spending within budgetary guidelines;
  • Complete, distribute and collect time summaries, activity journals, short term plans, expense reports and evaluation materials accurately and in a timely manner;
  • Attend and actively participate in team meetings and staff functions;
  • Provide information and support to development team and related activities as needed;
  • Fulfill other responsibilities as required.

Essential skills and abilities:

  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred
  • Ability to relate to children and to develop and sustain trusting, supportive relationships with them;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with children in varied capacities and settings to help them learn and grow;
  • Ability to cultivate trusting relationships with children, parents, teachers and community members;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and communicate appropriately within the workplace;
  • Ability to use creativity and initiative in planning activities to continually develop children;
  • Ability to work independently in diverse environments with limited supervision;
  • Ability to work as a team player;
  • Ability to manage several concurrent issues and solve problems effectively exercising appropriate discretion and judgment;
  • Ability to set goals and develop plans to meet those goals to ensure the development of each child;
  • Ability to complete administrative tasks accurately and on time;
  • Ability to handle high mobility and driving demands safely and with good judgment;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; organizational and time management skills;
  • Basic computer and keyboarding skills, proficiency with e-mail systems, familiarity with MS Outlook and Access (or other database applications);
  • Ability to exercise good judgment independently, in various situations and environments, and under varying levels of stress.

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: $45,000 ‒ $50,000 Annually

Benefits: Comprehensive

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"

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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

Operations Coordinator

If you are great at keeping things organized and running smoothly, considering joining our team as full-time Operations Coordinator!

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Lane County

Engagement and Outreach Specialist

Friends of the Children – Lane County is looking for its very first Engagement and Outreach Specialist to join our growing family. Reporting to the Executive Director, this is a newly constructed role that is responsible for donor stewardship and external communications.

The successful candidate will thrive on building long-term relationships and partnerships, a stellar communicator with a sharp head for business, a splash of creative style, and spark thrown in. They will also be self-motivated, proactive, results driven, and deeply passionate about the mission of Friends – Lane County.

The Engagement and Outreach Specialist will work closely with the Executive Director, Operations Manager, and Development Committee of the Board of Directors to connect the Lane County Community to Friends of the Children.

Intrigued? Want to know more? Click the link to learn more about the position’s responsibilities and qualifications.

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Los Angeles

Professional Mentor (Friend) - Antelope Valley

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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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.

Basic Function:

Working with and reporting to the Executive Director, the DD is responsible for raising funds to support Friends LA’s annual operating budget (currently $3 million) through a combination of grants, individual and corporate donations, events, and peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns. Friends LA is a growing organization, and the DD will assume primary responsibility for achieving organizational fundraising goals, including sourcing new income streams.

As part of Friends LA’s Executive Leadership Team, the Development Director will oversee the development portfolio and supervise the Development Coordinator. They will also work closely with other members of the Executive Leadership Team to engage program staff across departments.

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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.

Basic Function:

A Friend works intensively with eight (8) children as a positive adult role model to develop a caring, trusting, and sustained relationship with each child. For each child, 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 while empowering their parents to advocate for their children through an ongoing, respectful, and strengths-based partnership. 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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Montana

Community Engagement and Development Intern

We are currently seeking a Community Engagement and Development Intern to work directly with our executive director and operations manager in the spring and summer of 2022 to build a sophisticated and systemized community engagement program that generates significant awareness of our work in Montana and creates a sustained source of support for the organization.

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New York

Program Director

Reports to: Executive Director

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Position Objective:

The Program Director must exhibit perseverance and an entrepreneurial spirit in their pursuit of establishing and growing the Friends of the Children Program in New York. The Program Director is responsible for the management of programming for Friends of the Children, (Friends) including designing, coordinating, implementing, and sustaining programming, as well as for program research, proposal generation, and presentation as required. The Program Director is also responsible for: supervising, guiding, developing, and evaluating the efforts of all program staff (“Friends”), and for the overall integrity of the Program. The Program Director is responsible for coordinating, implementing, and sustaining the child identification and selection process, and for the overall cultivation and maintenance of relationships with schools, government agencies, nonprofits, families, and key community members.

The Program Director will oversee a program portfolio that includes: 1) education 2) health and wellness ; 3) adult and youth workforce initiatives 4) crisis intervention. The Program Director will also engage the Board of Directors frequently under the direction of the Executive Director. The Program Director will serve as a critical member of the executive leadership team. In collaboration with the Executive Director.

Essential Functions/ Job Accountabilities:

  • In coordination with the Executive Director and executive team, play a key role in the overall development, strategic planning, service delivery, and management of the organization across multiple sites and departments.
  • Directly supervise program managers and Friends; working closely with senior program staff to build their skills and confidence so that they can mentor, encourage, and motivate all staff. Provide assistance and guidance on how to troubleshoot program and staff performance challenges. Mentor managers and coordinators on how to proactively engage in planning to improve program management.
  • Deploy resources efficiently and effectively toward organizational goals, working with staff to balance workload and effort, and providing regular feedback so that key staff can continuously improve their supervision and mentoring skills.
  • Create and support a high-performing culture in the program department aligned with Friends’ core values: Put Children First, Build Relationships on Love, Commit to Empowerment, Pursue Goals Relentlessly, Demand Equity. Develop a team-based environment to motivate and inspire staff to work collaboratively toward vision and goal, by clearly communicating agency vision, implementing yearly staff development plans, and mentoring. Coordinate with Human Resources to identify and create leadership and professional development opportunities for Program staff.
  • Establish annual program, departmental, and staff goals and objectives and track results against these goals as well as accountability protocols.
  • Participate in the budget development process and maintain a high level of fiscal responsibility.
  • Support fund development efforts through the promotion and execution of annual fundraising events, proposal writing, and partnering with the Executive Director to steward funding relationships.
  • Coordinate with the Executive Director and Program Staff on developing new program ideas and pilot projects, including integrating successful pilots into the program department.
  • Serve as liaison to key government agencies and strategic partnerships
  • Monitor emerging needs among key stakeholders such as clients, government, philanthropy, and employers.
  • Oversee the coordination, integration, and delivery of all programs, and related services, promoting collaborative relationships between program areas and ensuring that the expectations of funders, partners, constituents, clients, and other stakeholders are consistently met.
  • Work closely with the finance department to budget and monitor programmatic operations to ensure sound fiscal and system management.
  • Ensure the delivery of qualitative and quantitative goals and outcomes of programs and services.
  • Coordinate and analyze the appropriate data to inform the programmatic and operational decision-making process. Use the existing Effort to Outcome platform to increase Friends efficiency, transparency and collaborative efforts among teams.
  • Determine staffing plans to achieve program goals and objectives and participate in hiring decisions for new program staff.
  • Deepen existing and create new performance and outcome measures for outreach and recruitment, completion rates, employment, retention, college, training, enrollment, completion, and other measures that are core to Friend’s mission.
  • Develop an assessment protocol to determine the feasibility and sustainability of programs as well as lead to more effective and efficient service delivery.
  • Work with National program staff to design and implement initial Friends training, as well as ongoing training and other required performance improvement activities.
  • Lead and facilitate effective, weekly program leadership staff meetings ensuring focus on child and Friend successes, setbacks, issues, concerns, and ideas. Ensure focus on the communication of organizational information or issues to the team and solicit feedback from the team.
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately in all directions regarding organizational issues, concerns, policies, and procedures. Raise and resolve issues appropriately.
  • Solicit and obtain feedback from a minimum of two parents of children per month. Document and maintain all feedback and include it in the Quarterly report.
  • Participate in regular conference calls with Program Directors of other chapters, and otherwise communicate with personnel at National Office and other chapters about the Program. Research, develop, implement, and sustain best practice programming to serve the current and future needs of the organization as required.
  • Manage the child identification and selection process, including developing and sustaining a robust, formalized process, and training and supervising process participants.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with our partner schools to allow for effective program implementation and sustainability. Design and implement a process to ensure others are trained/developed to work in this capacity as well, to further strengthen our efforts to cultivate and
  • Develop, implement, and oversee other projects as required.
  • Be relentlessly committed to ensuring that youth reach their long-term outcomes.
  • Oversee the recruiting, selection, and hiring of new Friends or other staff as required. Assist with training
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience Required:

  • A minimum of eight years of leadership experience in a nonprofit, government, or philanthropy, overseeing multiple programs or contracts ideally at an organization serving low-income youth or communities.
  • Passion for Friends mission and purpose and an ability to communicate this passion to others.
  • Demonstrated experience managing a high-performing team in a multi-site structure including professional development and mentorship.
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of program planning, organizational structure, budgeting, administrative operations, and fundraising.
  • Expertise in one or more of the following service areas: education, youth development, workforce development, employment, or adult education.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and compile complex data for planning and reporting purposes.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, with the ability to represent the organization externally across a wide range of stakeholders and constituencies.
  • Strong relationship builder with the ability to find common ground, build consensus and strengthen the collaboration among diverse stakeholders.
  • Strong community awareness and astuteness. The ability to cultivate and sustain relationships with these resources.
  • Ability to successfully navigate in a fast-paced, outcomes-driven, and entrepreneurial environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity, inclusiveness, and empowerment.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in Business/Public Administration, Social Work or a related field is strongly desired.
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Program Manager

Friends of the Children-New York is a chapter of a nationwide organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of generational poverty through salaried, professional mentoring. We select children facing multiple systemic obstacles from Harlem and the South Bronx and commit to working with those children from kindergarten to graduation - 12+ years, no matter what.

Basic Function / Position Objective:

The Program Manager is responsible for supervising, guiding and supporting a roster of 7-9 Friends. The Program 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 Program Manager is responsible for supporting the development, onboarding and supervision of the Friends on their team, as well as supporting the onboarding and training of all New Friends. Program Managers will also be an integral contributor to helping to design new programmatic elements and initiatives to help scale the Program Department. In addition, Program Managers are responsible for referring and connecting all families on team roster to support resources and external opportunities when necessary. 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 participate in the management of the organization.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and sustain honest and trusting relationships with colleagues, and inspire and motivate team members. Serve as a role model both for effective Friend/child relationships and as a professional. Act as a resource for Friends by providing support, guidance, direction and resourceful solutions to concerns and challenges.
  • Ensure compliance with and accountability to the organization’s policies, procedures, and practices as outlined in the Employee Manual and Friends Handbook. Contribute to the development of any of these as required. Demonstrate support of organizational decisions in a constructive and effective manner.
  • Responsible for managing the performance of Friends on team, including completing and conducting annual appraisals. Hold Friends accountable for work performance: adequacy of time spent with children, quality, intentionality and diversity of activities with children, and administrative responsibilities. Have continuing performance discussions to provide feedback and to ensure that goals and objectives are being fulfilled. Provide continuous constructive feedback and coaching as necessary, and work with HR and the Program Leadership Team to resolve issues as needed. Manage any required performance improvement activities.
  • Know and understand the needs and issues of each youth and family served by Friends on assigned team. Meet with each team member one-on-one 2X a month, and review Roadmaps, Vacation Plans, Extended Leave Plans, and Transition Plans, as necessary. Develop knowledge of academic performance for each child, and assist in setting realistic goals for the children. Assure that each Friend has helped develop a specific area of interest or talent for each child.
  • Submit monthly Achiever Progress Reports (APR) detailing the progress and development of every Achiever on Team
  • Lead and facilitate effective, bi weekly Team Meetings ensuring focus on child and Friend successes, setbacks, issues, concerns and ideas. Create a safe and comfortable team environment so Friends feel supported and open to discuss child and work issues. Also must ensure focus on the communication of organizational information or issues to team, and to solicit feedback from team.
  • Support Program 2GEN Model of Service by referring and connecting youth and families to external supports and resources when necessary
  • Actively participate on the PLT and provide insight, input and solutions to programmatic and organizational issues and challenges.
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately in all directions regarding organizational issues, concerns, policies and procedures. Raise and resolve issues appropriately. Advocate for Friends, representing the best interests of your team, youth, families, and organization, and doing so in an appropriate and timely manner. Understand, implement and support organizational policies and procedures.
  • Solicit and obtain feedback from all parents on team roster monthly.
  • Design and lead New Program Initiatives to help facilitate growth of Program Services
  • Support with Program and Organizational Projects, when necessary.
  • Collaborate with Marketing and Development Department to help highlight work of Program Department and with expansion of Organizational Brand.

Essential Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the demonstrated ability to resolve conflict, and help others do the same;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; organizational and time management, delegation and follow-up skills.
  • Effective, appropriate and professional supervisory and leadership skills and behaviors;
  • Demonstrated ability to influence the behavior of others to achieve necessary results;
  • In depth understanding of the role of a Friend, as well as of the issues faced by our Program children.
  • Ability to relate to peers, subordinates, and other members of the management team, and to develop and sustain trusting, supportive relationships with them;
  • Ability to use creativity and initiative in guiding others to plan activities that continually develop children
  • Ability to work as a team player, as well as the ability to lead a team
  • Ability to manage several concurrent issues and solve problems effectively exercising appropriate discretion and judgment, and ability to manage others in doing the same
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise excellent judgment related to maintaining confidentiality and communicating appropriately within the workplace, and to hold others accountable for the same
  • Ability to assist others in setting goals and developing plans to meet those goals to ensure the development of each child
  • Ability to hold others accountable in all aspects of required performance, including completing administrative tasks accurately and on time
  • Ability to cultivate relationships with children, families, school personnel, organizational supporters and community partners
  • Proficient computer and keyboarding skills, proficiency with e-mail systems, familiarity with MS Outlook and ETO or other database applications
  • Ability to exercise good judgment independently, in various situations and environments, and under varying levels of stress, and to develop others to do the same.

Required Education, Experience, and Abilities:

  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree strongly preferred
  • Minimum 4 years of prior supervisory experience OR 4 Years as a Friend

To ensure the continued safety of our staff and family, proof of vaccination will be required upon hire.

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Professional Mentor "Friend" - New York

Friends of the Children - New York (Friends NY) is looking for a passionate, committed, professional mentor, who we call Friends, to join our family. Friends NY is a chapter of a nationwide organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of generational poverty through salaried, professional mentoring. We select children facing multiple systemic obstacles from Harlem and the South Bronx and commit to working with those children from kindergarten to graduation - 12+ years, no matter what.

Basic Function:

A Friend works intensively with eight vulnerable youth. We are currently seeking a 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. 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.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Develop and sustain a long-term, caring, protective, and loving relationship with each child
  • Spend time with children, one-on-one
  • Set realistic expectations and goals based on each child’s strengths, talents, abilities, and needs
  • Teach life skills and help develop a talent/skill/area of interest with each child
  • Provide enrichment resources and activities that include opportunities for cultural awareness
  • Develop positive relationships with families, teachers, and others involved in each child’s life
  • Reinforce basic academic skills
  • Maintain a 40-hour work schedule that includes afternoons, evenings, and weekends (normal working days are Tuesday through Saturday with Sundays and Mondays off)
  • Maintain spending within budgetary guidelines
  • Complete, distribute, and collect time summaries, activity journals, short-term plans, expense reports, and evaluations materials accurately and in a timely manner
  • Attend and actively participate in team meeting and staff functions
  • Maintain First Aid/CPR certification
  • Provide information and support to the development and executive team on related activities
  • Fulfill other responsibilities as requested

Additional Qualifications:

  • Two-year experience working with children a plus
  • Willingness to commit for a minimum of three years
  • Advocate to secure additional resources, opportunities, and services for youth as appropriate
  • Assist with systems navigation in NYC schools to secure conditions for optimal academic success
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work with children in varied capacities and settings
  • Ability to develop trusting relationships
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player
  • Ability to manage several concurrent issues and solve problems effectively
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • A sense of humor is a plus

Salary

$45,000

BENEFITS

Comprehensive

LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

English (Bi-lingual Spanish/English a plus)

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED:

High School Diploma

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Portland

Program Manager of Future Pathways

Position Overview

We are seeking candidates to fill a newly created position at Friends of the Children-Portland dedicated to the success of program youth in high school and as they transition to post-secondary education. The Future Pathways Manager will report to the Director of Youth Engagement and Future Pathways and will work individually with youth, starting in middle school, to help ensure completion of credits/requirements for on-time high school graduation, providing intensive support not readily available in schools. This includes tracking of progress toward graduation and collaborating with schools on credit-earning options available through our program. In preparation for college, this person will possess expertise in such topics as the college admissions process, financial aid, work-study, college expectations, college visits, and expediting the transition to college life.

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Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

As a key member of the Executive Leadership Team, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will report directly to the Executive Director and assume a strategic role in the overall management of the Finance division. The CFO will effectively direct and oversee all financial activities of the organization, direct the preparation of current financial reports/summaries, and create forecasts predicting future growth. These responsibilities will include direct responsibility for accounting, finance, forecasting, strategic planning, job costing, legal, financial modeling, investor relationships, and audit financing. The ideal candidate is an inspiring leader of leaders and brings a background in non-profits that demonstrates vision, leadership, enterprise cohesion, systems thinking, growth mindset, collaboration, and an entrepreneurial spirit in the non-profit arena and beyond.

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Youth Engagement Specialist

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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Support in a 1:1 capacity the youth whose Mentors either go on vacation or leave the organization.
  • Serve as a positive adult role model to develop a caring, trusting, and sustained relationship with each youth.
  • 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.
  • 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

Our Professional Mentors, who we call "Friends," work intensively to develop a loving, caring, and sustained relationships with a roster of 8-10 youth ranging in age from K-12th grade.

For every youth, a Friend will:

  • Set positive expectations
  • Spend time weekly: one-on-one, in the classroom, on "outings" in the community, and group activities
  • Nurture and promote their strength, talents, and abilities
  • Help ensure physical and emotional well-being
  • Teach life and academic skills
  • Provide enrichment activities
  • Model responsible behavior and boundaries
  • Develop positive relationships with families, teachers and others involved in each youth’s life
  • Devote a cumulative amount of time - between direct and indirect service - of a minimum of 4 hours per week per youth
  • Fully document all youth service efforts
  • Participate in an ongoing reflection, observation, and evaluation process
  • Work directly with each of their youth in both one-on-one and in group settings
  • Work directly and indirectly collaborating and intentionally planning together with the other adults in the youth’s life
  • 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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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

Professional Mentor

We are currently hiring K-5 Professional Mentors!

K-5 mentors work with youth in kindergarten through 5th grade. This position offers 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 supporting youth to realize their power and reach their goals by committing to 1-to-1 relationships? Check out the job posting for more information.

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Tacoma

Development Director

Friends of the Children – Tacoma is currently seeking an extraordinary professional to embark on a new career journey as a Development Director. The Development Director will execute the development strategies of the organization and ensure all development activities are consistent with the organization’s mission, vision, and values. This position works closely with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and Development Committee, and together, they are accountable for revenue goals.

The Development Director is responsible for partnering with the Executive Director and key volunteers to meet annual revenue goals and build the financial support needed, including grant writing, to meet our ambitious plan to serve as many children as possible. outstanding communication skills, and a soft heart for kids. He or she will be proactive, results-driven, and possess a sense of urgency while at the same time, looking to focus their entrepreneurial talents to make a real difference for children facing the highest risks.

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Professional Mentor "Friend"

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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Tampa Bay

Part-Time Professional Mentor "Friend" - Tampa Bay

We are currently seeking two part-time mentors to serve as a positive adult role model to male elementary or middle school 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. 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.

Essential responsibilities:

  • Develop and sustain a long-term, caring, protective, and loving relationship with each child  
  • Spend time with children, one-on-one
  • Set realistic expectations and goals based on each child’s strengths, talents, abilities, and needs
  • Teach life skills and help develop a talent/skill/area of interest with each child
  • Provide enrichment resources and activities that include opportunities for cultural awareness
  • Develop positive relationships with families, teachers, and others involved in each child’s life
  • Reinforce basic academic skills
  • Maintain a 20-hour work schedule that includes afternoons, evenings, and some weekends (normal working days are Monday through Fridays with occasional weekends required)
  • Maintain spending within budgetary guidelines
  • Complete, distribute, and collect time summaries, activity journals, short-term plans, expense reports, and evaluations materials accurately and in a timely manner
  • Attend and actively participate in team meeting and staff functions
  • Maintain First Aid/CPR certification
  • Provide information and support to the development and executive team on related activities
  • Fulfill other responsibilities as requested

Additional qualifications:

  • Two-year experience working with children 
  • Willingness to commit for a minimum of three years
  • Advocate to secure additional resources, opportunities, and services for youth as appropriate
  • Assist with systems navigation in schools to secure conditions for optimal academic success
  • Demonstrated ability to work with children in varied capacities and settings
  • Ability to develop trusting relationships
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player
  • Ability to manage several concurrent issues and solve problems effectively
  • A sense of humor is a plus
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Utah

Executive Director with Friends - Utah

Friends of the Children is seeking a passionate, committed leader to use their cultural knowledge, expertise, vision, and connection to community to launch and lead Friends of the Children in Salt Lake City, Utah. 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 Utah 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 Utah.

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 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 serve a key role in advancing diversity, equality & inclusion and antiracism.

The ideal candidate will have experience in working with community leaders, caregivers, families and children, understanding the unique disparities amongst the communities served. The ideal candidate will also 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.

The right leader will be fiercely committed to equity and will ensure that every aspect of the organization's mission is executed with full engagement of the youth, families and communities impacted by our work. 

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