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Professional Mentor "Friend" (Charlotte, NC)

Thompson Child & Family Focus is seeking a Professional Mentor (Friend) to join our growing team. Friends of the Children is an evidence-based national program model that employs and trains salaried, Professional Mentors called Friends. The Professional Mentor 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, the Professional Mentor 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. This position will fully document activities and participate in an ongoing evaluation process. Professional Mentors will work primarily one-on-one with their children. The Professional Mentor must also know, understand, honor and support the program’s mission, vision, values, principles and policies, and be able to clearly articulate the program’s function.

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National Accounts Payable Clerk (Part-Time)

Friends of the Children is looking for an extraordinary professional to join our finance team. Do you have keen attention to detail and are you ready use your skills to support a growing nonprofit network? Are you looking to work part-time (20 hrs per week)? We may have the perfect career for you.

We are committed to expanding our model across the country and plan to have a total of twenty-five locations by 2025. The Finance Department performs the accounting functions for the National Friends of the Children organization and chapters throughout the country. The National AP Clerk partners with our National AP Specialist to complete the disbursement process including review, coding, and check preparation for all vendor payments and employee expense reports for all the chapters. This person will also prepare and code deposits, code credit as well as card payments.

The working hours for this position will be approximately 20 hours Tuesday-Friday during regular working hours.

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Assistant Director of Program and Evaluation

We are seeking a results-driven Assistant Director of Program and Evaluation to help lead the organization in next level programmatic implementation and evaluation. This person is charged with direct supervision of Adolescent programming staff, oversee all adolescent cohort-wide activities and programming (individual and group), cultivating and managing relationship with other nonprofit partners and area schools for intern recruitment, and management of evaluation systems that measure Friends-Boston’s effectiveness to help children graduate high school and obtain post-secondary educational success. The Assistant Director of Programming and Evaluation reports to the Director of Program and is an integral member of the organizational leadership team.

To apply, submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter explaining why you would like to be considered for this position to Friends of the Children-Boston is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Program Director

Friends of the Children–Chicago is looking for a passionate, committed Program Director to take the lead in tailoring and implementing a proven national model to the realities of Chicago’s most vulnerable 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.  The Program Director will be relentlessly driven to manage and expand our innovative, evidence-based model in Chicago. They will be a fierce advocate for children facing systemic and institutional barriers and will be effective at communicating the urgency of our mission and success of our outcomes. They will also develop close relationships with caregivers and the partner organizations who serve them, maximizing our program impact across both generations. The Program Director will work with community leaders and partner with organizations to change the way the world treats and views our most vulnerable youth.  They will lead and inspire mentors, implement the child selection process, and cultivate and maintain relationships with schools, families, and community.

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Los Angeles

Program Manager - Los Angeles

Friends of the Children—Los Angeles (Friends LA) is looking for a passionate, leader to perform the role of Program Manager (PM) to supervise Professional Mentors (Friends), provide comprehensive resource navigation and direct service support to families in Metro and South L.A. 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. The PM will work closely with the Program Director (PD), and will ensure Friends are providing quality care, evidenced by our implementation, assessment, and evaluation of our two-generation(2Gen) model of support.

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Development Officer

Position Objective:

Our Development Officer will be instrumental in accomplishing the fundraising goals of the chapter. They will work alongside our Development Director (DD), Executive Director (ED) and Board of Directors with support from our Friends and in coordination with the rest of the Friends National network, to actualize the organization’s fiscal goals and values.

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of 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.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Passion for serving youth facing the most challenging situations
  • Work effectively – with DD, ED, Board of Directors, and independently -- to identify and cultivate donors including individuals, corporations and foundations
  • Perform prospect research on individuals, corporations, and foundations evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants
  • Manage grants calendar
  • Grant writing: draft grant applications as per donor guidelines
  • Grant reports: draft grant reports as per donor guidelines with input from ED, DD, and Program Directors
  • Develop and launch a basic communications plan that will focus on educating and raising visibility for donors and prospects. This should include social media channels, newsletters, annual reports, and mass e-mail correspondence.
  • Manage basic website updates
  • Manage eTapestry database inputs and esports as required
  • Strive to ensure that organization’s commitment to equity is reflected in all decisions, communications, and processes
  • Excellent organization, time management, delegation and follow-up skills
  • Be willing and able to attend and actively participate in team meetings, staff functions, and development events
  • Possess commitment to extreme attention to detail, including but not limited to ability to implement self-checking procedures for data entry, produce accurate correspondence and reports, and produce and edit written materials accurately and consistently
  • Have excellent project management and organizational skills to routinely manage and prioritize daily work
  • Demonstrate ability to work independently as well as in a team setting
  • Have a passion for serving youth facing the most challenging situations
  • Be a self-starter with high level of initiative and willingness to learn
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Be social media savvy

Essential Skills and Abilities:

Required Education, Experience, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of experience or 7 years equivalent experience required.
  • Two to three years of professional experience in sales and/or fundraising desired.

Friends of the Children – Los Angeles is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to addressing discriminatory practices, and to working toward racial equity. The equal employment opportunity policy of Friends of the Children 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 of the Children – Los Angeles hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled.

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Professional Mentor

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 ½ years – no matter what. We are currently seeking an extraordinary professional to embark on a new career journey as a Friend at our Tacoma 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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Tampa Bay

Executive Director

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

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.

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