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Professional Mentor - He Sapa, Rapid City, SD

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Boston

Education Support Specialist (bilingual, 50K-60K)

Position Overview

Responsibilities:

Education Initiative and Innovation 30%

  • Work with Program Team to identify key areas of growth in education success, create age appropriate 1) plug-and-play curricular, and 2) education initiatives to improve education outcomes.
  • Work closely with program staff to identify key areas of growth in education success for Achievers of all ages
  • Create age-appropriate plug-and-play curricular targeted specific educational growth areas for mentors to use on a regular basis, and collect necessary data on usage and effectiveness
  • Create education initiative to encourage focus on education success, including but not limited to special events, communications campaign for Achievers, mentors and/or families, group and/or cohort programming
  • Create a pipeline of referrals to partners, volunteers and consultants to deliver specialized educational services to youth, including but not limited to academic tutoring, test prep, special education services, education testing, …etc.

Enhanced Team Support and Partnership Development and Referral 40%

  • Create, maintain and regularly update a robust resource bank to support wide array of needs for caregivers
  • Support professional mentors in helping to identify and connect caregivers with resources
  • When necessary, help to assemble a coordinated team to support families in crisis and support the creation of clear plans and follow-up’s that lead to stabilization
  • Work with Director of Program and Senior Director of Program to identify key areas of professional development to improve mentors’ ability to support Achievers’ education success, including but not limited to developmental science, behavioral science, learning frameworks, and asset-based learning; develop no fewer than 4 trainings per year for Professional Mentors
  • Track and evaluate the effectiveness of the professional development activities. Use data to demonstrate impact and improve our efforts.
  • Establish ways to build meaningful relationships with key educational systems, including but not limited to Boston Public Schools, METCO, Charter and Independent School network, post-secondary education systems with the goals of 1) increasing public visibility of the work of Friends-Boston and 2) collecting and disseminating key information and knowledge to mentors that can impact the education outcomes of youth
  • Create and manage a regular staff-centric “bulletin” to share internal and external resources and best practices
  • Support Adolescent Mentors in preparing their graduating Achievers through the post-secondary education application process, including but not limited to, providing one-on-one support to Achievers to complete college and financial aid application, create internal calendar to help mentors manage the senior year activities, create educational transitional plans for individual youth beyond HS graduation, support alumni in their post-secondary education endeavor.
  • Work with Senior Director of Program to solidify key partnerships to advance education success of youth
  • Create a “warm referral” network of trusted partners
  • Track and evaluate the effectiveness and efforts of our partners, as well as our referral process. Use data to demonstrate impact and improve our efforts.

Data and Evaluation 20%

  • Work with Director of Program and Senior Director of Program to establish and monitor a key set of data metrics that drive education success of youth
  • Use data to inform and recommend key program pivots pertaining to Achievers’ education success
  • Research, source and implement additional evaluation tools to better access education competencies of youth relating to future readiness
  • Work with Director of Program and Senior Director of Program to prepare and present comprehensive view on the “state of our Achievers” using data on a minimum of a quarterly basis

Org Support 10%

  • Support the overall effort of mission delivery and contribute to identifying and implementing strategies that lead to generational change.
  • All other duties as assigned

Required Skills and Attributes

  • A great sense of humor
  • Experience with using data to drive strategies and outcomes
  • Strong inter-personal relationship building skills
  • Strong work ethic and sense of responsibility
  • A persuasive and passionate communicator with outstanding written and verbal communication skills with a variety of audiences.
  • Entrepreneurial, flexible, creative and solution focused
  • Strong conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to stay composed, solution focused, and thoughtful in a complex environment
  • A growth mindset and commitment to ongoing learning

Qualifications

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • A minimum of 5 years of prior experience in creating and carrying out educational programs in communities of Boston required
  • Proficient in Microsoft and social media channels requires; Prior experience Google G-Suite technology platforms and evaluation database preferred
  • College and advance/professional degree in education or relevant professional experiences required
  • Demonstrated proficiency and commitment to racial equity and social justice
  • Bilingual written and verbal proficiency in English and Spanish strongly preferred
  • Proven ability to track, prioritize, and drive multiple concurrent projects to success using strong project management skills and prioritization

How to Apply

Friends of the Children-Boston offers a collaborative team of colleagues who are passionate about the mission and a flexible work environment. Salary 50K – 60K, commensurate with experience. To apply, candidates should review the Friends-Boston website and submit a resume and a thoughtful cover letter explaining why you would like to be considered for this position to hiring@friendsboston.org. Please include “Education Support Specialist” in your email subject line. Position is open until filled.

Friends of the Children-Boston is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Youth Advocate (Friend)

Job Description Summary:

We are seeking BOTH an Elementary and Adolescent Youth Advocate (Friend)

The Youth Advocate (Friend) is a critical member of a team of support providers for either the Elementary cohort of Achievers (youth) in grades K1 through 5 or the Adolescent cohort of Achivers in grades 6 through 12. A Youth Advocate is responsible for being the primary “Friend” to 8 Achievers in Elementary cohort or 10 Achievers in the Adolescent cohort, as well as supporting the supervision of interns who support the overall needs of each cohort. The Youth Advocate ensures that the necessary life, home, and school supports are available to help every Achiever with their social emotional and educational development. 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 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 s/he/they 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.

We will hire an extraordinary individual who is looking to develop intensive, long-term, trusting relationships with children who need it most.

Job 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 mind-set

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 proficiencies 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
  • 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 (casenotes), academic data, and other evaluation materials

Organizational Support:

  • Advocate for his/her/their Achievers for opportunities to participate in enrichment activities/events/programs including, but not limited to, Reading Buddies, sports events, community service days, arts/cultural performances, and community events.
  • Participate in and supervise participation of Achievers in Friends-Boston events
  • Attendance at organizational events is required including the Gingerbread Event, Entrepreneurship events, end of the year celebration, back to school bash, senior send-off, the Friend Raiser, and other weekend and evening events

Additional Responsibilities:

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

Education and experience requirements:

  1. Associate’s Degree required; Bachelor’s degree preferred
  2. A minimum of 2 years of working with children/teens in an urban setting preferred; prior experience in the field of education, social work, youth development and school-based programs strongly encouraged to apply
  3. Women of color strongly encouraged to apply
  4. Spanish, Haitian Creole, and or Cape Verdean Creole language skills a plus

To view the Full Position Descriptions:

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 either Adolescent Youth Advocate or Elementary 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

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Chicago

Development Coordinator

Friends of the Children-Chicago is currently seeking an enthusiastic professional to embark on a new career journey as a Development Coordinator to start in October. The Development Coordinator will support the development strategies of the organization, with a special emphasis on development operations, donor services, database management, donor communications, event implementation as well as provide support for the Executive Director.

The Development Coordinator (DC) is responsible for supporting fundraising activities in a fast-paced, start-up environment at the direction of the Development Manager. The DC maintains the fundraising database, ensures accurate donor records, and provides administrative support to the department. The DC also implements donor communications including gift acknowledgements, social media, and fundraising appeals. The DC also implements small donor events and serves as a liaison to outside contractors for larger events.

This is an excellent “generalist” development opportunity with room for professional growth. Are you looking to make a difference in the lives of children who need it most? Would you like to be a part of a dynamic, lively and mission-focused team? If so, apply now.

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Detroit

Program Manager

Friends of the Children Detroit

Program Manager

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 Program Manager at our Detroit 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 Program Manager you will nurture long-term relationships from a foundation of love, acceptance, and culturally-informed practice. 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 Program Manager might be for you.

Job Description:

The Program Manager is responsible for supervising, guiding and supporting the Friends within the organization. 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 hiring, onboarding and supervision of the New Friends on their team, as well as supporting the onboarding and training of all New Friends. 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.
  • Know and understand the needs and issues of each child served by Friends on assigned team. Meet with each team member one-on-one each month, and review Roadmaps and Transition Plans for each child on a monthly basis. 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.
  • Interact with each child on your team at least twice a year by going out with the child and their respective Friend, or by observing Friends with their children during activities or outings. Provide constructive feedback to the Friend on an ongoing basis.
  • Actively participate on the PLT and provide insight, input and solutions to programmatic and organizational issues and challenges. Facilitate or lead PLT meetings as required.
  • 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 and children, doing so in an appropriate and timely manner. Understand, implement and support organizational policies and procedures.
  • Solicit and obtain feedback from a minimum of two parents of children on your team per month. Document and maintain all feedback and include in Quarterly report.
  • Serve assigned youth as appropriate in the capacity of a Friend, as outlined in the Friend job description.

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, plus five years of experience working/volunteering with children, including at least two and a half years (3 years strongly preferred) in the role of a Friend. Previous supervisory experience desirable.

Salary: $60,000 annually

Benefits: Comprehensive

Friends of the Children 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 hires and promotes individuals solely based on their qualifications for the job to be filled.

Friends of the Children is growing rapidly as communities across the country are experiencing the power of how “One” changes a child's story: One Friend. One Child. 12+ years. No matter what. #ThePowerOfOne

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Professional Mentor " Friend"


PROFESSIONAL MENTOR “FRIENDS” SEARCH

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.

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 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.

Essential responsibilities:

  • Develop and sustain a long-term, caring, protective, and loving relationship with each child
  • Spend time with children, one-on-one
  • Partner with parents/caregivers to provide concrete and social emotional supports for the family.
  • 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
  • Willingness to commit for a minimum of three years
  • Bilingual Spanish preferred
  • 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 • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work with children in varied capacities and settings
  • Ability to develop trusting relationships with children, families, teachers, and others involved in each child’s life
  • 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 RANGE

$48K annually

BENEFITS

Comprehensive

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL:

Professional

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED:

2-degree required. 4-year degree preferred.

Location: Detroit, MI

Friends of the Children 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 hires and promotes individuals solely based on their qualifications for the job to be filled.

Friends of the Children is growing rapidly as communities across the country are experiencing the power of how “One” changes a child's story: One Friend. One Child. 12+ years. No matter what. #ThePowerOfOne

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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

Professional Mentor ("Friend")

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Lane County

Professional Mentor (Part-time)

Friends of the Children – Lane County (Friends – Lane County) is currently seeking a passionate, committed part-time (with potential to become full-time) mentor for our Childhood program (Kindergarten to 5th Graders). The mentor serves as a positive adult role model to eight (8) male identifying children in part by developing a loving, caring, and sustained relationship with each child.

Our mission is to help children facing the most significant challenges dismantle cycles of intergenerational poverty and disadvantage by providing them a long-term professional mentor. Friends support each child’s growth and development and assist families in maintaining stability and achievement of their dreams. 12 + years, no matter what.

At Friends – Lane County 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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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.

Position Overview

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.

Position Overview

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

Professional Mentor "Friend" - Montana, Western Region

We do not have any current position open at this time.

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New York

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

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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San Francisco

Development Associate

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Professional Mentor

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Seattle

Family Engagement Manager

The Family Engagement Manager is a collaborative individual dedicated to strengthening support networks for youth and their families by working directly with parents and caregivers. The Family Engagement Manager will build relationships with Friends-Seattle families to provide resources and inspire personal success.

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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

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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