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Development Associate

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Boston

Events and External Communications Manager

Position Summary:

The Events and External Communications Manager is an essential member of the team, helping to advance the mission of Friends-Boston by supporting the work of the Development Department. This person reports to the Director of Development and is responsible for ensuring high quality communications and execution of events that engage the public, donors, and potential volunteers in the mission of Friends-Boston. The Events and External Communications Manager works collaboratively with the Director of Development, Executive Director and all other members of the development and program teams to manage and implement external communications and development events.

Friends-Boston must build and deepen relationships with key stakeholders and influencers in government, private sector, philanthropy, local communities and peer organizations. S/he will play an instrumental role in helping put in place the Brand Awareness component of our new Strategic Plan and launching the communications strategy and efforts of the organization.

The Events and External Communications Manager must have excellent verbal and written communications skills and a deep understanding of donor and constituent-centered communications. The Events and External Communications Manager must also be able to balance multiple projects and meet deadlines while maintaining a can-do attitude. The Events and External Communications Manager must be able to work independently as well as be a team player willing to help wherever is needed.

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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, sample portfolio, and thoughtful cover letter explaining why you would like to be considered for this position to stacy@friendsboston.org.

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2Gen Family Support Specialist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Elementary Youth Advocate/Professional Mentor

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

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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

Professional Mentor ("Friend") - Klamath Falls

Are you ready for meaningful work with children? Friends of the Children - Klamath Basin currently seeks two professional mentors ("Friends") to be adult role models and advocates for eight elementary youth. Learn more here about these professional, full-time positions.

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Lane County

Professional Mentor "Friend"

Job Description:

We are currently seeking a male mentor for our Childhood program (Kindergarten to 5th Grade) to serve as a positive adult role model to eight elementary children and develop loving, caring, and sustained relationships with each child. For each child, a Friend will set positive expectations; nurture and promote each child’s strength, talents, and abilities; help ensure physical and emotional well-being; teach life and academic skills; provide enrichment activities; and model responsible behavior. A Friend will fully document activities and participate in the ongoing evaluation process. Friends will work primarily one-on-one with their children, while also building trusting supportive relationships with parents/caregivers. A Friend must know, understand, honor, and support the organization’s mission, vision, values, and principles, and be able to clearly articulate the organization’s function.

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Los Angeles

Metro-South Program Assistant

Position Overview

Reporting to the Program Manager, the Program Assistant will help the Program team execute program efficiency for the Metro-South LA location. The ideal candidate will have previous office and/or nonprofit experience, strong attention to detail, and a positive, can-do approach.

The Program Assistant will work Monday-Friday at 672 S. La Fayette Park Place, #33, Los Angeles CA 90057, with some occasional weekend work. The work is performed in both an office setting and occasionally out in the field.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Primary responsibility is to provide administrative support to program management and all program staff.
  • Foster and maintain positive and professional relationships with community partners.
  • Develop referral systems to ensure care coordination for youth and caregivers.
  • Build partnerships with other programs, services, and organizations to enhance youth’s experience.
  • Facilitate ongoing assessment and program evaluation to ensure compliance with standards, workplans, and overall program quality.
  • Maintain updated records, including youth files and reporting databases, to ensure confidentiality and compliance with monitoring standards.
  • Aids in the development of relationships with partner organizations to assist with event & program enrollment.
  • Works with the Program Director to ensure program and initiative milestones are met.
  • Assist with developing written protocols and procedures.
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings to provide input towards program development and staff training.
  • Works with Office Manager on potential problems and implements solutions or refers problems/solutions to program management.
  • Models Friends LA's approach, mission and core values in all communication and correspondence.
  • Perform related duties as assigned by the Program Manager or Program Director.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum education is a bachelor’s degree in social or human services or related field from an accredited or state-approved college or university. At least one to three years in a social service setting or human services experience is highly desirable.
  • This position requires a person with administrative skills and has the ability to read, write and understand both English and Spanish languages.
  • A strong record of intercultural responsiveness, sensitivity and awareness, and cross-cultural communication skills.
  • Resourceful and knowledgeable about the community in which youth and families live, and related resources and other services.
  • Experience working with a diverse team of social service providers and advocating on behalf of clients.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Experience working at a nonprofit organization is preferred.
  • Fidelity/experience in maintaining confidential, accurate, and complete records and documentation.
  • Willingness to be a team player with an attitude and aptitude for collaboration.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office software, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Zoom proficient.
  • Self-starter who has demonstrated the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • High degree of ethics and integrity
  • Dedication to Friends LA’s mission.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bilingual preferred (Spanish/English)
  • Experience with Social Solutions software.
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Montana

Professional Mentor - Montana, Western Region

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New York

Associate Director, Individual Giving

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

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

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

Responsibilities

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

Qualifications

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

Compensation: $70,000-$80,000

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

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

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

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Professional Mentor "Friend" - New York

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

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

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Portland

Youth Engagement Specialist

Position Overview:

As a Youth Engagement Specialist at Friends of the Children, 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

Position Overview:

Our Professional Mentors, "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

Additionally, a Friend will:

  • 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

Finally, a Friend must:

  • Know, understand, honor, and support the organization’s mission, vision, values, and principles, and be able to clearly articulate the organization’s function.


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Gift Processing and Data Specialist

Position Overview:

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

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

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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

Professional Mentor

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Seattle

Development Director

We are looking for a collaborative, strategic and results-driven Development Director to join our team! The Development Director oversees the organization's individual donor development, events and annual campaigns. Responsible for stewarding and cultivating relationships with volunteers, donors, corporate & community partners, and colleagues, the Development Director will work closely with a host committee of volunteers, the Board of Directors and Ambassador Board, and our Development & Communications team.

This is a full-time, exempt position. See the full job description at the link below. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter, including your desired salary, to hiring@friendsseattle.org. Applications will be accepted through 1/31 and interviews conducted during the month of February.

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Professional Mentor

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

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

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

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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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