Male Part-Time Professional Mentor

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Friends of the Children - Austin is one of the newest chapters of a growing national mentoring organization. Our model is proven to break the cycle of generational poverty for children who are the most vulnerable by providing professional paid mentors to thousands of youth across the country and we have recently expanded to Austin.

We employ trained, full-time professional mentors, we call “Friends” to provide a stable, caring, and sustainable relationship in each child’s life for 12 ½ years, no matter what. We are seeking to add a part time professional mentor to our growing team to ensure all children continue to receive one on one attention and that staff can bring their best selves to our work.   

Are you looking to make a difference in the lives of who are facing the greatest obstacles?

We will hire an extraordinary individual who is looking to be part of a team that puts children first and nurtures long-term relationships from a foundation of love, acceptance, and culturally-informed practice. 

If you are this amazing person, here’s what we have to offer:

Salary: $20,000/yr

Hours: 20 hours/week

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 on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled.

To learn more about Friends of the Children go to: https://friendsaustin.org/

Intrigued? Want to know more? To learn more about the position’s responsibilities and qualifications see below:

Basic Function:

This position is a unique one. “Friends” are full-time, salaried, professional mentors. Each Friend’s full-time role is to serve a cohort of eight youth on a weekly, year-round basis. The part-time Friend position is in effect, a substitute position. The role of the part-time Friend is to spend time with Friends and their youth after school (afternoon, evening, weekend) hours so that when a Friend must be absent due to sickness, vacation, leave, etc the part-time Friend will be able to seamlessly transition to spending time one on one with that full-time Friend’s youth (who otherwise would not have anyone to spend time with them during the Friend’s absence).

A Friend (whether full or part time) works intensively with 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.  When filling in for a full-time friend, the part-time Friend will take on the foregoing aspects of the role as well as be required to fully document activities and participate in an ongoing evaluation process, just as the full-time Friend would.  A Friend will serve youth during structured after-school time and as a fill-in as needed. The part-time Friend will typically work alongside a full-time Friend and one youth at a time; when serving in the place of an absent full-time Friend, the part-time Friend will work one-on-one with the children.  All Friends must 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, in a variety of settings;
  • Maintain and/or follow a Roadmap 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 confidence;
  • Facilitate development/progress of academic skills and learning;
  • 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;
  • Maintain after-school schedule and serve children when full-time Friends are on vacation, sick, etc;
  • 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;
  • 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:

  • 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 and other supportive adults in youth’s environments;
  • 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;
  • Ability to have compassion, patience, and cultural competency for families/youth who have experienced trauma;
  • 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.

Additional Job Requirements:

  • Maintain current driver’s license, good driving record, vehicle insurance and reliable transportation;
  • Maintain First Aid/CPR certification;
  • Transport children in personal vehicle as required for mentoring activities within a 30-mile radius;

Working Hours:

This is a part-time, exempt position.  The work hours are weekday afternoons from 3-7 and sometimes Saturdays as individually scheduled. 

Education and Experience Required:

Associate’s degree required; Bachelor’s degree preferred, plus one to three years’ experience working/volunteering with children.  Mentoring experience with at-risk children preferred. 

The preceding statements are intended to set forth the general duties, responsibilities and essential functions that will be expected in order to fulfill this role, and that it this not meant as an exhaustive list of all duties or functions that may be required.

Location: Austin, TX
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