Professional Mentor "Friend"

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Friends of the Children is a nonprofit that is breaking the cycle of generational poverty by giving children facing the highest risks 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 Harlem location.  

At Friends of the Children we put children first and use our values to change the way the world treats and views our most vulnerable youth. As a Friend you will nurture long-term relationships from a foundation of love, acceptance, and culturally-informed practice. Do you want to help 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:

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

HOW TO APPLY

Please apply through this posting in HiringThing. We regret that the volume of responses may prevent us from acknowledging every submission. No calls please. Thank you for your interest.

Salary

$40,000          

BENEFITS

Comprehensive

LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

English (Bi-lingual Spanish/English a plus)

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL:

Professional

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED:

4-year degree

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.  

Location: Harlem, NY
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