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.
For each child, a Friend will work intensively to 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.
Core Job Accountabilities:
- Develop and sustain a long-term, caring, protective, and loving relationship with each child
- Spend time with or on behalf of the child, one-on-one in the classroom and in the community
- Develop and maintain positive relationships with parents/caregivers, extended family, teachers, and others involved in each child’s life; advocating for youth and empowering youth to advocate for themselves
- Partner with parents/caregivers to provide concrete and social emotional supports for the family and connections to appropriate community resources
- Develop 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, diversity, and community service
- Reinforce basic academic skills and learning
- Model and promote good problem solving and decision-making skills to children and families
- Maintain a 40-hour work schedule that may include afternoons, evenings, and weekends
- Maintain spending within budgetary guidelines
- Maintain an effective self-organization system to keep track of multiple youths and families
- 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, staff functions, and trainings
- Maintain First Aid/CPR certification
- Provide information and support to the development and executive team on related activities as needed
- Fulfill other responsibilities as requested
Essential Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to develop trusting relationships with children, families, teachers, and others involved in each child’s life
- Demonstrated ability to work with children in varied capacities and settings to help them learn and grow
- Ability to advocate to secure additional resources, opportunities, and services for youth as appropriate
- 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 manage several concurrent issues and solve problems effectively
- Ability to set goals and develop plans to meet those goals
- Ability to complete administrative tasks accurately and on time
- Willingness to work collaboratively, but with the capacity to work independently
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Ability to have empathy and a learning posture toward different backgrounds including but not limited to, culture, race, gender, and religion
- Ability to assist families with systems navigation in schools to secure conditions for optimal academic success
- Bilingual Spanish preferred / or Multilingual
- Ability to handle high mobility and driving demands safely and with good judgment
- Basic computer and keyboarding skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational and time management skills, professional demeanor, and sound judgment
- A sense of humor is a plus
Working Hours and Conditions:
This is currently a part-time, non-exempt position with the possibility of becoming a full-time exempt position.
Due to the nature of a Friend’s role, the work hours are somewhat non-traditional, and may include late afternoon and evening work. The general (full time) workweek is Monday through Friday, with occasional weekend events.
- We recognize that each Friend’s daily work schedule will vary due to the unusual nature of the role and the needs of the individual children being served.
- Friends must be comfortable actively engaging in activities with youth in community settings such as parks, libraries, and schools.
As part of Friends’ work with youth, they are required to transport children in their personal vehicles as required for mentoring activities. Children’s car seats and mileage reimbursements are provided. Friends are required to maintain a current driver’s license, good driving record, and appropriate level of vehicle insurance.
Because deep relationships will develop between the Mentor/Friend and their youth we ask that candidates be willing to commit to the work for at least three years.
Education and Experience Required:
A bachelor’s degree is preferred, plus 2-4 years of experience working/volunteering with youth in a social service setting or with families impacted by systemic injustice and chronic trauma.
Alternatively, an associate degree would be required, plus 4-6 years of experience working/volunteering with youth in a social service setting or with families impacted by systemic injustice and chronic trauma.
Mentoring experience with children and families impacted by the child welfare system would be valued.
Friends – Lane County cares about the health and well-being of our employees We offer generous vacation and sick leave paid time off, paid holidays, a comprehensive medical benefits package, a 401(k)-retirement plan, and ongoing professional development opportunities.
Employees can add optional plans, at employee expense, which include medical coverage for dependents, a Flexible Spending Account, and supplemental life insurance.
Location: Eugene, Oregon. Serving all of Lane County
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.
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