Professional Mentor-Central Oregon (Deschutes, Crook, & Jefferson Counties)

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Friends of the Children - Central Oregon is one of the newest chapters of a growing national mentoring organization. Our well-established 25-year-old model is proven to break the cycle of generational poverty for children who face the highest risks by providing professional mentors to thousands of youth across the country and we have recently expanded to Central Oregon.  We employ trained,full-time professional mentors. We call them "Friends"; to provide a stable, caring and sustainable relationship in each child's life for 12 ½years, no matter what.  We commit to working with the child and the family at child's kindergarten year through graduation from high school.  Are you looking to make a difference in the lives of children who need it most? We will hire two extraordinary individuals now to start on January 2nd of 2019 who are looking to develop intensive, long-term, trusting relationships with eight children in the child's school and community setting. 

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended as a comprehensive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Education and Experience Required: Associate degree required; Bachelor's degree preferred, plus one to three years'experience working/volunteering with children. 

Core Job Accountabilities: Each Friend will spend four hours per week with each child.  Each Friend is matched with 8 children and is expected to aid and support coworkers to cover their direct hours with children if needed.  Friends report directly to the Program Director.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • An associate's or bachelor's degree
  • Significant experience working with vulnerable youth, 2 + years of direct and applicable experience working with vulnerable,at risk youth, children, and families
  • Be culturally competent and trauma informed
  • Superior scheduling and time management skills
  • Data entry and database management skills
  • You'll start on the ground floor of a small nonprofit, then grow with us.
  • You'll be part of a dynamic and supportive national network, with a proven, evidence-based mentoring model.
  • You'll have new challenges daily, both to help serve our kids and to keep your batteries charged.
  • Be willing and excited to make a minimum 3-year commitment
  • 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 work positively when children express reactive behaviors and actions
  • Proven background experience in working with children who may express heightened trauma response
  • Willingness to remain calm when child acts out in a physical reaction towards self/or Friend/ or stranger
  • Willingness to be calm and to work with child using a strength-based approach
  • 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;
  • Open schedule/Flexibility to adapt to needs of Foster Parents and Child Welfare
  • Navigate consistent change in plans for a child experiencing Foster Care
  • Strong ability to understand and incorporate self-care when working and collaborating with families in need, homelessness, and critical issues that affect the child and family system
  • Strong knowledge of resources within the community and how to refer parents/guardians/child/teachers to connect with appropriate resources
  • Ability to navigate between family experiences and child behavior with strength-based approach
  • Strong vision of hope and positive expectation and outlook when engaging all parties involved when interacting with 8 children from various backgrounds/experiences
  • Basic computer and keyboarding skills,proficiency with e-mail systems, familiarity with MS Outlook and Access (or other database applications);
  • 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 Road map 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

Working Hours: This is a full-time, exempt position.  Due to the nature of a Friend's role, the work hours are somewhat non-traditional, and include late afternoon and evening work.  We recognize that each Friend's daily work schedule will vary due to the uniqueness of the role and the needs of the individual children being served.  Each Friend is expected to exercise appropriate discretion in this regard.  During the school year, the general workweek is Tuesday through Saturday, 11am-7pm, with Sunday and Monday as days off.  During the summer, and for spring and winter breaks, many Friends work a standard Monday through Friday workweek.  The Program requires that you see each of your assigned children both in and outside of school, for an average of four hours each week within established program guidelines.

Additional Job Requirements:

  • Maintain current driver's license, good driving record, and vehicle insurance;
  • Maintain First Aid/CPR certification;
  • Transport children in personal vehicle as required for mentoring activities;
  • Willingness to travel in winter conditions
  • Travel to Redmond/La-Pine if needed to meet intentional hours with children
  • Willingness to drive/transport children across Deschutes County, and or additional counties to support child when circumstances arise
  • Ability to travel extended miles to reach child that is transitioning out of current Placement Home for Reunification/Adoption purposes, or if child is placed in Treatment, or if any unforeseen circumstances arise. 
  • Ability to exercise good judgment independently,in various situations and environments, and under varying levels of stress.  Teach and build on a child's understanding of 5 areas: Making Good Choices, Plans & Skills for the Future, Improved Health, Social & Emotional Development, & School Success.
  • Create intentional outings when spending direct time with children, and creatively teach and express 9 Core Assets for children to incorporate into their daily experiences.
  • Set positive expectations
  • Nurture and promote the child's individual strengths, talents and abilities
  • Help assure physical and emotional well-being
  • Teach life and academic skills
  • Provide enrichment activities
  • Model responsible behavior
  • Simultaneously manage multiple priorities to ensure goals are met in a timely manner
  • Embody a commitment to positive expectations;
  • Nurture and promote each child's individual strengths, talents and abilities;
  • Help assure physical and emotional well-being;
  • Teach life and academic skills in creative ways;
  • Provide diverse enrichment activities;
  • Model responsible behavior;
  • Simultaneously manage multiple priorities to ensure goals are met;
  • Be comfortable with, and adept at, logging information into a database in a timely and accurate manner.

Position Details

  • Salary: $33,000
  • Benefits: Full
  • Start Date: January 2nd, 2019

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Friends of the Children Central Oregon is committed to our community, to equal employment opportunity, and to diversity in our workplace. 

Friends of the Children - Central Oregon 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 - Central Oregon 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 - Central Oregon hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled.

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