Professional Mentor - Chiloquin

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Are you looking to make a lasting, measurable difference in the lives of children who need it most by developing intensive, long-term, trusting relationships? We employ trained, full-time, salaried mentors called “Friends” to provide a stable, caring and sustainable relationship in a child’s life.

Friends of the Children - Klamath Basin is a well-established chapter of a 25-year old national professional mentoring organization. Our model is proven to break the cycle of generational poverty for children who face the highest risks by providing professional mentors to the most vulnerable youth in our community for 12.5 years, kindergarten through high school graduation.

We are seeking to hire one extraordinary person, as soon as possible. This “Friend” will work with eight youth, males ages K-12 grades, and will:

  • Commit to positive expectations and model responsible behavior;
  • Support and promote each child’s individual strengths, talents, and abilities;
  • Help to assure physical and emotional well-being;
  • Have experience working within Native American communities;
  • Teach life and academic skills in fun creative ways;
  • Provide a variety of safe activities or experiences;
  • Manage multiple priorities at once to ensure goals are met;
  • Be comfortable with logging accurate information into a database in a timely manner;
  • Spend a minimum of four intentional hours per week with each child .

The ideal candidate will:

  • Hold an associate’s or bachelor’s degree;
  • Have 2+ years of experience working with vulnerable youth;
  • Be culturally competent and trauma informed;
  • Be willing and excited to make a minimum 3-year commitment;
  • Be willing to work a non-traditional work schedule, typically Tues.-Sat;
  • Provide their own child-safe vehicle and insurance; we reimburse mileage;
  • Have superior scheduling and time management skills;
  • Have data entry and database management skills, as well as a commitment to detail accuracy;

We will provide you:

  • A energetic and supportive national network, with a proven, evidence-based, highly unique model;
  • New challenges daily; and collaboration to help you serve our youth and keep your batteries charged;
  • A friendly and supportive workplace, where work-life balance is respected;
  • Full health benefits;
  • Most of all, a critical role in helping the most vulnerable youth change the course of their lives!

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

To learn more about Friends of the Children – Klamath Basin go to:

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

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.

Core Job Accountabilities

  • 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 Roadmap 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 youth opportunities for self-growth through 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;
  • 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;
  • Knowledge of or the ability to learn tribal culture and authentically incorporate into activities and interactions;
  • 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 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 driving demands safely and with good judgment;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; organizational and time management skills;
  • 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:

  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to Native American culture required.
  • 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;

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, 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, although how you accomplish that is at your discretion within established Program guidelines. 

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 children preferred.

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

Location: Chiloquin, OR
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