Male Professional Mentor
Friends of the Children - Austin is one of the newest chapters 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 employ trained, full-time, salaried mentors called “Friends” to provide a stable, caring and sustainable relationship in each child’s life.
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 are seeking to hire one extraordinary male. This Friend will work with eight children and will:
- 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.
Each Friend will spend a minimum of four intentional hours per week with each child and will report directly to the Program Director.
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;
- Have superior scheduling and time management skills;
- Have data entry and database management skills, as well as a commitment to detail accuracy.
- Be willing and excited to make a minimum 3 year commitment.
Work hours will vary depending on the needs of the youth but are typically Tuesday through Saturday 11-7. Friends must provide their own child-safe vehicle and insurance; we reimburse for mileage.
We will provide:
- You’ll start on the ground floor of a quickly scaling nonprofit and have the opportunity to grow with us.
- You’ll be part of a dynamic and supportive national network, with a proven, evidence-based, highly unique model.
- You’ll have new challenges daily, and we commit to support you, both to help you serve our kids and to keep your batteries charged.
- You’ll be part of a friendly and collaborative workplace, where work-life balance is respected.
- Most of all, you’ll play a critical role in helping Austin’s most vulnerable children change the trajectories of their lives!
- Salary Range is $41k-45k based on bilingual skills and experience level.
- Benefits: Full.
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 Austin visit: https://friendsaustin.org/
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 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; 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- Minimum three year commitment to the program and youth you serve.
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 Child Selection Process, the workweek will be primarily Monday through Friday with Saturday & Sunday off. 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 a minimum 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.