Friends of the Children - National Professional Mentor (Friends) - Lane County in Eugene, Oregon
Friends of the Children is a nonprofit that is impacting generational change by empowering youth through relationships with professional mentors. We do this by providing children facing the most obstacles with a long-term, salaried, professional mentor, who we call a “Friend,” from kindergarten through high school graduation, 12+ years – no matter what. We are currently seeking an extraordinary professional to embark on a new career journey as a Friend at our Lane County Chapter.
At Friends of the Children 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.
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, 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.
Develop and sustain a long-term, caring, protective, and loving relationship with each child
Spend time with children, one-on-one
Partner with parents/caregivers to provide concrete and social emotional supports for the family.
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
Two-year experience working with children
Willingness to commit for a minimum of three years
Bilingual Spanish preferred
Advocate to secure additional resources, opportunities, and services for youth as appropriate
Assist with systems navigation in 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 with children, families, teachers, and others involved in each child’s life
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
Comprehensive Benefits Package
MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED:
2 or 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.
Friends of the Children is growing rapidly as communities across the country are experiencing the power of how “One” changes a child's story: One Friend. One Child. 12+ years. No matter what. #ThePowerOfOne
To learn more about Friends of the Children go to: https://friendsofthechildren.org/