Program Manager -- Mentor Parent Program

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $62,000
Maximum: $70,000




111 W. Saint John Street
Suite 333
San Jose
United States


Organization Description

Dependency Advocacy Center (DAC), a nonprofit organization, provides free legal services to indigent parents and children involved with Santa Clara County’s juvenile dependency system. Our clients face the removal of their children due to concerns of abuse and neglect. A myriad of issues are presented, including substance abuse, domestic violence, mental health, and poverty. 

Mission Statement

Dependency Advocacy Center provides zealous legal representation to indigent clients in the juvenile dependency system to promote timely reunification and preservation of families in a safe, healthy environment. DAC believes that every parent and child entering the dependency system has a right to be treated with dignity, compassion and respect.


Program Description

The Mentor Parent Program is an effective peer-mentoring program designed to provide guidance to clients who have had child protective services intervene into their families and are facing drug and/or alcohol addiction. Working in concert with the client’s legal team, Mentor Parents can offer a unique level of confidential peer support based on their own firsthand experiences in the Dependency Court System. The Mentor Parents have successfully reunified with their children, had their cases dismissed, and are leading clean and sober lives. They share their stories of tragedy and triumph with parents who are new to the child welfare system and new to recovery.

Job Description

The Mentor Parent Program Manager (MPPM) will be responsible for providing supervision to a dynamic team of peer mentors, including fostering professional development, skill building, and handling personnel matters. This position requires extensive collaboration and communication with DAC management as well as Judges and the Juvenile Dependency Court stakeholders. The MPPM will be directly involved with data collection and analysis, as dictated by the program’s grantors and funders. Duties will also include creating and maintaining program materials as well as representing the Mentor Parent Program at various court/agency/community meetings and pursuing opportunities for further outreach and coordination. The MPPM will be responsible for planning and presenting at conferences and workshops and will assist peer mentors in preparing for speaking engagements.

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or a minimum of 5 years relevant experience; background in social work or counseling strongly desired
  • Management and personnel supervision experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest issues
  • Ability to flourish in a high-energy environment
  • Ability to multi-task and be a productive team player
  • Experience working with individuals in recovery and from multi-ethnic communities
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, writing, and organizational skills
  • Experience with data collection and analysis for grant evaluation purposes
  • Experience with maintaining budgets and finances
  • Experience with public speaking and community outreach 
  • Computer literacy in MS Word, Excel and social media programs
  • Understanding of substance abuse/addiction and recovery 
  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred


Health, vision, dental, and retirement benefits are available, as well as a generous amount of vacation days/time off.

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual in Spanish preferred.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please send a one-page cover letter, resume, and list of three references via email to Applications without all three components will not be considered. Applicants are encouraged to submit additional materials showing previous work product (e.g. presentations, writing sample, outreach materials, etc.).