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Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath) transforms lives by helping people move out of poverty and provides other organizations with the tools to do the same. As a leading nonprofit innovator that combines program delivery, independent research, and public advocacy, we offer a wide range of rewarding career opportunities. EMPath is committed to recruiting, hiring, and sustaining a diverse workforce. All qualified individuals, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender expression, sexuality, age, disability or veteran status, are strongly encouraged to apply. We are an EEO/AA/ADA/ADEA employer based in Boston, Massachusetts.
Position: Family Mobility Mentor
Hours: Full-time, must be available to work a flexible schedule that includes two to three evenings a week as needed to accommodate families’ schedules (until 7:30pm) while maintaining a 40 hour work week.
The Family Mobility Mentor (FMM) is a key member of the Career Family Opportunity (CFO) program and the program’s new initiative to include the whole family in the journey toward self-sufficiency through EMPath’s Intergenerational Mobility Project (Intergen). The CFO program is EMPath’s groundbreaking program that helps families achieve full economic independence. CFO takes a comprehensive and personalized approach, utilizing EMPath’s model known as Mobility Mentoring®. In recognizing that economic self-sufficiency is multifaceted, Mobility Mentors set goals related to their family stability, well-being, career, education, and finance. Through the success of the CFO program and the recognition that children were doing better as a result of their parent(s) receiving coaching, the Intergen Project was developed to seek to intentionally work with the whole family for a more cohesive approach in attaining economic self-sufficiency.
The Family Mobility Mentor will work with families primarily in their homes located in South Boston and apartment units throughout Boston and Greater Boston. The Mentor will also work out the CFO offices in South Boston with staff meetings held at our offices in downtown Boston and Brighton.
The goal of the FMM is to work with whole families on family alignment while also preparing the head of household for his/her journey to self-sufficiency. The work of a Family Mobility Mentor includes conducting child and family assessments, identifying useful interventions, developing long term and short term economic mobility goals, and guiding participants toward appropriate next steps. The Family Mobility Mentor will work holistically with families to identify strengths and problem solve around challenges. Goals for children may be around health, social-emotional development, and executive functioning, preparing for independence, or education; while goals for families may be around routines or organization, or improved communication or problem solving techniques. Since this is a pilot program, continued collaboration to determine best practices in integrating Intergen within mobility mentoring programs will be necessary.
Family Mobility Mentors will complete an Intergen and Mobility Mentoring training series and receive ongoing training and support from the Intergen team for the integration of the two programs.
Essential Duties of the Position:
- Provide one to one mentoring, coaching and goal setting, specifically around goals related to the promotion of economic mobility and increased family alignment for the head of household and her family.
- Serve as a resource for the participant and family on issues including housing, budgeting, career and education, childcare, health care, and more.
- Conduct detailed assessments, monitor and document participants’ progress according to individual plans.
- Recruit participants for the program, including outreaching to community groups, presentations to local agencies, etc.
- Thorough and organized documentation of caseload efforts, including up to date and accurate documentation of electronic database system according to deadlines.
- Participate in the development and facilitation of participants’ workshops and community groups.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of a wide range of child issues (i.e.: common child health issues, social-emotional development, executive functioning, and education) for all stages of child development.
- Ability to work with adults towards economic mobility goals such as educational advancement, career enhancement and financial literacy.
- Knowledge of best practices in the field and connections with systems addressing the aforementioned areas.
- Knowledge of Motivational Interviewing and coaching practices.
- Flexibility in the workplace.
- Openness to ongoing and consistent supervision, coaching, shadowing and feedback
- Work well within a collaborative team as well as the ability to work independently.
- Ability to connect with and teach to a broad spectrum of learning styles.
- Good computer skills with solid knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
- Excellent organization skills, willingness to report on all aspects of work and analyze efforts for continuous improvement.
- Ability to travel between program sites and participants’ homes within the greater Boston area. License and reliable car required.
Educational and Other Requirements:
- At least two years of experience working with low-income children and families is required. Experience working with families in their homes is preferred.
- Bachelor’s Degree required
- Master’s Degree in relevant field (social work, education) is preferred.
- Experience in case management, social work, or home visiting is preferred.
- Experience engaging with child- and family-serving systems in the greater Boston area is preferred.
- Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Physical Demands/Working Conditions: Requires prolonged sitting, some bending, stooping and stretching. Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, photocopier, telephone, calculator and other office equipment. Requires normal range of hearing and eye sight to record, prepare and communicate appropriate reports. Work is performed in an office environment. Work may be stressful and fast paced at times.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
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