The mission of Friends of the Children is bold: To accelerate generational change, Friends of the Children identifies youth facing the toughest challenges and connects them with professional mentors who guide them to develop their greatest potential and achieve their goals. From kindergarten through graduation, no matter what.
Friends of the Children – Seattle, a nationally recognized, dynamic non-profit mentoring organization serving children facing the highest risks in our community, is growing and has openings for 2 full-time K-5 Mentors. This position offers a fantastic opportunity to work intensively with youth to develop trusting relationships, set positive expectations, nurture talents and abilities, and teach life and academic skills.
Friends of the Children has an exceptional early intervention/prevention program focusing on our community's most vulnerable children and providing them with professionally trained, paid mentors, called Friends. These are salaried positions and not volunteers. Friends guide children from kindergarten through high school graduation, in hopes of breaking the cycle of poverty, gang involvement, drug use and violence. A Friend works consistently and intensively with youth as a positive adult role model to develop a caring, trusting and sustained relationship with each child. For more information, go to www.friendsseattle.org.
For each child, a Friend will:
• Set clear and positive expectations.
• Discover, nurture and promote a child’s strengths, talents and abilities.
• Help assure physical and emotional well-being.
• Teach life and academic skills. Provide enrichment activities. Model responsible behavior.
• Friends work both one-on-one and in group settings with each of their children for about four hours per week. (A Friend’s caseload usually includes approximately 8 youth)
Annual salary $40,000 to $41,750 depending on experience. Friends of the Children offers a comprehensive benefits package for all of our employees. This is a non-exempt position.
Education and Experience:
• A minimum of an AA degree, Bachelor's degree preferred, plus 1-2 years of experience working with high risk youth or youth in the foster care system strongly preferred.
• Bilingual/bicultural, second-language speaking mentors preferred.
• Work hours vary but are generally 10:00am – 7:00pm, Monday through Friday, however flexibility is essential.
• Friends must provide/use own vehicle and insurance. We reimburse for mileage.
• Must pass finger print background check.
• Must pass drug screening.
• Must have decent driving record.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send your resume and cover letter to Alicia@friendsseattle.org
Comprehensive, employer-paid healthcare for employee, paid time off, holidays, sick leave, dental, vision, life, FSA, tuition reimbursement, paid parental leave
Friends of the Children--Seattle 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--Seattle 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--Seattle hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled.
Comprehensive, employer-paid healthcare for employee, paid time off, holidays, sick leave, dental, vision, life, FSA, tuition reimbursement, paid parental leave.
Minimum Education Required