5 Middlesex Avenue
Full Time (40 hours per week)
Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) empowers youth with disabilities to reach their full potential by providing transformative mentoring programs, youth development opportunities, and inclusion expertise. We motivate youth to reach their personal, educational, and career goals and guide organizations in becoming more inclusive.
PYD was incorporated in 1985 and has grown to serve hundreds of youth with disabilities and their families in Massachusetts. In 2005, PYD founded the National Center for Mentoring Youth with Disabilities, which provides inclusion training and technical assistance to other agencies throughout the country. PYD has a staff of twenty and an operating budget of just under two million dollars.
The Mentoring Specialist will in PYD’s (One-to-One) Mentoring program, providing direct service to youth and young adults with disabilities ages 6 to 24 who live in within the Massachusetts 128 belt. The Specialist will assist young people with disabilities to reach their full potential for personal development by matching them with caring adult mentors in one-to-one mentoring relationships. This position reports to the Mentoring Director.
Mentor Match responsibilities (50% of role) include but are not limited to:
- Conduct ongoing outreach and public relations efforts to recruit mentors.
- Follow-up all leads on a timely basis, returning telephone calls, sending out program information, and setting up interviews with prospective youth and adult mentors.
- Interview youth mentees at their homes or at a mutually agreed-upon location, explain program requirements and complete associated paperwork.
- Interview mentors at PYD’s office, explain program requirements and complete associated paperwork.
- Enter all client documentation into database and keep database updated regularly as client status changes.
- Conduct mentor trainings to orient new mentors to their role.
- Use well-developed processes for matching youth and adult mentors
- Maintain regular contact with wait listed mentors and mentees to communicate their current status for a match
- Refer wait listed youth to other PYD programs in which they may have an interest.
- Conduct follow-up (as outlined in the Mentoring manual) with matched mentees and mentors.
- Assist with grant reports and proposals
- Attend Mentor Match team meetings and supervision.
- Assist with Mentor Match and agency wide special projects as they occur.
- Must be able to effectively manage time and meet competing demands.
Project LENS Responsibilities, (50% of role) include but are not limited to:
- Interview, train, match and support program participants.
- Effectively communicate Project LENS to stakeholders, potential mentors, and others
- Create a minimum of 10 new matches per year.
- Follow-up all leads on a timely basis
- Maintain relationships with the MCB program coordinator to ensure that program objectives and outcomes are progressing.
- Conduct monthly reports of the mentoring activities and successful outcomes.
- Conduct outreach to solicit participant feedback for events.
- Maintain regular contact with participants to inform them about events.
- Contribute to PYD’s e-mentoring platform to provide online resources to participants
- Collaborate with eMentoring program coordinator to develop virtual trainings
- Design and implement monthly virtual trainings on career readiness topics.
General expectations for the position: The Mentoring Specialist works with other program staff to attain the Mentoring program goals of the agency. The specialist will be presented with preliminary expectations and goals for the position within the first month of the job. These goals will be reviewed and revised as needed in collaboration with the supervisor.
Position requirements: The ideal candidate will have experience in the disability community as well as excellent communication and writing skills. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office and be familiar with the use of databases for inputting client data. Bachelor’s degree and experience in the fields of health or human services, special education, social work, vocational rehabilitation, psychology or other related fields necessary. Candidate must have access to a car and be able to travel throughout Eastern Massachusetts to conduct program services and be available for occasional evening and weekend work.
At Partners for Youth with Disabilities, we welcome and include people of all abilities, identities, and backgrounds. We believe that a diverse and fully inclusive organization empowers individuals, heals communities, and creates a better world for us all. As such, we are committed to equal opportunity and the diversity of our workforce and do not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on account of that individual's gender, race, color, religion, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, military status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status or any other protected category under applicable law.
Salary: Salary $37,000 - 39,000 plus payment in lieu of benefits.
Minimum Education Required