Friends of the Children – Los Angeles (Friends LA) is looking for a passionate, committed, professional mentor, to support our mission to impact generational change by empowering youth who are facing the greatest obstacles through relationships with trained full-time professional mentors—12+ years—no matter what. Our model is proven to break the cycle of generational poverty for children who face the most barriers by providing paid professional mentors to thousands of youth across the country.
Are you looking to make a difference in the lives of children who need it most?
We will hire an extraordinary individual who is looking to develop intensive, long-term, trusting relationships with children who need it most. A Friend will work with eight children and will:
- Set positive expectations
- Nurture and promote the child’s individual strengths, talents and abilities
- Help assure physical and emotional well-being
- Teach life and academic skills
- Provide enrichment activities
- Model responsible behavior
- Simultaneously manage multiple priorities to ensure goals are met in a timely manner
Friends will spend approximately four hours per week with each child and will report directly to the Program Director.
The ideal candidate will have:
- A bachelor’s degree
- Significant experience working with vulnerable youth
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the child welfare system
- Be culturally competent and trauma informed
- Experienced with utilizing social and emotional learning curricula
- Superior scheduling and time management skills
- Data entry and database management skills
- You’ll start on the ground floor of a small nonprofit, then grow with us
- You’ll be part of a dynamic and supportive national network, with a proven, evidence-based mentoring model
- You’ll have new challenges daily, and we commit to support you in every way, to help you serve our kids and to keep your batteries charged.
- You’ll be part of a friendly and collaborative workplace, where work-life balance is respected
- Most of all, you’ll play a critical role in helping LA’s most vulnerable children change the trajectories of their lives!
Essential Skills and Abilities
- Ability to relate to children and to develop and sustain trusting, supportive relationships with them;
- Strong interpersonal skills;
- Demonstrated ability to work with children in varied capacities and settings to help them learn and grow;
- Ability to cultivate trusting relationships with children, parents, teachers and community members;
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and communicate appropriately within the workplace;
- Ability to use creativity and initiative in planning activities to continually develop children;
- Ability to work independently in diverse environments with limited supervision;
- Ability to work as a team player;
- Ability to manage several concurrent issues and solve problems effectively exercising appropriate discretion and judgment;
- Ability to set goals and develop plans to meet those goals to ensure the development of each child;
- Ability to complete administrative tasks accurately and on time;
- Ability to handle high mobility and driving demands safely and with good judgement;
- Strong written and verbal communication skills; organizational and time management skills;
- Basic computer and keyboarding skills, proficiency with e-mail systems, familiarity with MS Outlook and Access (or other database applications)
- Ability to exercise good judgment independently, in various situations and environments, and under varying levels of stress.
Additional Job Requirements
- Maintain current driver’s license, good driving record, and vehicle insurance;
- Maintain First Aid/CPR certification;
- Transport children in personal vehicle as required for mentoring activities;
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.
To learn more about Friends of the Children go to: https://friendsla.org/