FRIENDS FIRST is a non-profit organization serving schools and communities with quality programming since 1993. FRIENDS FIRST has extensive experience providing youth and parent programs and serving as a national resource for training and curricula distribution. FRIENDS FIRST educates and mentors teens to make positive life choices and develop healthy relationships. FRIENDS FIRST uses a positive youth development approach to helping youth pursue a successful future while avoiding all high risk behavior such as drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sexual activity and violence.
Job Summary: This position is grant funded and consists of two roles: Peer mentoring program coordinator with a secondary role as a classroom educator. The coordinator role is responsible for leading a peer to peer teen mentoring program called STARS (Students Teaching About Relationships and Success). Programs are school based and are in the Denver metro area. The educator role is to implement positive youth development curriculum. Both roles include administrative preparation for multiple sessions throughout the school year.
Areas of Responsibility
STARS Mentoring Program
• Facilitate STARS program with fidelity.
• Recruit mentors at high schools with the assistance of counselors and teachers. Some recruiting may also be done at universities/colleges.
• Confirm that mentors attend all mentor trainings.
• Meet regularly with mentors to review lessons to be taught to mentees.
• Ensure mentors and mentees develop a healthy mentoring relationship.
• Handle any mentor/mentee relationship conflicts in accordance to the FRIENDS FIRST policies.
• Lead a STARS program as directed by specific FRIENDS FIRST and/or grant requirements.
• Establish and maintain communication with parents of participating students.
• Facilitate all mentoring meetings with identified high school students.
• Initiate fundraising initiatives for mentors with the support of the STARS Manager.
• Purchase and organize all supplies needed for the program meetings.
• Prepare all documentation, handouts, paperwork, and supplies for each program.
• Work to maintain sustainability of programs beyond grant funding.
• Participate in technical assistance conference calls provided by FRIENDS FIRST.
• Participate in back-to-school nights, parent education events and school assemblies as needed.
• Recruit and chaperone a number of students to both the FRIENDS FIRST Mentor Life Summit and STARS National Conference.
• Recruit a minimum of 10 parents to attend any FRIENDS FIRST sponsored parent events within your STARS community.
• Network with the community and schools in the service area for the purpose of ongoing support for FRIENDS FIRST programs
• Speak in urban middle schools and high schools presenting a variety of curriculums including topics of future self identity, character development, healthy relationships, and sexual risk avoidance.
• Conduct student interviews, prepare business cards for students, write letters of recommendation, create graduation certificates and assemble graduation portfolios.
• Prepare for daily classroom instruction with partner including confirming classroom schedules, reading the lesson and gathering all supplies needed for the session.
• Attend trainings for curriculum development, classroom management and other youth-oriented topics provided by FRIENDS FIRST.
• Develop and sustain ongoing relationships with school staff, including teachers and principals.
• Capture and monitor student information on participant attendance log.
• Complete all required documentation by the end of each week (including assessment forms after each session and attendance logs).
• Submit all completed documentation promptly in accordance with the evaluation design requirements.
• Engage in continuous study, training and development to master presenting all curriculums.
• Other Duties as assigned.
- Must have reliable transportation with proof of insurance and acceptable driving record.
- Able to drive to multiple locations in a single day.
- Available to work many evenings, occasional weekends, with out of state travel as job requires.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Social Service, Counseling, Human Services or a related field plus a minimum of 2 years of experience working with youth in programming/teaching or in a leadership role
- OR 5 years of experience working with youth in programming/teaching or a leadership role.
- Experience working with youth from diverse backgrounds but particularly urban youth.
- Must have an understanding of diverse culture, history and family dynamics.
- Must relate well to boys of color.
- Must possess presentation and leadership abilities as well as interpersonal skills, sound judgment, superior decision-making, and intermediate or higher organizational skills.
- Must have good oral and written communication skills to effectively network with and engage the community and stakeholders from all walks of life.
- Intermediate level skills in Microsoft office and familiarity with social and professional media such as Facebook and Linked In.
- Fluent Bilingual-Full command of both Spanish and English languages is required.
- Non-profit experience considered a plus.
- Experience working in a federally grant funded organization considered a plus.
- This position is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, speak, and hear.
- The position requires extensive computer use so the employee must have sufficient hand dexterity to use a computer keyboard and be capable of reading a computer screen.
- The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Salary commensurate with experience – mid-to-high 30s. 403(b) match up to 5%, full health benefits for the employee with family plan options, supplemental dental insurance, life/AD&D insurance; all insurance effective the 1st month following hire, Three (3) weeks paid time off (PTO) plus up to one week winter holiday closure; 11 paid holidays, company apparel, employee assistance plan.
Newly updated office space with patio, relaxed casual work environment, easy access to major highways, intentional company culture, electronic access to paystubs and w2’s, annual compensation reviews, flexible schedule, professional development and networking opportunities, company laptop, mileage reimbursement.
How To Apply
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Limitations and Disclaimer
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with federal and state laws.
Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee must possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently. Continued employment remains on an “at-will” basis.