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Position Title: Professional Mentor (Friend)
Agency Name: Friends of the Children-Boston
Agency Website: http://www.friendsboston.org
Position Level: Direct Care
Population: Children
City: Boston
State/Province: Massachusetts
Description: Beginning in kindergarten and continuing through high school, Friends of the Children provides individual Achievers with professional mentors − paid staff − to be caring, supportive adult friends and role models. Each Friend works intensively with up to eight (8) Achievers, developing sustained and caring relationships with each child. He or she supports Achievers by nurturing and promoting their talents; ensuring their physical and emotional well-being; teaching them life and academic skills; and engaging them in enrichment activities. A Friend works primarily one-on-one with each child, fully documents activities, and participates in the ongoing evaluation process. Friends report to the Program Director of Friends of the Children-Boston.
Job responsibilities
• Develop and sustain a long-term, protective and caring relationship with each child
• Spend time with Achievers, one-on-one, within organizational guidelines
• Set realistic expectations and goals based on each child’s strengths, talents, abilities and needs
• Teach life skills and help each child develop a talent/skill/area of interest
• Provide enrichment resources and activities that include opportunities for cultural awareness
• Develop positive relationships with families, teachers and others involved in each child’s life
• Reinforce basic academic skills
• Maintain a full-time work schedule that includes afternoons, evenings and weekends (normal working days are
Tuesday through Saturday with Sundays and Mondays off)
• Complete time summaries, activity journals, short-term plans, expense reports and evaluation materials accurately and on time
• Transport Achievers in personal vehicle
• Attend and actively participate in team meetings and staff functions
• Maintain current driver’s license, good driving record, vehicle insurance and First Aid/CPR certification
• Fulfill other responsibilities as necessary

Requirements: Essential Skills and Attributes:
• Ability to relate to and care for children
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Demonstrated ability to work with children in varied capacities and settings
• Ability to develop trusting relationships
• 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
• Ability to complete paperwork and meet deadlines
• Ability to handle high mobility and driving demands
• Ability to work evenings and weekends
• Strong written and verbal communication skills; organizational and time management skills
• We are only accepting male applicants at this time

Education and experience requirements:
Bachelor’s degree preferred and two years experience working/volunteering with children. Mentoring experience with children considered statically at-risk preferred.
Benefits: Compensation: $35,000, Medical and Dental
How To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to Nikita Payne, Friends of the Children-Boston, nikita@friendsboston.org.
Friends of the Children-Boston is committed to hiring staff people who reflect the diversity of the Massachusetts communities we serve.
Agency Description: Friends of the Children-Boston (Friends-Boston) is a prevention/early intervention program whose mission is to help children living in at-risk communities develop the relationships, goals, and skills necessary to break the cycles of poverty, abuse and violence in order to become contributing members of society. Friends-Boston identifies vulnerable kindergarteners/first graders from two of Boston's most troubled schools and matches them with trained, full-time mentors (called Friends) who work with them for the next 12 years until they graduate from high school. Friends spend a minimum of four hours each week during/after school and on weekends with each of their eight program children (Achievers), regardless of how many times the Achievers switch schools or where they move in the Boston area.

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