Mentoring Specialist [Remote]

Position Title:  Mentoring Specialist

Status: Part-time, hours TBD

Department: Youth Mentoring Services

Location: Remote work (agency located in Los Angeles)

WORK WITH A FORWARD-THINKING Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) AFFILIATE THAT HAS BEEN PROVEN TO MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON CHILDREN’S LIVES. Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles (JBBBSLA), celebrating over 100 years of service in the greater Los Angeles area, provides not only mentoring services, but also teen empowerment programs, college support, and year-round camp experiences at Camp Bob Waldorf.  JBBBSLA is proud to have achieved a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator, their highest level of distinction. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Our vision is that all children achieve success in life.

Job Summary: The Mentoring Specialist (MS) will support our team in both enrollment/ matching and match support roles, as needed. This may involve any combination of the following in our Community-Based Mentoring (CBM) program for youth:

  • Interview families and volunteers to evaluate for program eligibility and suitability, and make professional recommendations regarding approval
  • Provide a wholistic, integrated, written assessment of the above
  • Help create safe and appropriate match relationships based on current pool of volunteers and children and the strengths, challenges, interests and needs of each.
  • Facilitate match introduction meetings
  • Support matches through regular communication with volunteers, children and parents/ guardians, ensuring child safety and identifying and addressing potential problems and barriers as early as possible.
  • Document comprehensive written summaries of all match support contacts in real-time, web-based contact management software in order to comply with BBBS standards.

Skills and Qualifications: We are seeking a candidate with a strong belief in the Mission and Vision of JBBBSLA, as well as the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 1-2 years of experience working with children in a social services environment, and/or understanding of child development and family dynamics
  • Ability to work effectively and sensitively with confidential information.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Flexibility and ability to work both in a team and independently, to exercise good judgment, make sound decisions & problem solve.
  • Collaborative workstyle with strong interpersonal skills
  • A strong commitment to quality and results
  • Additional computer skills: proficiency in Microsoft Office and internet-based applications
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours

NOTE: Strong preference given to candidates having current or previous experience with any Big Brothers Big Sisters agency and with Matchforce software.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Megan Koehler (mkoehler@jbbbsla.org).