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Mentor Coordinator

Company: U.S. Dream Academy
Location: Philadelphia
Posted on: November 23, 2021

Job Description:

Under the direction of the Center Director, the Mentor Coordinator is responsible for managing the mentoring program on the local level. The Mentor Coordinator is responsible for the recruitment, training, and retention of mentors and volunteers. In conjunction with the Center Director, the Mentor Coordinator will network to establish a strong community, corporate, and school relationships and partnerships to identify resources that serve participants and their families. The Mentor Coordinator will develop and implement comprehensive recruitment strategies and outreach activities to educate the community about the U.S. Dream Academy and the various opportunities to volunteer. To perform this job successfully, the Mentor Coordinator must be able to perform each essential duty with experience and other duties as required. The requirements listed below are representative of the competencies, knowledge, skills, abilities, and education required.Principle Duties and ResponsibilitiesCommunity OutreachActively participate in community networking and corporate organizations (e.g., NAACP, Rotary Club, etc.) to build the Dream Academy brand in the community.In conjunction with the Center Director, manage relationships with community partners including cultivating new partnerships, maintaining regular communication with partners, and coordinating partners for presentations at family outreach events and special student events.Develop, manage, and chair a Parent Advisory Council that will consist of mentors, volunteers, parents, and school representatives. Implement advisory council suggestions and initiatives.Volunteer Recruitment & RetentionRecruit and screen potential mentors and other volunteers according to Dream Academy policies and procedures.Proactively contacting potential mentors and guiding them through the commitment process.Develop quarterly mentor recruitment strategies that include social networking technology, i.e. Facebook or Twitter, to ensure sufficient mentors to keep the center fully matched.Work with Center Director to develop strategic action plans to overcome local barriers to quality mentor programming.Use industry "best practices"-- - to develop retention initiatives that ensure 75% mentor monthly attendance and completion of the one-year mentor commitment; and encourage 33% mentor multi-year participation.Network to build partnerships with churches, corporations, civic organizations, and colleges specifically for volunteer/mentor recruitment.Provide 4-hour pre-match training and bi-monthly supplemental mentor training according to Dream Academy procedure and curriculum.Effectively utilize youth development strategies to engage in the positive behavioral management of students.Volunteer Management & Match SupportConduct appropriate screening, orientation, and training that will utilize each volunteer effectively within the center based on their area of interest; as well as skills and experience, to provide daily afterschool support beyond mentoring.Utilize Dream Academy matching criteria, mentor interviews, and personal knowledge of Dream Academy participants, as well as determining suitable mentor/mentee matching pairs.Actively support mentor matches, which include connecting with mentors during each visit, reviewing Mentor Session Reports, supervising mentor matches, and engaging mentors who miss mentoring sessions.Ensure that Mentor pairs have a combination of structured and unstructured activities in which to participate during the mentoring hour.Oversee structured match ending process including coaching mentor and mentee through the match closure process and conducting exit interviews.Center SupportConduct meticulous weekly documentation of all aspects of the mentor management process including recruitment, training, match management and retention, and the use of Salesforce.Work with Center Director to gather information in preparation of quarterly narrative reports on the progress of mentor program.Assist Center Director with special projects/events during program and summer hours as needed.Competencies (Pillars) of the Dream AcademySkill-building: Academic failure has been shown to be the most important predictor of future incarceration. The core components for this pillar are assistance with homework and online learning.Character-building: Students utilize the Education in Human Values curriculum, a universal, values-based program that lays the foundation for students to understand and apply the five fundamental values of peace, love, truth, right action, and non-violence in their lives.Dream-building: Helps students to broaden their understanding of what their options and opportunities are while eliminating the possibility of incarceration from their framework of reference.Job RequirementsMust be passionate about youth development; and support and work with youth in high-risk communities and their families.Must have personal transportation and an active/non-suspended driver's license.Must be able to use PowerPoint at a high level.Must have a lot of internal initiative and not be distracted by rejection.Must have outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and be able to effectively communicate in a public forum, with a diverse population; and be able to effectively communicate with competence and passion about the mentor/volunteer program.Flexible and able to work the hours necessary to complete all assignments according to agreed-upon timelines; and can demonstrate leadership ability when an assignment or deliverable needs to be renegotiated.Organized, efficient, and able to successfully function in a fast-paced and demanding work environment supporting multiple key staff.Exceptional ability to write clearly, effectively, and informatively; demonstrating accuracy and thoroughness.Understand issues surrounding incarceration and the impact on families.Working knowledge of "best practices"-- - in the field of Standards of Mentoring, mentoring programs, volunteer management, and youth development.Able to effectively manage competing demands, multiple tasks/projects, and meet deadlines on time and within budget.Ability to skillfully create and present PowerPoint presentations using MS Office applications, database, and spreadsheet software.Proficient in internet navigation and social networking technology.Proficient in data collection, data entry, and documentation.Possess critical thinking skills to analyze and proactively question and offer recommendations.Demonstrate professionalism, political savvy, and skills to ensure that all tasks and deliverables are completed in an efficient, timely, and high-quality manner.Education and Experience Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Education, Social Work, Communications, or related field.Minimum of three (3) years of successful volunteer recruitment and management experience (Education can be substituted for experience).Minimum of two (2) years of administrative experience.Experience working in a youth-supporting environment; familiarity working with elementary and middle school children in high-risk urban communities highly desired.Highly proficient in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).Skilled in the use of common office machines, including but not limited to copy machines, fax machines, and phone systems.Ability to read, analyze, and interpret documents such as policies, procedure manuals, and research a variety of information.Ability to speak effectively and present information.Ability to prepare and present routine reports and correspondence.Work Environment and Physical DemandsThe work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, lift, use hands to finger dexterity, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, talk, and hear.Required to sit and/or stand for long periods of time.Intermittent physical activity includes bending, reaching, standing, climbing stairs, kneeling, and/or stooping.Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision; color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Lifting twenty-five (25) pounds or greater is standard for this position.Supervisory ResponsibilitiesNone.Employer's RightsThis position description provides a general overview and may not list all the duties of the job.You may be asked by your supervisor to perform other duties related to your position and based upon organization priorities. You will be evaluated in large part based upon your performance of the deliverables and tasks listed in this position description.The employer retains the right to revise this position description at any time. The position description is not a contract for employment; either you or the employer may terminate employment at any time, for any reason. The purpose of this position description is to provide you with a clear idea of the role and responsibilities for this position.The employee is expected to adhere to all company policies and to act as a role model in the adherence to company policies and procedures.Job Type: Full-timePay: From $45,000.00 per yearBenefits:Dental insuranceFlexible spending accountHealth insuranceLife insurancePaid time offRetirement planVision insuranceSchedule:8 hour shiftMonday to FridayCOVID-19 considerations:The U.S. Dream Academy follows COVID-19 guidelines issued by the local school district.Application Question(s):Are you experienced working in a youth-supporting environment; familiarity working with elementary and middle school children in high-risk urban communities?Education:Bachelor's (Preferred)Experience:administrative: 2 years (Preferred)volunteer management: 3 years (Preferred)License/Certification:Driver's License (Preferred)Work Location: One location

Keywords: U.S. Dream Academy, Philadelphia , Mentor Coordinator, Other , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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