Jewish Youth Mentoring Program Coordinator

Job Title:

Jewish Youth Mentoring Program Coordinator

Organization Name:

JFCS of Minneapolis

Job Type:

Part-time; 20 hours/week

Salary Range:

$22-$24/hour

Deadline:

Sept. 2, 2022

Position Summary:

The Jewish Youth Mentoring Program is a community-based mentoring program for Jewish youth that promotes positive social-emotional-spiritual development and helps connect people with Jewish community activity. A former mentor recently said “being a mentor was one of the best things I’ve ever done and I’m still connected to my mentee after many years.” The Program Coordinator is a “connector.” Connecting mentors and mentees with one another and with other services and programs, passionate about building relationships, and creatively solving problems are the skills and attributes needed for the coordinator position. The candidate for this position is someone who is excited by working with youth (and parents) and the power of mentoring. 

Jewish youth ages 6-12 are thoughtfully matched with carefully screened and selected volunteer mentors. The Program Coordinator assesses the needs of the youth and family, screens volunteer mentors, and regularly connects with, supervises and supports the matches. Match activities are tailored to individual needs, interests, and abilities. Matches have access to Jewish holidays and events, and other activities that promote fun and friendship. This 20 hours/week position offers flexible hours.

As part of JFCS’ Children and Family Programs, the coordinator represents JFCS and develops and strengthens partnerships with synagogues and other community organizations to increase collaboration and referral opportunities. 

Agency Information:

JFCS is a multi-faceted social service agency with the mission to provide essential services to people of all ages and backgrounds to sustain healthy relationships, ease suffering and offer support in times of need. JFCS is a place where you can put your values to work every day. 

JFCS serves and employs people of all cultures and faith traditions and highly values inclusion and diversity. Employment opportunities are available to all without regard for race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability. AA/EEO

Pay and Benefits:

  • $22-24 per hour
  • Work-life balance including time off benefits, flexible schedule, and up to 60% telecommuting.
  • Social work licensing supervision is available

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities:

Connection with and Supervision of Matches: Identify and facilitate appropriate matches between youth participants and volunteer mentors; supervise matches, which includes regular contact with mentor, youth and family; provide supervision of new match meetings; conduct review meetings with participant, family, and mentor; plan and facilitate match closure meetings. This includes maintenance of accurate and timely records, correspondence and reports. 35%

Recruitment: Plan and implement recruitment strategies to attract youth and family participants and volunteer mentors; foster relationships with Jewish community youth programs and professionals who might refer youth to the program; work with other JFCS programs to meet potential participants/volunteers and promote the program. Develop and implement marketing and communications plan to promote recruitment, branding, and public relations. 25%

Screening: Intake assessment of youth, which includes telephone screening, parent interview, participant interview, screening of references and collateral contact with other providers, as appropriate; Intake assessment of mentors, which includes screening interview, background checks, and screening of references; provide resources and support to families during wait time for match as well as ongoing. 15%

Training: Using best practices and research validated methods , develop and deliver training for participants, families and mentors; including program requirements, goals and expectations, ethical/safety issues around mentoring, mandatory reporting requirements, effective closure, available resources, and risk management policies. 15%

Program Coordination: With Director, develop strategic plans and develop and implement evaluation plan to track achievement of stated goals and outcomes. Plan and execute community engagement activities, including meeting with community partners and outreach to potential participants/volunteers. Collaborate with other community agencies and JFCS programs to connect program participants with special events throughout the year. Develop and strengthen partnerships with other community organizations (for example NASW, MENTOR Minnesota, JCCs, congregations, camps, etc.) 10%

Member Engagement

  • Meet with members to understand their motivations and interests, and make connections between and among them. Foster relationships to enhance synagogue leadership
  • Manage new member data collection & membership process. Cultivate relationships with NEW members to connect them into the community
  • Attend and assist in running synagogue programs scheduled throughout the year

Communications

  • Work with the Communications Manager to develop marketing materials
  • Frequently communicate with congregants using social and traditional platforms

Experience and Qualifications Requirements: 

Experience:

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience working with youth and families
  • Experience working in mentoring program preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of mental health and unique needs of children
  • Demonstrated ability to partner with community organizations to advocate for program and cultivate referrals
  • Knowledge of Jewish community organizations, Jewish practices and holidays

Skills and Qualities:

  • Strong interviewing and assessment skills
  • Proven ability to compassionately connect with people from across all backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, and mental and physical abilities
  • Ability to work creatively and collaboratively with colleagues in other JFCS departments 
  • Interested and able to build strong professional relationships within JFCS and with external stakeholders. 
  • Ability to manage a hybrid work model between in office and working from home
  • Strong time management and task prioritization skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including as an advocate for clients, staff, and the agency
  • Accurate and timely electronic record keeping
  • Proficient user of electronic health record systems
  • Sincere commitment to consistently reflecting JFCS’s Values: compassion; inclusion; innovation; integrity; and collaboration

Additional Information

Typical Physical Demands:

Combination of sitting, standing and walking, bending and stooping, etc., mostly in an office environment. Light lifting (10-15 lbs.) to bring materials from place to place. Must provide own transportation to meetings and for transporting event materials and supplies. Familiarity of general office equipment. Flexible daytime hours; some weekend and evening hours for various programming.

How to Apply

Please submit cover letter and resume Diana MacLennan, Human Resources Manager. E-mail [email protected]smpls.org or apply directly at https://www.jfcsmpls.org/about-us/jobs-at-jfcs/. For more information on Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis, see www.jfcsmpls.org. AA/EEO