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We are currently hiring for:

Youth Engagement Specialist

Position Overview:

Friends of the Children-Portland is a nonprofit that is breaking the cycle of generational poverty by giving youth facing the most obstacles the ability to create a new story. We do this by providing youth in our program with a long-term, salaried, professional Mentor, who we call a “Friend,” from kindergarten through high school graduation, 12 ½ years – no matter what. We are currently seeking an extraordinary professional to embark on a new career journey as a Youth Engagement Specialist at our Portland Chapter.

As a Youth Engagement Specialist, you will play an essential role in the Youth Engagement and Empowerment Team! Their primary responsibility is to build relationships with youth, families, and staff across the entire Program Team and to create continuity and intentionality of service for youth in their care.

As a Youth Engagement Specialist, you will be assigned to specific youth or Professional Mentors who we call, “Friends” You will go on 3-4 outings per week with Mentors and youth to observe Mentors in their role and build relationships with youth.

As a Youth Engagement Specialist, you will serve as a conduit between the youth and the Youth Engagement Team whose primary function includes elevating our youth’s voices and ideas into group activities and spaces as well as their understanding of the many opportunities offered by FriendsPDX!

As a Youth Engagement Specialist, you will support in a 1:1 capacity the youth whose Mentors either go on vacation or leave the organization.

As a Youth Engagement Specialist, you will serve as a positive adult role model to develop a caring, trusting, and sustained relationship with each youth.

As a Youth Engagement Specialist, you will support the Youth Engagement and Empowerment Team by participating in all Team meetings, by planning and leading group activities, and supporting all group spaces or events.

As a Youth Engagement Specialist, you will know, understand, honor, and support the organization’s mission, vision, values, principles, and policies, and be able to clearly articulate the organization’s function.

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Professional Mentor

Job Description:

A Friend works intensively with a roster of 9-10 youth. The youth may vary in age from K-12th grade youth. We are currently seeking a mentor to serve as a positive adult role model to 9-10 youth and develop loving, caring, and sustained relationships with each youth. For every youth, a Friend will set positive expectations; nurture and promote each youth’s strength, talents, and abilities; help ensure physical and emotional well-being; teach life and academic skills; provide enrichment activities; and model responsible behavior.

A Friend will fully document all youth service efforts and participate in an ongoing reflection, observation, and evaluation process. Friends work directly with each of their youth in both one-on-one and in group settings, and work indirectly collaborating with the other adults in the youth’s life and intentionally planning, culminating in about four hours each week per youth

A Friend must know, understand, honor, and support the organization’s mission, vision, values, and principles, and be able to clearly articulate the organization’s function.



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Gift Processing and Data Specialist

Position Overview

The Gift Processing and Data Specialist provides database and gift processing support in collaboration with the Development Team to meet aggressive fundraising goals.

The Gift Processing and Data Specialist is responsible for high-level tasks in Raiser's Edge that include timely and accurate data entry, reporting, and gift acknowledgment.

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