Friends of the Children–Portland is committed to our community, equal employment opportunity and diversity in our workplace. Explore our positions here: FriendsPDX Career Opportunities

We are currently hiring for:

Events Manager

The Events Manager will oversee the planning and execution of all events for Friends of the Children - Portland including its signature Friend Raiser event, Ambassador Board events, and donor cultivation and/or stewardship receptions. The Events Manager will also coordinate involvement and in third-party events the organization is a beneficiary of as well as coordinate the organization’s involvement in any third-party events. This position must understand, support, and promote the organization’s mission, vision, values, and principles.

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Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

As a key member of the Executive Leadership Team, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will report directly to the Executive Director and assume a strategic role in the overall management of the Finance division. The CFO will effectively direct and oversee all financial activities of the organization, direct the preparation of current financial reports/summaries, and create forecasts predicting future growth. These responsibilities will include direct responsibility for accounting, finance, forecasting, strategic planning, job costing, legal, financial modeling, investor relationships, and audit financing. The ideal candidate is an inspiring leader of leaders and brings a background in non-profits that demonstrates vision, leadership, enterprise cohesion, systems thinking, growth mindset, collaboration, and an entrepreneurial spirit in the non-profit arena and beyond.

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Senior Donor Relations Officer

The Senior Donor Relations Officer will effectively manage and grow a portfolio of donors that have the capacity to make four and five-figure gifts. In conjunction with this, they will work closely with their development team colleagues, management, and/or program staff to identify and promote giving opportunities and strategically engage volunteers and others in cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship when appropriate.

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Executive Assistant

As the executive assistant, you represent the executive director in carrying out our mission. You are the first line of communication to the executive director. You also may be tasked with running errands or representing the agency at various events. Always exemplify professionalism and a positive image. As the director's representative, you must be punctual and timely in completing assigned tasks. The assistant also exercises a great deal of discretion, as you may frequently be provided with highly confidential information.

The executive assistant will serve as a key administrative partner to the Executive Director, triaging communications with external stakeholders, managing scheduling requests, and anticipating logistical needs to create effective synergy. The role serves to help ensure the organization runs smoothly, with particular emphasis on efficient administrative logistics and relationship management. This is a great opportunity for a seasoned and motivated administrative professional who is enthusiastic about Friends of the Children’s equity-driven, youth-centered mission.

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Youth Engagement Specialist

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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Support in a 1:1 capacity the youth whose Mentors either go on vacation or leave the organization.
  • Serve as a positive adult role model to develop a caring, trusting, and sustained relationship with each youth.
  • 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.
  • 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

Our Professional Mentors, who we call "Friends," work intensively to develop a loving, caring, and sustained relationships with a roster of 8-10 youth ranging in age from K-12th grade.

For every youth, a Friend will:

  • Set positive expectations
  • Spend time weekly: one-on-one, in the classroom, on "outings" in the community, and group activities
  • Nurture and promote their strength, talents, and abilities
  • Help ensure physical and emotional well-being
  • Teach life and academic skills
  • Provide enrichment activities
  • Model responsible behavior and boundaries
  • Develop positive relationships with families, teachers and others involved in each youth’s life
  • Devote a cumulative amount of time - between direct and indirect service - of a minimum of 4 hours per week per youth
  • Fully document all youth service efforts
  • Participate in an ongoing reflection, observation, and evaluation process
  • Work directly with each of their youth in both one-on-one and in group settings
  • Work directly and indirectly collaborating and intentionally planning together with the other adults in the youth’s life
  • 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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