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:

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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Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Position Overview

The Marketing & Communications Coordinator provides brand leadership and is accountable for establishing and executing the overall strategy for marketing, communications, and online fundraising efforts. They oversee the development and delivery of compelling messages and content to the community, measure performance, and enrich the position and awareness of Friends of the Children–Portland.

The Marketing & Communications Coordinator is responsible for building and maintaining a digital audience. They mold successful marketing plans that increase the reach of the organization and deepen existing relationships that result in increased online giving. They drive cross-media and multi-channel marketing strategies using website/blog content, email campaigns, search and display advertising, SEO and SEM tactics, video content, and share-worthy social media content.

The Marketing & Communications Coordinator oversees traditional marketing campaigns. They provide creative direction and project management for all print materials and mailed appeals. They utilize public relations and earned media strategies to amplify our messaging and reach a larger audience.

The Marketing & Communications Coordinator works collaboratively with program staff and Managers, design consultants, vendors, and members of the PR & Marketing Committee.

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Grant Writer

The Grant Writer actively collaborates with the three-person Grants Team to secure government, foundation, and corporate grants to meet organizational revenue goals. They help to identify new funding opportunities, strategize on grant asks, and steward funders. They support the successful implementation of organizational projects related to grant funding, including assessing program data and drafting reports. They participate in creating long-term strategic plans for growing grants revenue, applying trends in funding patterns to help build grants projects and proposals that align with the strategic direction of the organization.

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Major Gifts Officer

Working under the guidance of the Chief Development Officer and Associate Director of Development, the Major Gifts Officer assists in the design, development, and implementation of our major gift program.

The Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for managing and cultivating relationships with existing major gift prospects, as well as identifying new prospects. An ability to empathize with donors and clearly communicate our organization’s mission is key. You will be expected to energize team members, persuade prospects and reach fundraising goals and managing portfolio prospects from Qualification to Stewardship.

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Assistant of HR and Operations

The HR and Operations Assistant is a newly restructured role that is responsible for providing administrative support for the areas of Human Resources as well as for various operational processes, including front office support and processing semi-monthly payroll. This position also provides administrative support for the Chief Finance and Operations Officer, including supporting the following board committees: 401k, Finance/HR/IT, and the Building Committee.

This position is also leveraged to support initiatives of the Administration Leadership Team.

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Sr. Director of HR & Equity

The Sr. Director, HR & Equity is a newly restructured role that is responsible for managing the HR functions of the organization and leading organizational equity initiatives. Embedding diversity, equity and inclusivity strategy and initiatives into HR is a key to the organization’s next steps in our DEI journey. This work has the full support of the executive leadership team and the board.

The Sr. Director, HR & Equity is responsible for planning and directing all aspects of Friends of the Children – Portland’s human resources policies, objectives, and initiatives. Reporting to the Chief Finance and Operations Officer and accountable to the entire executive leadership team, this position ensures that human resources programs support the organization's stated values and help achieve its mission, vision, and goals.

The Sr. Director, HR & Equity positively influences decisions to improve organizational culture and supports the leadership team to create an inclusive, professional culture in which all employees embrace our core values and embody our Core Assets. This position enhances organizational effectiveness by acting as an internal consultant and coach to all employees and managers on an individual, team, and/or organization-wide basis.

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