Amachi Pittsburgh Job Announcement

Job Title: Mentoring Specialist
Date: November 11, 2014
Employment Status: Full-time, Exempt (40+ hours/week)
Reports to: Executive Director
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Date of Hire: TBD

Position Summary:
Amachi Pittsburgh is looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic self-­‐starter capable of balancing the multi-­‐dimensional role the Mentoring Specialist. This position calls for one who possesses a particular knack for connecting with and motivating people (youth and adults) and demonstrates a high level of competence with and sensitivity to vulnerable populations while also managing the administrative functions of the job with timeliness and accuracy. Using a strength-­‐based, asset building, and collaborative approach, the Mentoring Specialist establishes, supports and oversees one-­‐on-­‐one mentor matches including case management to participants, making linkages to ancillary services as necessary. The Mentoring Specialist develops, monitors, and coordinates individualized match goals, baseline and follow-­‐up home visits, and keeps track of each match’s progress through the use of evaluation tools, an electronic database and paper files. The ideal candidate is adept in developing and implementing a systematic approach to managing goals and objectives.

The Mentoring Specialist is responsible for bringing all pertinent issues to the attention of the Executive Director. The incumbent works under the direct supervision of the Executive Director and works in close cooperation with the Amachi Pittsburgh team of staff, interns and volunteers.

With a high volume of applicants, only short-­‐listed candidates will be contacted.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Initiating Mentor Matches
 • Recruitment and intake of children – phone intakes, home visits, FERPA forms, etc.
 • Recruitment of community partners and mentors/volunteers
 • Processing mentor applications – background checks, in-­‐person interviews, reference checks, etc.
 • Coordinating and/or facilitating trainings for partners, mentors, mentees, and parents/guardians
 • Carefully pairing mentees with most suitable mentors
 • Management of mentor and mentee files in hard copy and electronically
 • Participation in related partner/community meetings

Participant Support
 • Case management
   o Baseline and annual assessments for each match
   o Developing and implementing customized match goal plans
   o Issue/conflict resolution, resource referrals

• Monitoring match activities, successes, and challenges
   o Ensure child safety through ongoing monitoring of activities, adherence to policies, etc.
   o Collecting monthly and annual reports
   o Addressing case alerts -­‐ grievances, premature match terminations, challenges, etc.
   o Consistent communication with mentors and parents/guardians
   o Documenting and celebrating mentoring success stories
   o Creating and implementing innovative ways to support and empower participants

 • Providing supports to mentors, mentees, and parent/guardians in the community
   o Planning, hosting and coordinating match activities within budget guidelines
   o Coordinating ongoing trainings/workshops Active participant in community partnerships
   o Identifying and recruiting collaborating partners
   o Maintaining communication with partners
   o Attending appropriate partner/community meetings
   o Raises awareness by participating in community outreach events/activities

 • Evaluating matches (in coordination with Administrator of Programs and Evaluation)
   o Assisting with the design and implementation of data tracking and analysis systems
   o Collecting and tracking student academic data within school policies
   o Completion and submission of required data collection/entry and reporting

Other duties as assigned

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily, have a valid driver’s license, auto insurance and vehicle. The incumbent must be able to conduct evening and weekend meetings. Each applicant must pass a criminal background check and a child abuse clearance check.

Education and/or Experience:
Bachelor’s degree from a four-­‐year college or university in a social service or related field required; Master’s degree in social work or related field preferred; experience working with collaborative partners, mentoring programs and/or family-­‐centered, strength-­‐ based service provision; experience motivating and supporting others.

Related Skills and Knowledge:
Strong interpersonal, organizational, and intercultural communication skills; broad knowledge and understanding of community resources.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to manipulate, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and climb stairs or balance. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Employee will be based out of the Amachi Pittsburgh offices but the position requires routine fieldwork during evenings and weekends with the employee utilizing his/her personal vehicle for local travel. Mileage is reimbursed at standard rates. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually low.

Deadline to Apply November 28, 2014

Please send a resume and cover letter to:
Emily Morse
Phone: 412-281-1288
Fax: 412-281-2711

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