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Family Engagement Specialist

Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters, one of the nation's oldest mentoring organizations, transforms lives through friendship. We introduce children in need to adult mentors, and we match adults who have disabilities to new friends in their communities. - See more at: http://www.jbbbs.org/about/employmentinternship-opportunities#sthash.ED77FJPs.dpuf

Position overview:

The Family Engagement Specialist works primarily in the area of child recruitment. With Community Engagement and Programs staff, s/he helps to identify children and families confronting adversity, particularly from among the Jewish and interfaith communities, and to grow the pipeline of prospective mentees for existing programs.

Duties:

  • Identifies Jewish/interfaith clients currently unknown to our system through hands-on outreach to teachers, guidance counselors, clergy, prison chaplains, support group leaders, hospital/hospice staff, mental health professionals, funeral directors, parents and others who encounter children/teens whose circumstances necessitate a need for services
  • Utilizing a Community Organizing Model, cultivates partnerships with institutions and youth-serving organizations in and outside the Jewish community
  • Expands public discourse about (and with) people experiencing economic distress and other circumstances necessitating a need for services; facilitates information sessions and workshops for parents and youth-service providers
  • Coaches parents and youth-service providers through JBBBS child enrollment process; makes referrals of qualified children/teens and families directly to Programs staff
  • Assists team toward meeting and exceeding its child recruitment targets
  • Responds to requests for information from constituents; conducts timely data-entry
  • Familiarizes oneself with latest community resources for children/families; develops strong working relationships with youth and family service providers, including the staff of CJP's "Warm Line," in order to make cross-referrals
  • In absence of Community Organizer, may facilitate information sessions targeted to prospective volunteers
  • Represents JBBBS at relevant internal and external meetings
  • Participates in professional development opportunities

Minimum entrance requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in related field (Master's preferred)
  • 2-4 years' experience working with children/families
  • 2-4 years' experience in outreach and/or community organizing with experience in mission-driven non-profits
  • Demonstrated success employing a variety of techniques to conduct outreach (i.e. one-to-one meetings, workshops, phone calls, e-mail, social media)
  • Comfortable interfacing with all levels of staff and outside constituents
  • Commitment to client, volunteer and donor confidentiality and child safety
  • Familiarity with area Jewish and interfaith communities
  • Familiarity with area schools and child/youth-serving organizations
  • Strong communication skills a must

Reports to:

Director of Community Engagement (clinical supervision from Vice President of Programs or her assigned).

To apply:

Contact Molly at molly@jbbbs.org with any questions. 

Send cover letter and résumé, via e-mail, to Director of Community Engagement - subject line "Family Engagement Specialist" - at info@jbbbs.org.

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