Are you looking to make a difference? Do you want to shape the course of the communities we work in? Do you like to have fun and enjoy collaborating with people?  You might consider employment with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

As employment opportunities arise, they are posted below. Qualified candidates are encouraged to send resumes to the contacts provided for each position. Only those candidates that are being considered will be contacted. No phone calls or e-mail follow-ups please.

Job Posting – Mentoring Coordinator – Group & Virtual Programs

Hours:  37.5 hours/week

Responsible to:  Executive Director

About Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters serves more than 400 young people each year with over 200 volunteer mentors in communities throughout Saint John, Kings and Charlotte Counties. Big Brothers Big Sisters serves young people who face adversity and in need of an additional consistent and supportive developmental relationship with one-to-one and small group mentoring opportunities. Our mission is to enable these life-changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people through  positively impacting social emotional competence, mental health and well-being, educational engagement and employment readiness.

Function

The Mentoring Coordinator – Group and Virtual Programs will be responsible for planning, promoting, organizing, implementing and evaluating group mentoring programs and virtual mentoring programs for youth in a number of local schools and the community.

The incumbent will work within the guidelines, policies and mission of the local agency and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada’s National Standards.

Group Mentoring Programs Include:

Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds – a mentoring program designed to encourage physical activity participation, healthy eating choices, and the development of a positive self-image, among girls ages 11-14.  The program matches groups of girls in local schools and the community with appropriate female role models who act as their mentors.

Game On! Eat Smart, Play Smart, Live Smart – a mentoring program designed for boys and young men aged 11-14 that focuses on challenging pressures that being a young person can be like in a contemporary society. Healthy lifestyle and active living are topics reinforced by male mentors to encourage a positive experience for the groups of participants.

Virtual Intergenerational Mentoring:

Responding to the social isolation inflicted by COVID-19 on both seniors and youth, this innovation strives to bridge new connections virtually. Grounded in intergenerational benefits, this innovation recruits, on-boards, prepares and matches 55+ volunteers with children and youth in a new online mentoring experience.

Primary Responsibilities

  • promote, plan, organize and evaluate all aspects of Group programming in a number of local schools and community locations
  • research, develop, plan, organize and evaluate all aspects of the Virtual Intergenerational programming in a number of local schools and community locations
  • recruit volunteer mentors to deliver the programs in various schools or in the community
  • accept and document application of potential volunteers and clients for programs (including parent, guardian, child, youth, etc.)
  • manage intake of children and screening of volunteers including orientation, interviewing, reference checks, background checks, etc.
  • prepare participants for program participation by providing Pre-Match training and other training that is currently in development
  • inform volunteers of their acceptance or rejection and inform families of the reasons for the denial of service or for the closing of an application or referral
  • match volunteer mentors with children and youth, and monitor those matches to ensure the healthy development of each relationship and facilitate the match closure process
  • maintain case notes on all cases in accordance with the National Standards and manage ongoing tasks within the case management system
  • work with local schools and community partners to promote, plan and implement the Group and Virtual Mentoring programs
  • provide regular reports to Executive Director, or special reports as requested
  • maintain strict confidentiality as outlined in agency Privacy and Confidentiality Policy
  • ensure all clients and volunteers are informed of any pertinent agency information
  • perform administrative functions as required by Big Brothers Big Sisters and make referrals to other agencies as warranted
  • assist with agency events as required which might include donation requests, heavy lifting (book collection), decorating for events, etc.
  • participate in a yearly performance appraisal including goals and objectives for the coming year
  • remain aware of federal and provincial privacy and Child Protection legislation and the agency’s privacy policies and practices
  • report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect to the proper authorities
  • participate in meetings/educational development opportunities as required at regional conferences, national conferences program funder meetings and/or local workshops
  • represent Big Brothers Big Sisters through workplace presentations, meetings and external committees as required

Qualifications

A minimum of a two-year post-secondary diploma in a related field (e.g. education, social or human services, child and youth work, family studies etc.).

In addition to this, the incumbent must have:

  • a high level of initiative, be a self-starter
  • effective oral and written communication skills
  • strong problem solving skills
  • ability to interact with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds
  • ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • sound computer skills
  • ability to work flexible hours
  • daily use of a vehicle

Interested applicants are invited to forward resume and cover letter by Nov. 23, 2020.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saint John, Inc.

c/o Executive Director

39 King Street, 3rd Floor, Brunswick Square

Saint John, N.B.

E2L 4W3

brother@nb.aibn.com

Fax: 506-633-7781