Job Opening: Mentoring Program Director

Sep 28, 2021

Casa Chirilagua is hiring a new Mentoring Program Director. Our Mentoring program is a key component of our Leadership Pipeline. Its goal is two lives to transform through one mentorship. For more details, see the description below. To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and statement of faith to jobs@casachirilagua.org

Position Summary: 

Perform functions to recruit for, monitor, and manage the Mentoring Program of Casa Chirilagua. Ensure every student or young adult in Casa Chirilagua programs has a mentor, guided by the precedent and working within the limits of established policies.  

Key Accountabilities: 

  1. Mentor/Volunteer Management (Direct Services) (40%)        
  • Oversee the recruitment, training, retention, management and oversight of mentors, volunteers, and assistant program staff. Work alongside Volunteer Coordinator to ensure all hours are tracked and volunteer paperwork is up to date 
  • Provide regular trainings, beyond onboarding, to mentors for them to best serve students and families 
  • Ensure Child Protection Policy compliance within mentor- mentee relationships 
  1. Relationship Management (Indirect Services) (40%) 
  • Manage relationships between mentors and mentees and their families, providing one on one guidance and counsel around social, emotional and academic development 
  • Serve as point of contact for key relationships with external stakeholders such as program partners and school partners, participate in local mentoring organizations (Alexandria Mentoring Partnership, Virginia Mentoring Partnership)  
  • Serve as a point of contact and support for Casa families and students who are involved in Youth Programming (more specifically but not limited to the Mentoring Program)  
  • Support Youth Programs team in communication with and support of students and their families   
  1. Program Management and Development (20%) 
  • Provide oversight and leadership for development of the Mentoring Program such as creating stronger administrative structure and capturing quantifiable data on success of the program 
  • Updating progress on annual program framework to ensure the program is completing its commitments 

Essential Functions 

  • Develop and implement program policy and procedures for recruitment, training, and matching of mentors and mentees. Work with and encourage mentors as positive role models in the life of their mentee. 
  • Create correspondence to mentors and parents of mentees for potential mentor matching. Schedule and participate in face-to-face interviews with potential mentors. 
  • Supervise program volunteers, provide monitoring of matches, and assist program participants with any range of requirements to ensure appropriate mentoring relationships are formed and maintained. 
  • Develop and implement program policy and procedures for recruitment, background checks, training, and matching of mentors and mentees. Work with and encourage mentors as positive role models in the life of their mentee. 
  • Supervise program volunteers, provide monitoring of matches, and assist program participants with any range of requirements to ensure appropriate mentoring relationships are formed and maintained. 
  • Monitor and evaluate mentor/mentee relationships by communicating with student participants during or after school program time once a month. Address any needs or concerns regarding mentoring relationships. 
  • Determine the ongoing needs, concerns, and interests of students, parents, and mentors. Review and revise programs to meet emerging needs and interests.  
  • Collaborate with the youth programs team and Programs Director to maintain a strong relationship with the school principals and other school staff and decision-making bodies through clear communication and partnership.  
  • Communicate with parents, concerning behavior and academic progress of the children, and mentor match satisfaction. Make additional phone calls as needed. Assist in on-going communication between mentors and families providing translation services as required. 
  • Create and publish monthly mentor newsletter.  
  • Collaborate alongside Volunteer Coordinator to process all background checks, conduct trainings courses for mentors.  
  • Administer refresher training for mentors, and Child Protection Policy training for parents and mentees.  
  • Collaborate among program staff to conduct annual surveys for the purpose of evaluating and adjusting the Mentoring Program.  
  • Schedule and execute program outings, and/or designate a volunteer or staff to be present during outings. 
  • Represent the organization in the community. Assist additional Youth Program team members other duties as needed. 

Other Duties: 

  • Perform or assist with any operations, as required to maintain workflow and to meet schedules and quality requirements.  
  • Participate in any variety of meetings and work groups to integrate activities, communicate issues, obtain approvals, resolve problems and maintain specified level of knowledge pertaining to new developments, requirements, and policies. 
  • Perform other related duties as assigned. 

Competency: 

  • Alignment with Casa Chirilagua’s Mission and Core Values.  
  • Strong leadership skills to lead. 
  • Expert knowledge of mentoring program policies and procedures. 
  • Excellent relationship building skills. 
  • Fluency in Spanish required. Excellent written, verbal, and public speaking communication skills in both English and Spanish.  
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and other specialty software applications. 
  • Strong organizational skills. 
  • Excellent management, conflict resolution, and cross cultural relationship building skills are preferred.   
  • Experience in behavior management skills with elementary age children preferred. 
  • Valid Driver License with insurability. 

Education/Experience Requirements: 

  • College degree in Education, Counseling, or related field.  
  • First Aid/ CPR certification required. 
  • Child Abuse Prevention training/certification required. 
  • Experience with project management preferred.  
  • Experience in mentoring and youth development, working within community organizations and/or schools is preferred. 

All applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and statement of faith to jobs@casachirilagua.org

We are a community of people “learning together to love our neighbors as ourselves” in a Latino neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia.

As a faith-based Christian non-profit with a small staff and over 100 volunteers, we serve alongside more than 100 families and their children (1st-12th grades) each week through our community programs.

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Our relational network of volunteers and donors reflects a diverse group of individuals from all over the Washington, D.C. metro area. As a non-profit, we rely on the community for assisting program directors on-site, being mentors, supplying the needs of our food pantry, and everything in between. Each member of our Casa community holds a unique gift, whether time, talent or treasure.