Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region
Position: School-Based Program Coordinator (College Bigs)
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Job Status: Full-time, non-exempt
Reports To: Team Leader, School-Based Mentoring
Effective Date: November 4, 2021
AGENCY OVERVIEW AND JOB DESCRIPTION
JOIN A FORWARD-THINKING AGENCY THAT SEEKS TO ENSURE THAT ALL YOUTH ACHIEVE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL. Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence (BBBSI) is the largest BBBS agency in the state and fourth largest in the nation. Our mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth, while working collaboratively to strengthen the quality of the mentoring field and close the mentoring gap.
BBBSI seeks a full-time School-Based Program Coordinator for the College Bigs Program. This position supports one-on-one mentoring relationships between college students “Bigs” and students “Littles” through the coordination of programs and match support located at three to four school sites and local colleges. This position will collaborate with the School-Based Recruiter and college student boards, and develop and facilitate monthly match activities for college matches. Some evening/weekend work may be required, with the majority of time spent during traditional work hours. This position requires in-person work at schools in Philadelphia and potentially Southern New Jersey.
Child Safety & Match Support
Little Recruitment, Interviewing & Match Making
Academic Requirements: Bachelor’s degree (OR an Associate’s Degree and a minimum 4 years relevant experience OR no degree, but a minimum of 8 years relevant experience OR within six months of Bachelor’s degree completion).
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Experience working with youth populations and with socio-economically diverse populations is required. Spanish speaking skills are a plus. Must possess the ability to effectively utilize BBBSI’s internal database systems for tracking and recording information.
Additional Requirements: Daily access to a car, valid driver’s license, with state-required automobile insurance minimums is preferred for the purpose of traveling to schools.
Must be a self-starter with strong organizational, communication and customer service skills; have the ability to interact with and relate well to others, and possess the ability to work independently. Must be flexible; have a positive, can-do attitude; and have a strong desire to work in an industry that focuses on helping others. Our best employees 1) set the bar high 2) are intentional and thoughtful about their choices 3) collaborate as a means to community solutions 4) are positive, can-do, and solution-oriented 5) embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion, and 6) are accountable and get it done.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing work in an office environment and include the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
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. The ability to work independently; remain sedentary for extended periods of time (6+ hours per day); lift 10-15lbs; push, pull, bend kneel, as needed for normal operations.
If interested, please apply with resume and cover letter.
Note: only those applicants believed to be viable candidates for this opportunity will be contacted. No phone calls please.
WHO SHOULD APPLY
Educators, social workers, youth workers, and recent graduates with a passion for working with youth and a desire to work for a strong mission driven organization should apply. At BBBSI, we serve more than 2,400 children annually in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania, and Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties in New Jersey.
Our aspiration is to develop an organization that reflects our constituent base. BBBSI promotes a culture of inclusion and seeks talented staff from diverse backgrounds. BBBSI is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, veteran status, first and second-generation immigrants, and people from low-income families, or any legally protected factor.
** This position requires in-person work at schools. Office work is currently remote. However, the agency is in Phase 1 of return to work in the office on a voluntary basis. As we see changes in our partner requirements that will ensure safety for their staff, students, and communities served, the agency is required to request proof of vaccination for this role. In the event the agency decides to require vaccinations for all staff and transition back to full in office operations, staff will be given a minimum of two (2) weeks advance notice.**
Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region is a donor-supported organization that enriches, encourages and empowers children to reach their highest potential through safe, one-to-one mentoring relationships.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community we are accountable for each child in our program achieving:
o Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
o Avoidance of risky behaviors
o Educational success
Our vision is that all children achieve success in life!
National research has shown that positive relationships between Littles and their Bigs have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives. By participating in our programs, Little Brothers and Sisters are:
o More confident in their schoolwork performance
o Able to get along better with their families
o 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
o 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
o 52% less likely to skip school
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