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Officers

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Diana Maldonado

President

Leroy Nellis

Leroy Nellis

Co-Treasurer

Patricia Whiteside

Patricia Whiteside

Co-Treasurer

Deborah Treece

Deborah Treece

Immediate Past President

Board of Directors

Directors

Advisory Council

John Blazier

Founder

Staff Members

Dan Leal

Dan Leal

Executive Director

Connie Howe

Connie Howe

Director of Programs

Linda Thompson

Director of Development

Bea Benson

Mentor Director

Lynn Cozart

Lynn Cozart

Mentor Director

Erica Flores

Recruitment Coordinator

Sabra Fugate

Sabra Fugate

Mentor Director/Trainer

Sarah Littler

Sarah Littler

Development Associate

Amelia Paramo

Amelia Paramo

Mentor Director

Alison Preslar

Alison Preslar

Customer Relations Specialist

Kendra Shaw

Mentor Director

Juli Wiegman

Juli Wiegman

Program Coordinator

Gina Zook

Mentor Director/Trainer

Employment Opportunities

Title:                Mentor Director – Proficient

Reports to:     Director of Programs

 Summary:   This position is full-time, exempt position, working 10 months per year.  The Mentor Director contributes to the maintenance and further development of Seedling programs through providing comprehensive and expert professional match support with the priorities of (1) child physical and emotional health in the relationship and positive results; and (2) mentor satisfaction and sense of belonging within the organization.

Responsibilities:

Mentor Match Support:

  • Use independent judgment and expertise to facilitate matches, rematches, match closures, and mentor/student relocations according to agency protocols
  • Continually assess relationships for progress, needs, and barriers through systematic monitoring and interactions as well as responsiveness to mentor communications and concerns
    • Perform relationship monitoring according to agency standards
    • Cultivate relationships with mentors through telephone and in-person contact, including creating interactions during monthly training events
  • Use independent judgment and expertise to develop strategic interventions for relationships that require extra support
  • Consult/involve other program staff and/or supervisor as indicated by agency protocols and independent and expert judgment
  • Proactively keep mentors informed
  • Plan and facilitate campus-based or worksite-based mentor events as appropriate
  • Maintain timely updating and exemplary accuracy of mentor files and database records including extensive professional documentation of interactions

Program support and advocacy:

  • Participate in a conscientious Seedling youth-mentoring relationship
  • Maintain positive, systematic school/partner communications and actively cultivate school/partner relationships with an end goal of ensuring viable, quality programs benefitting Seedling students
  • Collect and manage data as needed
  • Assist with mentor recruitment, mentor training, mentor appreciation, and resource development/fundraising activities as requested, including logistical support
  • Assume responsibilities for project initiatives as requested
  • Contribute to development of mentor communications as needed
  • Remain cognizant of mentors’ additional connections and potential connections to the organization; communicate potential partnerships to appropriate colleagues
  • Represent the program in community meetings, forums, and conferences

Professional development:

 Continually develop expert knowledge through literature and web-based learning in the following areas:

  • Best practices for mentoring programs
  • Issues related to the experiences and needs of children of prisoners and deportees
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Communication and relationship skills including counseling, negotiation, and interview skills
  • Cultural competence and sensitivity in multicultural settings

General:

  • Represent Seedling Foundation and the Mentor Program with integrity, tact, responsiveness, sensitivity, and courtesy
  • Work independently to multi-task and manage the completion of multiple projects
  • Establish collegial relationships and collaborate with peers to enhance work environment and support planning
  • Exhibit professional work habits including regular attendance, honoring schedules and deadlines, and modeling Seedling dress guidelines
  • Learn and utilize information tools to enhance job effectiveness
  • Communicate problems constructively and participate patiently in arriving at solutions
  • Adapt to and support organizational change
  • Perform other duties as assigned by any member of the management team

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, social work, counseling, psychology, or related field; master’s degree strongly preferred
  • Two or more years professional assignment in elementary or secondary schools or youth-related social work
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to master detailed histories in a short period of time
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and database programs
  • Commitment and ability to uphold high levels of accountability for self and others
  • Ability to handle confidential information with sensitivity and integrity
  • Physical stamina as required by the responsibilities of the position
  • Reliable personal transportation for frequent driving
  • Spanish-language proficiency strongly preferred

Compensation:

Seedling offers a salary that is competitive in the Austin area and commensurate with experience.  Benefits include health, dental and vision insurance, 403b as well as generous time off and holidays.

Start date ASAP.

To apply:

Please send Cover Letter, Resume, and Salary Requirements to Connie Howe, Director of Programs at chowe@seedlingmentors.org.  No phone calls please.

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