JOB OPPORTUNITIES

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Position Title: Development Manager

Position Tagline: A detail-oriented self-starter and aspiring leader who will bring project management excellence to an innovative and successful development team

Salary Range: Salary commensurate with experience, with an anticipated starting salary between $72,000-$80,000. Silver Lining Mentoring offers a strengths-based collaborative team, flexible work environment, accessible office location in downtown Boston, and excellent benefit package with generous vacation including a 1-week closure in the last week of December.

Office Location: Boston, MA – This position is based in Massachusetts and applicants must be a resident of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, or Rhode Island. This is a hybrid role that is mostly remote but requires coming into the office at a minimum of once a week with additional in-person meetings with stakeholders as needed. This hybrid work model is subject to change based on business needs. This position may also require occasional weekend and evening hours, as well as local travel.

To Apply: Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter explaining why you would like to be considered for this position to HR@silverliningmentoring.org.

Expected hire date: Mar 1, 2023

About the Role: This is an exciting opportunity for an inspired, dedicated development professional to join a talented team within an organization poised for growth. Reporting to the Director of Development, and in collaboration with the Operations Coordinator, Grants Manager, and Associate Director of Communications and Marketing, the Development Manager will play an essential role in the development and implementation of fundraising strategies and tactics, and the smooth running of the department. Download the PDF version of the job description.

Who We’re Looking for:

We know that a diverse team makes for collaborative work and creative thinking, and we strongly encourage applications from people of color and people with experience with the foster care system. If a role at Silver Lining sounds like something you’d find fulfilling and aligns with your career goals, please consider applying even if your experience doesn’t exactly match the requirements listed.

  • Strong commitment to, and belief in the mission, vision and values of Silver Lining Mentoring
  • Minimum 3-5 years of professional fundraising experience, ideally with growing responsibility and in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Superior project management skills
  • Advanced organizational skills and keen attention to detail
  • Experience working with data to inform strategy and decision-making
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative and work effectively within a team
  • Must be a quick learner, able to multi-task and easily adapt to changing circumstances
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with SLM staff, leadership, donors, Board members, young people, mentors, and external partners
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive, and online platforms (Box and Salesforce a plus)

Please note: We are not able to sponsor U.S. work authorization for this role.

What You’ll Do:

Special Events

  • In collaboration with SLM’s leadership, plan and execute a variety of special events that inspire, educate and cultivate attendees by showcasing SLM’s mission.
    • Ensure the successful execution of logistics for all events; for Match gala, work closely with event planning consultant to this end.
    • Produce Match sponsorship solicitation materials and templates; track sponsorship asks, pledges, and payments; and ensure sponsors are acknowledged as promised.
    • In collaboration with the Associate Director of Communications and Marketing, recruit and support runners on SLM’s behalf for the Boston Marathon.
    • Manage all donor event-related communication outreach, including creation of targeted donor invitation lists, coordination of event registration, tracking follow up on gratitude and other messages, and ensuring updates, notes and next steps are tracked in Salesforce and individual portfolios.

Development Operations

  • Work with the Operations Coordinator to maintain clean and accurate records of individual giving, stewardship events, and donor and volunteer information in Salesforce.
  • Oversee the gift entry and acknowledgement process, ensuring that SLM thanks donors and funders in an accurate, timely, and meaningful manner.
  • Ensure the accuracy and usefulness of data to inform decision-making and action.

Individual Giving

  • In collaboration with the Director of Development, CEO, and Associate Director of Communications and Marketing, manage and support robust year-end giving and other donor-outreach campaigns and communications throughout the year.
  • In collaboration with Director of Development and CEO, manage and track donor and prospect pipelines as well as moves-management processes and strategies, reporting on donor performance metrics quarterly.
  • Conduct ongoing individual research on new and current contributors, as well as prospective donors, and create individual briefing documents for donor meetings.

Cross-Departmental Collaboration

  • Liaise with the Program Team and other departments to maintain up-to-date knowledge/understanding of program activities, impact, outcomes, and needs, as well as to share stories, plan site visits, etc.
  • Recruit and prepare mentees, mentors, Board members, volunteers and staff for participation in development activities and events.

Organizational Overview:

For 20 years, Silver Lining Mentoring has been empowering youth in foster care to thrive through committed mentoring relationships and the development of essential life skills. Our clinically-informed staff recruits, trains, and supports volunteer mentors to be there for young people impacted by the child welfare system.

Silver Lining Mentoring offers four core services, the following three in the greater Boston area: Community Based Mentoring, which provides one-to-one volunteer mentorships to youth ages 7+; Learn and Earn, a life skills curriculum accompanied by a one-to-one volunteer mentorship available to young people ages 16+; and Transition Age Youth Services (TAY), which provides life skills development and leadership opportunities to help young adults navigate their independent living goals.

Our fourth core service, the Silver Lining Mentoring Institute, teaches and trains organizations and state agencies nationwide to better serve youth impacted by foster care through mentoring.  Launched in 2019, the Institute’s goal is that every young person in the U.S. impacted by foster care will have access to a high-quality, consistent volunteer mentoring relationship.

For more information please visit www.silverliningmentoring.org.

Request for Expression of Interest

Expert Consultants on youth and young adult mentoring in the context of foster care involvement

Background

Silver Lining Mentoring’s mission is to empower youth in foster care to thrive through committed mentoring relationships and the development of essential life skills. For 20 years, Silver Lining Mentoring has exclusively served youth impacted by foster care.  The organization fulfills its mission in two ways: 1) by matching young people in the Greater Boston region with highly-committed and trained volunteer mentors through several programs; and 2) by providing Training and Technical Assistance to organizations across the country on how to deliver effective mentoring programs to young people in foster care in their local communities through the Silver Lining Institute (SLI/the Institute)

The Silver Lining Institute was launched in 2019 to expand access to mentoring relationships for youth impacted by foster care nationwide. Through a partnership with the National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC), the Silver Lining Institute teaches best practices and serves as a strategic planning partner to organizations seeking to create or expand access to mentoring relationships for young people impacted by foster care.  The Institute offers Technical Assistance (TA) to a variety of entities from mentoring organizations looking to better serve youth in foster care, to foster care service providers seeking to create or enhance mentoring options.

The Silver Lining Institute is currently seeking expressions of interest from professionals who can provide Technical Assistance to our clients. Technical Assistance Consultant roles are open to practitioners from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and lived experience who can demonstrate experience supporting mentoring programs geared toward youth and young adults and/or supporting the healthy development of young people impacted by foster care. Ideal candidates will have experience at the intersection of both topic areas.

Examples of client work

Silver Lining Institute Technical Assistance Consultants respond to client needs by co-developing a scope of work.  Project scope may include strategic programmatic and organizational planning partnership, training on best practices in all areas of the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, tactical problem-solving, or some combination of each. Below are examples of services a Consultant may offer in a consulting project:

  • Learn about the client’s current mentor recruitment and screening efforts and recommend formats, tools and approaches to effectively attract and retain mentors in line with the youth population the program serves
  • Create a custom-designed, highly interactive training for mentoring program staff using trauma-informed, population-specific knowledge (e.g. building diversity, equity & inclusion practices, utilizing youth voice to strengthen programs, etc.)
  • Review the program’s existing mentor training and make recommendations about curriculum content, activities and training format that will prepare mentors to be responsive to the needs of youth in foster care

Consultant Expectations and Compensation

We offer a non-negotiable $50/hour payment for consulting projects, which vary in total length from approximately 10-30 hours and vary in project timeline usually from 1-3 months (with a 6 month maximum timeframe). Payment is made upon completion of the full project scope. Consultants are expected to be able to be assigned a minimum of 1 client per quarter.  Consultants able to make a commitment to serve 2-4 clients per quarter for a minimum of one year of consulting service are preferred.

Consultants must complete approximately 14 hours of unpaid, self-paced training and application materials required by Silver Lining Mentoring and the National Mentoring Resource Center as a prerequisite to serving as a TA Consultant.  Once approved for service, Consultants are expected to attend 1 monthly meeting to stay current on learnings and tools from the Institute.

Qualifications

Including, but not limited to:

  • Experience supporting newly formed or in-progress mentoring organizations with start up initiatives including but not limited to policies and procedures development, realistic discussions about organizational needs and capacity, and more.
  • Experience (e.g. professional, volunteer, educational, lived experience) with the child welfare system (foster care), mentoring programs, and/or youth and young adult development
  • Values alignment with utilizing the following youth development frameworks: trauma-informed programming, culturally humble and responsive approach, harm-reduction approach, strengths-based approach, and youth-focused programming
  • Demonstrated record of consistently meeting project deliverables on time
  • Consistent, proactive and timely communication with Institute staff
  • Diligence with completing administrative and reporting responsibilities of the TA consulting role
  • Commitment to provide maximum value to clients in service of the Institute’s mission by using existing resources, sourcing quality new resources (e.g. information, readings, tools, activities relevant for clients, etc.), and managing self and the project with minimal support from a supervisor
  • Self-awareness and willingness to give and receive feedback. Consultants should be prepared to communicate openly with the Institute staff about whether a potential client is best suited to the Consultant’s areas of knowledge and/or Consultant should be flexible to accept an alternative client.  Consultants should be prepared to give and receive feedback with Institute staff and clients in order to continuously improve the efficacy of their consulting services
  • Prior experience serving as a Consultant or supervising Consultants is preferred

Anticipated Timeline

SLM will hold four hiring periods for Silver Lining Institute Training & Technical Assistance Consultants in 2023:

  • Spring: March 6 – April 7
  • Summer: June 5 – July 7
  • Fall: September 4 – October 6
  • Winter: November 27, 2023 – January 5, 2024

Interviews will be offered in 45 minute time slots for eligible applicants. These times will begin 2 weeks after REOIs open with 2 weeks of interview slots each hiring period. Prior to the scheduled orientation for each hiring period, potential TTA consultants should plan to review the pre-orientation self-directed training deck provided after interviews are conducted to applicants moving forward in the process. The deck includes up to 14 hours of unpaid training that consultants must complete before working with a client.

Expression of Interest Instructions

To express interest in this opportunity, please complete the attached application and submit it as a PDF or Word attachment to HR@silverliningmentoring.org.

Have questions? Check out our FAQ slide deck or contact Mobile Burrell, Assistant Director of TA and Institute Initiatives, mobile@silverliningmentoring.org. The Institute will contact you within 2 weeks from the date of submission if your application will be advanced for further consideration.

Expression of Interest Application

  1. Name:
  2. Phone number:
  3. Email:
  4. Why are you interested in this opportunity?
  5. Please describe your availability for providing TA in 2022 and 2023.
  6. Please list and explain relevant experience for the TA Consultant role.
  7. Please provide 1-2 references who are familiar with your work. Provide the following: their name, email, phone number, and how/why they know you.
  8. When submitting this form, please also attach your resume.

Here’s what our staff has to say about working for Silver Lining Mentoring:

ALAINA

Chief Operating Officer

“Silver Lining is an organization that values innovation and creativity – where every team member has a voice and makes a direct impact on the work we are doing. I feel so lucky to be surrounded by people who inspire and challenge me every day.”

Mobile-Burrell

MOBILE

Assistant Director of Technical Assistance & Institute Initiatives

“Working at SLM is an opportunity to serve a historically under-served population alongside a committed & reliable team of professionals. SLM continues to grow in many ways and I appreciate being a part of the journey!”

Evan Hubbard

EVAN

Assistant Director of Clinical Strategy

“It’s hard to imagine working anywhere else! I love the intentional community and culture we’ve created here – everyone always feels so welcome, supported and cared for.”

Sandra Hodgetts

SANNIE

Grant Consultant

“I work at Silver Lining Mentoring because I get to see our mission in action. Even though I don’t work with our young people directly I still get to build relationships with them and see the progress they make toward their goals. Their determination and perseverance are what inspire me to sit down at my desk every day.”