JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Thank you for your interest in Silver Lining Mentoring!
Our current job opportunities are listed below.

Position Title: Executive Assistant
Position Tagline: Bring administrative excellence and strategic support to CEO and other senior leaders in the organization.
Salary Range: Salary commensurate with experience, with an anticipated starting salary between $60,000-$70,000. 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 winter. Due to the pandemic, Silver Lining Mentoring is working in a predominantly remote capacity with the exception of ~4 days per month in the Boston office and other in-person work as needed to meet the needs of our stakeholders.
Expected hire date: June 2022

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.

Download the PDF job description.

Organizational Overview:
Silver Lining Mentoring (SLM) empowers youth in foster care to thrive through committed mentoring relationships and the development of essential life skills. For 20 years, Silver Lining Mentoring has matched young people in the child welfare system with highly-committed, volunteer mentors. The match relationship is supported by in-depth training and ongoing personalized match support from clinically-informed staff. Most youth participants are preparing to age out of the child welfare system, and Silver Lining Mentors offer both companionship and guidance in navigating critical life skills.

Silver Lining Mentoring offers four core services to young people impacted by the child welfare system. The three services offered in the greater Boston region include: 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.

The fourth core service at Silver Lining Mentoring builds capacity to expand mentoring opportunities nationally via the work of the Silver Lining Mentoring Institute. The Institute launched in 2019 to achieve the goal that every young person in the U.S. impacted by foster care will have access to a high-quality, consistent volunteer mentoring relationship. The Institute is achieving this goal by equipping local practitioners across the country who are starting up or growing mentoring programs with best-in-field strategies and tools via a partnership with the National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC) and MENTOR. The Institute further advances this goal through policy advocacy initiatives that promote consistent unpaid relationships for young people affected by the child welfare system; and educating and inspiring a nationwide movement that understands and responds to the relational needs of young people in foster care.

For more information please visit www.silverliningmentoring.org.

About the Position:
The Executive Assistant is an exciting new position within SLM, reporting directly to the CEO and providing senior level administrative operations support to the CEO, COO, the leadership team, and the Board of Directors. The Executive Assistant will advance a set of critical executive tasks in a timely and high-quality manner. This person will play a meaningful role within the organization by ensuring exceptional communication between the leadership team and the full SLM team as well as SLM’s external stakeholders. The ideal candidate will have outstanding organizational and project management skills, the ability to drive complex, multi-faceted projects forward to deliver results on time, advanced problem-solving and decision-making skills and the ability to multitask and handle high-pressure periods of time.

Responsibilities:
Project Management and Strategic Support (15%)

  • Provide support in planning and execution of strategic initiatives and serve as primary coordinator for tasks or deliverables under CEO’s purview/scope of work
  • Monitor and track projects and tasks, ensuring attention to time-sensitive issues and longer-term initiatives
  • Prepare briefings and operational documents as needed
  • Serve as a thought partner to the CEO and COO in daily tasks and highly sensitive contexts
  • Facilitate effective time management in prioritizing tasks given competing requests and demands

Relationship Management and Communication (20%)

  • Act as an initial point of contact for the CEO and manage high-level and/or confidential information
  • Accommodate requests with tact and diplomacy and use creative problem-solving techniques
  • Serve as a resource for stakeholders, partners, donors and individuals who need to interface with the CEO and SLM
  • Collaboratively draft and disseminate communications to staff, donors and partners
  • Assist in producing biographies, materials and briefings for meetings as needed
  • When appropriate, serve as a proxy for the CEO or COO in designated meetings

Administrative Support (50%)

  • Provide calendar management to optimize the time of the CEO
  • Schedule all meetings, appointments, conferences, and speaking obligations for the CEO in a timely manner
  • Plan and execute high-level meetings and/or conferences; provide logistical and administrative support for meetings, presentations and communications
  • Manage leadership team notes and follow-up activities/tasks
  • Draft official and unofficial correspondence for the CEO’s review
  • Arrange flights, hotel accommodations, ground transportation and other travel logistics for the CEO and their respective team when needed
  • Manage CEO’s finances including invoices, reimbursements, and receipts
  • Collaborate across departments and roles to plan schedules and support SLM leadership across the organization
  • Support Leadership team members with projects, presentations, new initiatives, and day-to-day operations.
  • Support in maintaining an organized, efficient shared file storage system (SLM uses Box and Google Drive)
  • Support board meeting and board committee document preparation and notetaking,
  • Assist with special departmental projects. This is an ongoing need with expectation of always supporting at least one project at a given time. Examples include drafting policies or preparing profiles for prospective board members, donors, etc
  • Assist with project management for the CEO by creating assignments, tracking progress, and resolving issues

Department-Specific Tasks (15%)

Support to the Chief Operating Officer:

  • Provide administrative coordination and support for Leadership team
  • Support and facilitate human resources processes including: 360 review process, bi-annual performance review process, management of the Employee Handbook including annual review of content, edits and development of new policies as needed
  • Support hiring process by managing job postings, external candidate communications, monitoring the HR email address as well as internal hiring team communications and scheduling
  • Plan and execute effective staff meetings; provide logistical and administrative support for staff meetings including taking meeting minutes and internal communications and follow up tasks,
  • Serve as a creative thought partner to the COO on maintaining an inclusive culture throughout the organization
  • Support leadership team in execution of staff play days, celebrations, staff trainings and staff recognition events

Development

  • Provide support for presentations (editing slides, helping with Zoom behind the scenes, i.e. monitoring chat, managing break out rooms, etc.)
  • Provide support/manage events logistics (in-person and virtual)
  • Support donor stewardship efforts and special mailings
  • Manage data archiving: Ensure all vital documents (board meeting agendas and notes, etc.) are uploaded to Box and organized optimally
  • Prepare Board materials for in-person meetings
  • Collaborate with Director of Development and Operations Coordinator around gift acknowledgments that require the CEO’s attention

Qualifications:
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. Experience comes in many forms, and a willingness to learn can go a long way. We are dedicated to adding new perspectives to the team and would love to hear from you!

  • Strong commitment to, and belief in the mission, vision and values of Silver Lining Mentoring
  • Minimum 5+ years in supporting high level executives in a very fast paced and busy environment; office management and administration support experience preferred
  • Excellent writing and copy-editing skills; enthusiasm for writing required
  • Advanced organizational skills and keen attention to detail
  • Demonstrated maturity in handling sensitive information with sound judgment and strategizing in ambiguous contexts with limited information
  • Ability to manage and assess competing priorities in a time-sensitive environment while meeting deadlines with utmost professionalism
  • 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
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills; ability to collaborate effectively with SLM staff, leadership, donors, and external partners
  • Commitment to mastering a comprehensive understanding of the goals and objectives of the CEO and SLM as a whole
  • Interest in social justice and issues of child welfare and mentoring strongly desirable
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive, and online platforms (Box and Salesforce a plus)
  • Please note that we are not able to sponsor U.S. work authorization for this role

Silver Lining Mentoring offers a strengths-based, collaborative staff team, flexible work environment, and accessible office location in downtown Boston. This position will require some weekend and evening hours, as well as local travel. Silver Lining Mentoring is an Equal Opportunity Employer. http://www.silverliningmentoring.org

Position Title: Program Intern
Internship Dates/Hours: Early-June start (~15-20 hours/week) with an August end date. Flexible evenings and weekends around intern availability and interest. Potential to continue internship for additional months in 2022 post-August if mutually agreeable
Benefits: Unpaid internship with potential for professional development opportunities as it relates to youth development, mentoring, and nonprofit management
Supervision: Intern supervised by clinically-trained Mentee Intake Program Coordinator
Candidate search timeline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis for an expected hire date of June 1, 2022. Start date is flexible based on the candidate hired

To Apply: Submit a resume and cover letter explaining why you would like to be considered for this position to Michael Prinkey at michael@silverliningmentoring.org

Download the PDF job description.

Organizational Overview:

Silver Lining Mentoring (SLM) empowers youth in foster care to thrive through committed mentoring relationships and the development of essential life skills. For 20 years, Silver Lining Mentoring has matched young people in the child welfare system with highly-committed, volunteer mentors. The match relationship is supported by in-depth training and ongoing personalized match support from clinically-informed staff. Most youth participants are preparing to age out of the child welfare system, and Silver Lining mentors offer both companionship and guidance in navigating critical life skills. 

Silver Lining Mentoring offers four core services to young people impacted by the child welfare system. The three services offered in the greater Boston region include: 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.

The fourth core service at Silver Lining Mentoring builds capacity to expand mentoring opportunities nationally via the work of the Silver Lining Mentoring Institute. The Institute launched in 2019 to achieve the goal that every young person in the U.S. impacted by foster care will have access to a high-quality, consistent volunteer mentoring relationship. The Institute is achieving this goal by equipping local practitioners across the country who are starting up or growing mentoring programs with best-in-field strategies and tools via a partnership with the National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC) and MENTOR. The Institute further advances this goal through policy advocacy initiatives that promote consistent unpaid relationships for young people affected by the child welfare system; and educating and inspiring a nationwide movement that understands and responds to the relational needs of young people in foster care.

For more information please visit www.silverliningmentoring.org.

About the Position:

The Program Intern will serve as an integral part in supporting strong match relationships. The Program Intern leverages developing skills and Silver Lining Mentoring’s policies and procedures to help strengthen our programming efforts. The position reports to the Program Coordinator for Mentee Intake.

The primary responsibilities of this Program Intern incorporate areas of high need within the organization with the interests, skills, and degree level of the hired candidate. SLM is open to undergraduate and graduate interns of all educational programs and will consider how to adjust learning opportunities around the desired candidate. Below is a non-comprehensive list of potential job responsibilities. Candidates should be prepared to discuss how their skills and experiences will contribute to SLM programming efforts, as well how SLM connects to their larger career development. 

Possible Responsibilities:
Programming & Youth Support 

  • Assist Program team with youth enrollment efforts, including referral partnership development, review and processing of mentee applications, and designing of unique informational workshops and training materials for guardians and caregivers
  • Support services related to SLM’s Participant Advisory Board, a youth-led initiative of SLM mentees providing feedback and insight for program development
  • Potential to co-manage a caseload of mentee-mentor matches with direct supervision from Program Coordinator or Program Manager, developing knowledge of Silver Lining Mentoring services, policies, and procedures
  • Aid in developing/evaluation/preparing to pilot a new program for Transition Age Youth mentees at SLM
  • Research, identify, and proactively communicate with potential key community partners to build SLM’s resource brokering services in areas of housing, financial wellness, education, family support, and other opportunities for transitional-aged youth
  • Serve collaboratively as a member of the Program team by assisting with the implementation of mentee-mentor match cohorts, such as Build-a-Match and Learn & Earn or community enrichment activities, such as in-person and virtual group events
  • Actively engage in SLM’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) efforts such as attending all-staff meetings, providing and receiving feedback, and participation on DEI committee

Mentor Recruitment, Screening and Training

  • Work collaboratively with the Volunteer Manager & Program team to recruit mentors whose identities reflect those of the young people we serve, including people of color, men, and people with foster care experience
  • Ensure program quality related to screening of mentor candidates, co-facilitating mentor training and conducting mentor candidate interviews
  • Engage the community through in-person recruitment and informational events
  • Review, participate, and lead revisions to diversity, equity and inclusion-related training activities and opportunities for mentor candidates

Communication & Marketing

  • Lead translation services of mentee intake and matching documents ― through direct language skills or identifying community supports ― to better serve non-English speaking youth, guardians, and caregivers
  • Manage virtual communication and opportunity lists, such as SLM’s bi-weekly newsletter and online resource website 
  • Assist Development team with Silver Lining Mentoring and Silver Lining Institute’s social media presence to drive higher engagement
  • Conduct direct outreach to mentors and mentees and participate in match story collection, soliciting of blog posts, and other marketing related opportunities

Additional duties as assigned. 

Education & Required Qualifications:

  • Enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program. SLM is open to interns from all educational programs, including but not limited to: Social Work, Sociology, Nonprofit Management, Education, Communications & Marketing, Psychology, etc.  
  • Strong belief in the mission, vision, and values of Silver Lining Mentoring
  • Knowledge of greater Boston communities or strong ability to become familiar with needs and culture of Boston-area youth and services
  • High level of self-awareness, accountability, and adaptability 
  • Exemplary organizational and time management skills 
  • Ability to respond flexibly to a fluid and evolving program environment
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills 
  • Ability to balance the needs of multiple stakeholders and work collaboratively with different departments

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with youth with youth from diverse backgrounds, including out-of-home experience, young people of color, and/or youth who identify as LGBTQ and/or TGNC preferred
  • Knowledge of frameworks integral to Silver Lining Mentoring, including youth-focused, trauma-informed, harm reduction, and strengths-based programming
  • Bilingual – fluent in Spanish and/or Haitian Creole preferred
  • Residency in Greater Boston/Massachusetts strongly desired

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. Experience comes in many forms. We are dedicated to adding new perspectives to the team and would love to hear from you.

Silver Lining Mentoring offers a strengths-based, collaborative staff team, flexible work environment, and accessible office location in downtown Boston. This position may request some weekend and evening hours, as well as local travel, dependent on the intern’s availability and interest. Silver Lining Mentoring is an Equal Opportunity Employer. http://www.silverliningmentoring.org

Please note that all Silver Lining Mentoring staff are working primarily remotely with a forthcoming hybrid model. Hiring, onboarding and primary job functions will be performed remotely and in collaboration with our virtual programming. While in-state residency is strongly desired, the ideal candidate may live outside of Massachusetts. Opportunities for in-person work may be available if requested by the intern.

To apply: Submit a resume and cover letter explaining why you would like to be considered for this position to Michael Prinkey at michael@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 (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

Expression of interest will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Consultant trainings will be conducted approximately twice per year. If you are interested in being considered for the next training, please submit an application by February 1, 2021.

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.  If you have questions, please 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.
  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.”