JOB OPPORTUNITIES

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

Position Title: Program Coordinator
Position Tagline: Bring clinically-informed expertise to support long-term mentoring relationships for youth impacted by foster care, and support with mentor intake
Candidate search timeline: Applications will be reviewed starting 2/4/22 for an expected hire date of early March 2022.

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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.

Position:

The Program Coordinator is the cornerstone of our strong mentoring match relationships. The Program Coordinator leverages clinical and human services education, the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, and Silver Lining Mentoring’s policies and procedures to help cultivate long-term mentor/mentee relationships. The position reports to the Program Manager.

The primary responsibility of this Program Coordinator role is providing clinically-informed support and guidance to a caseload of mentoring matches, assessing progress of the match relationship, and participating in program evaluation efforts. This position also interviews new volunteer mentor candidates in preparation for long-term mentorship. This position requires local travel and attendance at events/activities on occasional evenings and/or weekends.

Responsibilities:

Mentoring Match and Youth Support

  • Develop expert knowledge of Silver Lining Mentoring services, policies and procedures, in order to effectively manage a caseload of mentee-mentor matches
  • Ensure program quality related to matching, monitoring, supporting, closing, or transitioning the relationship between the mentor and mentee to uphold healthy, long-term match relationships
  • Proactively communicate with key stakeholders relevant to the mentoring relationship, including but not limited to: the mentor, mentee, youth’s social worker, parent/guardian, caregiver, youth’s clinician, the Department of Children and Families (DCF), and Family Networks
  • Serve as a resource-broker for youth and mentors in need of additional services, upholding Silver Lining Mentoring’s strengths-based and trauma-informed framework
  • Mediate and resolve challenges within mentoring relationships

Mentor Recruitment, Screening and Training

  • Work collaboratively with the Volunteer Management & Program teams 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-facilitate mentor training and conduct weekly mentor candidate interviews
  • Lead and organize monthly Mentor 2 Mentor support space to ensure mentor satisfaction & support

Administrative Duties and Teamwork

  • Collect and enter ongoing efforts & evaluation data into the Salesforce CRM database to support mentors, mentees, and matches
  • Serve collaboratively as a member of the Program team by assisting with the implementation of youth and match cohorts, such as Build-a-Match and Learn & Earn; community enrichment activities, such as mentoring group events; and Silver Lining Mentoring organizational activities, such as the annual Match Gala
  • Engage in activities that enhance community engagement by participating in Silver Lining Institute’s mission of training & consulting, advocacy, and inspiring allies

Innovation and Quality Assurance

  • Suggest and participate in continuing quality improvement efforts, both organizational and programmatic
  • Practice in accordance with all agency and departmental policies and procedures
  • Adhere to the highest principles of confidentiality
  • Identify potential or actual participant safety concerns, and take measures to rectify the situation in accordance with SLM’s safety policies and procedures
  • Actively engage in SLM’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) efforts such as attending all staff trainings, providing and receiving feedback, and embracing accountability
  • Maintain professional competence necessary to perform job responsibilities

Additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Strong belief in the mission, vision, and values of Silver Lining Mentoring
  • Commitment to Silver Lining Mentoring’s framework of providing youth-focused, trauma-informed, harm reduction, and strengths-based programming
  • Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW), OR comparable degree or work experience required
  • 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
  • Experience working with youth with out-of-home experience, young people of color, and/or youth who identify as LGBTQ and/or TGNC preferred
  • Bilingual – fluent in Spanish and/or Haitian Creole preferred
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle preferred
  • LCSW, LICSW, LMHC, or comparable human services licensure a plus

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.

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. Salary commensurate with experience, with an anticipated starting salary between $55,000-$61,000 plus benefits. Silver Lining Mentoring is an Equal Opportunity Employer. http://www.silverliningmentoring.org

Please note that all Silver Lining Mentoring staff are working remotely until at least March 31st, 2022. Prior to this date, hiring, onboarding and primary job functions will be performed remotely and in collaboration with our virtual programming.

To apply: Submit a resume and cover letter explaining why you would like to be considered for this position to HR@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

Deputy Director

“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

Program Manager – Silver Lining Institute

“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

Development Manager

“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.”