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Mentoring Coordinator - Big Brothers Big Sisters of London and Area

Sep 02, 2019
London Area, Ontario
Entry Level

Mentoring Coordinator, Ethno Racial Youth Mentoring Program

We are currently looking for a new team member to join Big Brothers Big Sisters of London and Area (BBBSOLA) as a full time Mentoring Coordinator in our Ethno-Racial Youth Mentoring program (ERYM). ERYM is a mentoring program designed for newcomer families to assist and support them as they adapt to living in London and Area.

ERYM has two primary goals: to foster a relationship between an ethno-racial child or youth with a caring mentor; and to foster a relationship between the mother of a youth participant and a supportive mother mentor.

The primary function of this position is to provide match support to ensure child safety, positive impacts for young people, constructive and satisfying relationships between young people and volunteers, and a strong sense of affiliation with BBBSOLA on the part of volunteers.

As the successful candidate, you have a clear and strong social justice lens and the ability to focus on building and supporting healthy relationships as well as understanding systems of oppression and discrimination.

You jump at the chance to collaborate with others and you genuinely enjoy connecting with colleagues and look forward to working collectively.

Change is not a scary word for you- in fact you thrive in an environment that allows you to try new things, dream up new possibilities and try new ideas to better work with your colleagues, volunteers, children and their families.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support match members, including mentees ("Littles"), mentors ("Bigs") and parents/guardians
  • Welcome mentees and their families into BBBSOLA’s service
  • Organize and implement monthly group meetings between volunteers and families
  • Engage matches and families to ensure that relationships with BBBSOLA are strong
  • Support and participate in matching process, as needed
  • Support and participate in volunteer mentor screening, when necessary
  • Advocate for matches, children and youth and their families
  • Coordinate warm referrals for families, act as an open door to social services and support in the community
  • Coordinate the use of interpretation services
  • Work collectively with the team on new and innovative program delivery ideas and initiatives while incorporating evidence based mentoring research into practice

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Minimum 2 year college diploma, or equivalent with a focus in social services, social work or comparable area of study
  • Clear vulnerable police check required
  • Experience working with newcomer and indigenous communities preferred
  • Ability to create safe, thoughtful and meaningful relationships with all people you support
  • Clinical skills of brief/crisis counselling, assessment and de-escalation techniques
  • Able to work occasional evenings and weekends, as a part of your regular rotation
  • Access to a reliable vehicle, adequate insurance coverage required
  • Keen self-awareness
  • Clear and empathetic understanding of poverty and systems of oppression
  • Strong problem solving skills, ability to be flexible
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience in crisis work an asset
  • Experience in group facilitation an asset
  • Program planning experience an asset
  • CPR/First Aid Certification an asset
  • Fluency in a second language an asset
  • Experience in public speaking an asset

Please submit your cover letter and resume to:

Paul David, Manager, Finance and Administration

No phone calls please.

We thank all applicants for their interest but regret that only those selected for an interview will be acknowledged.


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