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MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is the unifying champion for expanding quality mentoring for America’s young people. MENTOR’s mission is to close the mentoring gap by driving the investment of time and money into high-impact mentoring programs and promoting quality mentoring through the development of mentoring program standards, cutting-edge research and state-of-the-art tools.

For 25 years, MENTOR has worked to help millions of young people find the support and guidance they need to build productive and meaningful lives. This compelling mission, coupled with MENTOR’s clear vision, engenders rewarding and challenging careers. Become part of our team and pour your heart and soul into your work.

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Director of Communications

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships in the United States. For more than 25 years, MENTOR has served the mentoring field by providing a public voice; developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide; and promoting quality for mentoring through evidence-based standards, innovative research and essential tools. MENTOR has developed and supports a national network of local affiliates that provide regional, state and local leadership and infrastructure necessary to support the expansion of quality mentoring relationships. Together, we engage with the private, public and nonprofit sectors to ensure that all youth have the support they need through mentoring relationships to succeed at home, school and, ultimately, work.

Position

MENTOR is currently seeking an experienced communications professional to serve as its Director of Communications.  Reporting to the Senior Director for External Affairs, the Director of Communications will be responsible for media relations, the creation of communication plans for a variety of partnerships, and the management of internal and external positioning for the organization that can be leveraged by its national network of affiliates. The Director will also help to guide MENTOR’s strategy to drive increased awareness and mentor recruitment for the mentoring movement as a whole. He/she will work with the team to ensure that MENTOR’s brand presence and overall messaging is clear, consistent, and compelling. This is a dynamic opportunity for a driven and entrepreneurial professional to make a significant impact on a growing national organization and the expansion of quality mentoring relationships for young people.

Responsibilities

Communications Strategy

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate an annual communications and public awareness plan to advance the mentoring field and MENTOR as a thought leader
  • Contribute to the strategy, implementation, and evaluation of public awareness campaigns, including In Real Life, National Mentoring Month, Coaches’ Mentoring Challenge, and others
  • Develop, implement, and execute comprehensive communications plans for different departments organization-wide (including programmatic/research publications, corporate engagement work, fundraising and development, advocacy)
  • Ensure that the appropriate systems and procedures are in place to properly and reasonably support communications
  • Develop and implement the annual communications strategy for the National Mentoring Summit

Press & Public Relations

  • Establish and develop media and public relations as an integral part of MENTOR’s communications strategy in order to elevate MENTOR’s brand and status in the field.
  • Identify trends and monitor current events and influencers to anticipate opportunities for MENTOR to engage in and/or lead the national conversation on youth development and mentoring
  • Incorporate media relations across all MENTOR departments and initiatives
  • Develop a press outreach strategy, including the writing and distribution of press releases, thought leadership or op/ed pieces, press kits and materials, interview preparation, and responses to media requests
  • Seek ways to connect and advance the mentoring field through shared campaigns, messaging, and issue elevation opportunities

Brand Management

  • In partnership with the Senior Director of External Affairs, position and promote MENTOR as the nation’s premier expert and resource on quality youth mentoring, and the unifying advocate expanding the mentoring effect
  • Ensure that brand identity, consistent messaging, and the marketing and communications strategy are infused in all organizational efforts (programming, development, local affiliate support)
  • Support the network of MENTOR’s local affiliates in creating common language

Qualifications

  • 8+ years of demonstrated success in communications; nonprofit experience a plus
  • Demonstrated track record of developing relationships with relevant members of the media from major national outlets; experience serving as an organizational spokesperson preferred
  • Ability to manage communications at both the strategic and tactical levels
  • Experience developing and implementing strategic communications plans to increase visibility and opportunity for organizations
  • Passion for supporting disadvantaged youth and youth programming, preferably in the field of mentoring
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills
  • Success in managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently
  • Ability to target  messages to a variety of diverse stakeholders
  • Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing communications strategies
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred

In addition, the ideal candidate will have a sharp ability to translate ideas and information into effective messages that lead to action, and disseminate them to target audiences through the best distribution channels. The ideal candidate has a “roll-up-your-sleeves” attitude toward work and is eager to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment, and is excited to elevate the mentoring movement as a whole to create more opportunities for effective youth development. 

How to apply

This is an outstanding opportunity to contribute to a highly effective nonprofit’s Marketing & Communications team.  Salary will be commensurate with experience.  Full benefits include health care, 403B, vacation, and life and short- and long-term disability insurance.

MENTOR is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Diversity of opinions, experiences, and backgrounds is a key asset.

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to resume@mentoring.org

 

Development VISTA

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is the unifying champion for expanding the quality and quantity of youth mentoring relationships in the United States. For more than 25 years, MENTOR has served the mentoring field by providing a public voice; developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide; and promoting quality for mentoring through evidence-based standards, innovative research and essential tools. MENTOR supports a national network of affiliates that provide regional, state, and local leadership and infrastructure necessary to support the expansion of quality mentoring relationships.

Position

This position is sponsored by AmeriCorps VISTA, which places Corps Members for a year of service to build capacity in organizations throughout the country. The Development VISTA will join the Development department in MENTOR’s national headquarters office in Boston, MA. This VISTA will play a key role in supporting MENTOR and its affiliates to achieve their fundraising goals in order to ensure strong organizational health and continuation of programs and initiatives that enhance the mentoring field. The ideal candidate will be an energetic and organized individual with an interest in fundraising and a passion for supporting youth to succeed.

Responsibilities

  • Provide local affiliates with development and fundraising support
    • Identify training opportunities and professional development resources for affiliate staff
    • Create and disseminate tools, templates, and trainings on topics such as grants management, donor communications, and stakeholder engagement for affiliates
    • Manage the affiliate fundraising subcommittee by hosting regular meetings, identifying topics and areas of need for meetings, and delivering feedback surveys
  • Support MENTOR’s affiliate growth plan and expansion efforts
    • Identify local and national funding opportunities through prospect research
    • Create materials and templates for funder meetings for both MENTOR and affiliates
    • Generate landscaping profiles for new expansion markets
  • Implement key projects on MENTOR’s Development team to support overall health of the organization based on interest and need of team
    • Regularly gather data and stories from affiliates to use throughout MENTOR’s donor communications
    • Support MENTOR’s grants management process by researching opportunities and drafting grant proposals

Qualifications

  • BA/BS strongly preferred
  • Strong writing, editing and research skills
  • Strong attention-to-detail and organizational skills
  • Comfortable managing multiple priorities
  • Ability to effectively communicate with diverse stakeholders
  • Interest in or eagerness to learn about nonprofit fundraising
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience with and/or desire to work with diverse people, organizations and communities
  • Experience with and/or commitment to youth development
  • A passion for national and community service
  • You must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S. to be an AmeriCorps member

AmeriCorps Service Requirements:

  • Complete all required AmeriCorps documentation and monthly reporting
  • Satisfactorily complete host site service project
  • Maintain a service portfolio and blog posts
  • Must be available to travel to all Corps-wide trainings and events
  • Must be able to effectively manage time and meet competing demands
  • Complete all professional development requirements as part of member contract

Position Benefits:

  • Annual living allowance of $14,664.
  • $5,775 Education Award upon completion of service, or a $1,500 cash stipend
  • AmeriCorps childcare benefits are available to qualifying members with children under the age of 13
  • Opportunity to participate in the AmeriCorps VISTA Healthcare Allowance
  • Relocation travel (for those who qualify) and settling-in allowance if relocating for service
  • Additional transportation reimbursement for Corps-wide meetings and events
  • Professional training and networking opportunities in the mentoring field and the nonprofit sector, including attending the National Mentoring Summit in Washington, DC
  • A built-in network of Corps members and colleagues

How to apply

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to resume@mentoring.org. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled. The position is a one year commitment. Selected members must be able to attend the Pre-Service Orientation August 22-25 in Baltimore, Maryland (all expenses paid) or an approved alternative and would begin service immediately following this date.  

Marketing & Communications VISTA

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is the unifying champion for expanding the quality and quantity of youth mentoring relationships in the United States. For more than 25 years, MENTOR has served the mentoring field by providing a public voice; developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide; and promoting quality for mentoring through evidence-based standards, innovative research and essential tools. MENTOR supports a national network of affiliates that provide regional, state, and local leadership and infrastructure necessary to support the expansion of quality  mentoring relationships.

Position

This position is sponsored by AmeriCorps VISTA, which places Corps Members for a year of service to build capacity in organizations throughout the country. The Marketing and Communications VISTA will work as part of the Marketing and Communications department in MENTOR’s national headquarters office in Boston, MA. This VISTA will play a key role in promoting the mentoring field and encouraging more adults to commit to engaging in the mentoring movement as mentors and supporters. The ideal candidate would be a high energy individual, passionate about social justice and mobilizing individuals to take action through various communications channels.  

Responsibilities

Amplify the reach of MENTOR’s brand through affiliates and national partners

  • Implement strategic plan to support national brand alignment
  • Provide technical assistance and resources to help affiliates implement new branding and marketing
  • Curate photos and videos in digital asset management system shared by MENTOR and affiliates

Increase use and adoption of the Mentoring Connector, an online national mentor recruitment database

  • Create messaging aligned with national campaigns directing potential volunteers to the Mentoring Connector
  • Recruit and follow up with mentoring programs in the Mentoring Connector
  • Analyze response metrics and create reports for individual affiliates based on analytics and goals

Create content as part of MENTOR’s national public awareness campaign, In Real Life

  • Develop written content for blog posts and press releases related to MENTOR’s work
  • Communicate with affiliates and national partners to develop shared content
  • Create and distribute social media guides for local affiliates and national partners to amplify In Real Life publications
  • Create and curate content calendars for MENTOR’s email, blog, and social media activations

Qualifications

  • BA/BS strongly preferred
  • Strong writing, editing, and research skills
  • Strong attention-to-detail and organizational skills
  • Comfortable managing multiple priorities
  • Comfortable learning new technology
  • Experience with social media and digital communications
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience with and/or desire to work with diverse people, organizations and communities
  • Experience with and/or commitment to youth development
  • A passion for national and community service
  • You must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S. to be an AmeriCorps member

AmeriCorps Service Requirements:

  • Complete all required AmeriCorps documentation and monthly reporting
  • Satisfactorily complete host site service project
  • Maintain a service portfolio and blog posts
  • Must be available to travel to all Corps-wide trainings and events
  • Must be able to effectively manage time and meet competing demands
  • Complete all professional development requirements as part of member contract

Position Benefits:

  • Annual living allowance of $14,664.
  • $5,775 Education Award upon completion of service, or a $1,500 cash stipend
  • AmeriCorps childcare benefits are available to qualifying members with children under the age of 13
  • Opportunity to participate in the AmeriCorps VISTA Healthcare Allowance
  • Relocation travel (for those who qualify) and settling-in allowance if relocating for service
  • Additional transportation reimbursement for Corps-wide meetings and events
  • Professional training and networking opportunities in the mentoring field and the nonprofit sector, including attending the National Mentoring Summit in Washington, DC
  • A built-in network of Corps members and colleagues

How to apply

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to resume@mentoring.org. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled. The position is a one year commitment. Selected members must be able to attend the Pre-Service Orientation August 22-25 in Baltimore, Maryland (all expenses paid) or an approved alternative and would begin service immediately following this date.

Affiliate Network VISTA

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is the unifying champion for expanding the quality and quantity of youth mentoring relationships in the United States. For more than 25 years, MENTOR has served the mentoring field by providing a public voice; developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide; and promoting quality for mentoring through evidence-based standards, innovative research and essential tools. MENTOR supports a national network of affiliates that provide regional, state, and local leadership and infrastructure necessary to support the expansion of quality  mentoring relationships.

Position

This position is sponsored by AmeriCorps VISTA, which places Corps Members for a year of service to build capacity in organizations throughout the country. The Affiliate Network VISTA will work as part of the Affiliate Network department in MENTOR’s national headquarters office in Boston, MA. This VISTA will play a key role in connecting with and supporting affiliate staff across the country. The ideal candidate would be interested in building systems and leveraging resources to provide professional development and support to those leading the national mentoring movement.  

Responsibilities

Provide organizational and development support and resources to local affiliates

  • Implement support strategies and identify professional development resources based on affiliate individual assessment reports
  • Co-facilitate learning cohorts and focus groups with affiliates
  • Collect and research organizational development and operations best practices and trainings (including topics of financial management, Board development, human resources, employee and performance management, information technology, )
  • Create profiles documenting the relationship between MENTOR and local affiliates
  • Support with onboarding of new staff at local affiliates

Assist with the implementation of national communication and database tools for local affiliates

  • Create monthly e-newsletter and other platforms for communication
  • Help build and implement an online community of practice tool for affiliates to share resources, engage in discussion, and problem-solve
  • Help build and implement an online training and support platform to increase knowledge and capacity of local affiliate staff members
  • Help build and maintain a client relationship management database to capture affiliate data and correspondence

Assist with planning and preparation of expansion and growth of local affiliates

  • Track and monitor new affiliate onboarding and documentation
  • Create and curate tools and resources for developing affiliates
  • Work with new affiliates to ensure consistent branding and onboarding

Qualifications

  • BA/BS strongly preferred
  • Strong writing, editing, and organization skills
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Experience with digital communications and technology (e-newsletters, databases, webinars, intranets, learning management systems a plus)
  • Comfortable communicating and presenting for diverse audiences
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience with and/or desire to work with diverse people, organizations and communities
  • Experience with and/or commitment to youth development
  • A passion for national and community service
  • You must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S. to be an AmeriCorps member

AmeriCorps Service Requirements:

  • Complete all required AmeriCorps documentation and monthly reporting
  • Satisfactorily complete host site service project
  • Maintain a service portfolio and blog posts
  • Must be available to travel to all Corps-wide trainings and events
  • Must be able to effectively manage time and meet competing demands
  • Complete all professional development requirements as part of member contract

Position Benefits:

  • Annual living allowance of $14,664.
  • $5,775 Education Award upon completion of service, or a $1,500 cash stipend
  • AmeriCorps childcare benefits are available to qualifying members with children under the age of 13
  • Opportunity to participate in the AmeriCorps VISTA Healthcare Allowance
  • Relocation travel (for those who qualify) and settling-in allowance if relocating for service
  • Additional transportation reimbursement for Corps-wide meetings and events
  • Professional training and networking opportunities in the mentoring field and the nonprofit sector, including attending the National Mentoring Summit in Washington, DC
  • A built-in network of Corps members and colleagues

How to apply

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to resume@mentoring.org The position is a one year commitment. Selected members must be able to attend the Pre-Service Orientation August 22-25 in Baltimore, Maryland (all expenses paid) or an approved alternative and would begin service immediately following this date.

Program Quality & Training VISTA

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is the unifying champion for expanding the quality and quantity of youth mentoring relationships in the United States. For more than 25 years, MENTOR has served the mentoring field by providing a public voice; developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide; and promoting quality for mentoring through evidence-based standards, innovative research and essential tools. MENTOR supports a national network of affiliates that provide regional, state, and local leadership and infrastructure necessary to support the expansion of quality  mentoring relationships.

Position

This position is sponsored by AmeriCorps VISTA, which places Corps Members for a year of service to build capacity in organizations throughout the country. The Program Quality and Training VISTA will work as part of the Development department in MENTOR’s national headquarters office in Boston, MA. This VISTA will play a key role in building the capacity of mentoring programs, enhancing the safety and effectiveness of youth mentoring services. The ideal candidate would be a skilled communicator, with experience and/or interest in training, and a proactive, strategic thinker who thrives in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.  

Responsibilities

Support the implementation of the National Quality Mentoring System (NQMS), a system for continuous improvement based on a set of standard best practices in mentoring

  • Participate in the strategic planning and implementation process for national roll out of the system
  • Assist with the adoption of an online quality self-assessment tool for mentoring programs
  • Assist with the creation and delivery of trainings for affiliates
  • Create implementation guides to support the delivery of NQMS

Create training and technical assistance resources for affiliates to support mentoring and youth program development

  • Develop various in-person and online trainings, webinars, and tools for affiliates
  • Create a standardized library to house resources for mentoring programs
  • Assist with creating a technical assistance manual for affiliates to provide support for mentoring programs

Qualifications

  • BA/BS strongly preferred
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Strong attention-to-detail and organizational skills
  • Experience and/or comfort with training and teaching new skills to small and large groups
  • Comfortable managing multiple priorities
  • Experience and comfort with technology and database work
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience with and/or desire to work with diverse people, organizations and communities
  • Experience with and/or commitment to youth development
  • A passion for national and community service
  • You must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S. to be an AmeriCorps member

AmeriCorps Service Requirements:

  • Complete all required AmeriCorps documentation and monthly reporting
  • Satisfactorily complete host site service project
  • Maintain a service portfolio and blog posts
  • Must be available to travel to all Corps-wide trainings and events
  • Must be able to effectively manage time and meet competing demands
  • Complete all professional development requirements as part of member contract

Position Benefits:

  • Annual living allowance of $14,664.
  • $5,775 Education Award upon completion of service, or a $1,500 cash stipend
  • AmeriCorps childcare benefits are available to qualifying members with children under the age of 13
  • Opportunity to participate in the AmeriCorps VISTA Healthcare Allowance
  • Relocation travel (for those who qualify) and settling-in allowance if relocating for service
  • Additional transportation reimbursement for Corps-wide meetings and events
  • Professional training and networking opportunities in the mentoring field and the nonprofit sector, including attending the National Mentoring Summit in Washington, DC
  • A built-in network of Corps members and colleagues

How to apply

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to resume@mentoring.org The position is a one year commitment. Selected members must be able to attend the Pre-Service Orientation August 22-25 in Baltimore, Maryland (all expenses paid) or an approved alternative and would begin service immediately following this date.

affiliate position openings

There are no affiliate openings at this time.