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Friends of the Children - Portland

Organizational Overview:

Friends of the Children’s goal is to break the cycle of generational poverty for the highest priority youth in our community through a 12 ½ year program that emphasizes development of socioemotional assets and the skills to succeed in postsecondary and career. We are seeking a talented Group Programming Manager to join our diverse team of dedicated and passionate professionals.

Friends of the Children is at an exciting point in our trajectory. We are celebrating 25 years of impact in Portland and building the foundation for the next 25 years. We have just launched a five-year strategic plan that will expand and enhance our program capacity and sharpen our focus on supporting long-term personal and economic success and self-sufficiency for our program graduates. As part of our strategic focus, we’re also re-dedicating ourselves to the advancement of equity and inclusion, integrating equity into all aspects of our work.

Position Overview:

Reporting to the Program Director, the Group Programming Manager plays a critical role in our mission and strategic goals, ensuring high quality group-based programming that complements the 1:1 mentoring relationships at the core of the Friends model. Our vision is to utilize group programming as a vehicle for:

Increasing youth voice and leadership in our organizational initiatives.
Providing community building opportunities to support positive identity formation and the development of social capital.
Enhancing postsecondary and job readiness through direct skill-building opportunities.
If these statements and skills describe you, please apply:

You are committed to a strength-based approach to serving youth and families who face systemic barriers to their success.
You work systemically and inclusively of cultures; you are passionate about equitable service delivery.
You are energized by creating an environment that provides youth opportunities for leadership, belonging, community building, skill development, and exploration of their interest areas.
Friends of the Children offers our employees an excellent work environment that includes:

Respect for work-life balance.
An emphasis on collaboration and shared leadership, where all staff are expected to participate in developing and furthering key organizational goals.
Generous benefits package.
Essential Functions:

Serve as member of the Program Leadership Team, driving the vision for, and facilitation of, group programming offered to approximately 400 program children and youth.
Supervise 3-4 professional mentors. Ensure adequacy of time spent with children, quality and diversity of activities, and fulfillment of administrative responsibilities by meeting with Friends, reviewing daily activity journals, expense reports and time sheets.
Build collaborative relationships with staff and young people to enhance and support the established vision and direction of group programming.
Build systems of continuous improvement through youth and Friend feedback, review of data and best practices, and program results. Ensure youth and Friend input is reflected in program offerings, using Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) as a tool to meet objectives.
Work collaboratively with others to integrate post-secondary preparation and job readiness elements into group programming.
Manage and continuously improve curriculum and community partnerships necessary to deliver effective group programming for youth development and enrichment activities.
Manage a programmatic budget distributed across multiple areas of emphasis, including but not limited to events, summer programs, weekly programming, youth training, and leadership opportunities.
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills; demonstrated organizational and time management, delegation and problem-solving skills.
Experience with prioritizing and integrating youth voice in organizational objectives; demonstrated understanding of positive youth development principles.
Demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships with children, adolescents, colleagues, volunteers and programming partners.
Experience and skills in youth facilitation from a relationship-based approach that prioritizes the ability to mobilize youth and get young people excited.
In depth knowledge of adolescent development and best known methods to facilitate healthy development; knowledge of the effects of early childhood trauma on youth development.
Effective program management and youth supervision skills; ability to lead others to achieve necessary results.
Experience managing diverse partnerships and stakeholders to meet both programmatic and funding needs.
Experience using a solution-focused, strength-based approach to navigating challenges and meeting objectives.
Spanish fluency preferred.
Ability to work evenings, and occasionally weekends, in alignment with program schedule.
Education Required and/or Experience Preferred:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in related field, minimum of two years’ experience working with adolescents.
Minimum of one year experience managing, implementing, and designing group programming.
Training or experience in Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) preferred.
Experience applying a racial equity lens preferred.
Salary range: $44,000 – $50,000, dependent on experience and qualifications

We are committed to our community, to equal employment opportunity, and to diversity in our workplace.






☆ Dont forget to tell your interviewer that you heard about this opportunity from the Urban League of Portland ☆