• Serving Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse and Kalkaska Counties
RecruitmentandEnrollment

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan seeks a School Liaison who will thrive in a growing organization that is dedicated to positively impacting more youth through high quality mentoring relationships.

RecruitmentandEnrollment

ABOUT US

For over 50 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan (Bigs) has developed and supported one-to-one mentoring relationships for more than 12,600 children in our five-county region (Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse and Kalkaska). Through our commitment to quality and innovation, our team develops, monitors and sustains caring and supportive, life-changing relationships between adult volunteers (Bigs) and youth (Littles).  Our passion for our work has a direct and lasting impact on the lives of our youth and the adults who mentor them.

OUR MISSION
Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

OUR VISION
All youth achieve their full potential.

ABOUT THE POSITION

POSITION SUMMARY:

The School Liaison will work in elementary schools in our five-county service area to enhance programming by implementing metrics to substantiate the program’s impact and increasing mentoring services to youth in our community who would benefit. This position provides leadership and guidance to volunteer mentors, parents and mentees within the framework outlined and established by the agency, and most importantly, operates in compliance with our national safety Standards of Practice as set forth by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

School Collaboration

  • Works collaboratively to develop and maintain relationships and continual contact with local school personnel for service delivery and partnership advocacy.
  • Coordinate academic tutoring services for students in need.
  • Coordinate and implement impact measurement process for both Community and School-Based programs, utilizing quantitative school data, such as attendance and academic performance.
  • Enhance School-Based programs via academic activities.

Recruitment

  • With the guidance of the Director of Mentoring, participates with the program team and school personnel in the ongoing and robust child and volunteer recruitment plan, including the delivery of program presentations.
  • Promotes Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mentoring opportunities to area schools, families and other organizations.
  • Attends and supports agency programming and fundraising events, as appropriate and requested.

Program Team Collaboration

  • Participates with the Bigs’ program team to create and support match relationships according to agency and BBBSA Standards of Practice with the focus on: child safety, match relationship development, positive youth development and volunteer satisfaction.  Ensures real and/or potential problems and/or barriers are identified and addressed and resolved as early as possible.
  • Keeps volunteers, parents and children apprised of opportunities to participate in educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities available to them as part of the Bigs program.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year university and/or related social services experience of at least two years. Proficiency in Microsoft Office with an emphasis on Word, Excel, as well as Google and the ability to adapt to other database programs. Must have and maintain a valid US driver’s license along with an exemplary driving record.  Employment is contingent upon the results of a comprehensive background check, reference checks and driving record check.

IDEAL CANDIDATE

  • Youth-serving experience with a passion for supporting children and families through strength-base strategies.
  • Familiarity with the educational and social service systems and child protection practices and laws.
  • Knowledge of and experience within local school district.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to manage a multitude of tasks with a strong attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Superior problem-solving skills and ability to effectively negotiate with others.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills reflecting outstanding customer service.
  • Ability to enthusiastically advocate and promote the mission of Bigs.
  • Exceptional conflict management and interpersonal skills with the ability to problem-solve social and emotional situations.
  • Consistent desire to seek out new and more effective methods to support programming.
  • Able to thrive in a fast-paced environment, working both independently and as a team member, and successfully manage shifting priorities and responsibilities.
  • Relate effectively with diverse groups of people from varied social and economic segments of the region.
  • Able to work evening and weekend hours and manage a flexible schedule.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

BENEFITS

We make it a priority to invest in our staff and value the importance of a healthy work-life balance by offering a competitive benefits package, which includes:

  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Paid Holidays
  • Matching 401(K) Plan
  • Health Insurance (Medical/Dental options)
  • Life & Disability Insurance
  • Training & Development Programs

 

Job Responsibilities: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and required skills.

Contents may be subject to change to meet the needs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan.

If this sounds like the position and organization for you, please submit a cover letter and resume, via EMAIL to krista.goldman@bigsupnorth.com with “Your Name – School Liaison” in the subject line.

OR

via MAIL to:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern MI
ATTN: Director of Mentoring
900 E Front Street Ste. 125
Traverse City, MI 49686