It starts with a Little

Since 1977, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, NY has been changing children's lives by matching them with caring adults to guide them on a path to success.

Millions of children need a caring adult role model.

When children and teens have the influence of a caring adult, they are more likely to avoid risky behaviors and to focus on academics. Today's youth face a variety of challenges and being matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister can help them navigate these challenges and reach their potential.

 

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

 

VISION
All youth achieve their full potential.

How does Big Brothers Big Sisters help Kasaius?

Matching

When Big Brothers Big Sisters works to match a Little with a Big, we take into account the needs, personality, interests, and goals of both the child and the adult volunteer. We introduce the Little and his or her family to the Big slowly and make sure everyone is fully committed to the match before it is made official. Little Brother Kasaius is outgoing and up for anything, so he needed a Big who was creative and had a variety of interests.

Relationship Management

Children like Kasaius get the most out of their one-to-one relationship with their Big when the Big, the parent or guardian, and the child talk openly with their Match Support Specialist. Working as part of the team helping the child succeed, the Match Support Specialist can help identify problems, brainstorm solutions, and connect the family with essential services.

Activities

When Kasaius’ Big Brother saw the email from BBBS saying that there were spots open in a free acting class, he jumped at the chance to take Kasaius. BBBS affiliates across the country provide activities for Bigs and Littles and also alert Bigs to opportunities in the community. This enables Bigs to get to know other Bigs, who might be experiencing similar things and who might have great suggestions for more new activities.

Screening and Training

Child safety is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ highest priority. To achieve the highest standards possible, we work constantly to review and strengthen our background check systems as new best practices in the industry emerge. We also make sure our Bigs and our staff have the training and resources they need to help Littles on their path to success.

In the News!

WE ARE HIRING - Come join our team as we work to Defend a Child's Potential.

Job Title: Mentoring Manager
Reports to: Primary Supervisor: Program Director Secondary Supervisor: Executive Director
Classification: Hourly, non-exempt employee
Schedule: Part-time 21 hours: 3 days a week, 8 hours a day with one-hour lunch;
                      Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 11a-7p
Please Note: this is NOT a “management” position and is NOT a volunteer one to one mentor position

Purpose of position: As an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, BBBS of Orange County, NY utilizes the national Service Delivery Model to create and support one to one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.  As a Mentoring Manager, your primary role is to implement services using the Service Delivery Model guidelines.  Functions under this model could include inquiry and orientation, program scheduling, interviewing and assessments, matching and match support.  BBBS Service Delivery Model is designed to ensure child safety and positive outcomes for all youth involved in our program.

Education and Experiences:
Bachelors Degree required. Degrees in Human Services, Social Services, Social Work, Psychology, Sociology or related field are preferred.

Previous experience in social services, education and/or child development is preferred.
Knowledge in enrollment processes, assessments and documentation, and intake or interviewing experience preferred.
Understanding of child/youth development and family dynamics with an openness to work with diverse populations.
Knowledge of volunteer service programs, motivation to volunteer and retention of volunteers a plus. Past volunteer experiences and/or internships are helpful.
Proficiency in basic technology – Gmail and Google calendar. Microsoft Office – Word, and Excel. Experience in Zoom and/or virtual platforms required.  Knowledge of Salesforce a plus but not required.

Work Environment and additional requirements:
Work takes place in the office, remotely and in the field requiring travel throughout Orange County, NY.

Applicants must have a valid drivers license, meet state car insurance minimums and access to a reliable vehicle.
Applicant must be able to pass a background check consisting of National Sex Offender, Criminal History, Fingerprinting check and Motor Vehicle Driving check.

Position Responsibilities:
Completion of BBBS of America Program Staff Certification Training and ongoing training opportunities as requested.

Inquiry phase – initial contact with consistencies to assess initial eligibility, review of program, orientation and scheduling of interviews.
Enrollment phase – interviewing and assessments including conducting reference checks and obtaining additional collateral information. Drawing conclusion for suitability and matchability.
Matching phase – identify potential mentoring relationships; facilitate introductions between mentor and mentee and their families. Identify goals for each established match to guide relationship development and positive youth development.
Match Support phase – professionally coach and guide each establish match relationship monthly or quarterly depending on stage of match. Match Support contacts are made via phone calls, emails, and/or in person.
Identify any threats to a child’s physical, emotional safety and well-being both in their match relationship and their life and provide appropriate interventions.
Documentation at all phases is required.
Additional tasks will be assigned as needed based on agency events and need.

YOU ARE:                                                                                                                                                                                                           WE ARE:
Personable and patient                                                                                                                                               A positive, supportive team that works together for our mission
Organized, motivated, and accountable                                                                                                                An engaging and laid-back office environment with positive structure
A good communicator; both written and verbally                                                                                              An organization that provides once a month supervision and annual 
Someone who has the ability to work independently and within a team environment                                performance reviews        
Someone who can grasp new skills and concepts quickly and are a problem solver                                 A place of work that supports continuing education and can offer a 25% 
Someone who is comfortable talking to individuals on the phone, via zoom and in person                        discount on tuition at Marist College for all adults learners age 22+
Someone who has quality writing skills; can write in a clear and concise way                                           An organization that views all aspects of our work through DEI, social  
Successful in meeting deadlines, can multitask and can prioritize tasks well                                                  justice and an anti-racist lens
Able to remain calm and professional in a potentially difficult or emotionally charged interaction.

Salary: $15-16.5o per hour.  

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, NY provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, material status, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy status, non-disqualifying physical or any other non-merit factors. We make hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merits, and business needs. 

To Apply: please send a cover letter addressing your interest and experiences and a resume to [email protected] or mail to:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, NY PO BOX 426, Vails Gate, NY 12584-0426
Please no phone calls or office drops in.