Education Program Leader

Digest topic: Jobs & Internships


organization:Friends of the Children
position summary:

Job Opportunity

Make A Difference In Your Community ~ Come Join Us!

Education Program Leader: Friends of the Children - Portland, a nationally recognized, dynamic non-profit mentoring organization serving high-risk children in our community, has a current opening for an Education Program Leader. This is a fantastic opportunity to join an organization that gives children an opportunity to realize their unique potential. Friends of the Children offers a generous benefits package for all of our employees.

Friends of the Children has an exceptional early intervention/prevention program focusing on our community’s most vulnerable children and providing them with professionally trained, paid mentors, called Friends, to guide them from kindergarten through high school graduation, in hopes of breaking the cycle of poverty, gang involvement, drug use and violence.

The Education Program Leader will develop, implement and sustain robust programs and tools designed to insure the academic of success of the youth mentored by Friends of the Children.

Key Responsibilities:

• Lead effort to ensure that every youth succeeds in school. Develop and maintain a system to develop individualized school success plans for youth at-risk of not graduating from high school.

• Track educational progress for program youth, including, attendance, benchmark test scores, grades earned and strategies for school success. Partner with Mentors to develop a graduation plan for each 11th and 12th grade program youth resulting in each youth earning a diploma (preferred) or GED.

• Develop and sustain a volunteer tutor program, expand the use of tutors.

• Support reading and math curricula for K-5th grade youth. Proactively work with Mentors to build fundamental academic skills with elementary program youth. Provide training and skill development to Mentors to help achieve best service to children.

• Partner with staff to provide post-secondary preparation and skill building program for high school youth including, college exploration, application information, scholarship and financial-aid planning.

• Oversee, plan, and deliver annual two-week academic and enrichment summer camps. Build and maintain partnerships to ensure that youth are maintaining academic skill over the summer.

• Develop strong relationships and partnerships with community organizations to supplement programming, with a focus on education, or to provide additional training, development or enrichment opportunities for youth.

Salary / Pay Rate:Depends on experience, excellent benefits package.
Required Skills and Abilities:• Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills; organizational and time management, delegation and follow-up skills. • Ability to research, design/develop, implement and sustain academic/educational programming. • Ability to solve problems, work in a team environment, manage several issues concurrently, and meet deadlines. • Effective program management and supervisory skills. • Ability to influence the behavior of others to achieve necessary results. • Ability to work in diverse work environments. • Knowledge of youth development and youth issues. • Awareness of community resources, and the ability to cultivate and sustain relationships with these resources. • Demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships with children, adolescents, and volunteers.
Qualifications:Education Required and/or Experience Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in Education or related field, Masters degree in Teaching or Education preferred. Two to three years experience working in Education and youth-related programming, direct experience in school context preferred. To Apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume to “jobs4 at”. You can learn more about Friends of the Children at: Employment Opportunities are listed under the “Contact Us” tab. We are committed to our community, to equal employment opportunity, and to diversity in our workplace.
Education Required:College degree
Other:Equal Opportunity Employer