Full-Time Mentoring Coordinator
• Looking to make a real difference in the world?
• Wanting to work where your heart is?
• Deeply appreciative of the importance of fathering?
• Self-aware, with good computer and organisational skills?
• Seeking a meaningful work/life balance?
• Able to work sole charge, and in a team?
The award-winning Big Buddy programme needs an exceptional person to become part of our Auckland team. This is a key, autonomous role requiring good relationship skills and a solid personal presence. You will have the wonderful task of matching male volunteers as mentors to fatherless boys, making a world of difference to many people’s lives.
Big Buddy is a social service agency running a mentoring programme matching adult male mentors with boys who have no male role models in their family/whanau.
This role will join 2 existing Auckland Mentoring Coordinators to help deliver the Big Buddy programme in Auckland.
The Mentoring Coordinator holds a key role encompassing;
1. The recruitment and processing of male volunteers towards acceptance as Big
2. The interviewing and assessment of fatherless boys and their families.
3. Matching Big Buddy mentors with fatherless boys, and supporting these
relationships for 12 months and more toward life-long relationships.
4. Ongoing support and coaching of established Big Buddy relationships.
5. Organising and managing Big Buddy community events.
6. Ancillary work in promotion and communications.
The role will be based at our Head Office in Avondale, Auckland.
Tasks and Duties:
• Various processes in the recruitment, orientation, vetting and training of volunteer mentors.
• Interviewing referred boys, mothers/caregivers (and other family as necessary) and presenting the concept of mentoring to them.
• Identifying suitability for a mentoring relationship or referring on to alternative support services as required.
• Matching volunteer mentors to boys accepted to the programme.
• Guidance and ongoing support of matched relationships via phone/meetings.
• Facilitating regular peer level support groups for mentors.
• Maintaining diligently client records and the Big Buddy database.
• Organising and project managing various Big Buddy events in conjunction with corporate sponsors and as a way of building the Auckland Big Buddy community.
• Promotional work including speaking to interested groups.
• Representing Big Buddy to local funding groups as required.
• Attend regular professional clinical supervision sessions.
Personal Attributes and Skills required:
The preferred candidate will have a combination of the following skills and personal qualities:
• A background in community work, counselling, teaching or social work.
• Some experience in leadership and working in teams.
• Have an open-faced and trustworthy persona.
• Empathetic interviewing and listening skills, able to relate well to people of various backgrounds.
• Have self-awareness, and the ability to self-reflect.
• Be self-directed.
• Be computer literate in Microsoft Office Suite, CRM software and have good administration skills with attention to detail.
• Be comfortable exploring personal matters with male volunteers.
• Be able to work sole charge, and in a team environment.
Philosophy and attitude:
The candidate should align with the philosophy that men are fundamentally good, that masculinity is an overwhelmingly positive, life supporting force and that boys hugely benefit from an engaged, positive male presence in their lives supporting them to grow into whole men.
Salary and benefits:
The salary range is $55,000-$62,000 FTE depending on the experience and skills you bring to the position. Use of your own car is required – there is a standard mileage allowance, and you will be supplied with a mobile phone and notebook PC. The position is a negotiable 0.8-1.0 FTE, 32-40 hours per week.
Work life balance: 5 weeks annual leave, some flexibility with working hours, options for working outside the office, support for your emotional health and safety through regular clinical supervision, and you will be part of a collegial team spreading across New Zealand.
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