Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region
Position: Community Based Match Support Specialist (full-time)
Location: Cherry Hill, NJ
Schedule: 40 hours per week. General schedule: Two evening shifts (11am - 7pm), three daytime shifts (9am - 5pm), and some weekend work required on an as-needed basis.
JOIN A FORWARD-THINKING ORGANIZATION THAT HAS BEEN PROVEN TO MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON CHILDREN’S LIVES. Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence (BBBSI) is proud to have achieved a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator, their highest level of distinction. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Our vision is that all children achieve success in life.
BBBSI seeks a full-time Community Based Match Support Specialist, tasked with supporting a caseload of adult volunteer mentors (“Bigs”), youth mentees (“Littles”) and their parents/guardians. The goal of a Match Support Specialist is to build, develop, and coach mentoring relationships that are strong and healthy, and therefore more likely to produce positive program outcomes. The position is based in a routine office environment and requires occasional travel throughout our three-county service area in NJ (Burlington, Camden, Gloucester) with some evening/weekend work which will be described in the interview process.
Manage a personal caseload of matches consisting of Bigs, Littles, and parents/guardians of Littles.
Introduce new matches by scheduling and facilitating initial in-person Match Meetings, which take place in clients’ homes or in BBBS IR offices; review ground rules and expectations during the Match Meeting to lay the foundation for a successful match relationship.
Provide support and educate Bigs, Littles, and parents/guardians on elements of positive relationship building, child safety, and youth development. Regular contact with each match is achieved primarily through telephone contact, but also through occasional e-mail and in-person conversations during Agency events.
Determine if and ensure that indictors of positive relationship building, elements of child safety, and youth development, as well as a sense of affiliation with the Agency are present within each match relationship; identify, address, and help resolve potential problems and barriers to successful match relationships. Promptly inform supervisor regarding concerns about any factors that may negatively impact the match.
Record match relationship takeaways and notes from calls/conversations with all match parties in the Agency’s online database system.
Lead and present “Match Builder Workshop” training sessions for Bigs and Littles.
Facilitate and participate in annual picnics, cultural events, sporting activities, and other Agency events.
Participate in Agency’s peer-to-peer fundraising campaign.
Continually develop skills and knowledge through Agency provided trainings.
Academic/Professional Requirements: Bachelor’s degree (or minimum 10 years relevant experience) required per national Agency requirements. Must have a valid driver's license and consistent access to a car for the purpose of facilitating off-site interviews. Experience in human services, with youth service organizations and socioeconomically diverse populations is preferred. Spanish-speaking skills are a plus. Must possess the ability to effectively utilize BBBSI’s internal database systems for tracking and recording information.
Must demonstrate leadership, dedication, and an interpersonal savvy that helps establish effective relationships and an appropriate rapport with people; have attentive and active listening skills; take a sales/marketing approach to interaction with youth clients and volunteers; are results/outcome oriented; are approachable, organized; and demonstrate sound judgment in a leadership capacity. Our best employees 1) set the bar high 2) are intentional and thoughtful about their choices 3) collaborate as a means to community solutions 4) are positive, can-do, and solution-oriented 5) embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion, and 6) are accountable and get it done.
BBBS IR has a Total Rewards Package for eligible full-time employees: paid time off including vacation time (15 days per year), personal days (4 per year), sick time (12 days per year), paid holidays (9); medical/dental/prescription/vision insurance and an Employee Assistance Program; 403b retirement plan; Agency-paid life, AD&D, and long term disability insurance; Flexible Spending Account options, paid lunch break, and other Agency provided perks and benefits. Please note that certain conditions and eligibility requirements apply.
Please submit cover letters and resumes online.
Note: only those applicants believed to be viable candidates for this opportunity will be contacted. No phone calls please.
WHO SHOULD APPLY
At BBBSI, we serve more than 3,100 children annually in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania, and Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties in New Jersey. Our aspiration is to develop an organization that reflects our constituent base. BBBSI promotes a culture of inclusion and seeks talented staff from diverse backgrounds. BBBSI is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, veteran status, first and second-generation immigrants, and people from low-income families, or any legally protected factor.