Organization: Omaha Public Schools

Job: Mentoring Specialist

Location: Teacher Administrative Center, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131

Reports to: Executive Directors of School Support and MMP Director

Work Schedule: 12 Months/261 duty days

FLSA Status: Exempt

Position Function: This position supports the work of Midlands Mentoring Partnership (MMP) and mentoring programs and activities that meet MMP’s standards for mentoring within Omaha Public Schools. This position is responsible for the overall coordination, management and support of all mentoring programs that work with OPS youth.   The duties and responsibilities of the specialist include:  work collaboratively with all OPS personnel at TAC and at the school level to identify youth that need mentors, maintain a tracking system for mentees that are referred for mentors, work with businesses, agencies, and schools to maintain ongoing communication and assure attainment of program goals; coordinate activities with all appropriate OPS departments; assist all MMP member mentoring programs to facilitate improved family contact, data collection and increased supports for identified OPS students.   Mentoring programs that will be supported are: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Partnership 4 Kids, 100 Black Men of Omaha, Hope Center for Kids, Girls Inc., Release Ministries, Bike Union, Ollie Webb, Youth Emergency Services, YMCA Reach and Rise, Kids Can Community Center, ACE Mentor Program, and other mentoring programs that meet MMP standards for mentoring. The Mentoring Specialist will achieve the following goals:

  1. Develop, organize, and implement an evidence-based mentoring program called Success Mentors to target youth who have been chronically absent in current or previous school years. The Mentoring Specialist will work with individual school buildings as assigned by the Executive Directors to recruit & train mentors, match youth, support mentoring matches through case management, track data and reward successes.
  2. Increase the number of youth being served by formal mentoring programs in selected schools. Work with school personnel and MMP partner mentoring programs to identify youth, recruit & train mentors, and coordinate activities with the student’s family.
  3. Increase formal mentoring services to African-American male middle school youth living in Omaha’s village zone by 25%.  Will work with OPS parents to obtain permission for mentoring services, and refer to appropriate mentoring program.

Essential Performance Responsibilities:

  • Empower students, families and school personnel to access available opportunities and resources to fully develop each student’s potential
  • Complete all required paperwork per the partnership agreement and as specified by OPS & MMP requirements.
  • Provide accurate, timely completion and submission of all mentor/mentee – related records and documents.
  • Conduct comprehensive assessments and implement the mentee mentoring plans, utilizing various intervention methods and techniques.
  • Comply with the legal standards for mandated reporting.
  • Work with all MMP partners to ensure positive and consistent relationships with partner mentoring programs, school personnel, OPS administrators, youth and their families.
  • As needed, attend regular meetings with volunteers, families and with staff from schools and/or community based organizations.
  • Provide input as to how the mentoring program can better reflect the cultural diversity of the children and families in the North Omaha community.
  • Attend all required training as required by OPS & MMP.
  • Consult and collaborate with stakeholders on behalf of students and their families.
  • Advocate, facilitate and contribute to accountability for outcomes aligned with local, state and federal policies and guidelines.
  • Maintain case files and reports to track student progress and mentor performance.
  • Has a strong understanding of relevant laws and policies such as FERPA, HIPPA and ensures that the programs maintain compliance.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor or designee.

Equipment: This position may require the ability to use basic office equipment such as computers, copiers, scanners, and fax machine.  Must always comply with Omaha Public School’s guidelines for equipment use.

Travel:  Travel between school and central office may be required; Travel within the community will be required. Occasional travel outside of the Omaha Metro area may be required

Physical and Mental Demands:

  • Exemplary attendance.
  • Ability to work the required number of hours. Hours will include evening and weekend work.
  • Reliable transportation required.
  • Ability to work within the local community/neighborhood as appropriate.
  • Work in standard office and school building environment.
  • Exemplary communication skills, verbal and written.
  • Additional demands / duties as assigned by Supervisor.

Interrelations:

  • Contact with personnel within the district and with students, families, community and outside agencies.
  • Will be working under the direct supervision of the department supervisor in order to complete day to day tasks.
  • Will be working with a diverse population requiring the ability to handle all situations with tact and diplomacy.
  • Must understand and respond appropriately to customer needs and maintain a positive attitude with all customers and colleagues.
  • Must be able to maintain a high level of confidentiality at all times.
  • Expected to interact with all internal and external stakeholders in a friendly, professional manner and provide quick, responsive customer service.

Employee Punctuality and Appearance:

  • In order for schools to operate effectively, employees are expected to perform all assigned duties and work all scheduled hours during each designated workday, unless the employee has received approved leave.
  • Any deviation from assigned hours must have prior approval from the employee’s supervisor or building administrator.
  • All employees are required to report to work dressed in a manner that reflects a positive image of Omaha Public Schools and is appropriate for their position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field is required. Masters of Social Work (MSW) or graduate degree in social work, nonprofit administration, education, or counseling is preferred.
  • Previous nonprofit and/or youth program management experience, or experience working within the educational systems, juvenile justice system, or with high risk youth, in an urban setting is preferred.
  • At least one-year program development experience.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, ability to communicate well with school personnel, employees, district office staff, families, and community members.
  • Ability to effectively and appropriately assess and address the needs, characteristics and interactions of students, families and community.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.
  • Ability to problem-solve, mediate, and multi-task.
  • Knowledge of outside agencies which offer services for students and families.
  • Displays a significant degree of professionalism and confidentiality.
  • Ability to conform to proper standards of professional dress and appearance.
  • Knowledge of Omaha Public School’s mission, purpose, goals and the role of social workers in achieving each of them.

* NOTE: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed, as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

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