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Friends LA strives to be a great place to work. We are always looking for emerging superstars and proven dynamic leaders who are fun to be around, have an insatiable desire to grow and learn, and are passionate about changing the odds for youth impacted by the child welfare system. Please review the openings posted below, and if interested, complete our application process through HiringThing. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If selected for consideration, candidates will be contacted directly for next steps. No telephone calls or inquiry emails, please.

Professional Mentor (Friend) - Antelope Valley

Friends of the Children – Los Angeles (Friends LA) is looking for a passionate, committed, professional mentor, who we call Friends, to support our mission to impact generational change by empowering youth who are facing the greatest obstacles through relationships with trained full-time professional mentors—12+ years—no matter what. Our model is proven to break the cycle of generational poverty for children who face the most barriers by providing paid professional mentors to thousands of youth across the country.

Basic Function:

A Friend works intensively with eight (8) children and their families as a positive adult role model to develop a caring, trusting, and sustained relationship with the whole family. A Friend will set positive expectations; nurture and promote their strengths, talents, and abilities; help assure physical and emotional well-being; teach life and academic skills; provide enrichment activities; and model responsible behavior. A Friend will fully document activities and participate in an ongoing evaluation process. Friends will work primarily one-on-one with their children, and link and support their families to resources as appropriate. A Friend must also know, understand, honor, and support the organization’s mission, vision, values, principles, and policies, and be able to clearly articulate the organization’s function.

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Director of Development

Friends of the Children – Los Angeles (Friends LA) is seeking an experienced Director of Development (DD) with management experience, expertise with diverse funding streams including foundations and individual donors, and an enthusiasm for our mission eager to create and implement targeted fundraising strategies for our growing organization.

Position Overview

Working with and reporting to the Executive Director, the DD is responsible for raising funds to support Friends LA’s annual operating budget (currently $3 million) through a combination of grants, individual and corporate donations, events, and peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns. Friends LA is a growing organization, and the DD will assume primary responsibility for achieving organizational fundraising goals, including sourcing new income streams.

As part of Friends LA’s Executive Leadership Team, the Development Director will oversee the development portfolio and supervise the Development Coordinator. They will also work closely with other members of the Executive Leadership Team to engage program staff across departments.

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