Mentor (Part-Time)
Description

We are committed to supporting at risk children and families providing them with tools and resources to help prevent children from experiencing child abuse, neglect and abandonment. We are a Christian agency that believes in living our mission, we provide Christ-centered care and support to children and families in need.


In response to this community-wide challenge, Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS), provides 14 programs and services in 28 locations, in Missouri, Texas, and Louisiana, which provide children with permanent homes and adults with increased self-sufficiency. This is accomplished by the agency’s commitment to “The PCHAS Way” which inspires the agency to be strength-focused, family-centered, and goal driven with every client. 


Benefits of serving children and families in need through PCHAS include competitive salaries, flex work schedules, paid time off, medical, dental and vision insurance options, voluntary life insurance options, paid holidays, and a very generous retirement plan (after one year of service and working 1,000 hours the agency matches an employee 200% up to a 3% retirement contribution). 


Status: Non-exempt


Working Conditions:  Works with youth and families in the family home or in the community.

Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services is a faith-based Christian organization. We provide Christ-centered care and support to children and families in need. We strive to serve like Jesus. We meet our clients where they are and treat them with respect. We focus on our clients’ strengths rather than their problems. And we encourage our clients to focus on their future rather than their past. When we do this well, we help our clients find hope and know the love of God.


Position Summary: The purpose of the Mentor is to further implement specific treatment plan goals with assigned at-risk youth. The Mentor will work directly with youth and team members to ensure appropriate mentoring components are being delivered and that the quality of services meets agency and accreditation standards.


Shifts: Mornings or Afternoons  


Essential Job Functions

  • Provide direct mentoring services to youth and families assigned to the program.
  • Develop, implement, and ensure quality of mentoring service components in accordance with the youth’s treatment plan.
  • Provide clients assigned services within the time frame targeted for those services and documentation to PCHAS-MO necessary to complete billing (service delivery, outcomes, and plan for future sessions) in a manner consistent with program goals and agency standards.
  • Utilize mentoring review meetings and training opportunities for personal and professional growth.
  • Ensure physical and public safety standards for youth are maintained during mentoring sessions/activities.
  • Communicate youth progress and needs to appropriate team members on a regular basis.
Requirements

Mentors shall possess a bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or a closely related human services field. Upon employment, must pursue continuing education and/or in-service training required for this position. Must be at least age 21; prior child care experience preferred.


Skills

Ability to develop and maintain therapeutic relationships with children displaying behavioral and emotional problems; an ability to maintain an appropriate balance between being authoritative and supportive; an ability to not take children’s negative comments or behaviors personally; possess teaching skills to positively impact targeted youth, and must be able to make sound decisions in crisis situations and under pressure. Personal maturity is an extremely important attribute. Must be able to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.


Equipment to be Used

Must be able to operate computer with agency approved software and other office machines such as fax, calculator, telephone, and so on.


Typical Physical Demands

Requires prolonged standing and walking; bending and reaching.  May require lifting up to 25 pounds.


Typical Mental Demands

Must be able to resolve problems, handle conflict and make effective decisions under pressure, Must be willing to interact positively with children displaying inappropriate behaviors and having angry/ hostile outbursts. Must be able to interact with youth and team members from various ethnic groups in a culturally competent and professional manner.


Other Requirements

  • Hold a valid Missouri Class E driver’s license, have and maintain a risk-free driving record.
  • Undergo initial and periodic child abuse/neglect, criminal history, sexual offender, and child care/eldercare disqualification list screenings as conducted by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services utilizing the Family Care Safety Registry.
  • Upon request, must submit fingerprints for review by the Missouri Highway Patrol and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • Undergo a pre-employment drug screen and a pre-employment physical with the results showing no evidence of communicable disease.
  • Be trained and certified, and re-certified as scheduled, in American Red Cross First Aid and CPR.
  • Be trained in the use of an AED (automated external defibrillator).
  • Be trained and re-trained, as scheduled, and demonstrate approved competencies in SAMA (verbal de-escalation and physical safe containment course).

Christian Commitment

Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services is a faith-based Christian organization. We provide Christ-centered care and support to children and families in need. We strive to serve like Jesus. We meet our clients where they are and treat them with respect. We focus on our clients’ strengths rather than their problems. And we encourage our clients to focus on their future rather than their past. When we do this well, we help our clients find hope and know the love of God.