Posted by Eric Bleier on July 23, 2010
Overview: Memphis Prep Program
Memphis PREP Program (MPP) gives promising Memphis City Schools students a means to meet their potential. Since 1969, MPP has been extending access to high-quality summer academic enrichment programs to rising juniors and seniors, helping bridge the opportunity gap for MCS students.
Memphis PREP Program has grown from serving one high school in 1969 to serving 115 students from 27 Memphis City high schools attending 35 summer programs in the summer of 2010. After students return from their summer programs, MPP provides ACT and professional skills workshops, and a College Counselor to help students and parents through the college admission and financial aid process.
In 2007, the program became an independent 501(c)(3) organization. For forty years , MPP has found that participation in these summer programs has a direct affect on future goals, ambition, opportunities, and college matriculation of Memphis’ most promising students.
Mentor Program Coordinator Position description:
The MPP Mentoring Program Coordinator is responsible for developing and managing the mentoring program and volunteer mentors for the Memphis PREP Program. The Coordinator will provide training and ongoing support to volunteer mentors, as well as appropriate matching with students.
The Coordinator will also be responsible for mentor recruitment, communication with mentors, youth and families and fulfill other duties as needed within the Memphis PREP Program.
This position reports to the Executive Director. Please note: This is a part-time position, with work hours afternoons, evenings, and weekends.
Primary Job Responsibilities:
•Develop a volunteer mentoring program based on the “Elements of Effective Practice,” MENTOR’s national standards for responsible and sustainable youth mentoring.
•Develop job description for mentors, including meeting frequency and role expectations
•Develop pre-match training program for mentors in conjunction with College Counselor including
oInformation about the Memphis PREP Program, its missions and its work
oOrientation on mentoring based on “Elements of Effective Practice”
oTraining on college counseling basics and the role the mentor will play with the student
•Work with other MPP staff to match mentors with students
•Design and conduct orientation for students to discuss student responsibilities and expectations of mentor program. Develop and sign contracts.
•Design orientation for parents of mentored students, and develop and sign parent contract.
•Facilitate and participate in initial meeting of mentor and assigned student
•Maintain frequent communication with every mentor. Minimum contact is once each week.
•Meet regularly with College Counselor to coordinate and consult on mentoring activities. Participate with College Counselor in monthly conference call to all mentors.
•Provide ongoing support and facilitate enrichment/ training opportunities for mentors.
•Plan quarterly events for mentors and students, including social, career development and academic activities
•Provide regular reports to Executive Director on mentoring program and to Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation as requested.
•Represent MPP in Memphis Mentoring Partnership related programs
•Fulfill other duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
•Enthusiasm for working with young people
•Ability to work with many different individuals in a variety of settings
•Excellent organizational skills and detail-oriented performance
•Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
•Ability to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner
•Strong communication skills, including writing and public speaking
•Available afternoons, nights, and weekends
•Flexibility and willingness to perform other tasks as needed.
Education and Experience:
•Familiarity with higher education and the college application process
•Skills in database management. Learn to use MentorPRO management and assessment program or an equivalent to track mentors’ time and activities.
•In addition to working in a normal office environment, the mentor coordinator will be expected to travel to various meeting sites. A driver’s license and reliable transportation is required.
•Position may require occasional lifting of objects 10-25 pounds.
•In compliance with applicable law, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.
Salary based on experience and job qualifications.
Please send a resume, thoughtful cover letter and references, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of this position.
Susan Edelman, Executive Director
Memphis PREP Program
P.O. Box 770600
Memphis, TN 38177-0600