TO Mentoring Program Specialist


Date Posted:
24080-Niijkewehn Mentoring Program
Mount Pleasant
Youth Services



Open to the Public

August 13, 2019-OUF

Full Time

1st shift Monday-Friday 8 am - 5 pm

Position Summary:

Under the supervision of Prevention Coordinator, responsible for providing support for the Mentoring Program to include planning, coordinating, implementing, and overseeing the program.  The Mentoring Program is an innovative Native-to-Native program that empowers and inspires Native American students of all ages to become cultural and professional leaders in their Tribal communities and beyond.  This position will be involved in working with the appropriate programs and resources in the Central Michigan region in order to foster growth and positive experiences for Native American children, youth and young adults in the mentoring program. This position is a grant funded position.  All Behavioral Health staff must adhere to mandated reporting laws.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with Behavioral Health Prevention Team.
  • Recruit volunteers from the community: CMU, MMCC, SCTC, to work with the mentees that are referred or recruited, using print, media, local organizations and groups, etc.
  • Recruit mentees from the local schools.
  • Secure all mentor applications and background check forms for Supervisor processing.
  • Secure all mentee applications and consent forms.
  • Oversee and assist with participant screening (both mentors and mentees); training of mentors; matching, supporting, supervising, recognizing and closing activities for mentors and mentees.
  • Organize and provide orientation and ongoing training for new mentors.
  • Plan, implement, and host ongoing group activities.
  • Provide guidance to mentors and mentees to ensure that both have an enriching mentoring experience.
  • Collaborate with CMU, other higher education institutions, and community agencies in order to improve or increase quality of programming.
  • Communicate with supervisor on a regular basis concerning program or individual issues or new projects.
  • Meet regularly with Mentoring Advisory Board to develop programming and discuss strategies to improve/expand the Mentoring Program.
  • Assist in the coordination of program evaluation efforts.
  • Attend all trainings as approved by supervisor for the purpose of upgrading knowledge and expertise for all job duties.    
  • Attend Prevention and all-staff meetings as scheduled.    
  • Follow Behavioral Health and Tribal Operations Policies and Procedures.    
  • Adhere to client confidentiality and comply with department policies and federal regulations under the Privacy rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • Provide excellent customer service for all internal and external customers of the operations at all times.  Provide solutions for customer concerns and continually focus on customer service as our top priority.
  • Must maintain strict confidentiality and present a positive, professional demeanor and image at all times.
  • The above duties and responsibilities are not an all-inclusive list but rather a general representation of the duties and responsibilities associated with this position. The duties and responsibilities will be subject to change based on organizational needs and/or deemed necessary by the supervisor.

Contacts/Purpose of Contacts:

  • Contact with tribal youth, adults, families, the general public, and other community agencies deemed appropriate to ensure an enriching mentoring experience. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of appropriate resources and referral agencies.
  • Skill in operating business computers and office machines, including in a Windows environment, specifically Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Skill in developing, coordinating and planning programs and activities.
  • Skill in effective interviewing, listening and writing.
  • Ability to present programs in front of large and small groups and create program materials.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds and with co-workers at all levels.
  • Ability to represent organization in a professional manner, building respect and confidence in the community.
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to work independently and meet strict time lines.
  • Ability to develop to identify, plan and implement culturally-appropriate research-based    prevention programming.

Physical Demands:

  • Frequent use of hands, wrists, fingers associated with computer equipment.
  • May be required to sit for extended periods of time.
  • Frequent bending, stooping, standing, and walking as associated with working with children. 
  • Normal visual acuity, ability to talk and hear.
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

Work Environment:

  • Normal office environment, community and schools.
  • Mandated reporting of abuse and neglect can lead to personal challenges with exposure to victims of abuse.
  • Daily routine could require frequent visits to schools, other agencies and scheduled community events. 
  • High incidence of exposure to communicable diseases and blood borne pathogens evident in mental health and substance field. 
  • Extended hours and irregular shifts may be required. 
  • Travel may be required.

Minimum Requirements


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associate’s degree.
  • Two years’ experience in a human services related field.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Sociology, Social Work, Human Services or related field preferred.
  • Must have experience in program development and/or project management, planning and coordination, preparing and providing presentations, public speaking, and group facilitation.
  • Knowledge of and experience working in Native American communities preferred.
  • Experience in working collaboratively across multiple organizations and community systems.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Must have dependable transportation.  Use of own vehicle is required to get to and from various worksites.
  • Must be able to pass background check to meet the employment eligibility requirements as they pertain to the position.

License, Certification, or Special Requirements:

  • Obtain HIPAA certification within five business days of hire.
  • Must have a valid Michigan Driver’s License and must be able to obtain and maintain a Tribal Driver’s License and qualify for coverage by SCIT auto liability insurance carrier. 
  • Native American preference shall apply to all positions.