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Male Mentor

Company: SafeHaven of Tarrant County
Location: Arlington
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


Serves the role of male mentor to children in the emergency shelter.  Provides age-appropriate recreational activities, field trips and programming for children age birth to 17 years, in a residential setting.  Activities are designed to promote social, developmental and emotional growth.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


Serve the role of a positive male role model for children in the shelter.


Conduct individual interviews with children for rapport building, protection planning and evaluation purposes.


Plan and facilitate educational support groups for children in age-appropriate groups.


Attend weekly Children’s Program meetings.


Provide structured activities for children of all ages participating in the evening recreation program.


Assess the need for CPS involvement based on guidelines established by the Texas Family code.


Plan, develop and implement age-appropriate crafts, group games and projects for all ages of children.


Ensure the safety of all kids in care for both on and off site activities.


Implement summer program, on/off site events, and field trips as assigned by supervisor. 


Attend and participate in biannual weekend camping trip.


Plan and engage in stimulating play with all children in care.


Inform supervisor of needed equipment and supplies for the facilitation of games and activities.  Ensure the upkeep and safe-handling of all shelter property.


Assist in the scheduling and maintenance of program volunteers.  Greet volunteers, provide them with information regarding the planned activity structure and informally monitor their tasks.


Provide appropriate intervention for children who have suffered extreme emotional stress and may display emotional and/or physical acting out behaviors.


Must be able to maintain a calm, soothing atmosphere for children in care and a courteous attitude with children and their parents.


Follow directives of immediate supervisor inside agency established guidelines to administer only age appropriate disciplinary techniques. (ex. Warning system, time-out, removal of privileges)


Complete daily file documentation and data base reporting in an accurate and timely manner.


Assist youth with homework and monitor computer use.


Develop and implement a sports program to allow youth to experience different activities.


Assist with program goal evaluation process.



Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.




In accordance with the team philosophy of the agency, you may routinely be required to carry out or assist with other tasks in addition to the responsibilities listed above.



None.  Informally monitor tasks assigned to volunteers.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Education, Physical Education or related field.  Will consider high school diploma or GED with related work experience.  Previous experience with group games and structured activity facilitation with children is preferred.  Sports program design, implementation and /or facilitation experience preferred.  Must have experience working with children and be sensitive to the dynamics of childhood exposure to domestic violence.  Must be able to maintain structure in a crisis environment and work effectively with multiple children in a residential setting.  Must possess knowledge of childhood developmental stages, age-appropriate activates and care guidelines for children.



Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedural manuals.  Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints.  Ability to communicate in a positive, helpful and courteous manner.  Bilingual in Spanish preferred.



Must be able to remain calm under high stress and communicate with staff, parents and children in a courteous, respectful manner. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standard situations.



Current Texas Driver's License required. Must provide proof of auto liability insurance.  First Aid and CPR Certification required to perform the job but may be completed subsequent to employment at agency direction.  Must be able to drive a 15 passenger van during the day or night. 



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Frequent sitting, standing, stooping, lifting, reaching, kneeling and walking.  Often required to lift, hold or carry children up to 3 years of age.  Frequent lifting and carrying of children up to 45 pounds.  Must be able to participate in indoor and outdoor activities for at least one hour at a time.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Frequent exposure to loud, emotional or disruptive children.  Occasional exposure to physically aggressive children.  Occasional exposure to communicable diseases.  Occasional exposure to irritating or caustic substances. Frequent exposure to heat and sun associated with outdoor summer work.



This job description is not intended to be all inclusive.  SafeHaven reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Keywords: SafeHaven of Tarrant County, Arlington , Male Mentor, Other , Arlington, Texas

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