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Simpson Housing Services

Program Coordinator - Middle School Mentoring

42 – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Department 42
Employment Type Full-time FT-BE
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $36,000 to $40,000

Why Work For Simpson?

Our Mission is to house, support and advocate for people experiencing homelessness. We believe that everybody has the right to safe and affordable housing; we strive to strive to create a collaborative community with the individuals we serve, within Simpson, and with the greater community; and we advocate against the injustices of society that cause homelessness and poverty. On a daily basis, we celebrate and embrace the uniqueness and dignity of every person and encourage people to draw upon their strengths and promote the power of self-advocacy.

Simpson Housing Services began as an emergency overnight shelter in the basement of Simpson United Methodist Church in 1982. Simpson has since become a leading nonprofit providing assistance to people experiencing homelessness. In response to un-met community needs, our programs have grown to include emergency shelter, single adult supportive housing, and family supportive housing. We work across the metro area, partnering with landlords and developers to find affordable housing for all families and individuals. At any given time, we provide supportive services to 100 individuals and 200 families with over 400 children.


Simpson Housing Services is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to the principles of diversity. Diversity continues to be our primary focus in staffing and hiring, as it is important to us that our staff demographics be representative of the population demographics whom we serve. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.

How Can You Contribute?

As a Middle School Mentoring Program Coordinator with the Children & Youth Services program, you will oversee the Middle School Mentoring Program which serves 20, 5th-8th grade students in our Family Housing Program. The mission of the program is to build on the inherent potential of youth through exploration, connection, and support. The coordinator will be responsible for supporting the activities and development of mentoring pairs which includes consistent communication with parents, mentors and mentees.

This position is part of the Family Housing Program at Simpson Housing Services. The goal of the program is to provide stable housing and effective support services to homeless families in transition.

The Middle School Mentoring Program is part of the Children & Youth Services department whose mission is to break the generational cycle of homelessness by partnering with parents to support children’s academic success, stability and well-being.

Hours will be primarily be Mondays to Fridays (9am to 5pm), 1-2 evenings per week and 1-2 Saturdays per month are required. This is a full-time, 40 hours per week position.


Ongoing program coordination:

  • Coordinate support for 20 students through a mentoring relationship and direct case management with parent and student.
  • Plan and attend monthly outings or trainings for mentors and mentees. 
  • Plan and execute a graduation followed by closure meetings for all pairs.
  • Provide ongoing supervision of matches which includes, but is not limited to:
  1. Mentee meetings: twice monthly (one formal 1:1 check-in, one other meeting which can occur on outings or at other events).
  2. Mentor meetings: once per month and then every other month after first 3 visits.
  3. Parent meetings: monthly.
  4. Lesson log collection and tracking: monthly.

Recruitment and training:


  1. Assist with recruitment and screening of volunteer mentors.
  2. Assist the Youth Program Manager with initial mentor training and matching.
  3. Provide ongoing mentor coaching through individualized support and group trainings.


  1. Collect and track referrals.
  2. Orient parents and mentees to program.
  3. Complete intake with parent and mentees.

Provide support for students to reach program goals:

  • Design and implement activities and support to assist each student in reaching the goals for the Middle School Mentoring Program:
  1. Increased number of supportive, caring adults a young person identifies.
  2. Increased participation in positive out-of-school time activities.
  3. Increased ability to identify and work toward an individualized goal.
  4. Improvement in positive identity indicators.
  5. Improvement in school motivation and commitment to learning.

Provide educational advocacy services to children and families:

  • Communicate with parents and provide school advocacy, establish relationships with relevant school staff, assisting to build relationships between the parents and school staff.
  • Participate in parent/teacher conferences, IEP meetings as appropriate.
  • Monitor attendance and develop support plans for families with less than 95% attendance.

Work as part of an effective Family Housing team member:

  • Collaborate with other relevant staff to best meet the goals of the program.
  • Work in collaboration with the Family Advocate to support the parent and mentee.
  • Assist with planning and implementation of Family Housing events as needed.
  • Attend weekly team meetings, other required meetings. 
  • Share youth development and education support information with Family Advocates.
  • Sort and distribute in-kind donations.
  • Answer inquiries into SHS through answering the phone or greeting people at the door.
  • Provide back up for other Children and Youth team members during periods of absence or during times of increased workloads.

Complete accurate and thorough documentation and record-keeping in a timely manner:

  • Collect data for evaluation of program and needed support of student (includes collecting attendance, grades, and pre and post-program measures).
  • Maintain case files on youth served, including case notes, resources provided, signed data privacy, intake and discharge summaries, Release of Information, attendance and grades.
  • Compile statistical reports around program goals; including grades, school attendance, and other identified markers of success.
  • Maintain records on volunteer mentors including intake paperwork, background checks, monthly hours, and activities.
  • Maintain accurate records including employee time sheets and travel expenses.
  • Participate with fund development as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Provide positive representation of SHS through public relations and networking:

  • Build and maintain networks of community organizations that support the mentoring program through volunteerism.
  • Interpret and promote the program to constituents, speak to community organizations or church groups.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with staff, volunteers, participants, and other stakeholders.
  • Network with providers of similar services.
  • Participate in professional meetings, workshops, and staff meetings.

Scope of Position

This position will coordinate the Middle School Mentoring Program which  serves about 20 students each year. Services will be provided in participant homes, at Simpson Housing sites, in schools, and libraries.

Participant populations may include those with chemical abuse issues, criminal histories (drug charges, prostitution, fraud, etc.), and/or parenting issues.

Employee may provide back up for other education support advocates during periods of absence or during times of increased workloads.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in the field of Education, Human Services, Social Work or Community Development or equivalent knowledge, skills, and experience is required.
  • Must have good organizational abilities, knowledge of youth, and understanding of homelessness.
  • Employee must be able to produce letters and reports of professional quality.
  • Employee must share in Simpson Housing Services mission and values.
  • Driver’s License and a vehicle are required.



  • Minimum of 3 years’ worth of work experience in social services, youth work and/or education preferred.
  • Experience working with low-income individuals and/or families in need of housing is highly desired.
  • Experience working with middle school students.

Essential Physical Functions

Employee must be able to hear and speak, in order to communicate with staff and participants in person, on the telephone and in writing. Employee must be able to move about the community and public places (such as apartment buildings). Employee must be able to drive a van. Employee must be able to lift 25 pounds on an occasional basis.

Percentage time spent away from main office/location:
Time inside: 60%, Time outside: 40%, Agency travel time required: 10%
Travel includes travel within the community including but not limited to local schools, attending community meetings, accompanying participants to appointments, and program outings/trainings.

Percentage time spent in direct care: 35%

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  • Location
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
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  • Employment Type
    Full-time FT-BE
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $36,000 to $40,000
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