Mentorship Program Director

FSLA Classification: Exempt

FTE: 1.0


Purpose of Position:

Support the mission of Sponsors assisting individuals from Lane County, released from Oregon state correctional facilities and the Lane County Jail, in making a successful re-entry into our community.  Sponsors is nationally recognized as a model utilizing best practices in re-entry services.


Reports to:

This position reports to the Director of Program Development.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position supervises all Mentorship Program Staff (mentorship case manager, peer mentors, and administrative specialist) as well as approved interns and volunteers.


Primary Objective:

This position oversees all aspects of Sponsors Volunteer and Peer Mentorship Programs and is an integral member of Sponsors’ management team.




Provide guidance and supervision for direct services staff in Sponsors’ Mentorship and Peer Mentorship Programs.

  • Recruit, train and provide consistent leadership for all assigned staff.
  • Supervise and assist program staff with daily duties including screening and onboarding new community volunteers, orienting new participants, and completing various case management tasks.
  • Guide case manager and peer mentors to effectively and consistently provide structured support to program participants.
  • Conduct regularly scheduled supervision meetings with all direct reports; conduct employee evaluations and enact progressive discipline as necessary for assigned staff.


Manage operations of Sponsors’ Mentorship and Peer Mentorship Programs.

  • Train and supervise approved volunteers and interns for the Program.
  • Collaborate with Mentorship Team to regularly update and implement evidence-based trainings and curriculum.
  • Refine program materials regularly as new research and evidence-based practices are published.
  • Oversee Mentor Support Groups, social media, newsletter, and community events.


Represent the Mentorship Program Team within Sponsors

  • Participate in regular agency-wide management team meetings and staffing.
  • Coordinate and facilitate program specific staff meetings.
  • Coordinate with management staff to facilitate the ongoing training and professional development of mentorship staff in their unique roles.
  • Participate in periodic meetings and strategic planning sessions with the Board and management team.


Represent Sponsors in the community and working with other agencies.

  • Oversee outreach activities and volunteer recruitment.
  • Represent Sponsors at forums and community activities as assigned.
  • Establish and maintain community partnerships, including collaboration with the Department of Corrections and local Parole authority.
  • Coordinate and develop participant services in collaboration with appropriate partner agencies (e.g., Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Parole & Probation, Treatment Courts, on-site service providers, e)
  • Organize the logistics for quarterly correctional institution visits, and visit institutions with other Mentorship staff and/or interns.
  • Provide program consultations and technical assistance to other programs as appropriate, and in collaboration with Senior Leadership
  • Participate in inter-agency meetings and workgroups as needed.


Manage mentoring research and data collection for special projects.

  • Ensure consistent and organized data collection for the mentorship program
  • Collaborate with researchers as necessary to collect and analyze study data.
  • Complete all grant reports, attend appropriate trainings.

Other Duties as Assigned

  • Complete other assignments, duties, or tasks assigned by the Executive Director.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to effectively organize and prioritize a wide variety of time-sensitive tasks, and to delegate them when appropriate
  • Demonstrated ability to act and lead with integrity and professionalism
  • Ability to foster teamwork, promote process improvement and build relationships
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and related software
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of people to achieve individual and organizational objectives
  • Flexibility in adapting to program changes and to the individual needs of participants
  • Committed to the mission and values of Sponsors and reentry services
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Knowledge of general safety procedures
  • Available for some evening and weekends activities and/or monthly program orientations
  • Preferred experience in a social advocacy role


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or commensurate experience in a relevant human services work.
  • Experience supervising staff in case management or other direct service to support individuals from underserved communities.
  • Experience supporting individuals experiencing homelessness or housing instability, especially those involved in the criminal legal system.
  • Experience coordinating and working with community-based volunteers (preferred)


Work Environment:

This individual typically works in an office environment and uses a computer, telephone and other office equipment as needed to perform duties.  Some weekend and evening shifts will be required in this role.

Physical Demands: 

Walking upstairs, sitting or standing at a desk for prolonged periods of time. Noise level in the work environment is typical of that of an office environment.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


This description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions, it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.



This job description is subject to change at any time.