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Bilingual Friendly Visiting Coordinator (FT): Roxbury and Dorchester

Full-time
FriendshipWorks

FriendshipWorks’ mission is to reduce social isolation, enhance quality of life and
preserve the dignity of elders in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Somerville and
Newton. We accomplish this mission by recruiting and training volunteers of all ages,
faiths, and backgrounds who provide friendship, advocacy, education, assistance, and
emotional support to isolated older adults.
FriendshipWorks operates programs throughout Greater Boston. One of the
cornerstones of our work is our Friendly Visiting program that connects elders one-onone in their homes with volunteers who provide company, friendship, and support.
Friendly visiting matching is provided in all of Boston’s neighborhoods, Brookline,
Newton, Cambridge, and Somerville. Other core programs include Medical Escort and
Friendly Helping. We also operate two programs that foster connection in congregate
settings – PetPals and MusicWorks. We have staff who speak both English and Spanish.
DESCRIPTION
Position Summary:
The Friendly Visiting Coordinator is a full-time position. The position is responsible
for all aspects of the Friendly Visiting program, primarily in Roxbury and
Dorchester, as well as several other Boston neighborhoods (e.g. Mattapan, Hyde
Park). Primary responsibilities include outreach, volunteer recruitment and
screening, matching, home visits, and reporting. Additionally, the Coordinator is
responsible for regular community engagement and leadership of local neighborhood
initiatives that serve the FriendshipWorks mission. The position requires the ability to
work independently, as well as in coordination with other Friendly Visitor
Coordinators and the Director of Programs.
This position spends 2-3 days downtown, with the rest of the time spent in assigned
neighborhoods. While travel can occur on public transportation, access to a car can
be helpful but not required. Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.
RESPONSIBILITIES:
Overall:
● Commitment to FriendshipWorks’ mission and volunteer-driven model
● Be a spokesperson for all FriendshipWorks programs in the assigned neighborhoods
● Supervise and train interns and volunteers as needed.
● Maintain strong communication with the main office.
● Work with the Director of Programs and other program staff on defining and
measuring impact goals; responsible for reporting on volunteers, elders, and
matches.
● Help plan Team volunteer appreciation events.
● Participate in, and be community liaison for, FriendshipWorks events such as the
Walk to End Elder Isolation.
● Bring funding opportunities, potential donors and board members to the attention
of the Director of Programs and/or Executive Director.
● Other responsibilities as assigned.
Friendly Visiting:
● Conduct outreach for referral of appropriate elder recipients.
● Establish relationships with providers and organizations serving elders in assigned
neighborhoods.
● Recruit, interview, screen and train Friendly Visitor volunteers within the
designated neighborhoods.
● Conduct home visits to assess needs and appropriateness of elder referrals.
● Assign volunteers to be matched with elders according to their needs.
● Provide supervision and support to volunteers and recipients.
● Maintain program data base on volunteers, recipients and referral sources.
Community Engagement:
● Work with key partners in neighborhoods and develop new partnerships.
● Develop and maintain partnerships in assigned neighborhoods.
● Other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS
● Experience and sensitivity in assessing the needs of older adults.
● Experience or comfort working directly with diverse communities, particularly of
color.
● Excellent leadership and organizational skills.
● Ability to work independently, but also as part of a team.
● Excellent communication, public relations, and interpersonal skills.
● Comfort with setting healthy boundaries/delegating tasks as needed.
● Ability to foster volunteer commitment.
● Experience in and passion for community outreach and engagement.
● Knowledge of Boston, and especially Roxbury and Dorchester, strongly preferred.
● Strong computer skills; familiarity with Salesforce or other databases a plus.
● Fluency in Spanish required.
Salary range: $40,000-$45,000 depending on years of relevant work experience.
Please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@fw4elders.org. No phone calls
please.
FriendshipWorks strives to create a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone
feels welcome and supported. FriendshipWorks provides equal employment
opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, religion or creed,
gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, veteran status, disability or any
other legally protected status recognized by federal, state or local law with respect
to employment opportunities. Individuals from underrepresented groups are
especially encouraged to apply.