About Us

Kinship Partners has been providing 1:1 youth mentoring in the Brainerd area for 36 years and is continually evolving to meet the needs of our youth.  We are an LGBTQ+ ally organization, which means we train our staff and mentors on how to support LGBTQ+ youth, in addition to non-LGBTQ+ youth.  Providing safe, supportive and affirming relationships is our primary goal.  Since we serve all types of kids, it is imperative our staff and volunteer mentors are well-versed in how to provide affirming support for all kids as well as how to avoid causing unintentional harm: this also includes racial sensitivity, understanding poverty, understanding trauma and how it affects behavior and self-worth, etc.  We are also in the process of becoming an Expert Partner with Mentor MN which includes enhancing our programs, especially mentor training.  We are in a rebuilding phase and are looking for additional team members who can help bring us to the next level with our programs and community engagement.

Current Openings


Youth Mentoring Program and Community Development Coordinator

This position will support programming in both the Brainerd Lakes Area and the Pequot Lakes Area.  This position will be 32 hours per week with 24 hours dedicated to Brainerd Lakes Area program management and 8 hours dedicated to Pequot Lakes area satellite management. Preference will be given to candidates with relevant education and/or experience. 

Board Management (Pequot Lakes Area): 

  • Develop, motivate, and manage local Kinship advisory committee
  • Strategically work with the advisory committee to broaden community wide awareness and support of the mission

 Fundraising and Brand Awareness (Pequot Lakes Area): 

  • Work with Executive Director (ED) to develop satellite budget, operating within planned budget
  • Seek funding through civic organizations, businesses, foundations, and individuals to develop partnerships and meet satellite budget
  • Increase public awareness of Kinship Partners through various PR opportunities (civic presentations, corporate and school newsletters, PSAs, in-kind newspaper ads, press releases, website, etc.)

 Program management (24 hours per week managing Brainerd programs and 8 hours managing Pequot Lakes programs)

  • Recruit, train and support community volunteers for Kinship’s youth mentoring programs
  • Develop and maintain relationships with mentors and the families served
  • Oversee and ensure program goals are set, monitored, and obtained according to the strategic direction of the organization
  • Lead educational/programmatic outreach in the satellite area working with area schools, youth serving organizations, and community partners promoting Kinship’s youth mentoring programs
  • Work with corporate, education and community leaders to develop volunteer resources to ensure successful program implementation to achieve overall goals
  • Work as a team with other Kinship staff to enhance program offerings, trainings and data collection and monitoring
  • Ensure Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring benchmarks are being met
  • Maintain accurate and detailed records in program management database

 Leadership and Development: 

  • Exemplify a leadership model consistent with Kinship’s value-based behaviors, using best practices of acceptance, integrity, trusting relationships, opportunities to thrive and awareness
  • Attend trainings offered by Kinship Partners or other relevant organizations to continue striving for personal development

 Desired Skills and Experience

  • MS Office, MS Teams experience a plus
  • Database management and data entry
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Flexibility (being able to do the splits doesn’t count here)
  • Good sense of humor – this job can be intense, so we like to have fun!


Salary Range: $16 – 19/hour, commensurate with experience

Please email resume and cover letter to Executive Director, Amy Gray at amyg@kinshippartners.org

Position will remain open until filled