Robert P. Patterson, Jr. Mentoring Program -Project Director

Posted by: The Bronx Defenders

Bronx, NY, US

Robert P. Patterson, Jr. Mentoring Program

Project Director

About The Bronx Defenders

Since opening its doors in 1997, The Bronx Defenders has served over 300,000 residents of Bronx County. Located in the poorest urban congressional district in the nation, The Bronx Defenders has pioneered a model of legal representation called holistic defense that looks beyond the immediate case to address both the underlying causes and collateral consequences of criminal justice involvement. Our staff of 250 lawyers and advocates work on interdisciplinary teams made up of criminal, civil, immigration, and family attorneys, social workers, legal advocates, investigators, and team administrators, all of whom work to provide wraparound legal and social service advocacy to our clients. In addition to offering high-quality legal representation, The Bronx Defenders is a community resource and a force for systemic change. We engage with clients, community residents, organizers, and policymakers as we seek ways to better serve the Bronx community and enhance access to justice for all.

About the Robert P. Patterson, Jr. Mentoring Program

The Bronx Defenders seeks a motivated, experienced individual to lead the Robert P. Patterson, Jr. Mentoring Program, a new program of The Bronx Defenders that will provide adult mentors to at-risk youth in the South Bronx community.

Using The Bronx Defenders’ collaborative team-based model, as developed and refined over the past 19 years, the program will broaden the mentee’s positive social network beyond a single mentor to include a team of dedicated advocates, each of whom will provide support to the mentee in whatever areas s/he might need it. Each mentee will be matched with: a Lead Mentor, a dedicated attorney chosen from The Bronx Defenders or another legal service organization, local law school, or private law practice; a Peer Mentor, an adult community resident chosen from The Bronx Defenders Organizing Project or, after three years of the Program’s operation, a recent graduate of the Robert P. Patterson, Jr. Mentoring Program; a Social Worker specializing in youth development and educational access issues who is trained in a family therapeutic model; and a family member or caregiver.

The program was created to honor the life and memory of Judge Robert P. Patterson, Jr. who believed that lawyers have an instrumental role to play in mentoring youth from low-income communities. We hope to honor Judge Patterson’s memory by creating lasting change in young people’s lives.

Job Responsibilities

The Project Director is responsible for both the daily operations and the long-term growth and development of the Program. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing criteria for selecting lawyer and community mentors and youth participants
  • Selecting and training adult mentors from The Bronx Defenders or other legal service organization, law firm, or law school
  • Selecting young people from the community to participate as mentees
  • Designing appropriate curriculum and trainings for mentors and mentees
  • Organizing and planning monthly activities for mentor/mentee teams
  • Providing ongoing support for mentors and mentees
  • Developing and maintaining strong relationships with community-based organizations and service providers
  • Collaborating with the program’s Social Worker to provide support to mentees and their families, and to connect mentees with appropriate community-based services when needed
  • Managing program expenditures and ensuring spending is within approved budget
  • Working in collaboration with the Director of Communications to develop content for the web page, media outreach, printed resources, and other written materials
  • Tracking notable achievements and coordinate program participant recognition events
  • Maintaining effective communication with the Executive Director and major funders on the status of the program
  • Developing new funding streams in collaboration with the Director of Development and Grants Manager

The Project Director is also responsible for keeping The Bronx Defenders informed of current research and information relevant to youth mentoring and working with The Bronx Defenders’ Grants Manager, Chief Data Scientist, and Information Technology team to evaluate the effectiveness of the program, including data collection and grant reporting.


  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of experience working with youth in marginalized/under resourced communities.
  • Flexibility, hard work, and passion for young people a must.
  • Experience with youth mentoring strongly preferred.
  • Experience in planning, leading, and managing projects and their budgets, including coordinating with colleagues to achieve desired outcomes, and tracking and reporting on progress to managers.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Highly self-motivated with the ability to “own” projects and a “get it done” approach.
  • Strong analytical, organizational and administrative skills.
  • Ability to manage ad prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Must embrace, support and promote the organizational mission of The Bronx Defenders.

Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

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