Mentor, ICAN
Job Details
LIC - Long Island City, NY
Full-Time Non-Exempt

Title:                   Mentor

Unit:                   ICAN - Post-release Services (Community)

Reports to:         Mentor Supervisor

Status:               Full Time- Regular/Non-Exempt

Location:            City Jails, Long Island City, NY

Days/Hours:    35 hours per week (9:00AM – 5:00PM)


Position Summary: 

The Fortune Society is seeking to fill the position of Mentor. Under the supervision of the Mentor Supervisor. The Mentor will be responsible for providing mentees with an additional layer of support, empowering them to resolve current issues and barriers, assisting with identifying coping strategies, helping mentees with identifying and building on their strengths and talents.  May support with escorting from jail to community or accompany to appointments.  The mentor will serve as a bridge to the Transitional Coordinators. The mentor will present the four phases of successful mentoring- preparation, negotiating, growth and closure.

  • Engage with a minimum of 200 mentees in custody and 100 mentees in the community;
  • Assist with program presentations, orientations, facilitating groups and services plans;
  • Support and encourage the professional and personal development of the mentee;
  • Assist with creating and development of resources, make necessary referrals and connections;
  • Create, prepare and submit daily attendance, enter all required data;
  • Orchestrate community events to promote and encourage engagement and retention;
  • Maintain and monitor confidentiality of participant files;
  • Prepare and maintain reporting information – may include statistical data & narratives;
  • Process and submit all reports and documents accurately and in a timely manner;
  • Create an environment that is conducive to professionalism, learning and developing;
  • Establish standards that will ensure appropriate boundaries and suitable behaviors; and
  • Other duties as assigned.





  • High School Diploma/GED certification required;
  • Some college required;
  • Experience facilitating, experience with custody and control of residents preferred;
  • Adequate computer skills; Working knowledge of Microsoft, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Ability to be flexible- Days/Hours subject to change in accordance with program needs;
  • Must be highly motivated and have excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Bi-lingual in English and Spanish a plus; and
  • Ability to obtain and maintain Department of Correction clearance and work within the constraints of facility guidelines which can include lock downs, screening of personal items including food and clothing restrictions, which can be changed at the discretion of the Department of Correction.


Travel Requirements:

  • Required to travel to City jails and Fortune Society offices.
  • May be required to travel to offices for meetings and/or trainings.
  • Must be willing to travel between DOC facilities, if necessary.


Physical Demands:

  • Ability to walk and stand for extended period of time.
  • Ability to travel corridors and walk up and down stairs frequently, daily. 
  • Ability to tolerate possible exposure to OC spray.
  • Ability to remove yourself expeditiously if any risks are presented.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The responsibilities and requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, minimum education, training, licensing, experience and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable intervals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


The Fortune Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of conviction history, race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status.