Director of Mentoring Initiatives at Stars (formerly Lake Avenue Community Foundation)
Pasadena, CA


The vision of Stars is to see a thriving, interdependent community where lives are transformed. This is based on Isaiah 65:17-25. Stars is a Christian-based nonprofit organization that provides positive youth development initiatives in the greater San Gabriel Valley. Stars provides after-school programs for K-12th grade, one-on-one mentoring for 4th grade through young adulthood, group mentoring, wellness programs, college support, and Summer enrichment programs. All of our work is done in partnership with families, volunteers, churches, school districts, and community organizations. Stars strengthens our whole community. Our approach is unique in the depth of the relationships we form with the students and families we serve and our long-term commitment to the community. Programs start in kindergarten and continue through middle school, high school, college, and beyond. The ideal candidate for the Director of Mentoring Initiatives will be fully bilingual and bicultural, fluent in English and Spanish (written and spoken), who is living in the San Gabriel Valley or willing to relocate. They will be helping to advance the mission of Stars and expand our mentoring efforts to the broader San Gabriel Valley.


Stars is a community that affirms, equips, and emboldens young people to pursue a life of purpose, service, and meaning.


Stars’ values are dignity, mutuality, interdependence, reinvestment, advocacy, cultural humility, and Christ-centeredness. We recruit the most passionate people who thrive in diverse environments. In turn, our employees experience competitive compensation and a benefits program that enhances their lives and experiences. Employees enjoy a reflective trauma-informed workplace that promotes a healthy work environment with opportunities to publish, speak, and train. Stars also offers a sabbatical after seven years.

Director of Mentoring Initiatives OBJECTIVE:

To provide oversight and support for the mentoring initiatives, lead expansion of mentoring to the Greater San Gabriel Valley, and nurture a growing network of mentoring partners in the Greater Pasadena and the Los Angeles regions.

This position interacts with all programs of Stars, as well as like-minded public and private entities.

Stars Associate Director


  • Shares a commitment to Stars’ mission, vision, and values as well as a passion for changing lives among underserved children and youth.
  • Understands the nature of nonprofit and ministry organizations.
  • Actively involved in a faith community or intentionally seeking spiritual direction.
  • Possess a theological understanding of how to disciple others.
  • Goal-oriented and experienced in leading people to meet goals collaboratively.
  • Sees systems that work and can build systems for sustainable impact.
  • Is an encourager to others.
  • Ability to keep people accountable for goal completion with an empowerment mindset.
  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills.
  • A high level of integrity, self-motivation, and desire for excellence.
  •  Is culturally humble, able to affirm and learn from other cultural perspectives.
  •  Possess a growth mindset for themselves, those they supervise, and the program they lead.
  • Experience overseeing a mentoring program, youth development program, or nonprofit organization.
  •  Skilled in project management and organization; able to balance a focus on big picture priorities while not losing sight of annual goals and objectives.
  •  Experience tracking outcomes and reporting to funders.
  • Strong writing, interpersonal, and presentation skills; and the ability to effectively interface with management, primary caregivers, partner agencies, pastors, urban youth workers, and stakeholders.
  • Experience building and sustaining new collaborations.
  •   Experience in training, facilitation, and staff development.
  • Fluent in English and Spanish verbal and written communication preferred.
  • Exhibit proficiency with G-Suite.
  •  Experience using Salesforce® is a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree a plus


  • Give overall vision and direction to the mentoring initiatives in line with the organization and the program’s logic models.
  •  Double the current number of youth being mentored by 2023 through expanding to new cities in the Greater San Gabriel Valley (i.e.- Rosemead, La Puente, Covina, West Covina, and Pomona).
  • Develop the program around the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets, Developmental Relationships, and other positive youth development best practices.
  • Foster a culture of research, best practices, and innovation in the fields of mentoring, youth development, trauma-informed practices, and community development.
  • Provide triannual quantitative reports that reflect progress on program goals, asset development, and that facilitates forecasting for opportunities and growth.
  • Ensure spiritual care is provided to mentors and mentees in the faith-based mentoring initiative.
  • Oversee, supervise, and evaluate mentor coaches.
  • Develop a high-performing community of mentors by recruiting, orienting, training, and coaching  qualified mentors.
  • Design and implement a distinctive and attractive system for recruiting qualified mentors inside and outside the organization.
  • Ensure implementation of accurate data and documentation for the program.
  •  Facilitate periodic evaluation for all mentoring initiatives.
  •  Facilitate weekly mentor coaches meeting and provide support to a team of mentor coaches
  •  Act as a mentor coach giving support to a reasonable number of mentoring pairs.
  • Oversee new mentor/mentee matching in partnership with mentor coaches.
  • Participate in mentoring collaborative efforts in Pasadena and Los Angeles regions.
  • Identify new mentees and mentors by collaborating with programs and departments inside and outside the organization.
  •  Strategically participate in program, organizational, and community events.
  • Participate in fundraising with both individuals and foundation partners as determined by the Director of Engagement and Development team.
  •  Identify opportunities to participate in the capacity-building efforts of youth, family, and community serving public and private entities.
  • Provide support to primary caregivers of children and youth in the mentoring initiatives.
  •  Ensure mentoring, for both mentors and students, is a non-discriminatory space guaranteeing that human rights are exercised without discrimination based on race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status such as disability, age, marital and family status, sexual orientation and gender identity, health status, place of residence, economic and social situation.
  •   Must be able to operate an automobile and have a valid driver’s license. SCHEDULE:
  • Full time, exempt position.
  •   Must be available for occasional weeknight and weekend events and trainings.
    $62,000 – $68,000 /yr. - based on qualifications.


  • Reports to: Stars Associate Director
  • Works with: Executive Director, and Stars staff, volunteers, students, parents, partners and community agencies.

INTERESTED PARTIES: Please send resume & optional cover letter to:


Stars (formerly Lake Avenue Community Foundation)
712 E. Villa
Pasadena, California 91101


Samuel Newby


Pasadena, CA
Job type
Full Time
Pay rate
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Exempt status
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