Position Title: Refugee AmeriCorps Preferred Communities Job Readiness Specialist
Service Term: November 12, 2017 to November 12, 2018; Full-time/1700 hours
Schedule: Schedule negotiable within normal office hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday
Reports to: Preferred Communities Program Coordinator
Service Site: Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center: Worcester, Massachusetts
Position Summary: This Refugee AmeriCorps position will take place at ECDC’s affiliate office, Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC), in Worcester, MA, with occasional travel to the office in Boston. The PC Job Readiness Specialist will support RIAC’s Preferred Communities (PC) program by helping newly resettled refugees and other eligible individuals to become self sufficient and to gain access to the local job market by providing training and job placement assistance.
Site Description: The Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC) was established in 1993. It is a community-based, grassroots organization dedicated to promoting educational and socio-economic development among refugee and immigrant communities in Massachusetts.
Program Description: The Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. (ECDC) was established in 1983 as a non-profit organization and is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. ECDC resettles refugees in 16 affiliate and branch offices throughout the country. ECDC’s Refugee AmeriCorps program places ten AmeriCorps members in ten branch offices and affiliates of ECDC across the country to support the work of local agencies in the areas of economic opportunity and education for newly resettled refugees.
Each full-time member will receive a living allowance of $557.69 bi-weekly, health insurance, vacation time off, on-the-job and other training, and CNCS’s AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,730 upon successful completion of service.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
ICM Support (50%)
- Support PC staff in delivering intensive case management linguistically and culturally appropriate to all PC clients.
- Assist clients to access necessary services (such as medical care, public benefits, and community resources and activities) through providing referrals, making appointments, and follow-ups and ensuring transportation and interpretation for appointments.
- Conduct home visits and follow-up for PC clients to assess progress and well-being.
- Maintain effective communication with other social service providers outside of RIAC, such as health agencies, schools, Dept. of Human Services, etc.
- Maintain weekly documentation as required for case files.
Job Readiness and Placement (50%)
- Meet with PC clients to assess their employability.
- Through group sessions and one-on-one counseling, provide at least 20 hours within 30 days of job readiness training to enrolled PC clients on topics such as US workplace culture and behavior, vocational skills, resume writing, conducting job searches, interviewing skills, etc.
- Assist clients with locating and applying for jobs.
- Place them in a job within 60 days of the end of the job training program.
- Follow-up with employers.
- Track, document, and report services provided weekly including job placement outcomes.
- Maintain good relationships with current employers and conduct outreach to new employers to develop jobs for refugees.
- Arrange or provide transportation to clients as needed for job interviews and trainings.
- Recruit and train volunteers to assist in the PC program.
- Maintain ongoing communication with on-site supervisor and staff.
- Submit all required AmeriCorps timesheets and reports to ECDC national office.
- Attend and participate in on-site and AmeriCorps trainings and professional development, including monthly AmeriCorps member calls.
- Comply with the policies of RIAC and ECDC’s Refugee AmeriCorps program while carrying out service, and complete at least 1700 service hours during the term.
- Wear the AmeriCorps logo during service hours (AmeriCorps logo gear will be provided).
- Must be a US citizen, US national, or legal permanent resident.
- Must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Bachelor degree preferred.
- Excellent oral and written skills in English required; fluency in a second language such as Arabic, Somali, Nepali is a plus.
- Cultural sensitivity and dedication to working directly with diverse communities.
- Must be a self-starter, with excellent organizational and time management skills.
- Previous personal experience of the job market is an asset, as well as experience in case management, employment services, refugee services, teaching or training
- Excellent computer skills are a must, including ability to conduct internet research and accurately use Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Candidates are subject to a National Service Criminal History Check as required by AmeriCorps.
- Former refugees, SIVs, or asylees are encouraged to apply.
To apply please submit cover letter and resume to Gabrielle Short at [email protected]