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AmeriCorps Job Readiness Specialist Position Open

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.




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]

School Supplies for Refugee Students

As families around Boston prepare their children to return to a new school year, many of our refugee and immigrant families are doing so as well. For some of our students, this will be the first “back to school” experience they’ve had in the United States. As parents know, this can be a stressful and exciting time of year. Students get to pick out new clothes, backpacks, supplies and lunchboxes, all in anticipation of the year to come. For our families, this can be a huge financial burden and they are often not able to provide their children with the essential (and extensive) school supply lists sent by teachers.

RIAC has been extremely fortunate this month in receiving donations from community members in order to assist our students and families in preparing for school. Joshua, who believes that every child should have access to an education, organized a supplies drive in his community. He delivered a donation of 30 backpacks, over 2,000 pencils, more than 100 notebooks, and various other supplies.

This week, many students came into our office to pick out their new backpack, filled with the supplies they would need for the upcoming year. Thank you Joshua, for helping these students start off their year fully prepared to learn, grow and make a difference in the future of our world!

Seeking Volunteer ESL Teacher!

The Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC) is searching for two ESOL Volunteer Teachers! RIAC’s ESOL classes begin in September and are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) located in Roxbury. We are excited to continue this program which offers free and open English classes to the community. Many classes around Boston have extremely long wait lists and eligibility requirements- posing a challenge for recently arrived refugees who are eager to learn the language in order to become more self sufficient. This is a wonderful opportunity to make a positive impact on the refugee and immigrant communities!

Volunteer ESOL Teacher
Hours: An average of 10 hours per week beginning in late Aug.
• Coordinate program operations at ISBCC.
• Assist with outreach, student intake, assessment and class placement
• Develop and organize curriculum and other teaching materials
• Teach 5 hours per week, Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 – 8:30
• Work closely with the program’s Education/Employment Counselor
• Maintain records and complete reports

Experience teaching adult ESOL. BA minimum. Curriculum development and program management experience helpful. Certification in Best Plus required.

Please send resumes and cover letter to the RIAC general e-mail:

[email protected]

Hello, Bienvenido, Ku Soo Dhawoow

The Refugee & Immigrant Assistance Center,  formerly known as the Somali Women and Children’s Association, was established in 1993. It is a community-based, grassroots organization dedicated to promoting educational and socio-economic development in Massachusetts refugee and immigrant communities.