AmeriCorps Life and Work Skills Specialist

Start date: December 1st, 2016

 

Member Impact: The AmeriCorps Life and Work Skills Specialist will leverage the impact of the volunteers that they supervise will, in partnership with the English team, Outreach Team and Employment team, identify refugee program participants’ gaps in job skills and English skills

 

Service Position Summary:  They will utilize existing English and Employment curriculum for supplemental job skills and English skills development in participants’ homes and in the community. The AmeriCorps member will serve refugees from many different ethnicities alongside an experienced English teaching professionals, the Volunteer Coordinator and skilled Job Developers.

 

Essential Functions:

  • Assist in recruiting new refugee Cultural Companion volunteers
  • Assist in training and equipping new refugee Cultural Companion volunteers
  • Match new refugee individuals and families with Cultural Companion volunteers
  • Tutor refugees without Cultural Companion volunteers in English/employment readiness
  • Assist in a multi-level English language class one to four times per week to adult refugees, particularly focusing on supporting clients at Level 0 - Level 2 
  • Coordinate volunteer opportunities for adult refugee job seekers
  • Assist in tracking volunteer hours and logs
  • Develop new tools and materials that support the English, Volunteer, and Employment programs, enhancing opportunities for refugee adults to be better equipped for employment success
  • Participate in AmeriCorps required trainings and meetings

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Able to support the mission, vision, and values of World Relief
  • Knowledge of Somali, Dari, Farsi/Persian, Pashto, Arabic, or Tigrinya preferred
  • MS Office Skills
  • Basic understanding and ability to navigate health and mental healthcare system
  • Working knowledge of basic life skills, financial literacy, and community resources
  • Strong oral communication and presentation skills
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently and handle a variety of tasks simultaneously
  • Able to serve sensitively and effectively in a cross-cultural setting

Qualifications:

  • U.S. citizen, U.S. national or Permanent Resident required, refugee background preferred
  • At least 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED required, undergraduate degree preferred
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record

Commitment Required:

  • Commit to 6 months of service
  • Meet the minimum 900 service hours
  • Flexible to serve some non-business hours

 

Interested? Email your resume and cover letter to Scott at SEllis@wr.org

A link will be given to you to apply formally through AmeriCorps as well.