Refugee Empowerment Support: Employment Assistant
World Relief is now seeking applicants for a 10 ½ -month AmeriCorps service member to serve September 30th 2014-July 15th, 2015
Service Site: World Relief Seattle in Kent, Washington
Member Reports to: Employment Manager
The Refugee Empowerment Support: Employment Assistant will serve recently arrived refugees by assisting with job preparation services, teaching or assisting in multi-level ESL classes (including pre-literate students), and supporting volunteer recruitment, training and management. The AmeriCorps members will serve refugees from many different ethnicities alongside skilled Job Developers, an experienced ESL professional, and the Volunteer Coordinator.
- A desire to serve refugees in support of the overall mission and work of World Relief
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively and sensitively with people from diverse cultures and religious backgrounds
- Prior teaching or tutoring experience desirable, especially in multi-cultural environments
- Good organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple duties
- Flexibility, initiative, and a desire to learn
- Experience working or volunteering with refugees and/or non-native English speakers very helpful
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
- Knowledge of a second language a plus
- Intermediate computer knowledge, including MS Office
- Between 18 and 25 years of age-U.S. citizen, U.S. national or Permanent Resident
- High School diploma or GED
- Assist in or teach two weekly employment preparation classes
- Teach or assist weekly vocationally-specific employment workshops
- Assist in a multi-level ESL class two 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
- Maintain and update student information in an organized and confidential manner, including assessments, progress reviews, and attendance records
- Support the volunteer program by assisting with recruitment, management and training of volunteers
- Assist Job Developers with job readiness activities and job training workshops
- Develop new tools and materials that support the ESL, Volunteer, and Employment programs, enhancing opportunities for refugee adults to be better equipped for employment success
The AmeriCorps Individual Placement is a 10 ½ -month national service program requiring 40 hours a week, 1,700 total hours of volunteer service. Members receive a monthly stipend of $1,155 before deductions and withholding, basic health coverage, valuable training and experience, a $5,550 education award issued at completion of service, forbearance for qualified student loans, payment of interest on qualified student loans in forbearance, and childcare assistance for eligible members.
Link to tutorial for candidates, How to Apply to AmeriCorps: http://www.nationalserviceresources.org/videos/applying-serve-using-my-americorps
To learn more, please contact Ellie McDermott at (253) 277-1121, ext 222 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Secure housing for newly arrived refugees in conjunction with established refugee communities
- Advocate for refugee tenants, serving as a cultural broker between landlords and tenants
- Maintain healthy relationships with existing apartment partners and build new relationships with additional apartments
- Coordinate the furnishing of apartments with household goods and other non-furniture items to ensure a welcoming home for new refugee arrivals
- Train, schedule, and oversee interns in tasks related to shopping for and setting up apartments for newly arrived refugees
- Communicate with apartment managers and maintenance staff to ensure that apartments are ready and in appropriately good condition in time for arrivals
- Set up apartments with the collected household items for new refugee arrivals in a timely fashion
- Collaborate with In-Kind Donations Coordinator to solicit and receive in-kind donations to meet ministry needs.
- Ensure that accurate financial records are kept and all necessary copies are given to caseworkers and the office bookkeeper
- Maintain and organize storage areas
- Other related tasks as assigned
- A desire to serve refugees in support of the mission of World Relief
- Strong relationship management skills and experience
- Good communication, customer service and organizational skills
- Experience working in multicultural settings required
- Ability to multi-task, improvise, schedule and adapt along with changing circumstances
- Self-motivated worker with the ability to demonstrate initiative and work well as part of a team
- Ability to work with and communicate well with diverse groups of people
- Flexibility in schedule and ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple tasks
- Intermediate computer knowledge, including MS Office and the ability to learn new programs (previous experience with databases desired)
- Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred
- Ability to lift at least 20 pounds multiple times required
- Current driver’s license, insurance and clean driving record required
- Knowledge of a second language preferred, but not required
Application deadline: Sept. 2nd, 2014
Location: Kent, WA, with much work in the field
40 hours/week, ongoing
Compensation: DOE, benefits available
- To apply, please visit http://worldrelief.org/career-opportunities
- For more about World Relief Seattle, please visit http://worldreliefseattle.org
- For questions, contact David Van Hofwegen at 253-277-1121 x232 or email@example.com
- Pickup furniture or other gifts-in-kind (GIK) from donors as directed by GIK Coordinator
- Deliver furniture and other GIK to new refugee families according to program guidelines and as directed by GIK Coordinator.
- Set up apartments for new refugee arrivals, purchase necessary furniture when necessary to fulfill requirements.
- Assist in maintaining and organizing storage areas.
- Maintain positive relations and communication with donors, volunteers and refugees.
- Accurately document and report receipts and delivery of GIK as well as program purchases.
- Other related tasks as assigned.
- A desire to serve refugees in support of the mission of World Relief.
- Ability to positively reflect the work and mission of World Relief to donors.
- Ability to lift at least 70 pounds multiple times required.
- Consistently available for on-call work that is variable and flexible in schedule.
- Current driver’s license, insurance and clean driving record required.
- Good communication, customer service and organizational skills desired.
- Basic computer knowledge.
- Ability to work and communicate well with diverse groups of people.
- Self-motivated worker with the ability to work independently and demonstrate initiative.
- Experience working in multicultural settings desirable.
- Knowledge of a second language is a plus.
- Location: Kent, WA, with much work in the field
- 15-70 hours/Month, part-time/on-call
- Compensation: $13/hour
To apply, please visit http://worldrelief.org/career-opportunities
For more about World Relief Seattle, please visit http://worldreliefseattle.org
For questions, contact Luke Williams at 253-277-1121 x225 or firstname.lastname@example.org