World Relief Seattle (WRS) is pursuing an exciting expansion of children and youth (Next Gen) services, focusing especially on early childhood. Recently arrived refugee and immigrant children face the unique challenges of adjusting to a new cultural environment, mitigating past traumas, learning a new language and adjusting to educational systems.  WRS is recruiting for the new, full-time role of Children and Youth Programs Manager to oversee and develop innovative and targeted initiatives to address these challenges by holistically serving immigrant and refugee children and youth of all ages alongside their families.  WRS’s strategic plan envisions the next generation of our newest neighbors welcomed, rooted and empowered in a thriving and inclusive community.

Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership to WRS’s growing Next Gen programs, including supervision of staff, budget oversight and program development.
  • Pursue the expansion and strengthening of Next Gen programs as detailed in strategic plan, including:
    • Continue developing a major new family-based early childhood education initiative focused on effectively preparing refugee and immigrant children for kindergarten and healthy social-emotional development (one successful pilot project already underway).
    • Strengthen Refugee Youth Summer Academy (RYSA): Mitigate summer learning loss among refugee and immigrant children through academically rigorous and trauma-informed summer interventions.
    • Cultivate strong partnerships and referral networks for refugee and immigrant youth.
  • Actively participate in fundraising efforts alongside WRS development staff and Executive Director, especially by identifying and meeting with potential individual, corporate or church donors and championing Next Gen programs.
  • Participate in grant writing and grant acquisition for new and ongoing opportunities.
  • Develop and monitor program budgets in support of WRS’s mission and strategic plan, ensuring financial stewardship and sustainability.
  • Track outcomes and key metrics as outlined in strategic plan and as required by various grants. Meet reporting requirements, internal and external, in a timely manner.
  • Set the tenor and direction of the Next Gen strategic pillar, ensuring program excellence, a positive work environment, sustainable growth, and a holistic, empowering approach.
  • Recruit, hire, train and supervise staff, AmeriCorps, interns and volunteers, conducting regular check ins with direct reports, encouraging well-being, productivity and professional development.
  • Develop and maintain positive ongoing relationships with relevant schools, districts, government officials, partner agencies and funders.
  • Work with Next Gen program staff and ESL Program Coordinator to run and grow WRS’s family literacy program, including curriculum development, enrollment, volunteer management, evaluation, and communication with families, partner churches and grantors.
  • Work with Next Gen program staff to plan and coordinate the RYSA, including logistics, enrollment, curriculum development, recruitment of instructors and volunteers, and communication with families.
  • Work with Next Gen program staff to develop strategic, targeted school-year programming, including, but not limited to:
    • Building a robust local referral network of services and opportunities for refugee and immigrant youth.
    • Hosting workshops and trainings to benefit refugee/immigrant children, youth and families.
    • Deploying Next Gen family support volunteers.
  • Flexibly provide classroom instruction and/or other direct service with children/youth, as needed, while Next Gen team grows.
  • Serve on Leadership Team of WRS, attending meetings, providing appropriate feedback loop to Next Gen team, and contributing to the overall leadership of the organization.
  • Maintain regular communication with Youth Community of Practice (counterparts in World Relief’s national network), and collaborate with them on relevant initiatives.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • A desire to serve refugees and immigrants in support of the mission of World Relief
  • Good organizational and time management skills, and ability to balance multiple projects
  • Flexibility, initiative, and a desire to learn
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills
  • Proficiency in additional language(s) a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to work sensitively and effectively with people of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds
  • Individuals with lived immigrant experience strongly encouraged to apply
  • Five years related experience required:
    • Previous experience with refugees/immigrants and communicating across language barriers is highly desirable
    • Previous experience working with children and youth is required
    • Previous supervisory experience a plus; experience in program oversight required
  • Grant-writing experience helpful
  • Master’s degree in related field preferred; bachelor’s required
  • Current driver’s license and good driving record required
  • Current (or ability to quickly secure) CPR/First Aid Certification required
  • Intermediate computer knowledge, including MS Office applications
  • Flexibility in schedule with occasional evening or weekend hours required

Status: Full-time, exempt, permanent

Location: Kent, WA

Compensation: starts at $49,500

Application Deadline: April 1st, 2021

To apply, please review what we do and visit World Relief's career portal.

With questions, contact Luke Williams at lwilliams@wr.org


PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to have ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to visit other locations
  • The ability to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, and manipulate (lift, carry, move) light to medium weights of 10-15 pounds.
  • Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp, and visual acuity to use a keyboard, operate equipment and read application information.
  • The employee frequently is required to sit, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: 

  • General office and classroom settings.
  • Great lengths of time working on computer, reading from computer screen, entering information, standing at copier or fax machine, and some time on the phone or in skype meetings may be required. Also significant time standing, sitting, lifting and bending in a classroom setting.
  • Year-end archiving activities involve repeated lifting and bending.
  • Physical, emotional and intellectual demands
  • Equipment used: Employee computer (desktop or laptop), printer, and copier.
  • All of the above duties and responsibilities are essential job functions subject to reasonable accommodation. All job requirements listed indicate the minimum level of knowledge, skills and/or ability deemed necessary to perform the job proficiently. This job description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements. Individuals may be required to perform any other job-related instructions as requested by their supervisor, subject to reasonable accommodation. This position description is not all-inclusive and is always under review.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.
For World Relief staff, strong commitment to the mission, vision, and values of World Relief is essential, and Christian faith is a prerequisite for employment, based upon United States federal guidelines provided in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Legal Background in the United States

World Relief is both an equal opportunity employer and a faith-based religious organization. This means that we conduct hiring without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, marital status, parental status, membership in any labor organization, political ideology, or disability of an otherwise qualified individual. The status of World Relief as an equal opportunity employer does not prevent the organization from hiring staff based on their religious beliefs, so that all staff share the same religious commitment.
Pursuant to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 702 (42 U.S.C. 2000e 1(a) World Relief has the right to, and does, hire only candidates who agree with World Relief’s Statement of Faith.