Reports to: Director
Team: Immigration & Refugee
Location: Durham, NC
Starting salary: $27,500 to 29,500
Status: Non-Exempt; Non-Bargaining Unit
Deadline: March 25, 2014
Refugee School Impact Coordinator
Reports to: Director
Send Resume and Cover Letter to:
Church World Service
Attention: Karen de Lopez
P.O. Box 968
Elkhart, IN 46515
fax to 574/266-0087
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Refugee School Impact Coordinator offers support and services to refugee parents and students as they navigate the challenges of the American school system. The Refugee School Impact Coordinator empowers and encourages refugee parents to be involved in their child’s education in order to maximize the student’s academic performance.
- Welcome and orient refugee families to the community.
- Teach monthly orientation seminars to refugee parents. Develop lesson plans for these seminars focusing on topics such as U.S. parenting culture, child safety, extracurricular activities and college preparation.
- Work with clients to remove barriers to optimal school performance and attendance. Connect clients to in-house support and make referrals to external service providers. Identify support services that may assist clients in education participation, such as ESL and transportation.
- Connect refugee parents with opportunities for teacher interaction and school observation.
- Facilitate communication between refugee parents and teachers.
- Encourage refugee families to develop ambitious yet reasonable educational goals.
- Document all contacts and services in client case files and maintain case note logs. Complete all required reports. Documentation demands are rigorous.
- Connect refugee parents with volunteer mentors.
- Advocate on behalf of refugee students and refugee parents in the school system, and on behalf of refugee-serving voluntary agencies.
- Offer interpretation and translation services to refugee clients, as well as transportation to appointments as necessary. (Compensation is paid by CWS for mileage when using personal vehicle.)
- Attend trainings and conferences as requested by supervisor.
- Keep informed about refugee and immigrant issues, and available services to refugees, using current information to better identify and serve refugee clients.
- Represent the program at meetings and speaking engagements relevant to the responsibilities of the position.
- Perform all duties in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.
- Undertake other duties as assigned.
- Work varied hours, including some night and weekend work.
- Must have valid driver’s license and suitable vehicle for transporting clients.
Education: B.A. or experience in refugee resettlement, teaching or related field.
Experience: Previous work experience in public schools and interest in refugee resettlement or other direct social services is desired. Cultural sensitivity is essential.
Communications: Communicate thoroughly and with self-confidence a broad range of information relating to program. Anticipate constituent needs and interests and take proactive steps to respond to them.
Constituent Relationships: Coordinate specific program activities with counterparts and include them in planning. Find ways to work around issues of concern to stakeholders.
Job Knowledge: Know a broad range of information regarding specific program or department and use that knowledge to perform effectively and independently. Apply a depth of knowledge within area of responsibility to implement assigned activities.
Leadership: Accept accountability for assigned activities and adapt work style to perform independently or within a team. Recognize strengths and weaknesses in others and share knowledge to develop their abilities.
Problem Solving: Enable others to learn from the problem-solving experience by involving them in examining and resolving problems, ensuring solutions are appropriate to the scope of the problem.
Program Planning and Management: Successfully balance multiple activities, in support of program or departmental goals. Manage contacts with internal and external stakeholders to ensure flow of information and coordination of efforts.
Resource Building and Stewardship: Understand stewardship role in working within budget and monitoring finances.
Teamwork: Promote effective interactions among team members and facilitate group discussion.
Superior written and verbal communication skills are required. The successful candidate must be computer literate, with proficiency in MS Office (Excel and Word) and internet applications required.