REFUGEE AMERICORPS MEMBER POSITION DESCRIPTION
Position: AmeriCorps Employment and Job Placement Representative
Service Term: 12 months; October 1, 2017- September 30, 2018
Hours: Full-time (must serve 1700 hours within 12 months); 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday
Reports To: Operations Manager
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
About NCASC: The North Carolina African Services Coalition (NCASC) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that provides services to refugees, immigrants and asylees who resettle in Guilford County. NCASC is an affiliate organization of the Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. located in Arlington, Virginia.
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, 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.
Position Summary: The member support NCASC’s Preferred Communities (PC) program by assisting newly resettled refugees and other ORR eligible PC clients in gaining employable skills and job placement. In collaboration with NCASC’s Employment Team, the EJPR will aid clients in job searching, resume writing, job applications, and career explorations. In collaboration with the employment team, the EJPR will be responsible for planning and facilitating various job training courses. The EJPR will also reach out to local employers to identify job opportunities and form partnerships. The member will also provide intensive case management assistance to PC clients to support their overall self-sufficiency.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Employment and Job Placement Services (50 % of responsibilities)
- Assist in the planning, scheduling, and facilitating ongoing employability skills training for newly resettled refugees and other ORR eligible clients in the PC program.
- Conduct mock interviews to prepare clients for job interviews.
- Educate refugees about the importance of gaining employment in the U.S., share challenges and best practices.
- Assist clients in career exploration.
- Practice English outside of classroom setting.
- Recruit and train volunteers to assist in job readiness training and ESL instruction.
- Work directly with Job Developer to identify specific opportunities for specific PC clients.
- Facilitate the completion of resumes and job applications for job seeking clients.
- Coordinate interviews and other required meeting with the Job Developer, Employer, and client as needed.
- Identify and contact potential employers to schedule presentations on hiring refugees and NCASC services.
- Track and report all job placements, indicating date of employment and salary information.
- Maintain case notes and all required documentations to ensure grant compliance.
- Communicate promptly with the Operations Manager and Employment Services regarding any needed resources that will otherwise hinder compliance.
Intensive Case Management Activities (50 % of responsibilities)
- PC Intake assistance
- Assist Preferred Communities Coordinator in scheduling and transporting clients to benefits and health appointments.
- Identify additional community support resources for client referrals
- Track and notate all PC provided services
Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Must be a US citizen, US national, or legal permanent resident.
- Must have a high school diploma or enrollment in a GED program.
- Candidates are subject to National Service Criminal History check as required by AmeriCorps and driving record check.
- Excellent communication skills both verbal and written.
- High English language proficiency required; fluency in another language preferred.
- Strong interpersonal skills: be personable, able to speak publicly and advocate about refugees, upbeat, and energetic.
- Experience working with diverse populations and refugee social service programs desired.
- Must be flexible, capable of working independently under pressure with deadlines and managing multiple priorities.
- Computer proficient including Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, and Outlook).
- Must have reliable transportation and maintain valid driver’s license and insurance coverage for vehicle.
- Be punctual.
- Complete & submit monthly AmeriCorps time sheets, activity logs, quarterly reports, and other documentation within established deadlines for the Office, as well as documents/reports required by Service Site.
- Maintain ongoing communication with on-site supervisor and staff.
- Wear AmeriCorps gear, symbol or name tag to identify self as an AmeriCorps member always when in service.
- Attend and participate in on-site and AmeriCorps trainings and professional development, including monthly AmeriCorps member calls.
- Complete the minimum number of service hours and trainings required by the position.
To apply email your resume to Latosha Walker, firstname.lastname@example.org.