International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Now Hiring - AmeriCorps Positions

The IRC in San Diego is now accepting applicants for full time AmeriCorps positions.  If you are interested, please send your cover letter and resume to the e-mail address listed by the position.   

AmeriCorps is a federal program under the Corporation for National and Community Services.  AmeriCorps members contribute a year of national service to a non-profit organization.  AmeriCorps member commit to a year of service and receive a living stipend, health care, and an educational award.   Please visit the website to learn more about the AmeriCorps program:  www.americorps.gov

Volunteer Coordinator,  IRC  - Sharon.Darrough@theIRC.org
The VIP AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator will assist in the operation of the overall IRC Volunteer program.  Each year, over 500 community members become involved with IRC programs. The AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator will conduct recruitment, screening, and placement of volunteers and will assist in the coordination of  the Families Connect Home Visit (ESL Mentor) Program.  This position requires excellent interpersonal, organizational, and public speaking skills.    Prior experience as an IRC volunteer a plus.

Volunteer Coordinator, IRC Center for Financial Opportunity - April.Crewson@theIRC.org 
The VIP AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator will manage volunteer operations in the IRC Center for Financial Opportunity (CFO).  The CFO Volunteer Program is designed to provide extensive one on one support to refugees seeking employment in the United States including resume creation, job coaching, and transportation assistance.  The VIP AmeriCorps CFO Volunteer Coordinator's responsibilities will include:

  1. Responsible for recruitment, screening, and training of all new employment volunteers, approximately 60 people annually.
  2.  Responsible for day to day management of all employment volunteers and interns, half of whom work off site.
  3.  Monitor volunteer assisted job search appointments, match off site volunteers with high need clients, and oversee a volunteer driven database of current job openings in San Diego.
  4. Maintain an appointment scheduling book and volunteer calendar to ensure effective use of volunteer’s time.
  5. Provide additional volunteer capacity to the Transportation Coordinator’s assisted bus ride program.
  6. Responsible for mobilizing volunteers to assist with the dispersal of clients’ monthly cash assistance.
  7. Ensure that the Center for Financial Opportunity’s front desk is fully staffed by volunteers/interns
  8.  Ensure that volunteer workstations and other electronic resources are in good working order.

Financial Education - Jason.Jarvinen@theIRC.org 
The Financial Education LISC AmeriCorpsMember will support the continued development of the IRC Financial Education Program.   
1.  Conduct Financial Education trainings on the following topics: money, bills, & budgeting; opening & managing bank accounts; and establishing credit & managing debt.   
2.  In coordination with program staff members, manage a small caseload and conduct follow-up with clients.  Includes providing one-on-one financial counseling and consumer advocacy in the following areas: bill payment, billing dispute resolution, budgeting, opening and managing bank accounts, credit building and credit repair, and public benefits screening.  
3.  Accompany clients to the bank to open accounts and lines of credit   
4.  Identify financial products and services that benefit clients through telephone and online research  
5.  Enroll clients by conducting intake procedures and entering data into the program database  
6.   Collect data on activities and outcomes to document program impact  
7.  Conduct community outreach and attend community meetings.   
8.  Train to become an IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Preparer (VITA) and participate in IRC’s Free Tax Preparation Program  

Food Security and Community Health -   Anchi.Mei@theIRC.org   
The LISC AmeriCorps member will serve as a Youth Food Justice Coordinator.   LISC AmeriCorps member will play a central role in IRC-SD’s Food Security and Community Health Department.  The member’s primary activities will include: 
1. Providing technical assistance to school and youth-led community gardens, particularly in the Colina Park neighborhood,
2. Training youth to teach other youth to work in school and community gardens,
3. Developing a youth-relevant food justice curriculum for application in classroom and garden teaching settings, 
4. Connecting youth to local community food system projects, e.g. the New Roots Community Farm, City Heights Farmers’ Market, the New Roots Urban Fish Farm.

Students Plus After School Program - Carolyn.Smyth@theIRC.org
The LISC-AmeriCorps member assigned to the Students Plus program will coordinate a new initiative called Sports Plus. This program will provide tutoring for student athletes and organized athletic activities for all students after school. On Saturdays, Sports Plus will host supervised athletic activities in Colina Park (Saturdays Plus). The member’s primary activities will be to:
1. Coordinate with the Crawford athletic director and coaches to set up regular student athlete tutoring sessions after school during the respective sports seasons. 
2. Identify student athletes ineligible to play due to failing grades and set up individualized tutoring plans. 
3. Provide ongoing case management for coaches regarding student eligibility. 
4. Coordinate daily after school Sports Club by recruiting students, planning activities, and engaging volunteers.
5. Coordinate Saturdays Plus activities at Colina Park by recruiting area youth and engaging them in fun activities in the park. 
6. Train and manage volunteer tutors and mentors to participate in Sports Plus.

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