For IRC clients to become fully self-sufficient, they must be taught how to obtain gainful employment as well as financial literacy. Early Employment volunteers will work in a team to conduct outreach and enroll clients; assist with program administration; and assist IRC staff with case management. This position reports to the Employment Specialist.
Volunteer: Minimum 4 hours a week for at least 4 full months
Intern: Minimum 15 hours a week for at least 4 full months or 240 hours total
o Assist the Employment Specialist in program administration
o Teach and assist clients in applying for jobs, making resumes, and other job-related activities
o Work one-on-one with employment clients to find and apply for employment opportunities
o Help coordinate interviews for clients
o Assist in Job Club (M-F, 1-3 PM) as needed
o Coordinate client participation in program activities
o Track program status of active clients and provide case management services as needed
o Assist in tracking contributions in-kind and assessing client donation needs/distribution
o Work closely with supervisor to draft and implement a project over which you will have complete ownership
o All volunteers and interns must be 18+ years of age and clear a background check
o Background or previous study and interest in human rights, forced migration, and/or human trafficking preferred
o Experience with teaching adults with limited English proficiency or from low-income and diverse backgrounds preferred
o Workforce readiness knowledge preferred
o Proficient computer use such as MS Office and Windows
o Comfortable with outreaching to clients on the phone and in person
o Learn how to effectively teach and educate adults from low-income and diverse backgrounds
o Gain knowledge on employment and workforce training programs
o Learn about IRC’s services to refugees from many different backgrounds and how best to assist them in their resettlement in the U.S.
o Help refugees feel welcomed in their new home and prepared for their new life
o Complete a phone screening with the Volunteer Coordination Team
o Complete a Department Interview with department(s) of interest
o Pass a background check ($40 fee)
o Complete orientation and submit requested paperwork
o Begin your service!
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