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School Impact Program Specialist


  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Louisville
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Innovations for Sustainable Development
    • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Closing Date: Closed

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is one of the world's largest international humanitarian non-governmental organizations (INGO), at work in more than 50 countries and more than 25 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities. A force for humanity, IRC employees deliver lasting impact by restoring safety, dignity and hope to millions. If you're a solutions-driven, passionate change-maker, come join us in positively impacting the lives of millions of people world-wide for a better future.


The School Impact Program Specialist works with newly arrived refugees and asylee youth to support their academic success and social integration. The School Impact Program Specialist supports the implementation of the Refugee Youth Mentorship project (RYMP), providing individual case management services to youth currently participating in after school programming.  The position works closely with students, their families, and their teachers and counselors to set goals and develop individual action plans. 


  • Work one-on-one with high school youth to develop individual learning plans.  
  • Conduct regular check-ins with students during after school and Saturday programming or through home visits to monitor their progress.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to identify individual or group mentorship opportunities for high school youth. 
  • Update training materials and resources, such as suggested activities, for mentors.
  • Maintain up-to-date case notes and services plans; ensuring students case files are in compliance with grant requirements.
  • Accompany students to meetings with counselors and teachers; advocating on their behalf as needed.
  • Lead community outreach to identify opportunities and external services to assist students in making progress towards their goals.
  • Assist in enforcing program expectations and follow program routines to create safe and productive learning environments. 
  • Organize group activities with mentors and mentee clients.
  • Supervise interns or other volunteers with the Refugee Youth Mentorship Program. 
  • Other tasks and projects as assigned. 


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred. 
  • Previous experience working with youth and in classroom/education settings. 
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural setting.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills. Creativity and initiative to follow through on projects.
  • Energetic, empathetic, and ready to manage a variety of tasks.
  • Fluency in English, written and spoken.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite.
  • Adherence to IRC workplace policies.
  • Some evening and weekend hours will be required. 
  • Valid driver’s license, access to a personal, insured vehicle, and the ability to travel within the local service delivery area regularly.     

Working Environment: 

  • A combination of standard office environment, remote work, and ‘field’ time within the service delivery area to perform the above outlined responsibilities.
  • May require occasional weekend and/or evening work.

Compensation: Posted pay ranges apply to US-based candidates. Ranges are based on various factors including the labor market, job type, internal equity, and budget.  Exact offers are calibrated by work location, individual candidate experience and skills relative to the defined job requirements.

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.

Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

US Benefits: The IRC offers a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. All US employees are eligible for sick time, a 403b retirement savings plans: up to 4.5% immediately vested matching contribution, plus an 3-7% additional IRC contribution, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support in times of crisis and mental health struggles.

In addition, full-time employees are eligible for 10 US paid holidays, 20-25 paid time off days, disability & life insurance, medical, dental, and vision insurance (employee contribution starting at $135, $7, and $5 per month respectively) and FSA for healthcare, childcare, and commuter costs. Part-time employees are eligible for a proportionate amount of paid time off. These additional benefits apply to employees who work at least 6 months within a 12 month time period. 

Standard of Professional Conduct:The IRC and the IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – our Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability, and Equality.

Commitment to Gender, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion:
The IRC is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, respectful, and safe work environment where all persons are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. The IRC expressly prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or bullying of the IRC persons in any work setting. We aim to increase the representation of women, people that are from country and communities we serve, and people who identify as races and ethnicities that are under-represented in global power structures.
This vacancy is now closed.