By continuing to browse this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Read our privacy policy

Youth Success Specialist

boise, id usa

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: boise, id usa
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Youth
  • Closing Date:

Click "SAVE JOB" to save this job description for later.

Sign up for free to be able to save this job for later.

Requisition ID: req7194

Job Title: Youth Success Specialist

Sector: Youth Services

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Boise, ID USA

Job Description

IRC Boise’s Youth Program provides support to school-age refugee youth, their families, teachers and school administration. The Youth Success Specialist will serve as a liaison between refugees and schools, provide casework to refugees in acute need of support, facilitate increased refugee parental participation in school activities, and coordinate specific IRC youth programming, specifically: sustaining a Youth Cultural Orientation, coordinating back to school nights for refugees, supporting the expansion of our home visit program with social work interns and providing logistical coordination to RISE Together swim lessons in the summer. The Youth Success Specialist reports to the Casework Supervisor and will supervise volunteers and interns implementing program work with the team. This position ensures that goals and program objectives are accomplished in tandem with IRC staff, refugee youth, refugee parents, local school districts, community partners, and volunteers.

Major Responsibilities:

School Performance Support

  • Coordinate newly arrived refugee children’s school enrollments and conduct orientation meetings with new students and their teachers.
  • Assist refugees with enrollment in school-related services.
  • Conduct check-ins with children and their teachers for all children still within children’s first year of arrival
  • Facilitate meetings with school counselors and staff of all elementary, junior high & high schools with large concentrations of refugee students in the Boise School District. For West Ada School District, coordinate meetings with the West Ada Family Advocate acting as the District’s primary refugee liaison.
  • Meet regularly with school administrators, offering support to school district employees.
  • Design and implement services to increase refugee parents’ participation in school activities, particularly Back to School Nights and Parent Teacher conferences.

Program Design

  • Research and develop youth programming initiatives related to academic success, employment and extra-curricular activities to promote refugee and immigrant youth participation.
  • Identify and grow partnerships with community service providers to increase access to services for refugee and immigrant youth.

RISE Swim Program

  • Coordinate spring, summer, and fall swim classes for youth ages 4-18 years old in partnership with the YMCA Aquatic Center
  • Maintain and grow program partnerships, including City of Boise Parks and Recs, YMCA, Deseret Industries.
  • Recruit, train and oversee volunteers and interns
  • Develop program marketing materials and oversee the outreach to swim class participants and parents
  • Identify and expand swim class locations for the program, including contract negotiation.
  • Provide onsite facilitation of swim classes.

Outreach & IRC Site Youth Services

  • Design and implement culturally-appropriate educational workshops on youth-specific cultural integration topics, such as Youth Cultural Orientation, Parents’ Orientation to Public Education, and Community Orientation Workshops for refugee communities.
  • Follow up on recommendations for needed services from School and IRC staff and complete refugee home visits, assess needs and deliver casework services approved by Casework Supervisor to refugees.


  • Review Boise’s youth program and services with IRC’s national Technical Advisor for Children and Youth programming quarterly.
  • Work with IRC’s Sr. Data & Program Quality Specialist to design and capture data points showing pre- and post- service information for each set of services
  • Assist with data collection and analysis to meet funder requirements and for internal program monitoring and evaluation.
  • Recruit, supervise and support volunteers and interns assisting with youth programming.
  • Participate in all program meetings, staff development activities, and fully engage as a member of the IRC team.
  • Comply with all policies, procedures, and protocols of the agency.
  • Other related duties as assigned.


  • Undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary social sciences preferred.

  • At least two years of related professional experience such as experience working in youth development or in an educational setting preferred.
  • Strong community organizing skills.
  • Experience working with refugee and/or immigrant populations; cross-cultural or overseas experience preferred.
  • Experience coordinating and supporting classroom assistants and/or volunteers preferred.
  • Proven ability to use a variety of instructional strategies and methods appropriate for individual student needs.
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to work well with people of diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
  • Flexibility and ability to maintain responsibility for multiple tasks in the context of a diverse, fast-paced work environment.
  • Fluent in MS Office software, especially Outlook; familiar with on-line databases; strong typist.
  • Fluent in predominant language of local client base desired (Swahili, Somali, Arabic, Kinyarwanda, etc.).
  • Teaching certificate preferred. Willing to be First Aid/CPR certified upon hire.

Work Environment:

  • Standard office setting at IRC’s office in Boise; regular evening or weekend activities as needed.

  • Access to reliable transportation to travel and work off-site at programs (i.e. schools, apartment complexes, etc.).
  • Current, valid Idaho driver’s license.
  • Willingness to regularly drive IRC 15-passenger van, and sustain certifications necessary to do so.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

What does it mean?

Click "SAVE JOB" to save this job description for later.

Sign up for free to be able to save this job for later.