Abilene (United States of America)
The Education Caseworker will work with refugee students, parents, case work staff, and the Abilene Independent School District (AISD) to coordinate academic and civic integration, and promote academic success in refugee youth new to Abilene, including high school students, GED candidates and single mothers.
•Assess educational background of refugee students enrolled in the program, determine barriers to academic success, and develop an individualized educational service plan
•Develop an academic support service plan with parents of students enrolled into the program
•Develop tutoring curriculum and design specifically geared towards the unique academic needs of refugee students
•Collaborate with the volunteer coordinator on recruiting mentors. Provide training and oversight to volunteer mentors for academic coaching, single mother & GED support groups
•Assist with grant research and writing to continue funding
•Orient newly arrived students and parents on the US education system and Abilene Independent School District regulations
•Set up single mother support groups
•Design and implement GED support groups
•Refer students to IRC services or external partners as needed for medical and social support.
•Ensure timely and accurate compliance with all reporting requirements.
•Other responsibilities as assigned.
•Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred, preferably in the areas of education, psychology, or social work.
•Experience working with at-risk youth, specifically in the context of educational and social programs
•Experience in case management and working with refugee and/or immigrant populations highly desirable.
•Demonstrated understanding of the US education system
•Excellent communication skills, with fluency in written and spoken English. Bilingual ability in one of the predominant languages of the local client base is desired.
•Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook).
•Valid driver’s license, access to reliable vehicle with current insurance, and the ability to travel regularly throughout the service delivery area.
•Ability to work hours conducive to meeting with middle and high school students outside of school.