Senior Economic Empowerment Education Specialist
Background: The IRC in Northern California was established in 1975 in response to the needs of the growing refugee population. Over the past 40 years the IRC has resettled nearly 60,000 clients in Northern California. Originally focused on reception and placement the IRC in Sacramento provides a range of services including economic empowerment, immigration legal services, community gardening, case management for foreign-born survivors of trafficking.
Job Overview: Sacramento's Economic Empowerment department provides early employment, career development, young adult work experience and mentoring, economic empowerment education, financial education, and job readiness services to ensure clients achieve self-sufficiency and economic independence. Education in the Economic Empowerment Department is focused on workforce preparedness topics to take a "work-first" approach and ensure that recently arrived refugees and immigrant community members have the skills and knowledge to become successfully employed, advance on their career path, and understand US financial systems. This position will provide programming focused on Vocational English as Second Language (VESL), employment search skills, job readiness, industry specific trainings, sector specific language support for advanced career pathways, digital literacy, and financial education.
If you have a strong work ethic and experience working with English language learners and are passionate about make a positive impact and seeing an improvement in the lives of the people we serve, then join us!
•Facilitate and coordinate training programs, including VESL, Job Readiness Training, Hospitality & Customer Service job training, Financial Literacy, and various pilot projects.
•Incorporate adult learning principles and participatory digital facilitation methods to update and adapt curricula for training programs based on digital context and student need.
•Meet with industry experts including teachers and employer partners to consistently adapt curriculum to fit changing client and program needs
•Work with the Volunteer Coordinator to develop and maintain volunteer support for all educational programming.
•Delegate and provide ongoing guidance to program interns and volunteers; serve as their primary point of contact.
•Assist in program design and implement short-term pilots aimed at improving client education
•Maintain referral process and communication with program staff to ensure students are enrolled in a timely manner.
•Develop and administer student evaluations including English exams, digital skill assessments and sector-specific pre/post tests.
•Ensure that programming and curriculum is linguistically appropriate and culturally relevant to client population, and classroom environment is welcoming to all students.
•Manage student attendance to maximize program impact and meet program goals.
•Maintain accurate and comprehensive attendance records, progress reports, and case notes including routine data quality assurance.
•Develop and implement optional trainings based on client need and interest that are accessible to clients across the department.
•Coordinate with team members to provide strengths-based programming to students.
•Participate in all program meetings, staff development activities, and other duties as assigned.
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Workforce Development Coordinator
Position directly supervises: Volunteers and interns
Indirect Reporting: Employment Supervisor
Internal: Primarily with Economic Empowerment staff, other department as needed.
External: Local service providers and community-based partners, as well as other stakeholders.
•Education: Undergraduate degree preferred with an emphasis in Education, International Development, English, Psychology, Non-profit Management or an equivalent field of study. Teaching Certification preferred. Equivalent work experience may be substituted.
•Work Experience: related professional experience; demonstrated experience providing Job Readiness Training, VESL, developing and facilitating educational programming for underserved populations.
Demonstrated Skills and Proficiencies:
•At least 2 years of work experience teaching English to adult learners required.
•Experience working with adult learners from a variety of cultural and linguistic groups, and with multiple levels of English language skill required, work with newcomer populations desirable
•Experience designing curriculum and integrating technology for remote learning utilizing Adult Education core principles and online learning tools
•Demonstrated creative and strategic thinking to overcome barriers and develop projects
•Strong experience with program implementation and monitoring outcomes
•Language Skills: Fluency in written and spoken English; fluency in additional language relevant to current refugee populations preferred (Farsi, Dari, Pashto).
Working Environment: Remote work environment during COVID-19; Standard office work environment.
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IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law