Abilene (United States of America)
The IRC Abilene office was opened in November 2003 as a sub office of the IRC Dallas office. The office resettles an average of 120 - 200 clients per year.
The Empowerment Specialist works to create meaningful vocational training opportunities for clients, and to implement the Women’s Empowerment Program which seeks to empower women to reach short term and long term goals through one on one counseling and training, connecting women to existing services and removing barriers.
Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
•Provide intake services and enroll clients into vocational training
•Design and teach in house vocational training curriculum, including Hospitality Link and digital literacy
•Conduct outreach and collaborate with local employers to assess needs for vocational training, and build collaborations to co-lead training.
•Include refugee women feedback in vocational training designs and choices
•Recruit and enroll refugee women into the WEP program
•Assess women’s need, set short term and long term goals and create a service plan in collaboration with enrolled women
•Prepare trainings and meet with women weekly in their home to provide training
•Work with women towards removing barriers to attendance
•Identify trends that prohibit women from fully engaging in services and provide quarterly feedback to existing programs
•Ensure accurate data entry into the IRC internal ETO database and the donor data base, Client Track
•Ensure case files and reports are maintained in accordance with grant requirements.
•Other duties as assigned.
•Undergraduate degree strongly preferred.
•Prior related experience required. Experience teaching adults is highly desirable; experience working with refugee and/or immigrant communities is preferred.
•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.
•Proven success achieving goals and working effectively with all levels of staff in a multicultural environment.
•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.
•Occasional evening and weekend work may be needed.
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.