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Student Support Specialist, Youth Futures


  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Atlanta
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Youth
  • Closing Date:

Job Overview:

The Student Support Specialist oversees the International Rescue Committee Atlanta’s Youth Futures program, which supports refugee youth to succeed in high school and beyond. Youth Futures includes an afterschool program at Clarkston High School and a college readiness summer camp for high school students. The Student Support Specialist is responsible for leading program planning, implementation, and reporting. This position supervises an AmeriCorps member. The Student Support Specialist is a full-time position reporting to the Youth Program Supervisor.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Lead the planning and implementation of the IRC Atlanta’s after-school and summer program for English Language Learners at Clarkston High School and other DeKalb County schools
  •  Build and maintain good relationships with school personnel and work with school staff to conduct targeted student recruitment
  •  Oversee daily afterschool program activities while maintaining a positive and safe environment and ensuring program compliance
  •  Coordinate academic support for refugee and immigrant students
  • Lead enrichment opportunities for students including afterschool workshops, social-emotional asset development, weekend field trips and STEM workshops
  • Provide individualized case management support to students and refer to services and community resources as needed
  • Conduct accurate program tracking and case notes to ensure program compliance with its goals through required reporting to funders and internal stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with Youth Program team members to support students in planning for post-secondary education
  • Recruit and supervise program interns
  • Attend Youth Education Team meetings and complete administrative duties, including but not limited to reporting, timesheets, and expense reports
  • Provide supervision and technical assistance to Youth Futures AmeriCorps Service members, interns, and volunteers.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Job Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s degree and/or a minimum of two years of relevant experience required.required

Work Experience:

  •  Minimum of one (1) year of experience in positive youth development, youth social emotional development, youth academic support, and ensuring participant safety in a school-based setting preferred
  •  Demonstrated experience engaging youth in online environments including through Zoom, Facebook, or other social media

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

  • A belief in the ability of all youth to reach their education, career, and personal goals
  •  Demonstrated competency in program planning and implementation skills, including the ability to manage large groups of students and the ability to think creatively and strategically
  • Initiative, creativity, and ability to complete projects independently
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skill
  •  Fluent in English, both spoken and written; proficiency in language(s) spoken by client group is desired.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and work as a team member in a cross-cultural environment
  •  Superior time management and organizational skills
  •  Computer literacy required
  • Must have access to reliable transportation and maintain valid driver’s license and insurance coverage

Working Environment: 

  • A combination of standard office environment and ‘field’ time within the service delivery area to perform the above outlined responsibilities.
  •  Regular work schedule of 10:00am-6:00pm with occasional evenings and weekends

COVID-19 Vaccination RequirementIn accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires new hires to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for any in-office or hybrid positions. All IRC US offices require full vaccination to attend any in-office functions (e.g., meetings, trainings).

Commitment to Diversity and InclusivityIRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal. 

Equal Opportunity EmployerWe 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: We offer a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. In the US, these include: 10 sick days, 10 US holidays, 20-25 paid time off days depending on role and tenure, medical insurance starting at $120 per month, dental starting at $7 per month, and vision starting at $5 per month, FSA for healthcare and commuter costs, a 403b retirement savings plans with immediately vested matching, disability & life insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support counseling and care in times of crisis and mental health struggles. 

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