Youth Program Specialist
The Youth Program Specialist supports school aged refugee youth and their families in a successful adjustment and transition to school. Under the direction of the youth program coordinator, the Specialist assists with program intakes and service planning, school enrollment, ongoing case management, school advocacy, parent orientations, and afterschool enrichment programming. The program currently serves approximately 160 refugee youth in Elizabeth and Roselle public schools, along with select high needs students out of district.
· Support with school enrollment for all newly arrived refugee youth in Elizabeth and Roselle Public Schools, including collaboration with Federally Qualified Health Clinics (FQHCs) to meet vaccination requirements
· Communicate with schools and families to gather appropriate documents necessary for registration.
· Complete intake with families and gather information about children’s educational histories and needs; distribute this information to educators and school officials at time of enrollment.
- Provide task supervision and support to interns, in consultation with youth coordinator.
- Ensure high quality case management services are provided to families including appropriate follow up and developing strong connections between the family, school, IRC, and relevant community agencies. Ensure all services are appropriately documented in case files.
- Assist as needed with afterschool enrichment and social emotional learning programs
· Support parent orientations including introduction to the U.S. school system, parent engagement, how to choose a high school in Elizabeth and post-college pathways
· Assess parents’ understanding of information and develop tools to evaluate increases in knowledge
· Ensure program participants are properly enrolled and files are up to date
· Other duties as assigned
· Bachelor’s degree in education and/or social work strongly preferred
· A minimum of 2 years’ experience working with children and youth, specifically in the context of educational and social programs
· Experience working with English Language Learners, refugee and/or immigrant populations
· Experience working in New Jersey public schools and afterschool programs preferred
· Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
· Ability to work well with people of diverse cultural backgrounds
· Ability to work independently and as part of a team
· Organized and flexible: able to maintain responsibility for multiple tasks in the context of a diverse, fast-paced work environment
· Fluency in English required. Fluency in one of the languages of IRC’s client base is preferred (Arabic, Kiswahili, French, Dari, Pashto)
· Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
Standard office work environment. Local travel to client homes, schools and other community-based organizations is required. Some evening/weekend work may be required.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In 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 candidates who are selected for interview to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for this position.
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC 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 Employer: 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.
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.
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 $145 per month, dental starting at $7 per month, and vision starting at $5 per month, FSA for healthcare, childcare, and commuter costs, a 403b retirement savings plans with up to 4.5% immediately vested matching contribution, plus a 3-7% base IRC contribution (3 year vesting), 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.
The anticipated pay rate for this position is $26.00 per hour. Please note the published pay rate is specific to candidates based in the New York Metropolitan area.