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Asset Building Specialist

Salt Lake City

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Salt Lake City
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Impact investing, Social venture capital
  • Closing Date:

Job Overview:
Reporting to the Asset Building Coordinator, the Asset Building Specialist will work together with the larger Economic Wellbeing Team through an integrated approach to help refugees to thrive financially in the U.S. This person will be responsible for providing support for recruiting and working with refugee clients to build net worth through the provision of Individual Development Accounts (IDA) and home down payment assistance (DPA). The Asset Building Specialist will help refugees and new Americans acquire assets through assisting in delivering asset-specific training and technical support, establishing savings accounts, reaching savings goals, and purchasing assets. This is a full time, regular term position.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Conduct client outreach for the IDA and home buyer programs, particularly in the community’s recent arrival refugee population (those who have been in the U.S. less than 5 years) 
  • Together with the Asset Building Coordinator strategize on outreach methods and activities to provide asset building opportunities to all eligible members of the community (including those not presently served by IRC and that are secondary migrants to Utah)
  • Assist in maintaining client case files and in obtaining documentation from clients to enable program participation and success
  • Under the direction of the Asset Building Coordinator provide client services and assist in determining eligibility, creating and providing trainings, and providing technical assistance to those working to build their assets
  • Work to become a certified financial coach and implement the coaching model in work with clients
  • Support IRC’s Economic Wellbeing team in delivering financial coaching, workshops, and training to IDA and DPA participants.
  • Coordinate with IRC’s Economic Wellbeing Team to ensure asset building participants access all services that will enable them to progress financially
  • Comply with all IRC policies, procedures and protocols including adherence to the IRC Way and Child Safeguarding.
  • Participates in all program meetings and staff development activities.
  • Other related duties as assigned.


·       Undergraduate degree, or equivalent experience, in Business, Small Business Development, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Education, or related field preferred.

Work Experience:

·       Knowledge and experience with financial topics, including budgeting, cash management, savings, investment, banking, and credit building;

  • Prior experience in IDA management or HUD housing assistance highly desirable;
  • Familiarity with or association with refugee communities in Salt Lake City highly desirable.
  • Experience with client counseling, case management or coaching preferred.

Demonstrated Skills & Competencies:

·       Strong organizational skills including: multi-tasking, prioritizing, planning, and effective time management;

  • Attention to detail and ability to organize and track large amounts of information efficiently/accurately is essential;

·       Ability to work independently as well as on a close, collaborative team;

·       Fluency in written and spoken English, with bi-lingual ability preferred;

·       Ability to communicate with limited-English speakers, and demonstrated multicultural experience;

·       Competency in Microsoft Office required;

·       Valid driver’s license, active insurance policy and access to reliable transportation.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:  Asset Building Coordinator

Position Directly Supervises:  Volunteers as needed

Work Environment:

·       Standard office work environment along with travel in and around the service delivery area

·       Flexibility to work some Saturdays and some weekday evenings as needed to support programming.

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 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 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.

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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