Youth Specialist job at International Rescue Committee

International Rescue Committee

Job Summary: IRCSan Jose recently launched its YouthWorks Program. Two Youth Specialists (split between regions in the San Jose Silicon Valley WDB Service Area) will oversee the implementation of the San Jose YouthWorks program, including meeting outcomes, providing outreach, developing and scheduling program activities, coordinating professional mentors, and providing case management for program participants. Two regionally-based Youth Specialists will work closely with identified school district(s) in the region – including offering on-site services – will facilitate achieving enrollment goals and the provision of academic supports and youth development activities that will help participants achieve measurable skills gains and credential attainment.

Do you have a background working with youth or multi-cultural populations? Are you passionate about make a positive impact and seeing an improvement in the lives of the people we serve? Then join us.

Major Responsibilities:

• Support the integration of youth, provide youth the opportunity to identify and prioritize goals that will support their integration while also developing positive and meaningful relationships with insightful and culturally responsive mentors.

• Provide allowable mentoring services and case management activities for eligible refugee youth.

• Perform initial assessments of the needs and goals of the youth and develop a plan to meet those needs through educational, vocational, and social activities.

• Provide case management that includes documenting services provided and the progress of each youth toward meeting the youth’s service plan.

• Work with the Volunteer and Donations Coordinator to recruit and train mentors to support refugee youth.

• Verify that each youth participating in the YouthWorks program meet eligibility requirements and maintain eligibility documentation certifying each youth’s eligibility.

• Collaborate with school districts, community colleges, America’s Job Center of California (AJCC), county welfare departments (CWD), and other service providers to refer eligible students in order to address service gaps.

• Other tasks and duties as assigned.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: Youth Workforce Program Manager

Position directly supervises: Volunteers and interns

Indirect Reporting: N/A

External: School districts, community colleges, America’s Job Center of California (AJCC), county welfare departments (CWD), and other service providers.

Job Requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Education, or equivalent work experience.

• 3+ years’ experience working with English language learners, particularly those with interrupted formal education.

• Experience working with youth and/or refugee populations.

• Strong interpersonal, and communication (verbal and written) skills.

• Cross-cultural or overseas experience.

• Proficiency with Microsoft computer applications and internet research.

• Ability to take initiative and problem-solve effectively in high stress situations.

• Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

• English language fluency required. Fluency in other languages such as Spanish, Tigrinya, Amharic, or Farsi is a plus.

Working Environment:

• Standard office work environment coupled with regular travel in and around the service delivery area.

• Reoccurring need to provide services outside of traditional work hours (evenings and weekends).

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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