Job Type

Full Time



Start Date



6th Floor
New York

United States


Job Title: Career Specialist

Sector: USP-New York

Employment Category: 8B-Functional Support

Employment Type: Fixed Term; Full Time

Location: USP- New York

Job Description

IRC Summary: 


The mission of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933, the IRC has 27 offices in the United States and a presence in over 40 countries. The IRC’s Economic Empowerment team helps newly arrived refugees and other immigrants reach self-sufficiency by supporting clients in their short and long-term career goals by offering high-quality, culturally and linguistically accessible, integrated economic empowerment services. 

Job Overview: 

Under the supervision and direction of the Senior Coordinator for Economic Empowerment, the Career Specialist will provide comprehensive career development services to clients to help them advance in the workplace.

Major Responsibilities:

• Conduct pre-enrollment assessments with clients, create career development plans detailing a client’s long-term career goals and a step-by-step plan for its achievement, and provide ongoing case management

• Maintain accurate and up-to-date case files documenting client goals, activities, and services

• Document services provided and client outcomes in relevant case management databases

• Provide one-on-one assistance to help clients prepare their resumes, look for appropriate job opportunities, and practice interview skills. 

• Develop and locate appropriate employment opportunities for clients

• Provide classroom instruction in advanced work readiness training and develop and refine curriculum in collaboration with agency staff

• Assist in the planning and coordination of educational presentations and client orientations

• Identify and engage local agencies for participant referrals and conduct regular outreach to educational providers to secure training classes for participants

• Conduct primary outreach for client enrollment into Career Development programing

• Conduct financial assessments for clients and assist in securing financial aid and funding for education programs

• Work closely with IRC employment specialists, case managers and financial education staff members to integrate career development activities within existing services

• Support the Senior Coordinator in tracking quantifiable measurements to assess project effectiveness

• Other related duties as assigned

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: Senior Coordinator, Economic Empowerment

Position Directly Supervises: Interns


Education: Bachelor’s Degree in a related field; or equivalent years of related work experience 

Work Experience: 

• At least two years (in addition to the above) of related professional experience strongly preferred

• Experience in a non-profit setting and prior experience working in employment services a plus

• Experience working in a diverse, and non-traditional setting with diverse client base

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

• Grant-writing, program coordination and record-keeping experience preferred

• Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to make presentations

• Computer literacy required; particularly knowledge of MS Office applications

Language Skills:  

• Strong written, verbal, computer and interpersonal communication skills are essential

• Proficiency in top languages spoken IRC clients (Dari, Farsi, Urdu, French, Spanish, or Arabic) highly preferred

Working Environment: 

• Professional IRC office environment

IRC- leading the way from harm to home.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Please apply at:  

Level of Language Proficiency

Proficiency in top languages spoken IRC clients (Dari, Farsi, Urdu, French, Spanish, or Arabic) highly preferred

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree