CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES COORDINATOR, REFUGEE SERVICES

Job Type

Part Time

Published

09/24/2018

Address

670 Clinton Avenue
Bridgeport
CT
06605
United States

Description

The Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, Inc. (CIRI) is a statewide nonprofit organization that assists refugees and immigrants resolve legal, economic, linguistic and social barriers so that they become self-sufficient, integrated and contributing members of the community. CIRI achieves this mission by providing a compassionate array of high-quality legal, social and educational programming and by promoting cross cultural understanding and decent treatment for all. Staff deliver services statewide, primarily in Bridgeport, Stamford, Hartford and Waterbury and surrounding communities, through five core programs: Refugee Services; Project Rescue, serving survivors of human trafficking and unaccompanied minors; Survivor Services, serving survivors of torture; Economic Empowerment, workforce readiness, jobs placement and micro-lending services; and Immigration Legal Services.

 

TITLE:                 CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES COORDINATOR, REFUGEE SERVICES

REPORTS TO:     PROGRAM MANAGER, REFUGEE SERVICES

LOCATION:        Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, Inc., Bridgeport, Connecticut, 06605

POSITION SUMMARY: The Children and Youth Services Coordinator is responsible for developing, implementing and supporting year-round programming for children, youth, families and school administration as part of CIRI’s Refugee School Impact Grant. The position is part of CIRI’s Refugee Services team.  Primary responsibilities include: serving as a resource and liaison for refugee families and local school administrators and educators, coordinating school enrollments, developing and managing summer learning activities, and providing support and learning opportunities to families, teachers and school administration. This is a part-time position of 20 hours/week, with increase to full-time in July and August to coordinate the CIRI Refugee Summer Academy.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Program Coordination and Activities

·       Collaborate with CIRI’s Refugee Services staff to identify school-aged students in need of support; conduct outreach and follow-up with students and families to inform and engage them in services and activities.

·       Coordinate with Refugee Services Case Managers, Health & Wellness Coordinator, and, as appropriate, assigned family mentors, to provide culturally appropriate and age appropriate support for newly arrived refugee children and youth to support their unique needs, including issues with cultural adaptation and identity, language acquisition and social-emotional adjustment.

·       Assist newly arriving students and families with the public school enrollment process, including acquiring necessary paperwork and medical forms. Facilitate smooth transition for newly arriving refugee students to their schools, including taking students to visit their schools; introducing students to teachers, guidance counselors and administration; and providing school enrollment introductory letters.

·       Facilitate relationships between children and youth, families and school staff to address educational needs, prevent educational set-backs, ensure access to in-school and after-school opportunities, and provide support to high school students aspiring to attend college.

·       Facilitate the provision of interpretation to ensure clear communication between school teachers, administrators, students and parents as needed.

·       Organize workshops, learning sessions and, as needed, individual meetings with students and their families to provide targeted information. Topics to include: orientation to the U.S. school system, grades and report cards, participation in parent-teacher meetings, parental advocacy for school-aged children, academic milestones, and introduction to the U.S. higher education system.

·       As requested, work with school educators and administrators to improve their understanding of the refugee experience. Support school staff in their understanding of how to work with CIRI’s children and youth and their families.

·       Coordinate and manage all aspects of CIRI’s Refugee Summer Academy, an academic-preparedness, enrichment program in a supportive learning day camp environment for CIRI’s school-aged children and youth. Coordinate and train teachers and volunteers; collaborate with lead teachers on curriculum development and enrichment activities; coordinate with CIRI staff and volunteers to arrange facility, materials, transportation and food; and manage day to day implementation.  

·       Participate in community outreach and development events as needed.


Program Impact and Data Tracking

·       Collect and track client data (e.g. names, demographic information of school age children and youth served, etc.) and develop reports to meet funder requirements and support internal program monitoring and evaluation activities.

·       Provide timely and accurate data entry of service activities into program files and client information database, including providing case notes and other supporting documentation to support case management needs.

QUALIFICATIONS

·Bachelor’s Degree with a concentration in a relevant field (e.g. education, social work, social services, anthropology, psychology, international studies, women’s studies, public health or other related field).

·       Minimum one-year experience working with and relating to vulnerable children and youth and their families, preferably with refugee or immigrants in a cross-cultural or overseas experience.

·Exceptional verbal and interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse groups of people, e.g.                                       colleagues, volunteers, vendors.

·Experience working in a multi-cultural team setting; ability to communicate clearly; patient, compassionate and comfortable working with people from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds and lifestyles.

·Self-directed and motivated, able to manage multiple tasks, set priorities, keep organized, effectively manage time and meet deadlines, and work productively and independently in a fast-paced work environment.

·Ability to establish and maintain personal and professional boundaries with staff and clients.

·Commitment to CIRI’s mission, vision and values.

·Knowledge of trauma informed practices a plus.

·       Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite; experience working with social services databases preferred.

·Must have reliable car, valid U.S. driver’s license and valid auto insurance.

·Ability to accommodate occasional weekend and after-hours work commitments.

·Foreign-language skills appreciated, including Swahili, French, Tigrinya.


TO APPLY:

Please email salary requirements, resume, and cover letter with the subject line “Children and Youth Services Coordinator, Refugee Services” to: Employment@cirict.org



Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, Inc.

670 Clinton Avenue

Bridgeport, CT, 06605 


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please email salary requirements, resume, and cover letter with the subject line “Children and Youth Services Coordinator, Refugee Services” to: Employment@cirict.org


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