AMERICORPS Immigrant Integration Specialist

Job Type

Full Time

Published

07/26/2018

Address

14645 Rothgeb Drive
Rockville
Maryland
20850
United States

Description

Position Name: AMERICORPS Immigrant Integration Specialist

 

Number of individual AmeriCorps members serving in this position: The Program aims to recruit 9 (nine) full-time and 4 (four) half-time AmeriCorps members to focus on financial literacy programming for eligible participants.


Member Immediate Supervisor Name:

The Site Supervisor will provide day-to-day supervision and evaluate the AmeriCorps member’s performance according to the Program policies and procedures.

CASA’s Immigrant Integration Program Manager is the Program Supervisor. He can be reached at 240-491-5705 or pblank@wearecasa.org

 

Position Start date:

The Program launch will be on September 4, 2018. If there are any position available after that day, members may start as agreed with the Program Supervisor. The real start date for each individual will be identified on the Service Agreement.

 

Position End Date: August 17, 2019

 

Days/ Hours of Service

Full-time AmeriCorps members’ schedules are flexible but will serve approximately 40 hours per week. Part-time AmeriCorps members’ schedules are flexible but will serve approximately 20 hours per week. Regular service time will occur Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. Some evening and weekend service is required.

Individual schedule is agreed by the AC member and the Program Supervisor at the beginning of the program. The schedule may be changed upon agreement, based on program- or member’s need.

 

Host Sites. Locations:

Members may be asked to serve at any of the following locations:

  • CASA Center for Citizenship: 14645 Rothgeb Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
  • CASA Langley Park: 8151 15th Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20793
  • CASA Baltimore: 2224 East Fayette St. Baltimore, MD 21231
  • BCCC Harbor: 710 East Lombard St, Baltimore, MD 21202

The main service location for each member will be identified on the individual Service Agreement.

 

CASA’s Mission and goals.


To create a more just society by building power and improving the quality of life in working class and immigrant communities.

Project Mission and Goals: The program is focused on providing immigrant integration services, with an emphasis on developing participant’s financial capabilities and supporting eligible Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) to apply for the US citizenship. The project is coordinated by CASA as part of the Maryland New Americans Partnership, funded in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the Maryland Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism (GOSV).

The program aims to provide financial education services to 900 people during the program year. Of them, at least 810 should show improvement in their skills, knowledge and confidence. The program utilizes surveys to track these goals.

Other goals related to naturalization efforts may be set at the beginning of the Service.

 

Community Need:

Low income immigrants and Latinos in Maryland face a number of economic challenges.

The majority of individuals who access CASA's services come from Latin America and West Africa and have limited English skills, are unfamiliar with U.S. financial systems, and are unaware of the resources available to them. Due to experiences in their home countries, they often mistrust government and financial institutions, and as a result, operate largely in a cash economy and utilize check cashers, payday lenders, pawnshops, and rent-to-own stores. These families are vulnerable to the tactics of predatory actors that exploit them by charging exorbitant fees. Because many immigrants work multiple low-paying jobs, having an understanding of financial literacy concepts and how to create a household budget is critical. Without the tools and knowledge needed to fully participate in U.S. economic systems, immigrant families will be unable to transition out of poverty and positively contribute to the larger economy.

CASA views naturalization as a key strategy for economic empowerment and stability for those who are eligible. But Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) from Latin America and West Africa historically take much longer to naturalize than other groups. In response to these needs, CASA operates an integrated program of financial literacy, naturalization, and legal services.

 

Member Position Summary:

New Americans Opportunity Project of Maryland’s AmeriCorps members provide a range of direct services to LPRs including one-on-one tutoring and workshops on financial education (household budget, banking, saving for a goal, credit score management, etc.) as well as support for them to apply for US citizenship. (Tutoring, teaching ESOL/Citizenship classes, N-400 assistance, Citizenship workshops, and coordinating volunteers).

The member will conduct as well outreach activities to ensure the program target population register to participate in the program.

 

Required training prior to Member Placement:

CASA will provide a two-week orientation program at the beginning of the Service Year. The Training will include financial education and naturalization content, as well as best practices on outreach, record keeping, and other relevant issues.

The training includes an overview of National Service, the role of CNCS and the Maryland’s GOSV, as well as training on prohibited activities as described by CNCS.

In order to be able to provide free income tax preparation services, members will be required to obtain an IRS certification. CASA will provide a free training, usually in January, to facilitate members to be certified.

 

Member Impact:

Members will be able to improve the quality of life and integration of immigrants to the broader Society by helping program participants to improve their financial skills and knowledge, prepare high-quality and accurate taxes and preparing the citizenship application for Lawful Permanent Residents.

Members will be evaluated about outcomes such as number of people who receive financial education services and outputs such as how many of those participants showed actual improvement in their financial skills and confidence, as well as their soft-skills require in every job environment, such as learning will, teamwork, communication, and professionalism.

 

Essential Functions of Position:

Direct Services

  • Facilitate and/or coordinate workshops and individualized coaching sessions focused on naturalization, financial literacy and economic development, and access to public benefits
  • Teach and/or coordinate citizenship preparation courses
  • Assist Legal Permanent Residents to complete the Citizenship application form (N-400)
  • Conduct outreach activities to identify potential program participants.
  • Prepare taxes for program participants during the February/April tax season.

Information Gathering

  • Strengthen and develop organizational partnerships with existing community and faith-based organizations that serve immigrant communities in Maryland
  • Conduct needs assessments and provide community education within immigrant community
  • Update organizational databases based on activities conducted.

Community involvement/Leadership Development/Volunteer Management

  • Develop volunteer opportunities related to immigrant integration and U.S. citizenship
  • Train and coordinate volunteers to participate in immigrant integration workshops or Citizenship mentoring
  • Reach out other community organizations to offer program’s services to their constituents.

Note: The AmeriCorps member will not be allowed to perform duties that violate the AmeriCorps Prohibited Activities or fall outside of the program goals.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and abilities:

  • Experience performing duties in multicultural environments.
  • Excellent English writing and language skills (bilingual in Spanish, French, Korean, Mandarin, Thai, or Hindi preferred).
  • Highly organized and efficient, “can-do” attitude, flexibility, teamwork, and attention to detail; high degree of initiative.
  • Access to personal transportation preferred.
  • Fast learner.
  • Some knowledge of popular education, financial education, tax preparation and citizenship are a plus. 

Required Academic and Experience Qualifications:

  • A high school diploma or GED or agree to obtain one during the service year.
  • Having a Bachelor degree in social sciences is a plus.

Other required qualifications:

  • Ability to perform all of the duties outlined above. 
  • U.S. Citizen or U.S. Legal Permanent Resident (recently naturalized citizens are encouraged to apply).
  • At least 17 years old.
  • Pass a national service criminal history check of the national sex-offender registry, state repository check (Maryland and state of residence), and FBI fingerprint check, before starting national service.
  • Express commitment to complete one year of National Service. 

Placement Type:

The position is not a reassignment from a previous Host Site/Agency.


Selection Process:

To be considered for the New Americans Opportunity Project program, interested individuals must submit a current resume to the Manager of Immigrant Integration Programs at CASA. Staff will review the application, request an interview and application (if appropriate), conduct three reference checks, and match a potential applicant with a host site. After the applicant has met with the site supervisor at the host site, the applicant will be responsible for getting a three part criminal history check. Individuals will not be allowed to start orientation or be enrolled in the program until all appropriate background check and paperwork is received by CASA.


Contact:

For more information and to apply, contact:                      

Pablo Blank                                                                       

Immigrant Integration Programs Manager

pblank@wearecasa.org                                                                                


For more information about CASA, visit:

www.wearecasa.org        


For more information about AmeriCorps, visit:  

www.americorps.gov                                       

Benefits

Benefits:

Full-time commitment (1700 hour/year):  

Living allowance of $13,732/year, health care coverage.  Member may apply for child-care allowance.  Member will be entitled to a $5,920 education award upon program completion.

Half-Time commitment (900 hours/year): 

Living allowance of $6,866.  Member will be entitled to a $2,960 education award upon program completion. 

Living allowance will be paid monthly by direct deposit based on the schedule to be shared at the time of signing the Service Agreement. 

CASA offers a variety of free-, high quality- training courses on Financial Education, Taxes and Citizenship.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

High School


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