Survivors of Torture Support Project Associate - International Rescue Committee - AmeriCorps
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Arizona Serve
Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
International Rescue Committee
Survivors of Torture Support Project Associate
900 Hour Position
Approximately 20 hours/week
Service Location: Tucson, AZ
Service Dates: September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019
I. ORGANIZATIONAL PURPOSE AND BACKGROUND
Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a leading, non-sectarian, non-profit organization which offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. The mission of the IRC is to provide essential resettlement services including access to basic necessities, education, employment, social services and advocacy, to assist refugees in rebuilding their lives and reuniting families. The IRC in Tucson is the largest refugee resettlement agency in Pima County and offers a range of services, including cultural orientation, job readiness training, financial literacy, medical and behavioral health assistance, nutrition education, and naturalization application assistance.
The AmeriCorps State member (Survivors of Torture (SOT) Support Project Associate) will help refugee clients who have specialized service needs due to the traumatic experiences that they have encountered prior to arriving in the Unites States. The SOT Support Project Associate’s primary role is to support the SOT Case Manager in providing culturally appropriate intensive case management services. Program activities include scheduling and accompanying clients to medical appointments, providing education to clients on navigating health and behavioral health systems in the U.S., and assisting in organizing SOT program events (such as the women’s sewing group).
II. PROJECT FOCUS AREAS AND ACTIVITIES
A. Program Activity Assistance: The State member will participate in organizing group activities and review case files of clients to monitor their progress. They will also assist in maintaining case notes, update the database, and assist clients with transportation for appointments and services as necessary.
B. Medical Appointment Facilitation: The State member will communicate between health care providers and clients to ensure that appointments are scheduled accordingly and make sure to secure interpreters with non-English speaking clients. They will also assist clients with transportation for appointments and services as necessary.
C. Program Assessment and Outreach: The State member will assess any service gaps and recommend solutions that can help strengthen programming. Additionally, they will conduct community outreach to cultivate partnerships that can benefit the SOT program.
D. Client Progress Assessment: In coordination with the SOT case manager, the State member will schedule appointments with clients to conduct assessment and conduct and record assessment results and submit for evaluation to the SOT case manager.
III. Requirements and Benefits
A. Education, Skills and Abilities
o Age 17 or older
o Pursuing degree in mental/behavioral health field, or at least one year related
o Strong intercultural communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with
people from other cultural backgrounds
o Strong computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Apps
o Strong written and verbal communication skills
o Understanding and ability to maintain strict confidentiality regarding client information.
o Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team setting in a consistent, energetic, and positive manner
o Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
o Effective problem-solving skills
o Ability to understand the "big picture" while completing detail-oriented tasks
o Friendly and effective interpersonal skills
o Driver’s license, personal vehicle, auto insurance, and clean driving record
AmeriCorps State Member Benefits (900 Hour)
● $6,265 living allowance during term of service
● Upon completion of service, part-time (900 hour) AmeriCorps members receive a $2,907.50 education award that can be applied to educational costs or student loans
● Members participate in 10 (2-hour) trainings that qualify them for a Certificate in Civic Leadership and 4 college credits from Prescott College
● Team support and coaching
Arizona Serve is committed to implementing inclusive practices in the workplace. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Those who have marginalized identities, whether or not those identities provide protected status, are encouraged to apply.
Prescott College is a proud participant in the Employers of National Service initiative. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.
- Stipend Provided
- Training Provided