Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
841 Central Ave. N.
World Relief is now seeking applicants for a 10 ½ -month AmeriCorps service member to serve September 2018 - July 2019.
World Relief Seattle is the largest refugee resettlement agency in Western Washington and has been serving refugees and other vulnerable immigrants in the Seattle area since 1979. Refugees and immigrants bravely leave behind everything familiar to seek safety, a life free from fear, and the chance for a new start. At World Relief Seattle, we come alongside these new neighbors by providing support and care through their first months and years of transition.
This support includes case management, orientation to American culture and systems, job placement assistance, English language classes, skills development classes, housing assistance, immigration legal services, youth programming, mutually-transformative relationships with community volunteers, and more. World Relief Seattle envisions every refugee and vulnerable immigrant welcomed by community, rooted in community, and empowered for community. Our work is informed by the belief that every refugee and vulnerable immigrant has an important place in our community. From the time of arrival to the first job to citizenship and beyond, the World Relief community is committed to serving and being served by this brave and resilient population.
AmeriCorps members serving at World Relief Seattle play valuable roles on our English, Employment, Health & Wellness, and Resiliency teams by enhancing our ability to provide robust and tailored services to our participants and to provide expanded support and training to our volunteers. This particular AmeriCorps member will serve alongside our Health & Wellness team as they provide extended and intensive case management to support participants in meeting their goals, overcoming barriers, and achieving self-sufficiency. All AmeriCorps positions are contingent on continued funding from the federal funding source CNCS (AmeriCorps Program).
Service Site: World Relief Seattle in Kent, Washington
The Financial Literacy Specialist will supplement and expand the Health and Wellness team’s efforts to encourage financial independence and self-sufficiency among refugees and vulnerable immigrants. This will involve increasing the participants’ understanding of responsible financial planning in the United States while also developing creative methods to adapt existing financial planning materials, including the FDIC Money Smart Program, to the particular needs of low-income refugee families. This member will be responsible for establishing solutions to address both the short-term and long-term challenges facing refugee families in their journeys toward self-sufficiency and financial independence. This will happen through both regular financial literacy group trainings and individualized financial literacy coaching. The member will additionally recruit, train, and manage volunteers, maintain accurate records, measure metrics, and develop relationships with partner organizations.
- A desire to serve refugees in support of the overall mission and work of World Relief
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively and sensitively with people from diverse cultures and religious backgrounds
- Prior teaching or tutoring experience desirable, especially in multi-cultural environments
- Good organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple duties
- Flexibility, initiative, and a desire to learn
- Experience working or volunteering with refugees and/or non-native English speakers very helpful
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
- Knowledge of a second language a plus
- Intermediate computer knowledge, including MS Office
- U.S. citizen, U.S. national or Permanent Resident
The AmeriCorps Individual Placement is a 10 ½ -month national service program requiring 40 hours a week, 1,700 total hours of volunteer service. Members receive a monthly stipend of $1,307 before deductions and withholding, basic health coverage, valuable training and experience, a $5,920 education award issued at completion of service, forbearance for qualified student loans, payment of interest on qualified student loans in forbearance, and childcare assistance for eligible members. This position is contingent on funding.
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