Employment & Job Development Assistant
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Diocese of Olympia Refugee Resettlement Office
A few hours per week
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
1610 S. King Street
JD assistants report directly to the Job Developer or the Economic Development Specialist. This position is primarily responsible for aiding and facilitating our refugee and asylees clients to learn about the job market in King County, search and apply for jobs online, make phone calls to potential employers, and conduct interview practice as
applicable. Job development assistants will also need to document their work in case files and in online google drive documents. This position is almost exclusively direct client interaction; JD Assistants will experience different personalities, cultures, as well as English language and ability levels.
Responsibilities will be approximately 100% on-site.
- Ability to work with a variety of personalities, ethnicities, organizational systems,
- and have English language skill levels.
- Ability to be responsible with routines: arrive on time, come every day, call in sick
- only when absolutely essential, etc.
- Computer literacy – use of Microsoft Platforms (Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc.),
- internet research, send emails etc.
- Ability to stay focused on the task at hand but also be flexible.
- Ability to work independently and with a team.
- Be available at least two hours a week for a three month period.
- Successfully pass a criminal background check.
- Experience working with other cultures and/or languages
- Possess and maintain a current driver’s license. Priority is given to candidates who can work at both our Seattle office and Kent office.
All volunteers will receive generalized office and client training as well as specialized training within their area of participation. Supervision will be given by both the volunteer manager as well as the program’s direct contact.
The Refugee Resettlement Office is a small non-profit agency located near the intersection of Rainier and Jackson in Seattle, just east of the International district. It is our mission to help refugees and asylees become self-sufficient in their new environment. The majority of our clients are from Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Bhutan, Burman, Iraq, and Afghanistan. We operate under several state contracts to work with adult clients who are on welfare, retired, disabled, or between jobs.
We are a small office with a very collegial environment, a relaxed workplace, and a typically casual dress code. We laugh a lot, are helpful and courteous to one another, and everyone pitches in to make sure that all of our various programs are a success. Volunteers will be covered by the organization’s liability insurance during their time with us.
The Employment & Job Development Assistant is an unpaid volunteer position. We are happy to work with institutions that provide education or other credit and are willing to give recommendations for volunteers when they are warranted. FCPAs may also be able to take some personal tax deductions through their work with us.
- Training Provided
How To Apply
After filling out the Volunteer Application (also found on our website) please email a copy of the application, your references and your resume to our Development & Volunteer Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
After reviewing your application, we will set up a short phone interview and conduct a background check. You will then be invited to participate in volunteer orientation where you will receive further training, set your work schedule and get oriented to the office.