Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. The IRC is on the ground in more than 42 countries, providing emergency relief, relocating refugees and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster. Through 29 regional offices in cities across the United States, the IRC also helps refugees resettle in the US and become self-sufficient.
The Education & Learning Program Manager oversees all components of the IRC in Atlanta’s Education services for children, youth and adults. Adult education services include English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) instruction, job readiness and vocational training, computer skills instruction, cultural orientation and life skills instruction. Youth services include year-round afterschool and summer programs for teens, out of school youth and young adults, and enrichment programs. The Education & Learning Program Manager is a full-time, exempt position reporting directly to the Deputy Director.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Oversee and coordinate the IRC Atlanta’s Education & Learning programs, providing guidance, leadership, and direct supervision in all aspects of service provision
- Identify new grant and funding opportunities and take lead responsibility for grant-writing and resource development opportunities for the education and learning program
- Provide oversight, guidance and management to a team of 20 staff
- Develop and enhance the design of education & learning services, including ESOL instruction, job readiness and vocational training, youth afterschool & summer camp programming, out of school youth and youth case management, computer literacy instruction, cultural orientation, and other emerging services
- Continue to work to streamline and improve service models in integration with other IRC departments including Economic Empowerment, Community Integration, Resettlement, and Health and Wellness
- Monitor and ensure the enrollment of all school-aged youth within the guidelines of the refugee resettlement program
- Monitor education & learning services to ensure compliance with all program standards and grant requirements
- Coordinate preparation of all program reports (quantitative and narrative ) required by active funding sources
- Ensure accurate tracking of client progress, outcome indicators, client records and all other funder requirements
- Actively engage in all aspects of program development, implementation, and evaluation & monitoring of all education programs
- Oversee the recruitment, training and supervision of all paid and volunteer staff for education services, including the adult education, youth, childcare, and supplemental program teams
- Collaborate actively with other refugee youth and adult education service providers, mainstream service providers, public & private schools, and other community partners and ensure that appropriate referrals are made to other IRC and/or external programs
- Maintain ongoing communication with the Deputy Director and Executive Director on status of education programs and provide timely reports as required.
- Participate actively in the IRC in Atlanta’s Leadership Team and model excellence in leadership
- All other duties as assigned.
- University degree (BA) in Education, Social Work, or closely related field required; M.A./M.Ed./MSW and/or ESOL/TESOL certification strongly preferred
- Minimum of five (5) years’ work experience with progressive levels of responsibility, including supervisory and program management experience in non-profit or educational sector
- Minimum of two (2) years of work experience in social/educational programs serving youth, at risk populations, or refugees required; direct experience in educational and vocational counseling preferred
- Previous professional experience in development or curriculum for ESOL instruction, adult education, and adult literacy a strong plus
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: the ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically with adolescents, multi-cultural clients, employers, grantors, and colleagues on all levels.
- Outstanding organizational, leadership and team-building skills as well as the ability to promote staff productivity and efficiency
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook) and internet research
- Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a multi-cultural environment