Over the past 80 years, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has developed unparalleled expertise in responding to emergencies and helping uprooted communities to rebuild. 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 28 regional offices in cities across the United States, the IRC also helps refugees resettle in the US and become self-sufficient.The IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and, most crucially, accountability to those we serve. The IRC is a tireless advocate for the most vulnerable.
Scope of Work:
The Employment Specialist is responsible for managing the provision of services to assist newly arrived refugee clients and other humanitarian immigrants attain self-sufficiency through employment. Specifically, the Employment Specialist ensures services that include employment preparation, placement, career enhancement services and follow-up services.
Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
- Provide intake, assessment, and pre-employment/job readiness orientation to clients eligible for employment services.
- Develop comprehensive employment plans for each employable adult.
- Provide group and one-on-one intense job readiness orientations that provide clients with the basic skills required to enhance their employability.
- Develop and cultivating long term relationships with area employers in order to identify appropriate employment opportunities for clients.
- Determine specific employment opportunities appropriate to clients and assisting clients in accessing these opportunities by guiding them through the hiring process.
- Monitor job performance, wage level, and employer/employee satisfaction.
- Assist clients and employers as necessary with post placement issues and continuing employment needs.
- Ensure timely and accurate compliance to all reporting requirements.
- Undergraduate degree is preferred.
- Demonstrated experience with the US job search process and the ability to effectively coach clients through the nuanced process of securing employment.
- Excellent communication skills, with fluency in written and spoken English. Bilingual ability in one of the predominant languages of the local client base is desired.
- Proven success achieving goals and working effectively with all levels of staff in a multicultural environment.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook)
- Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle with current insurance, and the ability to travel regularly throughout the service delivery area preferred.