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 Targeted Assistance Program is a grant program newly instituted by the IRC in Baltimore. The aim of the program is to link refugees and political asylees in the Baltimore area to employment through vocational skills training and vocational English language training coupled with the targeted outreach and development of specific industries and employers. The Senior Employment Specialist is responsible for assessing the skills and experience of individual participants and developing job leads and employment placement tailored to these individual’s situation.
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. Work with Employment Services Coordinators to develop a training plan with each client.
- Determine specific employment opportunities appropriate to clients and assist them in accessing these opportunities by guiding them through the hiring process.
- Monitor enrollment, attendance, and progress of client in training courses.
- Apprehend knowledge of career tracks in fields such as healthcare, hospitality, and warehousing.
- Monitor placement, job performance, wage level, and employer and employee satisfaction.
- Check in with employers and clients after job placement to ensure both are satisfied.
- Cultivate and advance long-term relationships with industry-specific area employers in order to identify appropriate vocational training and employment opportunities for clients.
- Ensure timely and accurate compliance for all reporting requirements for individual cases.
- Work with other members of the Employment team to strategize, and share best practices and job leads.
- Undergraduate degree is preferred.
- At least two years of experience in helping individuals with US job search; experience with helping nonnative individuals obtain employment preferred.
- Excellent communication skills, with fluency in written and spoken English. Bilingual ability is preferred.
- Proven success achieving goals and working effectively with all levels of staff in a multicultural environment.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook).
- Knowledge of Baltimore and area employers.
- Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle with current insurance, and the ability to travel regularly throughout the service delivery area (Baltimore City, Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Howard, and Harford counties).