Community Engagement Specialist At International Rescue Committee

Job Overview: The Community Engagement Specialist is responsible for collaborating with IRC staff and a wide variety of community partners and faith and civic groups to identify communities and potential partners throughout Suburban Washington. The Community Engagement Specialist also contributes to the development of resources, including volunteers and in-kind donations, to support the successful resettlement of Afghan Evacuees and other refugee families. The position has a dual role in helping refugees and asylees adjust to their new life and raising awareness and understanding among the local community about their newest members. This position reports to the Community Engagement Coordinator.

Major Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

In-Kind Donation Outreach and Coordination (approximately 50%)

· Work with the Community Engagement Coordinator to secure necessary in-kind donations. Communicate with staff to determine client needs and communicate those needs with the community. Coordinate distribution of in-kind donations to IRC clients.

· Conduct community outreach and engagement to solicit in-kind donations. This entails responding to email and phone call inquiries, identifying or responding to community speaking engagements, working with individuals or groups to plan and execute donation drives.

· Create systems to store, distribute and track in-kind donations.

Volunteer Engagement (approximately 50%)

· Work with the Community Engagement Coordinator to ensure the IRC maintains an active, effective, professionally managed intern and volunteer program.

· Fulfill administrative duties for volunteer programs. Coordinate with colleague(s) to ensure volunteer processing and documentation is tracked including background checks.

· Update and develop resources to manage volunteer, intern and family mentor lifecycle.

· Support current family mentors and mentees with questions and administrative tasks and help Community Engagement Coordinator to onboard new family mentors

· Conduct client and mentor feedback surveys for Family Mentor program.

· Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:

Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university preferred.

Work Experience

· At least one years’ experience working with volunteers and experience with resettlement/immigrant populations strongly preferred.

· Experience conducting training sessions preferred.

· Demonstrated ability and interest to cultivate partnerships with community organizations to meet mutual goals.

Demonstrated Skills & Competencies:

  • Strong relationship building, diplomacy, and networking skills; ability to effectively build internal and external relationships.
  • Demonstrated success working and communicating effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Self-starter with excellent problem-solving skills combined with the proven ability to prioritize and manage time effectively.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy in work product.
  • Fluent in English required, both spoken and written; proficiency in language(s) spoken by client group preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook); ability to use the internet and other digital tools for data entry, research, and problem-solving purposes.
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a personal, insured vehicle.

Working Environment:

  • A combination of standard office environment, remote work, and ‘field’ time within the service delivery area to perform the above outlined responsibilities.
  • May require occasional weekend and/or evening work.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires candidates who are selected for interview to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for this position.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.

Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

US Benefits:

We offer a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. In the US, these include: 10 sick days, 10 US holidays, 20-25 paid time off days (depending on role and tenure), medical insurance starting at $145 per month, dental starting at $7 per month, and vision starting at $5 per month, FSA for healthcare, childcare, and commuter costs, a 403b retirement savings plans with up to 4.5% immediately vested matching contribution, plus a 3-7% base IRC contribution (3 year vesting), disability & life insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support counseling and care in times of crisis and mental health struggles.

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December 2023