Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to forcibly displaced people due to war or disaster. The IRC is on the ground in more than 40 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 helps refugees resettle and become self-sufficient. The IRC-Wichita office has been providing services to newly arrived refugees since 2011. The IRC-Wichita office serves refugees and immigrants by providing resettlement and placement, family strengthening services through trauma informed care, economic empowerment, youth and adult education and immigration services provided by a Department of Justice accredited legal representative. The IRC helps those in need to rebuild their lives and regain control of their future in their new home.
SCOPE OF WORK:
The Youth Education Coordinator manages the educational programming for children who are newly arrived, from early childhood education (0-5) through to elementary, middle, and high school (5-22). Programming of ERSI & RSI includes parent, care takers, and student orientations, liaising between parents and schools, building the capacity of school staff to understand and serve newcomer students, connecting parents to childcare and educational resources, building parent capacity to support the social-emotional wellness and academic growth of their children, and running enrichment programs that build academic skills and enhance integration, among other initiatives. This position is primarily responsible for overseeing the Refugee School Impact Grants and coordinates two positions in the implementation of that educational programming. Collaborating with colleagues, The Youth Education Coordinator ensures that programs are driven by student and stakeholder needs and experience are aligned with donor requirements, that qualitative and quantitative data are collected, and program volunteers are trained. This position will actively engage with clients, external stakeholders such as schools, and other IRC departments in Wichita. This is a full-time, non-exempt position. The Education Manager supervised the School Coordinator position.
- Coordinate the delivery of education and youth programming, including overseeing coordination of parent orientations, parent capacity building and engagement services, summer enrichment programs, school capacity building, and other academic and recreational activities.
- Provide supportive management to direct reports, build their capacity, identify opportunities for their growth, and empower them to build robust and engaging programs for youth and parents.
- Support the design of new programming to meet the needs of children ages 0-5 and their caregivers, driven by active collaboration with the clients that will be served by the program .
- Collaborate with colleagues to design and implement a monitoring and evaluation framework to evaluate program effectiveness from the perspective of the participants in the program and find opportunities for continuous improvement.
- Build stakeholder relationships that enrich the opportunities and connections that the program can offer youth and build provider capacity to serve newcomer youth well.
- Ensure compliance with all program standards and grant requirements in accordance with the State Office for Refugees (KSOR) programming requirements; including but not limited to, quarterly
program reports, semi-annual program reports, and monthly program reports.
- Maintain ongoing communication with colleagues on the status of the programs, clients, and outcomes, and provide timely reports on any management and contract compliance issues.
- Participate in resource development and the writing of grant proposals in support of the youth and education work of the IRC Wichita.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably in Education or related field.
- Minimum two years’ experience in education programs for children and youth, including previous experience supervising staff or volunteers.
- Proven ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically in a multi-cultural setting and with limited-English proficiency speakers.
- Fluency in English required. International work or study experience and second language abilities a plus; particularly in Spanish, French, Pashto, Dari, Arabic, Swahili, or other client language.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), internet research, and experience using databases and information gathering systems.
- Able to occasionally work a flexible schedule that includes evenings and weekends.
- Valid driver’s license and reliable access to an insured vehicle.
- Combination of working in a standard office environment and work in the community including meetings with community partners.
- Occasional weekend and/or evening work required.
Compensation: Posted pay ranges apply to US-based candidates. Ranges are based on various factors including the labor market, job type, internal equity, and budget. Exact offers are calibrated by work location, individual candidate experience and skills relative to the defined job requirements.
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.
Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.
Professional Standards: The IRC and IRC staff must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Global Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Equality and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti-Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
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.