IRC Background: The mission of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933, the IRC has a presence in over 40 countries and 27 offices in the United States; the IRC leads the way from harm to home. IRC opened an office in Seattle in 1976 and provides a continuum of services including intensive case management, employment and economic empowerment services, immigration assistance, health and wellness programming, and education support to refugee and immigrant families in Washington State. IRC Seattle is committed to providing trauma-informed, equitable, and accessible services and maintaining and evolving a diverse, inclusive, and supportive workplace.
Job Overview: The vision of the IRC Seattle Youth Program is that youth from refugee and immigrant backgrounds will have the skills and resources necessary to pursue a future of opportunity. The Youth Program works towards this vision by providing educational and enrichment opportunities to help school-aged youth from refugee and immigrant backgrounds catch up on missed education, adjust to their new school, accelerate English language development, and build positive relationships in the school and community. The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent remote and hybrid learning has greatly impacted student learning, and disproportionately for newcomer, multilingual students. The Individualized Learning Program Educator will work with the Individualized Learning Team to provide programming that fits students’ needs including providing individualized one-one tutoring sessions for students. The Educator will also assist with facilitating the virtual Reading and Literacy Program (Ready to Read!) for elementary students during the school year, working with the Youth Program Specialist to develop curriculum and lesson plans. Over the summer the Educator will lead classes in the Virtual Summer Reading Program, an online group class targeted to elementary age students to increase literacy using culturally appropriate texts and social emotional learning. As the ILP Educator, you will have the unique opportunity to partner with newcomer youth as they develop the skills, resources, and knowledge to pursue their future goals and dreams. This is a regular, full time position, contingent upon renewed funding.
Virtual Group Programs
- Conduct family outreach and enroll students in the after-school tutoring hour, virtual Ready to Read, and virtual summer reading program.
- Provide training and technical support to parents/caregivers and students for successful use of digital tools including Canvas, Google Classroom, Zoom, Teams, and the summer reading program platform.
- Facilitate Virtual Reading programs both during the school year and summer utilizing IRC’s reading programs books and activities.
- Work in tandem with the Youth Program Coordinator to track donations and distributions in Integra for all Individualized Learning Programs.
- Partnership Engagement: attend in person events at local libraries, co-facilitate arrangements of space and guest speakers for reading programs with the Youth Program Specialist.
- Track students’ attendance, needs, reading time and progress. Work with parents or teachers if more support is needed outside of the program.
- Create reports of student attendance and student’s reading logs and conduct parent/caregiver follow up calls to obtain feedback and keep families engaged in the child’s education.
- Create safe and healing learning spaces and build supportive relationships with newcomer students utilizing a trauma informed approach to support students’ academic and social and emotional development.
- Support program monitoring and evaluation by ensuring student demographic and attendance data is recorded and conducting family feedback calls at the conclusion of the program to receive input and feedback.
Individualized Learning Program
- Directly assist newcomer families with enrollment in IRC’s Individualized Learning Program.
- Provide academic support to newcomer students through IRC’s after-school individualized tutoring programs, virtual group sessions, and summer learning programs.
- Provide ongoing systems navigation for newcomer families including following up with families after school enrollment and receiving referrals from IRC staff and school districts for families having challenges effectively connecting with school.
- Provide digital education for families that need help accessing resources or devices to participate in programs.
- Help facilitate volunteer tutor training and ongoing observations, support, and feedback to IRC’s volunteer tutor program.
- Conduct regular family outreach and feedback calls to ensure individualized and group tutoring is high quality, meeting the needs of students and families, and in alignment with IRC’s tutoring guidelines.
- Work with Individualized Learning Program Coordinator to streamline volunteer processes for upcoming school year.
- Participate in program meetings, staff development activities, and fully engage as a member of the IRC team.
- Comply with all policies, procedures, and protocols of the agency, including COVID Health and Safety guidelines for in-person instruction.
- Other related duties as assigned.
- High School diploma, GED, or equivalent.
- Undergrad degree related to Education or related field preferred.
- Experience or desire to work with high school, middle school and elementary age students; experience in tutoring or academic enrichment programs (i.e. summer or day camps, youth groups, after school programs, sports/recreation programs or clubs).
- Experience working with multi-lingual students.
- Lived experience as a refugee and/or immigrant is preferred.
- In lieu of lived experience, cross-cultural or overseas experience accepted.
- Demonstrated experience with trauma-informed, person-centered approach.
- Strong intercultural communication skills: demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and across language diversity.
- Ability to maintain quality case notes and documentation in an accurate and timely manner.
- Commitment to anti-racism and ongoing learning.
- Comfortable working in high-stress environments; must be adaptable, flexible, and patient.
- Strong organizational and time management skills.
- Excellent problem-solving skills combined and the ability to prioritize duties and manage time effectively.
- Proficient with Zoom and Windows operating system and confidence in computer skills (word processing, email, data entry); willingness and ability to learn new software.
- Ability to work independently to ensure proactive, quality performance of duties, as well as ability to work as part of a team.
- Must be comfortable in a fast-paced, multicultural environment.
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Individualized LearningProgram Coordinator
Position directly supervises: Volunteers and Interns
Other Internal and/or external contacts:
Internal: Resettlement ,Volunteer and Development Team, Youth Program, New Roots Program, Health Empowerment Program, Survivor Services Program, Economic Empowerment Program, Immigration Program, and other IRC departments
External: Families, School Districts (Teachers, Admin, etc.), Colleges and Universities, Community Based Organizations
- Standard office setting at IRC’s office in SeaTac and remote within the King County vicinity; Occasional evening or weekend activities as needed.
- Need access to reliable high-speed internet from remote office or ability to work from IRC’s office in SeaTac.
- Need access to reliable transportation to travel and work off-site for participant related activities (i.e. schools, apartment complexes, community center etc.).
- Typical schedule will be Monday – Friday roughly 10:00 – 6:00 or may shift slightly based on participant schedules.
- Access to reliable transportation to travel and work off-site at programs
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.