In-School Youth Specialist

International Rescue Committee

**Job Overview:**Under the supervision of the Youth Coordinator, the In-School Youth Specialist is responsible for PREP service provision and outcomes, including screening referrals from teachers, client processing and enrollment, curriculum development, providing assessments, creating individualized service plans, case management including client success coaching towards youth goals, referrals to community organizations for care givers, follow up services, and financial requests. This role will also be responsible to coordinate academic tutoring including tutor training and strategy development along with mentoring workshop coordination, mentor training, and workshop facilitation.

The Youth Specialist will develop relationships with local school districts and provide teachers with a clear understanding of PREP objectives and enrollment criteria along with a clear referral process. The Youth Specialist will be responsible for enrolling clients into PREP Tutoring or the dual PREP Tutoring/Mentoring program and will match youth up with the proper tutor and mentor. They will be responsible to develop goal maps and individualized service plans with each youth and their caregiver and follow up on the plans monthly to ensure progression towards goals. The Youth Specialist will also train tutors and mentors on related skills and processes. All activities will advance skill acquisition and support school engagement and progression. This role will oversee the development and implementation of PREP workshops aimed education support, life skills development, employment information, and skills assessments. In addition, the Youth Specialist will be responsible for overseeing progress made through tutoring and mentoring programs and will report findings through maintaining casefiles, case notes across ETO, and internal tracking systems.

Major Responsibilities:

Client Outreach & External Partnership Development

· Identify appropriate teachers to partner with for PREP youth referrals and communicate the goals of the program and students to be referred to the teachers.

· Act as a liaison between the IRC, employers, clients, and community partners.

Case Management

· Conduct intakes, assessments, and enrollments then provide intensive one-on-one case management and navigation services to youth, prepare individualized service plans and goal maps with youth and care givers that detail steps needed to achieve education and employments goals, and conduct follow up to ensure participants are on-track.

· Compile documentation on services provided and client outcomes in casefiles and case management database.

· Assess, evaluate, and track students’ individualized service plan progress.

· Customize clients’ resumes and supporting documentation to fit identified opportunities.

· Ensure all clients comply with the policies of the program and report client progress.

· Motivate clients to complete key items on their development plans, attend mentoring and tutoring, and take actions towards accomplish their short-term goals.

· Refer family needs identified in service plan meetings to appropriate IRC and external partnership programs.

Facilitation & Teaching

· Develop, oversee, and refine PREP Tutoring practices and methods.

· Plan and implement engaging and educational PREP Mentoring workshops and life skills development activities to ensure youth clients are active in the program and motivated towards completing shared goals.

· Conduct interview preparation with youth for employment and internship opportunities.

· Train and place volunteers to support tutoring and mentoring activities.

Program reporting and administration

· Complete internal direct assistance and incentive financial request according to program guidelines and client need.

· Review, request, and reconcile supportive services.

· Monitor youth bi-weekly progress reports from teachers and adjust tutoring practices and methods accordingly.

· Ensure timely and accurate compliance to all reporting requirements including database management, case noting, and file maintenance; and data reports as requested.

· Collect, aggregate, and analyze performance data for initial program reports.

· Conduct quality assurance checks on casefiles and in ETO.

· Create new program forms and create manuals to capture best practices for program services.

· Participate in all meetings, staff development activities, and fully engage as a member of the team.

· Align with all policies, procedures and protocols of the agency.

· Other related duties as assigned.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: Youth Programs Coordinator

Job Requirements:

· Undergraduate degree in related field, equivalent work experience may be substituted

· Two+ years of related professional work experience

· Youth-related teaching is a plus.

· Demonstrated experience with the US educational system effectively teaching/tutoring youth towards education progression.

· Excellent communication skills, with fluency in written and spoken English.

· Proven success achieving goals and working effectively with all levels of staff in a multicultural environment.

· Proficient in working with databases and 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.

· Proficiency in Farsi/Dari, or Pashto is a plus.

Working Environment:**

· Standard office work environment with regular travel throughout the service delivery area.

· Regular travel to school sites is required.

· Offices hours are scheduled as Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5pm.

· Stable Wi-Fi and the ability to work remotely

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 new hires to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for any in-office or hybrid positions. All IRC US offices require full vaccination to attend any in-office functions (e.g., meetings, trainings).

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 $120 per month, dental starting at $7 per month, and vision starting at $5 per month, FSA for healthcare and commuter costs, a 403b retirement savings plans with immediately vested matching, 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.

How to apply

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Closing date: 11/12/2022