International Rescue Committee
Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a leading non-sectarian, voluntary organization providing relief, protection, and resettlement services for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. The IRC opened in Baltimore in 1999 and currently resettles or provides assistance to approximately 2,500 humanitarian immigrants each year.
The youth caseworker is responsible for managing a caseload of newly arrived school-aged humanitarian immigrant youth ages 0-21 for the initial resettlement period of one year and serving as a liaison between IRC, relevant schools, partners, agencies, and families. The youth caseworker reports to the youth services coordinator, and works closely with the resettlement, economic empowerment, and health teams.
This is a full-time limited term position for one year and may be extended, depending on funding. The position is eligible for full benefits.
- Assist newly arrived families with school enrollment, including immunizations, educational certificates, proof of residence and other records. Coordinate introductory meetings with teachers, parents, and students.
- Assess educational background of each student to determine barriers to school attendance and success (medical, transportation). Develop individual service plans for each student.
- Facilitate school orientations, explaining the U.S. educational system, school culture, roles and responsibilities, U.S. laws, safety, etc.
- Provide case management services to include, but not limited to: referring and linking youth for services in the community, following up with other community service providers on youth progress, coordinating with Refugee Youth Project, Soccer Without Borders and other IRC programs.
- Conduct follow-up home visits with students and their families to address integration issues; assist with scheduling and facilitating parent and adjustment groups.
- Maintain accurate and timely client case notes, referrals and case files as required by program guidelines.
- Contribute to youth program development and organizational growth, strategic planning, outreach and advocacy activities and events as needed.
- Supervise youth case management interns.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college in the field of education, counseling, social work, psychology, or a related human services field preferred.
- Experience working with at-risk youth, specifically in the context of educational and social programs; experience in case management and working with refugee and/or immigrant populations highly desirable.
- Demonstrated ability working as part of a multi-disciplinary team and fast-paced, multi-cultural environment.
- Excellent organizational, analytical, written and oral communication skills.
- Fluency in English required. Fluency in a second language of local client base preferred. (Arabic, Dari, Pashto, Spanish, Swahili or Ukrainian are priority languages).
- Strong computer skills: MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and web-based databases and applications.
- Some evening and weekend hours will be required.
- Valid driver’s license, access to insured, personal vehicle, and the ability to travel regularly throughout Baltimore. Working Environment:
A combination of standard office environment, remote work, and ‘field’ time within the service delivery area to perform the above outlined responsibilities. Some evening and weekend hours will be required.
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.
How to apply
Deadline: 13 May 2023