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OrganizationInternational Rescue Committee in Charlottesville (IRC)
TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineMarch 15, 2018
College Degree Required?Yes


IRC Background: Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from 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 28 regional offices in cities across the United States, the IRC helps refugees resettle and become self-sufficient. Our programs are designed to ensure refugees thrive in America–whether ensuring children are enrolled in school, adults become self-reliant through employment or starting businesses, or families receive acute medical care they need to recover from trauma or illness. The IRC helps those in need to rebuild their lives and regain control of their future in their new home community.

Job Overview: The Employment Specialist is responsible for managing the provision of services to assist newly arrived clients to attain self-sufficiency through employment. The Employment Specialist guides clients through employment preparation, placement, and other career enhancing services. The Employment Specialist operates under close supervision with moderate latitude for the use of independent judgment and initiative.

Job Duties

Major Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Client Services:

  • Provide intake, assessment, and pre-employment/ job readiness orientation to clients eligible for employment services.
  • Develop comprehensive employment plans for each employable adult.
  • Assist clients in creating a budget and provide strategies for budget improvements.
  • Provide both group and one-on-one intense job readiness orientations that provide the clients with basic skills required to enhance their employability.
  • Determine specific employment opportunities appropriate to clients and assisting clients in accessing these opportunities by guiding them through the hiring process.
  • Use personal vehicle as a mode of transport for both self and clients to various job responsibilities in and around the service delivery area

Employer Relations:

  • Develop and cultivate long term relationships with area employers in order to identify appropriate employment opportunities for clients.
  • Assist clients and employers as necessary with post-placement issues and continuing employment needs.

Compliance Documentation:

  • Monitor and track client job performance and wage levels.
  • Ensure timely and accurate compliance to all reporting requirements, including database management, case noting, and file maintenance.

Team/Office Participation:

  • Participate in all program meetings, staff development activities, and other duties as assigned.
  • Work as part of a team to provide comprehensive strength-based services to IRC clients through coordination of cases and effective communication between team members and departments.
  • Comply with all policies, procedures and protocols of the agency.

Skills Required

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field of study preferred.
  • Minimum of 2 years relevant work experience in human services field preferred.
  • Demonstrated success working and communicating effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Proven ability to contribute both independently and as a key team member.
  • Self- starter with excellent problem solving skills combined with the proven ability to multi-task, prioritize duties, and manage time effectively.
  • Fluent in English, both spoken and written; bilingual ability in a language spoken by the local refugee population is desired.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • Valid driver’s license, access to a reliable vehicle with current insurance.

Working Environment:

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