Intensive Community Orientation AmeriCorps Member Delray Beach

April 2, 2018

Position Title: Intensive Community Orientation AmeriCorps Member
Member Supervisor: CWS Palm Beach IA Coordinator & CWS HQ
Team: Refugee AmeriCorps Initiative
Placement Site: Church World Service, Delray Beach, FL
Program Benefits:

  • Living Allowance of $20,000 (distributed over 12 months)
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,815, upon successful completion of service
  • Childcare assistance, if applicable
  • Professional Development Opportunities

Work Schedule: The member is expected to work 35 hours per week on a 9AM – 4:45PM schedule and participate in some early morning, evening, holiday and weekend activities related to ICO as needed.

Church World Service (CWS) is a not-for-profit organization working to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world. To help build and maintain a diverse team, CWS actively seeks candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, use of a guide or support animal, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. CWS is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.

To apply, please visit http://cws.applicantstack.com/x/apply/a2h9xbo6bhmx

Position Description

CWS, in collaboration with CWS Palm Beach, seeks an AmeriCorps member to be placed at Delray Beach, FL to support and build capacity for intensive community orientation (ICO).

Founded in 1946, CWS is a non-profit and faith-based global humanitarian organization. CWS works in more than 30 countries worldwide to eradicate hunger and poverty, to secure a sustainable future for the displaced and to promote peace and justice. Over the course of its near 70-year history, CWS has assisted 800,000 refugees and parolees to start new lives and integrate into communities across the United States. Through its Immigration and Refugee Program (IRP), CWS assists refugees, asylees, asylum seekers, immigrants throughout the U.S.

CWS provides each adult refugee with cultural orientation (CO) within 90 days of arrival to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes refugees need to adjust and achieve successful integration. AmeriCorps members will focus on at least one of three key topics—housing and/or health—which are pillars of successful resettlement because of their link to refugees’ immediate self-sufficiency and long-term integration.

CWS will engage 11 AmeriCorps members for one year of full-time service (1,700 hours) at 9 local resettlement agencies in Sacramento, CA, Delray Beach, FL, Grand Rapids, MI, , Durham, NC, Greensboro, NC, Columbus, OH, Lancaster, PA, Harrisonburg, VA and Richmond, VA. The program supports a resettlement environment that promotes refugee integration by enhancing mutual understanding between refugees and their new U.S. communities through ICO, an education program focused on the areas of housing and health to better support refugees in reaching long term integration and self-sufficiency. AmeriCorps members will design, coordinate and deliver intensive community orientation (ICO) for 1,107 refugees, develop 130 new community partnerships and train 100 community individuals on working with refugee populations.

Local Operating Site Overview: CWS Palm Beach

CWS Palm Beach provides refugee resettlement services through the R&P program. Along with CWS Miami’s office, this year we expect to resettle about 100 refugees from varying countries. In addition to the resettlement program, the office offers employment services through the Matching Grant (MG) program, immigration legal services, information and referral services and short term intensive case management to vulnerable eligible populations through the state of Florida’s Integration Assistance program. The Refugee AmeriCorps member’s role at CWS Palm Beach will serve as a community resource engagement and intensive cultural orientation support component for any qualifying population, developing on topics surrounding health and housing.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Leverage and expand upon existing efforts to address gaps and increase the quality and quantity of education in and access to health and housing.
  • Design and coordinate comprehensive ICO education activities in health and housing Lead classroom and community-based ICO activities in group or individual settings, engaging volunteers as appropriate.
  • Coordinate with case managers to identify clients who can be enrolled in ICO. Access client understanding of ICO topics and work one-on-one with clients identified as needing additional training.
  • Maintain appropriate documentation of client participation in ICO activities and analyze data of participating clients. Improve and add ICO education activities as necessary.
  • Recruit and train volunteers to assist in the implementation of ICO, such as ICO instructors, interpreters, transportation assistance, child care, tutors, mentors and classroom assistants.
  • Research, develop, train and maintain heath and housing partnerships within the community. Work with community partners to improve access to culturally competent services for clients in heath and housing and improved understanding of client needs.
  • Train community individuals through community ICO on how to better support refugee populations.

Program Requirements:

  • Complete 1700 hours in a period of no less than 351 days and no more than 365 days.
  • Consult with your supervisor if you have ideas, issues or concerns, offering analysis and solutions whenever possible
  • Participate in a thorough on-boarding provided at the local level by the direct supervisor and the national level provided by CHWS-HQ.
  • Participate in one-on-one check-ins with CWS-HQ and at least bi-weekly check-ins with your direct supervisor.
  • Participate in monthly Community of Practice webinars to share resources, challenges and best practices with other CWS Refugee AmeriCorps members. Facilitate at least one CoP call and present on a Learn n Share topic.
  • Complete a Member Service Plan (MSP), and participate in professional development activities.
  • Participate and/or coordinate a Day of Service event on/or around World Refugee Day on June 20th.
  • Participate, if offered, in a Refugee AmeriCorps member conference.
  • Submit monthly service logs and reporting documents to CWS-HQ.
  • Respect confidentiality of clients, staff and AmeriCorps members.
  • Adhere to and follow CNCS and CWS regulations of service.
  • Practice sound health habits, including getting sufficient rest, to effectively perform the position requirements.

 Qualifications:

Skill Requirements:

  • Ability to speak publicly with defined constituencies regarding specific assigned topics.
  • Utilize MS Office (Excel, Word and Access) and Internet applications.
  • Utilize excellent communication skills both in writing and orally. Communicate detailed and/or technical information clearly.
  • Ability to work well with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to provide culturally sensitive counseling and instruction is required.
  • Strong initiative; self-starter. Ability to creatively problem solve.
  • Previous work/volunteer experience in teaching, refugee resettlement or other direct social services preferred. Curriculum and training development experience preferred.

Eligibility Requirements.  

  • Members must be at least 18 years of age or 17 years of age with written parental consent.
  • Members must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident or U.S. national.
  • Members must have a High School Diploma, earned an equivalency certificate or obtain a waiver. Members may not have dropped out of elementary or high school.
  • Provide proof of enrollment in a health insurance plan within 30 days of service.
  • Selection into the program will be contingent upon a criminal history check, including the national sex offender public registry, state criminal history registries for locations where the member has lived as well as the service location and an FBI fingerprint check.

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