Refugee AmeriCorps Health and Housing Navigator

April 2, 2018

Position Title: Refugee AmeriCorps Health and Housing Navigator
Member Supervisor: Intensive Case Manager
Team: Refugee AmeriCorps Initiative
Placement Site: Opening Doors, Sacramento CA
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: Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:30pm

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/a2h9xboefoti

Position Description

CWS, in collaboration with Opening Doors, seeks an AmeriCorps member to be placed at Sacramento, CA 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 10 local resettlement agencies in Delray Beach, FL, Grand Rapids, MI, Minneapolis, MN, Jersey City, NJ, 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: The member will be placed at Opening Doors in Sacramento, CA. Opening Doors is a nonprofit 501c3 refugee resettlement agency and Community Development Financial Institution in Sacramento, California. Our mission is to empower refugees, immigrants, survivors of human trafficking, and underserved Sacramento area residents to achieve self-sufficiency by accessing opportunities to mainstream economic and social systems. In addition to refugee resettlement, our organization provides immigration legal services, intensive case management beyond the 90-day resettlement period, microenterprise loans and business technical assistance, and licensing assistance for refugee childcare providers. Last fiscal year we resettled 1,027 refugees, primarily Special Immigrant Visa holders from Afghanistan.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Leverage and expand upon existing efforts to address gaps and increase quality and quantity of education in health and housing. Coordinate with case managers and the local community to identify clients who need ICO and enroll clients into the necessary ICO education activities.
  • Develop and lead health-focused educational activities in individual and group settings to help clients increase knowledge and gain self-sufficiency in navigating services, including: introduction to local health care systems; scheduling appointments, medical interpreters, and medical transportation; mental health and wellness; and pharmaceuticals.
  • Develop and lead housing activities in individual and group settings to help refugees increase knowledge and gain self-sufficiency to manage housing-related needs, including: tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities; safety in the home; public housing application processes; and introduction to moving to a new address.
  • Facilitate communication for people with limited English proficiency through interpreters or personal language abilities.
  • Engage in outreach with new and existing local services providers to build community capacity to support refugees.
  • Engage in fundraising activities (5%) to support ICO activities

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 quarterly 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.
  • Have reliable transpiration and willingness to use public transportation with clients.
  • Preferred: bilingual, verbal and/or written proficiency in Farsi, Dari, Pashto, and/or Arabic

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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