Intensive Community Orientation AmeriCorps Member

November 12, 2016

Reports To: Site Director & CWS HQ
Team: Refugee AmeriCorps Initiative
Placement Site: CWS-New Jersey
Benefits: Living Allowance of $20,000 (distributed over 12 months), Education Award of $5,775, Professional Development Opportunities
Work Schedule: The member is expected to work 35 hours per week Monday thru Friday and participate in limited 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. CWS is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

To Apply:
Please visit the link below to apply directly online to this position.

Please note that CWS does not accept resumes for positions that are not posted.  All applicants are required to submit their resume using the on-line applicant tracking system.

Position Description:
CWS, in collaboration with CWS-Jersey City, seeks an AmeriCorps member to be placed at in Jersey City, NJ to support and build capacity for Intensive Community Orientation (ICO).
The Intensive Community Orientation AmeriCorps member position is part of a national AmeriCorps program managed by CWS and funded by a joint partnership between the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The program engages 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, health and/or employment to better support refugees in reaching long term integration and self-sufficiency. Members will:

  1. develop and/or enhance ICO Curriculums and education activities in the areas of housing, health and/or employment;
  2. coordinate ICO activities, including the instruction of ICO workshops, scheduling and tracking of participants;
  3. Recruit and manage volunteers to assist with ICO;
  4. Build partnerships and train community organizations and individuals in working with refugee populations.

AmeriCorps members are expected to participate in on-boarding trainings, monthly Community of Practice Calls (CoP) calls, quarterly check-ins with CWS HQ, Day of Service events, and, if offered, the AmeriCorps conference. Members are required to complete a Member Service Plan and participate in professional development opportunities.

Local Operating Site Overview: CWS-New Jersey, Jersey City, NJ
The member will be placed with CWS’ affiliate office CWS-Jersey City. CWS Jersey City provides a number of services to newly arriving refugees such as apartment set-ups and airport pick-ups, assistance with enrollment to social services, social security, school enrollment, health care appointments, ESL referrals and actively engaging with community partners. The Refugee AmeriCorps member will play an integral role as part of the CWS Jersey City team. The member will work to design and deliver ICO to refugees in the areas of health and housing as well as conduct community outreach, meetings and training with area health providers and landlords.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assess pre-existing cultural orientation and other education activities offered on housing and healthcare. Identify resources and programs in your community; identify gaps in education activities and work to address gaps through housing and health ICO curriculums.
  • Design, coordinate and deliver comprehensive ICO education activities on topics related to the US health care system and housing, leveraging existing resources.
  • Provide one-on-one guidance and information in regards to financial responsibilities, budgeting and short and long term financial planning as part of housing ICO curriculum.
  • Provide one-on-one guidance and information on how to navigate local transportation systems as part of housing and health ICO curriculums.
  • Track participant attendance and address barriers to participation. Improve ICO curriculums as necessary to reach intended clients.
  • 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 health and housing partnerships within the community. Work with community partners to improve access and streamline communications and services related to housing and health. Train community individuals through community ICO on how to better support refugee populations.

Program Requirements:

  • Complete 1700 hours of service in a period of no less than 351 days and no more than 365 days.
  • 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.
  • Adhere to and follow CNCS and CWS regulations of service.

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.
  • 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.

AmeriCorps 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.
  • In order to serve in the Refugee AmeriCorps Initiative, members must 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.

For more information:

  • Contact Ella Fowler, CWS HQ Refugee AmeriCorps Program Specialist, at 212.870.2648 or