Position Title: Intensive Community Orientation AmeriCorps Member
Reports To: CWS Palm Beach Sub-Office Director & CWS HQ
Team: Refugee AmeriCorps Initiative
Placement Site: Church World Service, Delray Beach, FL
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 on a 9AM – 4:45PM schedule and participate in some early morning, evening, holiday and weekend activities related to ICO as needed.
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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).
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 and health to better support refugees in reaching long term integration and self-sufficiency. Members will:
- develop and/or enhance ICO Curriculums and education activities in the areas of housing and health;
- coordinate ICO activities, including the instruction of ICO workshops, scheduling and tracking of participants;
- Recruit and manage volunteers to assist with ICO;
- 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 Palm Beach
CWS Palm Beach provides refugee resettlement services through the R&P program. This year the proposed capacity is to resettle 145 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.
- Build and/or sustain an online ICO platform for clients in the areas of housing and health.
- 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.
- Recruit and train volunteers for general and ICO activities.
- 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.
- Assist with general volunteer recruitment outside of ICO
- Complete 1700 hours 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.
- 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:
- On CWS, visit us on the web at cwsglobal.org
- On the Refugee AmeriCorps Initiative and its work contact Ella Fowler, CWS HQ Refugee AmeriCorps Program Specialist, at 212/870.2648 or email@example.com or Silvio Padilla, Palm Beach Sub-Office Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply, please visit https://cwsglobal.org/intensive-community-orientation-americorps-member-delray-beach-fl/
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