The Education Specialist provides educational services to enhance integration of new arrival adult clients and their children. The Education Specialist works within IRC providing a range of supportive services to meet clients’ educational needs. This position is primarily responsible for coordinating and teaching necessary educational classes, including cultural orientation, job readiness training, as well as transit training instruction. The position will also connect adult clients to external English language educational services as needed. Additionally, the Education Specialist will outreach to community resources and providers to connect clients and enrich the classroom learning experience.
Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
- Educational service coordination - Coordinate adult education classes, including coordination of class schedules, enrollment and registration. - Administer pre and post assessments and examine results to process changes to improve student learning. - Assist families with school enrollment and facilitate parent-school meetings.
Teaching & facilitation
- Facilitate classes for multilingual groups of IRC clients from a facilitator’s guide and implement hands-on activities to enhance the experience and learning for clients, with support from interpreters. - Provide in-depth public transit training by riding with clients on city buses. - Incorporate remote and in-person computer-based learning into the orientation process.
Interdepartmental collaboration and case management support
- Collaborate with Caseworkers to maintain and distribute language specific and culturally appropriate materials and community resources to all clients. - Connect clients to external services through referral systems. - Support partnership expansion with community service providers, volunteer organizations, ethnic community organizations, ELT programs, and other adult education programs to enhance the cultural orientation and connected integration of new arrival refugees and asylees.
Reporting and compliance
- Track and record attendance, referrals, progress, and other such data points using Microsoft products, digital platforms, and physical filing systems. - Participate in all program meetings, staff development activities, and actively engage as a team member. - Ensure compliance with all policies, procedures, program standards, and grant requirements. - Other related duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably in Education or related field. - Hold TESOL certification form and /or a minimum two years of experience in TESOL instruction in a classroom setting for an adult education program. - Minimum two years experience in adult education programs. - Previous experience working with refugees or other diverse populations preferred. - Fluency in written and spoken English, bilingual ability preferred in Dari/ Farsi, Pashto preferred. - Cross-cultural understanding and strong communication skills, both written and verbal. - Computer proficiency with an emphasis on Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Teams, Outlook). Experience in web-based data entry systems and databases strongly preferred. - Able to work through a variety of mediums in presenting and teaching effectively. - Demonstrated ability to work as a team member in a multi-cultural environment. - Must possess or be eligible to receive a fingerprint clearance card. - Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle with current insurance, and the ability to travel regularly throughout the service delivery area for remote, home or field based teaching.
- Combination of working in a standard office environment and work in the community including meetings with community partners. Travel for the provision of resettlement services can range up to a 100-mile radius. - Occasional weekend and/or evening work required. - May also need to provide transportation for clients in personal vehicle or in a 15-passenger van.
Posted pay ranges apply to US-based candidates. Ranges are based on various factors including the labor market, job type, internal equity, and budget. Exact offers are calibrated by work location, individual candidate experience and skills relative to the defined job requirements.
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.
Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.
Professional Standards: The IRC and IRC staff must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Global Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Equality and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti-Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
US Benefits: We offer a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. In the US, these include: 10 sick days, 10 US holidays, 20-25 paid time off days (depending on role and tenure), medical insurance starting at $145 per month, dental starting at $7 per month, and vision starting at $5 per month, FSA for healthcare, childcare, and commuter costs, a 403b retirement savings plans with up to 4.5% immediately vested matching contribution, plus a 3-7% base IRC contribution (3 year vesting), disability & life insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support counseling and care in times of crisis and mental health struggles.