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IRIS has immediate openings for staff in Employment Services department

IRIS- Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (www.irisct.org) has immediate openings in its employment services department, which helps refugees—people who have fled persecution in their home countries and resettled in Greater New Haven—become self-sufficient through employment as soon as possible following their arrival in the US.

Two positions are currently open:  a FT Employment Services Coordinator and PT Employer Outreach Specialist.  Full job descriptions will be available, but responsibilities will include:

  • Work with clients, other staff members, and community members to help refugee clients adjust to the US and become financially self-sufficient.
  • Job development:  network, cultivate relationships with employers, and identify job openings suitable for refugees, most of whom have limited English, and many of whom have minimal education and/or physical work restrictions
  • Pre-employment training: prepare refugees for work by providing specialized English classes and job skills training
  • Work one-on-one with clients to identify employment opportunities, access trainings, and secure and retain jobs.
  • Provide job counseling and life skills coaching to clients
  • Manage grants related to employment services, including data management, and preparing narrative and statistical reports
  • Supervise a team of volunteers and interns recruited to assist with employment services

 Candidates must have relevant work experience, preferably in the business sector, and strong writing and communication skills. Awareness and sensitivity to multicultural issues required. Must be fluent in English. Proficiency in other languages desired, especially Arabic, Spanish, French, Swahili, or Tigrinya.  Must have a demonstrated commitment to the mission of IRIS.  Must drive clients in own vehicle throughout state and be able to work occasional evenings.  The ideal candidate must be well organized and able to handle shifting priorities in a fast-paced environment. 


To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Kelly Hebrank, Deputy Director, at khebrank@irisct.org.

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