Youth Specialist

at International Rescue Committee
Published August 31, 2022
Location San Jose, United States of America
Category Consultancy  
Job Type Full Time  


Job Summary: IRCSan Jose recently launched its YouthWorks Program. Two Youth Specialists (split between regions in the San Jose Silicon Valley WDB Service Area) will oversee the implementation of the San Jose YouthWorks program, including meeting outcomes, providing outreach, developing and scheduling program activities, coordinating professional mentors, and providing case management for program participants. Two regionally-based Youth Specialists will work closely with identified school district(s) in the region – including offering on-site services – will facilitate achieving enrollment goals and the provision of academic supports and youth development activities that will help participants achieve measurable skills gains and credential attainment.


Do you have a background working with youth or multi-cultural populations? Are you passionate about make a positive impact and seeing an improvement in the lives of the people we serve? Then join us.


Major Responsibilities:


  • Support the integration of youth, provide youth the opportunity to identify and prioritize goals that will support their integration while also developing positive and meaningful relationships with insightful and culturally responsive mentors.


  • Provide allowable mentoring services and case management activities for eligible refugee youth.


  • Perform initial assessments of the needs and goals of the youth and develop a plan to meet those needs through educational, vocational, and social activities.


  • Provide case management that includes documenting services provided and the progress of each youth toward meeting the youth’s service plan.


  • Work with the Volunteer and Donations Coordinator to recruit and train mentors to support refugee youth.


  • Verify that each youth participating in the YouthWorks program meet eligibility requirements and maintain eligibility documentation certifying each youth's eligibility.


  • Collaborate with school districts, community colleges, America’s Job Center of California (AJCC), county welfare departments (CWD), and other service providers to refer eligible students in order to address service gaps.


  • Other tasks and duties as assigned.


Key Working Relationships:


Position Reports to: Youth Workforce Program Manager


Position directly supervises: Volunteers and interns


Indirect Reporting: N/A


External: School districts, community colleges, America’s Job Center of California (AJCC), county welfare departments (CWD), and other service providers.


Job Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Education, or equivalent work experience.


  • 3+ years’ experience working with English language learners, particularly those with interrupted formal education.


  • Experience working with youth and/or refugee populations.


  • Strong interpersonal, and communication (verbal and written) skills.


  • Cross-cultural or overseas experience.


  • Proficiency with Microsoft computer applications and internet research.


  • Ability to take initiative and problem-solve effectively in high stress situations.


  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.


  • English language fluency required. Fluency in other languages such as Spanish, Tigrinya, Amharic, or Farsi is a plus.


Working Environment:


  • Standard office work environment coupled with regular travel in and around the service delivery area.


  • Reoccurring need to provide services outside of traditional work hours (evenings and weekends).


Interested candidates can send their CVs

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