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Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS) is a non-profit agency whose mission is to help refugees and other displaced people establish new lives, strengthen hope, and contribute to the vitality of Connecticut’s communities.

Welcoming persecuted people from other countries is America’s most noble tradition. IRIS helps newcomers on the road to self-sufficiency by providing lifesaving support during their transition to life in the United States.

 

We offer the following services to refugees and immigrants, available in Connecticut.

 

Please bear with us for the next few weeks! Our site is under heavy construction. 

HOUSING

IRIS provides basic needs on arrival including housing, furniture, groceries and household goods.

EMPLOYMENT

Through career counseling, job skills training, and outreach to employers, IRIS helps clients prepare for, start, and succeed in jobs.

HEALTH

IRIS schedules and accompanies clients to medical appointments and helps clients learn to navigate the system independently.

LEGAL

Our legal team reunites families from overseas, helps refugees obtain U.S. citizenship and offers representation to people seeking asylum.

EDUCATION

IRIS enrolls children in school and provides them with tutoring as well as daily English classes for adults. In addition, robust summer learning and higher education programs help our families reach their fullest potential.

CASE MANAGEMENT

Case managers help families reach self-sufficiency, as well as provide intensive case management and counseling support to refugees with the greatest needs.

OUR STORY

IRIS empowers refugees and immigrants to become self-sufficient and integrated into their new communities. At the same time, newcomers enrich our communities, making this a better place for all of us.

“The killing of innocent black people needs to stop."

Weruche U. George, Asylee from Nigeria

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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

WORK WITH US

IRIS has a casual work atmosphere where everyone’s opinions and ideas are valued. We’re committed to work-life balance and offer everyone opportunities to learn, experiment, and grow. If you’re looking to add meaningful purpose to your work or want a life-changing fellowship to get your career off on the right foot, then you’ll love working here. Please see our open positions and volunteer opportunities below.

POSITION:  Development Manager

SUPERVISOR: Director of Community Engagement

HOURS/FULL-TIME EQUIVALENCY: 40 hours per week or 1.0 FTE

 

OVERVIEW:

As an integral part of the Community Engagement Team, the Development Manager will cultivate, steward, and expand the relationships between the organization and its donors at all levels. This will be achieved by providing extraordinary management and service for supporters of all types. This position oversees a part-time Grant Writer and a full-time Constituent Relationship Management Database Coordinator, as well as multiple interns and volunteers.

 

KEY FUNCTIONS:

Donor Relations & Systems Management

      Evaluate, develop and implement retention strategies for targeted donor segments, including implementation of annual appeal, Great Give, monthly donor, and other appeals

      Oversee and implement the review, recording, and acknowledgment by written correspondence and other creative means, all corporate, institutional, individual and event gifts, as well as employer matching contributions

      Oversee the fulfillment of data and reporting requests, including the production of donor lists, regular progress reports and extractions of data for analytical and donor cultivation purposes

      Oversee the maintenance of accurate and up-to-date donor contract and biographical information, as well as unique contextual information critical to relationship management and tracking

      Oversee the execution of data integrity projects including returned mail, address updates, merge, and inactivation processes

      Oversee the maintenance of gift information and donor correspondence within central files

      Oversee and participate in gift reconciliation with the general ledger and support for audit needs

      Assist and/or participate in donor cultivation and stewardship events as needed

 

Grants Management

      Track grant application and report deadlines for all existing foundation funding sources

      Research new grant prospects for consideration

      Oversee and prepare letters of interest, grant proposals, reports, and project budgets for new and existing foundation funding sources in coordination with the Director of Community Engagement, key program staff and/or Executive Director


Communications Systems and Media Supports

      Oversee maintenance and regular integration of general supporter and volunteer communication databases (ie. Mail Chimp, eTapestry, etc.)

      Cross functional support and input into social media, e-newsletter, strategy and content as it relates to campaigns and areas of special interest

      Respond to periodic media requests, coordinating interviews and/or participant in limited media interviews


Key Attributes

      Positive, solution-oriented personality and style

      Strong people skills, as well as customer service

      Ability to supervise teams and work as part of a team, as well as independently

      Thrives in grassroots, start-up style organizational culture

      Commitment to maintaining confidentiality and exceptionally high quality standards

      Dedication to serving the immigrant community


Professional Requirements

      Proficiency in Microsoft Office

      Proficiency in Google Suite

      Proficiency in or ability to learn and use development software

      Proficiency in social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

      Experience with or ability to quickly learn communications software (e.g. Constant Contact, MailChimp, etc.)

      Excellent oral and written communication skills

      Ability to gather, analyze and summarize information including numerical, financial and contextual data

      Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail


Education Requirements

      Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience

      Minimum 6-8 years professional experience

 

To apply, send an email to humanresources@irisct.org as soon as possible with the following (please no phone calls):

      A subject line that says “Development Manager”

      A cover letter

      An attached resume

Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received and until the position is filled.

IRIS is looking for a part-time Supportive Therapy Clinician who will provide one on one therapy using a culturally sensitive, holistic approach to refugees and immigrants experiencing mild to moderate mental health symptoms. This part-time position averages 10 hours a week.

General Description IRIS has a need for in-house mental health expertise. Working within the Health & Wellness department and in collaboration with several other IRIS staff members, the Clinician will play a key role in ensuring that clients access the mental health care they need. The Clinician accepts referrals from IRIS staff and local medical professionals. The Clinician offers one on one counseling, with interpretation if needed, and refers clients to other mental health care providers as appropriate. The Clinician also plays a key role supporting IRIS staff as they deal with particularly complicated client situations.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: 
• Receive therapy referrals from IRIS staff
• Coordinate with medical professionals to receive referrals or confirm needs of clients referred by IRIS staff
• Maintain list of eligible clients with some degree of priority (waiting list), as needed
• Prepare for counseling sessions including logistics with clients and interpreter
• Meet with clients individually in order to develop an action plan and maximize adaptive coping skills
• Maintain case notes of sessions separate from main database
• Maintain coordination of care with IRIS staff and medical professions
• Serve as resource to IRIS staff and partners such as co-sponsors as needed
• Meet with clients to conduct urgent assessments and recommend follow up action (In situations where it is not possible otherwise, these assessments may be conducted at clients’ home)
• Other tasks as requested by Health & Wellness Manager and Director of Case Management

CANDIDATES MUST HAVEN: 
• Active license in one of the following: Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapist, Psychologist, Professional Counselor, Psychological Associate, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatrist
• Master’s degree in mental health, counseling, therapy, psychology, or social work
• Experience in one-on-one direct counseling
• Experience and/or ability and willingness to use in-person and phone interpreters during sessions
• Understanding of basic therapeutic models such as: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic Therapy, Integrative/Holistic Therapy, Mindfulness
• Strict adherence to the ethical standards of the profession – Code of Ethics compliant
• Strong understanding of culturally sensitive therapy, commitment to anti-racism and the mission of IRIS
• Strong understanding of the refugee resettlement process
• Ability to work collaboratively with multiple people and programs within IRIS

To apply, send an email to Director of Case Management, at humanresources@irisct.org as soon as possible with the following:

• A subject line that says “Supportive Therapy Clinician”
• A cover letter
• An attached resume
Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received and until the position is filled.

The Human Resources & Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager is a full-time staff position within the
Operations and Finance Department. The position reports to the Director for Operations; the position
will participate in management team meetings and will also have a direct line to the Executive Director.

The position is focused on evaluating, implementing and coordinating all Human Resources activities,
programs and processes for IRIS and will play a major role in refining HR and DEI policies, furthering our
commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI), staff training and safety. The ideal candidate will have
a breadth and depth of knowledge in human resources, equity and inclusion. This position requires a
strong multi-tasker with the proven ability to implement best practices and policies.
The candidate will be highly organized, with meticulous attention to detail. The candidate is a thoughtful
team player who values and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation,
gender identity, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance, and actively works to foster an
equitable and inclusive experience for everyone in their work.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Refine, implement and administer all HR programs
• Recruiting: manage all recruiting processes and train managers in proper recruiting, interview, feedback and decision-making processes
• Foster compliance with existing employment laws, benefit plans, employee handbook, etc.
• Staff meetings and staff outings and events: organize training and events to boost employees’ communication abilities and team spirit
• Performance evaluations: coordinate and manage all processes and train managers on delivering direct and appropriate feedback and evaluations. Refine and administer the performance review program to ensure consistent and timely execution and equity within the organization
• Employee relations: conduct or engage counsel to conduct employee investigations in response to complaints of harassment, discrimination and conflict within the workplace
• Employee engagement: help develop and implement programming that creates a culture of belonging; champion a positive culture, including feedback and training for those who need to develop their skills and/or awareness of the impact they are having on others
• Administer policies and procedures that promote diversity, equity and inclusion
• Implement and maintain a human resources system that meets top management information needs
• Refine HR procedures, processes, and programs that support IRIS’s work, culture, vision and, environment, including IRIS’s internal diversity, equity and inclusion work
• Maintain consistent actions across IRIS by initiating, coordinating and training programs for managers on human resource practices, termination and promotion decisions, safety, discrimination and sexual harassment
• collaborate with leadership on employee compensation and benefits
• Serve as the subject matter expert in areas of employee relations, legal compliance, the development of policies, procedures and standards for implementation organization-wide in partnership with leadership
• Consult legal counsel to ensure that policies comply with federal, state and local law.
• Review and analyze organizational data to identify trends and recommend solutions to improve performance, retention and employee experience
• Serve as an advocate and partner for all staff to retain, develop and motivate people to achieve their fullest potential
• Serve as ombudsperson between staff and management
• Provide leadership to internal staff satisfaction and diversity, equity and inclusion working group

SPECIFIC OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES: 
• Oversee the analysis, maintenance, communication of records required by law or local governing bodies.
• Measure and forecast hiring, turnover and diversity metrics
• Train managers on how to select, manage, evaluate and retain diverse employees
• Review all communication on IRIS’s website, social media pages, job descriptions and internal documents to ensure we use non-discriminatory language
• Plan and lead onboarding and new employee orientation.
• Prepare Board items related to employment.
• Represent IRIS at various career events (like job fairs)
• Support for financial and budget requirements

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: While no one person will have all the qualities enumerated below, the successful candidate will bring many of the following qualifications and attributes:

• A combination of a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or related field; 5+ years leading the HR Function; or 3 years plus SHRM or PHR Certification(s)
• Experience working in a non-profit organization
• Forward thinking, innovative and progressive in HR practices
• Working knowledge Federal and State of CT Employment Laws and Federal statute regulations
• Ability to think strategically and conceptually with an open-minded approach to HR Solutions
• Commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regard to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance.
• Openness to a multi-faceted range of viewpoints; ability to engage with tough questions in a thoughtful, respectful and confidential manner.
• Ability to engender trust and respect.
• Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
• Adaptable team player with the ability to engage various constituencies in a complex environment
• Flexibility, patience and willingness to work hard and learn from others.
• Unwavering commitment to the mission and goals of IRIS, including a demonstrated commitment to: valuing work life balance and internal culture, equity and diversity.

To apply, send an email to Director of Operations, at humanresources@irisct.org as soon as possible with the following:

• A subject line that says “HR-DEI Manager”
• A cover letter
• An attached resume
• An attached resume
• Contact information for two references 

Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received and until the position is filled.

OUR MISSIONS

VOLUNTEER AT IRIS

Volunteers are an invaluable part of the IRIS team. Click here for available volunteer roles.

To apply: Complete the IRIS Volunteer Application here. You will receive an email copy of your application. Please forward that along with your resume to the Volunteer Programs Specialist (format: Last name, First name Resume.pdf).

OUR MISSIONS

intern at iris

Interns commit 15+ hours per week for a minimum of three months, and all internships are unpaid. Our interns are typically undergrad and masters students, but internships are open to any community member who is interested in our work.

Click here for available internships at IRIS. 

To apply: Complete the IRIS Intern Application here. You will receive an email copy of your application. Please forward that along with your most recent resume to the Volunteer Programs Specialist (format: Last name, First name Resume.pdf).  Questions? Email the IRIS Volunteer Programs Specialist at volunteer@irisct.org.