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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.

To apply for any of the jobs below, send an email to humanresources@irisct.org with the following:

  • A subject line that says Job Title and your name
  • A cover letter
  • An attached resume including three professional references (at least two direct supervisors)

If you are interested in more than one position, please send a separate email for each position for which you would like to be considered.

Annual Campaigns Manager – Full-time (remote or on-site)
IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, Inc, www.irisct.org) is a dynamic refugee resettlement agency based in Connecticut, working in the New England Region with a main office in New Haven and a satellite office in Hartford. IRIS serves people from all over the world who have fled persecution in their home countries to start new lives and become self-sufficient, enriching their new communities.

General Description
As an integral part of the Community Engagement Team, the Annual Campaigns Manager (ACM) will plan, execute, and evaluate IRIS’s three major annual campaigns and related donor stewardship activities. The overall goal for the ACM is to effectively cultivate, steward, solicit, and grow the organization’s base of annual individual donors at all levels. In addition, this position will be responsible for the process to acknowledge all financial and in-kind donations. Success for the ACM will be achieved by methodically collaborating with the other staff members of the Community Engagement Team and providing extraordinary service for supporters of all levels. This position oversees a part-time Constituent Relationship Management Database Coordinator, a Community Engagement Assistant, as well as multiple interns and volunteers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include:
Donor Relations & Systems Management
● Evaluate, develop and implement retention strategies for targeted donor segments, including implementation of annual year-end appeal, spring Great Give, monthly donor campaign, and other targeted appeals
● Collaboratively plan, assist with and/or participate in donor cultivation and stewardship events as needed
● 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 contact 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 and records
● Oversee and participate in gift reconciliation with the general ledger & support for the audit

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IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, Inc, www.irisct.org) is a dynamic refugee resettlement agency based in Connecticut, working in the New England Region with a main office in New Haven and a satellite office in Hartford. IRIS serves people from all over the world who have fled persecution in their home countries to start new lives and become self-sufficient, enriching their new communities.

General Description
The Associate Director, Development (ADD) oversees the private fundraising operations of the organization, including major gifts, annual individual and foundation giving, events, and endowment. The primary role of the ADD is to manage a team, relationships, and processes that steadily increase private revenue for the organization. The ADD will work closely with the Community Engagement team, all IRIS Directors, select board members, and the IRIS Executive Director in achieving financial goals and overseeing the management of relationships with IRIS supporters

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include:
Fundraising Strategy, Execution and Management

  • Collaborate with the Director of Community Engagement & Co-Sponsorship in the development of IRIS’s long-term fundraising plan and lead critical elements of the plan
  • Further refine and institutionalize fundraising processes, and supporting tools and analytics, to measure and ensure success.
  • Collaborate with members of the Community Engagement Team and Program Directors in the implementation of an integrated communications strategy
  • In partnership with the Director of Community Engagement & Co-Sponsorship and the Communications Specialist, collaborate on IRIS’s website, social media strategy, and content, for a team approach to ensuring all external materials are brand-aligned 

Major Individual Giving

  • Actively manage the portfolio of prospective major individual donors, bringing forward best-in-class relationship management techniques and proposal development
  • Develop and execute strategies to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individual and family foundation major donor prospects
  • Develop individual plans for donor engagement, including virtual and in person site visit opportunities, cultivation events, and volunteer opportunities
  • Develop and manage a comprehensive digital and individualized communications strategy for a mid-level donor giving program

Annual Events

  • Oversee planning, coordination, and execution of IRIS’s signature event, the Run for Refugees, World Refugee Day, as well as smaller donor engagement events, in close collaboration with IRIS’s Communications Specialist and the Director of Community Engagement 
  • Grow the base of financial support for IRIS by cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding existing and prospective individual and corporate event sponsors to meet event revenue goals

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IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, Inc., www.irisct.org) is a dynamic refugee resettlement agency based in New Haven CT with an office in Hartford CT. IRIS serves people from all over the world who have fled persecution in their home countries to start new lives and become self-sufficient, contributing members of their new communities.

IRIS has an opening for a part-time (20 hours/ week) Employment Outreach Specialist in our Hartford office.

General Description

The Employment Outreach Specialist (EOS) contributes to the effort to help refugees, asylees, and immigrants find gainful employment in the greater Hartford, CT area. The main responsibility of the EOS is to identify and pursue employment opportunities for IRIS clients.
It is essential that the person hired for this position be vaccinated against COVID-19 and comfortable coming into contact with other people. We aim to fill the position as soon as possible.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include:

Community Engagement & Outreach
• Build a network of employment contacts throughout the region (all sectors)
• Represent IRIS and IRIS employment at various events to spread information about ES and the advantages of hiring refugees
• Develop stronger relationships with state and local organizations and area civic organizations including Hartford Adult Education, the American Job Center, and local colleges and universities
• Invite business leaders to visit IRIS Client Services
• Work with specific clients, as assigned by Employment Services Manager, to investigate tailored job opportunities and help targeted clients through the application process
• Strategize with team regarding best job matches for specific clients (drawing on information in our data fields as well as team knowledge of clients and employers) 

Administrative Management
• Share information about new employment opportunities via the Job Wall spreadsheet and new
employers on the Employers/Contacts spreadsheet
• Update various systems with case note and job report information
• Keep employer data documents updated
• Help clients develop a sense of urgency about getting a job.
• Advocate for specific clients and refugee employment in general with contacts in companies and organizations that hire throughout the region.
• Conduct outreach to potential MAP (Move Ahead Program) participants via various methods (email, phone, text, WhatsApp, in-person)
• Conduct intakes with potential MAP participants to assess current financial situation and motivation to participate in program activities
• Assist clients enrolled in MAP to establish career development plans and update/revise these plans every 6 months
• Coordinate with volunteer tutors (assign pairs. check in regularly to follow up on progress
• Support clients with unemployment claims
• Support clients with workmen’s compensation claims
• Keep up to date case notes for all clients.
• Update various systems with case note and job report information.
• Ensure all relevant documents are properly placed in case files.
• Keep employer data documents updated
• Keep client data documents updated
• Help prepare statistical information in varying ways for different reports that are required for specific grants and programs.

Requirements:
Candidates must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and comfortable coming into contact with other people.

Candidates must have:

• Ability to connect with employers and clients of diverse backgrounds, to establish a rapport of trust and partnership
• Ability to troubleshoot and problem solve, to juggle multiple commitments and shifting schedules, to effectively manage time and to make informed and effective decisions
• Ability to enforce boundaries, limits and IRIS policies
• Good oral and written communication skills in English
• Experience and comfort using basic computing and spreadsheet software (Word, Excel, Google Docs)
• A commitment to anti-racism and IRIS’ mission

Ideal candidates will have:
• Experience working with refugees
• Experience working with interpreters
• Experience working in job placement programs
• Experience working in or participating in ESOL and/or skills training programs
• Ability to speak Arabic, Dari, Farsi, French, Swahili or Pashto

Compensation: $21.45 / hour
Benefits: Vacation and sick leave
Eligible for 403b retirement plan after one year of service

To apply, send an email to humanresources@irisct.org with the following:
• A subject line that says “EOS — Hartford” and your name
• A cover letter
• An attached resume including three professional references (at least two direct supervisors)
Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will continue to be accepted until the position is
filled.

 

Full-time Legal Administrative Assistant (fluency in Spanish required)

IRIS – Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, Inc. (www.irisct.org), a dynamic nonprofit organization in New Haven CT, has an opening for a full-time Administrative Assistant in its Legal Department. IRIS is a refugee resettlement agency providing high quality and culturally sensitive assistance to immigrants and refugees in Connecticut. Our goal is to help immigrants establish new lives, regain hope, and contribute to the vitality of Connecticut’s communities. IRIS currently serves clients from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Cuba, Sudan, Egypt, and Venezuela, among others.


IRIS’s Legal Department

 IRIS offers legal services, among its other services. IRIS’s Legal Department provides representation to: 
1) refugees and asylees applying for lawful permanent residence, naturalization, and reunification with family members;
2) immigrants filing for asylum; &
3) immigrants in deportation proceedings. The Legal Department currently consists of seven fulltime attorneys and two fulltime paralegals, each of whom covers one or more of the practice areas listed above.


The Administrative Assistant’s Role

The Administrative Assistant’s role will be to assist the Legal Department by handling many of the necessary tasks that keep the department running smoothly. These include but are not limited to:

• Answering phones/returning calls from clients and members of the community
• Conducting intakes and providing referrals
• Managing intake forms and spreadsheets
• Performing Spanish language interpretation and document translation
• Scheduling consultations
• Handling client correspondence relating to file submission, change of attorney, case closure, etc.
• Ordering office supplies and processing mail
• Maintaining files
• Keeping track of technology subscriptions and accounts
• Handling reimbursements, invoices and client payments
• Assisting with printing, copying, organizing and assembly of documents

The Legal Administrative Assistant handles not only the many administrative tasks that allow us to function, but serves as the Legal Department’s outfacing voice for the many calls we receive on a daily basis. These calls are from a range of people, often clients and members of the community, and they are important. A primary job for the Legal Administrative Assistant will be to return these calls helpfully, promptly and with accurate information.

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IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, Inc., www.irisct.org) is a dynamic refugee resettlement agency with offices in New Haven and Hartford, CT. IRIS serves people from all over the world who have fled persecution in their home countries to start new lives and become self-sufficient, contributing members of their new communities. While IRIS has traditionally focused on helping refugees, it is increasingly serving our undocumented neighbors and other immigrants as well. IRIS is looking for a Case Manager, based in the New Haven office, who will work with refugee clients who have already been resettled to support ongoing needs. This is a full time, salaried position.

General Description

The Case Manager (CM) provides services to refugee clients enrolled in Refugee Support Services or Wilson-Fish programs, from the time they complete the 90-day initial resettlement period through up to five years after their arrival in the United States. These clients may include parolees, asylees and secondary migrants as well as refugees, SIV holders and Afghan humanitarian parolees. The CM provides essential services and aims to support client self-sufficiency as much as possible. Common tasks include support with TANF, SNAP and HUSKY renewals, communication with landlords and about rental payments and moves, support with Energy Assistance applications, provision of information and referrals to various community services.

Candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and comfortable coming into contact with other people.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Help clients develop a self-sufficiency plan. As of Oct 1, 2021 this is required for all clients enrolled in employment services via Refugee Support Services or Wilson-Fish TANFCoordination programs. This plan must be revised every 6 months.
  • Advise clients about their eligibility for programs such as SSI, Access Health, SNAP, Refugee Cash Assistance (RCAs), Temporary Family Assistance (TFA), Energy Assistance and Operation Fuel. On request, assist clients who appear to be eligible with applications and reviews for these programs.
  • Help clients renew their DSS benefits and report changes as needed
  • Assist clients with issues related to their housing/leases such as understanding lease renewal/end, obtaining security deposits, communicating with landlords to resolve maintenance issues and disputes with neighbors. These services are provided when the client cannot manage these things independently. In rare cases, approved by the SDP, the CM may help clients look for housing and co-sign a lease on IRIS’ behalf.

IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, Inc., www.irisct.org) is a dynamic refugee resettlement agency with offices in New Haven and Hartford, CT. IRIS serves people from all over the world who have fled persecution in their home countries to start new lives and become self-sufficient, contributing members of their new communities. While IRIS has traditionally focused on helping refugees, it is increasingly serving our undocumented neighbors and other immigrants as well. IRIS is looking for a Case Manager, based in the New Haven office, who will work with new refugee arrivals providing the essential services they need in their first 90 days in order to get off to a good start in the United States. This is a full-time, salaried position.

General Description

Operating within the Reception & Placement (R&P) requirements of the federal refugee resettlement program, the Case Manager will join a dedicated team in providing case management services to hundreds of refugees and SIVs each year. The Case Manager will welcome refugee clients upon arrival, meet with clients frequently during their first 90 days to ensure that their basic needs are met and that they are adjusting well to life in their new community, and help clients make progress towards becoming self-sufficient. The job is primarily direct service with refugee clients. Compliance with administrative requirements is also essential.

Candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and comfortable coming into contact with other people.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Prepare for newly-arriving refugee families and individuals by coordinating with U.S. Ties and other staff members
  • Welcome newly-arriving refugees upon arrival to New Haven
  • Clearly communicate IRIS and federal policies and procedures
  • Conduct at least three thorough home visits with each client to ensure safety and wellbeing (and organize interpretation services if necessary)
  • Develop a service plan for each client
  • Enroll clients in English classes
  • Provide community and cultural orientation
  • Assist clients in accessing appropriate external services and public benefits, including from Social Security Administration and Department of Social Services

IRIS – Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, Inc. (www.irisct.org), a dynamic nonprofit organization in New Haven CT, has an opening for a Staff Attorney in its Legal Department. The Staff Attorney will focus exclusively on representing Afghans on their asylum cases. IRIS is a refugee resettlement agency providing high quality and culturally sensitive assistance to immigrants and refugees in Connecticut. Our goal is to help immigrants establish new lives, regain hope, and contribute to the vitality of Connecticut’s communities. IRIS currently serves clients from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Cuba, Sudan, Egypt, Venezuela, Guatemala and Honduras,
among others.

IRIS’s Legal Department: 

IRIS offers legal services, among its other services. IRIS’s Legal Department provides representation to: 

1) refugees and asylees applying for lawful permanent residence, naturalization, and reunification with family members

2) immigrants filing for asylum

3) immigrants in removal proceedings 

4) Afghan residents of CT who filed applications for humanitarian parole on behalf of family in Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover in August 2021; and 

5) Afghans who were evacuated from Afghanistan after the takeover and resettled by IRIS in the New Haven and Hartford areas. The Legal Department currently consists of six attorneys, each of whom covers one or more of the practice areas listed above, and two paralegals. 


Description of Staff Attorney Position/Requirements: IRIS is looking for a Staff Attorney to represent the clients listed in the last category above. Beginning in the fall of 2021, IRIS resettled over 400 Afghan evacuees. These evacuees were given a grant of humanitarian parole by the U.S. government, meaning they were afforded a legal status that is only temporary (typically their parole period is two years). It is essential that during this two-year period they try to make their legal status permanent. One important way of doing so is by applying for asylum. This is the work the Staff Attorney will be focused on.  

Ideally the Staff Attorney will have significant asylum experience; familiarity with the Afghan community is a plus. There is some flexibility with remote work, but the Staff Attorney should be able to work out of the New Haven office when useful. Travel to the USCIS Asylum Office in Newark or Manhattan will be necessary once a client’s interview is scheduled. The Staff Attorney will report to the Director of the Legal Department. The Staff Attorney position is full-time (40 hours per week), and pay will be commensurate with experience. Full medical benefits are included.

Prerequisites:

The Staff Attorney should be a licensed member of a state bar in good standing, qualified to represent clients in immigration matters. The Staff Attorney shall have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school. The Staff Attorney should have strong advocacy, writing, communication and organizational skills, as well as the ability to handle multiple demands and shifting priorities in a fast-paced environment. The Staff Attorney must have a demonstrated commitment to the mission of IRIS and awareness and sensitivity to multicultural issues.

Fluency in English is required
Candidates must be vaccinated against COVID 19 and comfortable coming into contact with other people

Compensation: based on experience

Benefits: Health, vision, dental insurance. Life insurance. Short- and long-term disability insurance. Vacation (3 weeks / year), Personal days (3 days/ year), sick leave (12 days/ year), holidays per IRIS schedule (currently 12 days/ year). 403b retirement plan after 1 year of employment

To apply, send an email to humanresources@irisct.org with the following:

  • A subject line that says “ASYLUM STAFF ATTORNEY: [Candidate first and last name]”
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Contact information for two references

IRIS – Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, Inc. (www.irisct.org), a dynamic nonprofit organization in New Haven CT, has an opening for a full-time Staff Attorney (40 hours per week) in its Legal Department. IRIS is a refugee resettlement agency providing high quality and culturally sensitive assistance to immigrants and refugees in Connecticut. Our goal is to help immigrants establish new lives, regain hope, and contribute to the vitality of Connecticut’s communities. IRIS currently serves clients from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt, Venezuela, Guatemala and Honduras, among others.

IRIS is looking for a full-time staff attorney to represent immigrants in removal proceedings.

IRIS’s Legal Department

IRIS offers legal services, among its other services. IRIS’s Legal Department provides representation to: 1) refugees and asylees applying for lawful permanent residence, naturalization, and reunification with family members; 2) immigrants filing for asylum; and 3) immigrants in removal proceedings. The Legal Department currently consists of six full-time attorneys and two full-time paralegals, each of whom covers one or more of the practice areas listed above.

Description of Staff Attorney Position

IRIS is looking for a Staff Attorney who can cover cases in the third category listed above: the representation of immigrants in removal proceedings. The Staff Attorney will represent clients as part of the CT Coalition for Immigrant Freedom (CCIF), a New Haven based removal defense project that seeks to provide universal representation to immigrants in removal proceedings. As such, the Staff Attorney will work closely with both IRIS case managers and attorneys at peer legal services organizations who serve these same clients.

The Staff Attorney will handle all aspects of clients’ removal cases, including scheduling and conducting client meetings, preparing and submitting asylum applications, drafting motions to the EOIR, and appearing in immigration court. The Staff Attorney will also handle any ancillary legal matters such as representing clients in probate court and petitioning for SIJ status with USCIS, preparing and filing U-visa petitions, or any other available forms of immigration relief.

The position is largely New Haven-based but could require some travel to MA or NH, depending on whether any clients are housed in detention facilities. Travel to Hartford will also be necessary for court appearances, on the occasions they arise. The Staff Attorney will report to the Director of Immigration Legal Services.

Requirements: 

Candidates must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and comfortable coming into contact with other people.

The Staff Attorney should be a licensed member of a state bar in good standing, qualified to represent clients in immigration matters. The Staff Attorney shall have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school. The Staff Attorney must have some experience representing individuals in removal proceedings, and ideally would have a significant background in this area. The Staff Attorney should have strong advocacy, writing, communication and organizational skills, as well as the ability to handle multiple demands and shifting priorities in a fast-paced environment. The Staff Attorney must have a demonstrated commitment to the mission of IRIS and awareness and sensitivity to multicultural issues.

Fluency in English is required

Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred

Salary: The salary being offered with this position will depend on the candidate’s experience.
Benefits include: vacation (3 weeks/year), personal days (3 days/year), holidays, sick leave Health, vision, dental, life, and disability insurance
Eligible for 403b retirement plan after one year of service

To apply, send an email to humanresources@irisct.org with the following:

  • A subject line that says “STAFF ATTORNEY: [Candidate first and last name]”
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Contact information for two references

IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, Inc., www.irisct.org) is a dynamic refugee resettlement agency. IRIS serves people from all over the world who have fled persecution in their home countries to start new lives and become self-sufficient, enriching their new communities.

Job Summary & General Responsibilities
This short-term teaching position with our Summer Learning Program runs from late June through early-August; candidates should also be available for 10 – 20 paid hours between April and the start of the program, including up to three two-hour Saturday workshops.

Note: Please keep in mind that the format of the Summer Learning Program is subject to change based on potential restrictions associated with the COVD-19 pandemic. The program itself may be 100% in-person, 100% remote, or operated on a hybrid model. Candidates for this position should feel comfortable operating Chromebooks and facilitating group activities using platforms such as Zoom and Google Classroom.

The SLP Assistant Teacher (SLPAT) will work with a lead teacher in classes of up to 25 students, and lead small groups as the curriculum and situation require. The students are part of a program serving approximately 200 students overall between the ages of 4 and 18. The students will usually be divided into separate age and level appropriate groups which will each be led by an individual SLPT to promote academic and social success. The SLPAT will work as part of a team including teachers, interns, and volunteers. The SLPAT should have a commitment to antiracism and be prepared to incorporate classroom activities that help SLP students recognize and appreciate their diverse identities. The SLPAT will be responsible for helping to create a positive learning environment and assessing and meeting daily needs of students. The SLPAT will be a representative of the Summer Learning Program and of IRIS, and will contribute to organizing visitors and welcoming them to the program

Specific Duties

• Assist with leading a class of up to 25 K-12 students of similar ages and levels.
• Review and re-evaluate curriculum and specific lesson plans with the Summer Learning Program Teacher (SLPT) on a daily and ongoing basis to better meet the needs of students

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Job Summary & General Responsibilities
IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, Inc., www.irisct.org) is a dynamic refugee resettlement agency. IRIS serves people from all over the world who have fled persecution in their home countries to start new lives and become self-sufficient, enriching their new communities.

This short-term teaching position with our Summer Learning Program runs from late June through early-August; candidates should also be available for 10 – 20 paid hours between April and the start of the program, including up to three two-hour Saturday workshops.

Note: Please keep in mind that the format of the Summer Learning Program is subject to change based on potential restrictions associated with the COVD-19 pandemic. The program itself may be 100% in-person, 100% remote, or operated on a hybrid model. Candidates for this position should feel comfortable operating Chromebooks and facilitating group activities using platforms such as Zoom and Google Classroom 

The SLP Assistant Teacher (SLPAT) will work with a lead teacher in classes of up to 25 students, and lead small groups as the curriculum and situation require. The students are part of a program serving approximately 200 students overall between the ages of 4 and 18. The students will usually be divided into separate age and level appropriate groups which will each be led by an individual SLPT to promote academic and social success. The SLPAT will work as part of a team including teachers, interns, and volunteers. The SLPAT should have a commitment to antiracism and be prepared to incorporate classroom activities that help SLP students recognize and appreciate their diverse identities. The SLPAT will be responsible for helping to create a positive learning environment and assessing and meeting daily
needs of students. The SLPAT will be a representative of the Summer Learning Program and of IRIS, and will contribute to organizing visitors and welcoming them to the program.

Specific Duties 

• Assist with leading a class of up to 25 K-12 students of similar ages and levels.
• Review and re-evaluate curriculum and specific lesson plans with the Summer Learning Program Teacher (SLPT) on a daily and ongoing basis to better meet the needs of students

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IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, Inc., www.irisct.org) is a dynamic refugee resettlement agency. IRIS serves people from all over the world who have fled persecution in their home countries to start new lives and become self-sufficient, enriching their new communities.

This short-term teaching position with our Summer Learning Program runs from late June through mid-August; candidates should also be available for 10 – 20 paid hours between April and the start of the program, including up to three two-hour Saturday workshops.

Please keep in mind that the format of the Summer Learning Program is subject to change based on potential restrictions associated with the COVD-19 pandemic. The program itself may be 100% in-person, 100% remote, or operated on a hybrid model. Candidates for this position should feel comfortable operating Chromebooks and
facilitating group activities using platforms such as Zoom and Google Classroom

Job Summary & General Responsibilities

The Summer Learning Program Early Education Teacher (SLPECET) will facilitate daily programming for 10-15 children, birth to age 4, who are enrolled in the IRIS Summer Learning Program. The SLPECET will work together with a team of volunteers and be responsible for maintaining a positive learning environment to promote early learning and social success.

Specific Duties

  • Plan and implement educational care for young children as part of a Family Literacy program for refugee and immigrant families in New Haven.
  • Direct a team of classroom volunteers and interns in daily activities and educational child care to promote physical, cognitive, language, emotional, and social development.
  • Organize daily art projects and enrichment activities designed for infants and toddlers or preschool readiness. 
  • Assist young children to transition from their mothers and encourage interactions with other children within the classroom. 
  • Plan program curriculum and activities with the other Early Childhood Educator and the Family Literacy Program Manager. 
  • Use Google Drive to share lesson plans, input attendance, and maintain a list of necessary learning and program supplies. 
  • Participate in Parent Education and Interactive Literacy Activity sessions.  

Supervises: N/A
Reports to: Family Literacy Program Project Manager

Hours & Benefits: Part-Time short term position without benefits.

Location: New Haven, CT

Summer Learning Program Early Childhood Education Teacher (SLPECET)
IRIS in New Haven, CT is currently seeking a Summer Learning Program Early Childhood Education Teacher. IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, Inc., www.irisct.org) is a dynamic refugee resettlement agency. IRIS serves people from all over the world who have fled persecution in their home countries to start new lives and become self-sufficient, enriching their new communities.

This short-term teaching position with our Summer Learning Program runs from late June through mid-August; candidates should also be available for 10 – 20 paid hours between April and the start of the program, including up to three two-hour Saturday workshops.

Note: Please keep in mind that the format of the Summer Learning Program is subject to change based on potential restrictions associated with the COVD-19 pandemic. The program itself may be 100% in-person, 100% remote, or operated on a hybrid model. Candidates for this position should feel comfortable operating Chromebooks and facilitating group activities using platforms such as Zoom and Google Classroom

Our program requires you to have a passion for early education and experience working with children under age 4 in an educational setting. The Early Childhood Education Teacher will be responsible for making lesson plans and leading the classroom with the help of a team of interns and volunteers.

This is a part-time short term position without benefits

Experience required: 

  • 1 year of Early Ed Experience (preferred)
  • Coursework in child growth & development
  • Experience with children under age 4 in an educational setting
  • Qualifications: Associate Degree (minimum)

Please see our other volunteer and intern positions as well at http://www.irisct.org/volunteer/

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to humanresources@irisct.org, with subject line: [position title AND location] and [your name] 


Summer Learning Program Early Childhood Education Teacher (Part-Time) Hartford

IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, Inc., www.irisct.org) is a dynamic refugee resettlement agency. IRIS serves people from all over the world who have fled persecution in their home countries to start new lives and become self-sufficient, enriching their new communities.

This short-term teaching position with our Summer Learning Program runs from early July through mid-August; candidates should also be available for 10 – 20 paid hours between late May and the start of the program.

Please keep in mind that the format of the Summer Learning Program is subject to change based on potential restrictions associated with the COVD-19 pandemic. The program itself may be 100% in-person, 100% remote, or operated on a hybrid model. Candidates for this position should feel comfortable operating Chromebooks and
facilitating group activities using platforms such as Zoom and Google Classroom


Job Summary & General Responsibilities

The Summer Learning Program Early Education Teacher (SLPECET) will facilitate daily programming for 7-10 children, birth to age 4, who are enrolled in the IRIS Summer Learning Program. The SLPECET will work together with a team of volunteers and be responsible for maintaining a positive learning environment to promote early learning
and social success.

Our program requires you to have a passion for early education and experience working with children under age 4 in an educational setting. The Early Childhood Education Teacher will be responsible for making lesson plans and leading the classroom with the help of a team of interns and volunteers.


Specific Duties
● Plan and implement educational care for young children as part of a Family Literacy program for refugee and immigrant families in Hartford.
● Direct a small team of classroom volunteers and interns in daily activities and educational child care to promote physical, cognitive, language, emotional, and social development.
● Organize daily art projects and enrichment activities designed for infants and toddlers or preschool readiness.

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Job Summary & General Responsibilities
IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, Inc., www.irisct.org) is a dynamic refugee resettlement agency. IRIS serves people from all over the world who have fled persecution in their home countries to start new lives and become self-sufficient, enriching their new communities. This short-term teaching position with our Summer Learning Program runs from late June through early-August; candidates should also be available for 10 – 20 paid hours between April and the start of the program, including up to three two-hour Saturday workshops.

Note: Please keep in mind that the format of the Summer Learning Program is subject to change based on potential restrictions associated with the COVD-19 pandemic. The program itself may be 100% in-person, 100% remote, or operated on a hybrid model. Candidates for this position should feel comfortable operating Chromebooks and facilitating group activities using platforms such as Zoom and Google Classroom

The Summer Learning Program Teacher (SLPT) will assist with the coordination of daily programming for a classroom of 10-20 refugee and immigrant students who are enrolled in the IRIS Summer Learning Program in Hartford. The students are part of a program serving approximately 200 students overall between the ages of 4 and 18. The students will usually be divided into separate age and level appropriate groups which will each be led by an individual SLPT to promote academic and social success. The SLPT will coordinate volunteers and intern assistance for their class and work as part of a team. The SLPT should have a commitment to anti-racism and be prepared to incorporate classroom activities that help SLP students recognize and appreciate their diverse identities. The SLPT will be responsible for creating a positive learning environment and assessing and meeting daily needs of students. The SLPT will be a representative of the Summer Learning Program and of IRIS, and will contribute to organizing visitors and welcoming them to the program.

Specific Duties 

● Lead a class of 10 to 20 K-12 students of similar ages and levels.
● Review program design, existing curriculum, and lesson plans.
● Modify curriculum as needed, based on review, feedback, and input from various sources and in collaboration with the SLP team.
● Maintain a language-rich environment for students who are all, or almost all, English Language Learners who speak a variety of home languages including Pashto, Kiswahili, and Spanish.
● Review and re-evaluate curriculum and specific lesson plans on a daily and ongoing basis to better meet the needs of students.

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Job Summary &General Responsibilities

IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, Inc., www.irisct.org) is a dynamic refugee resettlement agency. IRIS serves people from all over the world who have fled persecution in their home countries to start new lives and become self-sufficient, enriching their new communities.

This short-term teaching position with our Summer Learning Program runs from late June through early-August; candidates should also be available for 10 – 20 paid hours between April and the start of the program, including up to three two-hour Saturday workshops.

Note: Please keep in mind that the format of the Summer Learning Program is subject to change based on potential restrictions associated with the COVD-19 pandemic. The program itself may be 100% in-person, 100% remote, or operated on a hybrid model. Candidates for this position should feel comfortable operating Chromebooks and facilitating group activities using platforms such as Zoom and Google Classroom 

The Summer Learning Program Teacher (SLPT) will assist with the coordination of daily programming for a classroom of 10-20 refugee and immigrant students who are enrolled in the IRIS Summer Learning Program. The students are part of a program serving approximately 200 students overall between the ages of 4 and 18. The students will usually be divided into separate age and level appropriate groups which will each be led by an individual SLPT to promote academic and social success. The SLPT will coordinate volunteers and intern assistance for their class and work as
part of a team. The SLPT should have a commitment to anti-racism and be prepared to incorporate classroom activities that help SLP students recognize and appreciate their diverse identities. The SLPT will be responsible for creating a positive learning environment and assessing and meeting daily needs of students. The SLPT will be a representative of the Summer Learning Program and of IRIS, and will contribute to organizing visitors and welcoming them to the program.

Specific Duties

● Lead a class of 10 to 20 K-12 students of similar ages and levels.
● Review program design, existing curriculum, and lesson plans.
● Modify curriculum as needed, based on review, feedback, and input from various sources and in collaboration with the SLP team.
● Maintain a language-rich environment for students who are all, or almost all, English Language Learners who speak a variety of home languages including Pashto, Kiswahili, and Spanish.
● Review and re-evaluate curriculum and specific lesson plans on a daily and ongoing basis to better meet the needs of students

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IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, Inc.,) is a dynamic refugee resettlement agency with offices in New Haven and Hartford, CT. IRIS serves people from all over the world who have fled persecution in their home countries to start new lives and become self-sufficient, contributing members of their new communities. While IRIS has traditionally focused on helping refugees, it is increasingly serving our undocumented neighbors and other immigrants as well.

IRIS is looking for a Training & Compliance Officer who will provide expertise in resettlement services compliance, train and monitor other staff members providing federally contracted services to newcomers, and help provide effective orientation to all newly arriving clients. This is a full-time, salaried position. The position is expected to be New Haven office-based but will have to work in IRIS’ Hartford office at least 2 days per month.

General Description
The Training & Compliance Officer (TCO) ensures that all IRIS employees receive consistent and basic orientation and training on issues related to refugee resettlement with an emphasis on the Case Management department and the Reception & Placement program’s annual Cooperative Agreement contract. The TCO will ensure that federal, state and other program requirements and expectations are met by training staff and regularly assessing compliance through case file review. The TCO will design and provide standardized and up-to-date orientation and training to all new staff providing contracted services (R&P, APA, PC) following a standardized training plan and continuous training as new policies and procedures are defined. The TCO will regularly review case files for compliance and help ensure that systems are in place to meet the administrative requirements of the R&P and APA programs. The TCO will also play a leading role in ensuring that IRIS provides effective and compliant Cultural Orientation to all refugee newcomers by
developing and delivering an orientation curriculum and ensuring that cultural orientation tools are compliant.
Candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and comfortable coming into contact with
other people.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include

  • Develops orientation and training modules applicable to all IRIS employees upon hiring following IRIS’ standardized training plan.
  • Helps schedule and deliver standardized training modules. Clarifies with supervisors which modules are required for staff members and interns.
  • Maintains records of completed orientation and training for all staff and reports to required agencies, as well as for internal staff development purposes.
  • Conducts 30-day and 90-day case file checks, provides feedback to staff, as well as identifying patterns or feedback for supervisors, and follows up until completion. Supports efforts to complete the files, authorized to make some administrative corrections/additions as needed.
  • Submits R&P period reports, coordinating with Case Managers to ensure accuracy and timely submission.
  • Conducts thorough review of annual Cooperative Agreement and helps determine modifications that need to be made to IRIS documents and practices. Helps ensure that as new policies and procedures are defined, documents and forms are updated and old ones are removed from circulation. 
  • Ensures that case note templates and others are kept up to date.
  • Conducts annual review of available Cultural Orientation documents and processes and leads the process of updating IRIS’ materials and ensures compliance with new regulations.
  • Supports both virtual/individualized cultural orientation delivery and in-person classes (when possible), by ensuring materials are prepared and presenters are well prepared.
  • Determines which clients will be invited to each group session and coordinates organization with Volunteer Coordinator(s).
  • Provides orientation and training to Training & Compliance interns and supervises them.

Requirements:
Candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and comfortable coming into contact with other people.

Candidates must have:

  • Experience with reporting and compliance for grant-funded programs
  • Experience providing training or teaching
  • Experience with public speaking or giving presentations
  • Experience developing or adapting administrative systems
  • Ability to learn quickly, to retain detailed information and to keep track of information over time
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multiple people and programs within IRIS
  • Ability to juggle multiple simultaneous assignments and deadlines
  • Ability to troubleshoot and overcome unexpected challenges
  • Strong understanding of culturally sensitive case management commitment to anti-racism and the mission of IRIS
  • Ease using Google Workspace and spreadsheets
  • Ability to work in New Haven and Hartford offices as needed
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, great writing skills

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Professional experience in refugee resettlement
  • Personal experience of refugee resettlement
  • Expertise in the R&P program and Cooperative Agreement

Compensation: $50,000 – $55,000 per year
Benefits: Health, vision, dental insurance. Life insurance. Short- and long-term disability insurance.
Vacation (3 weeks / year), Personal days (3 days/ year), sick leave (12 days/ year), holidays per IRIS
schedule (currently 12 days/ year). 403b retirement plan after 1 year of employment

To apply, send an email to Senior Director of Programs, at humanresources@irisct.org as soon as possible
with the following:
• A subject line that says “Training & Compliance Officer”
• A cover letter
• An attached resume
• Three professional references (at least two direct supervisors)
Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

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