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The IRIS Legal Department seeks a translator for a temporary part-time position to assist with ongoing efforts to respond to the current crisis in Afghanistan. The IRIS Legal Department is filing numerous immigration applications on behalf of Connecticut residents for their family members and friends in Afghanistan. The translator will be responsible for translating documents from Pashto and Dari/Farsi to English. These documents will include Tazkiras (Afghan National ID), marriage certificates, birth certificates, vaccination records, declarations and threat statements, etc. The translator may occasionally be asked to translate English documents, such as emails and declarations, to Pashto and Dari/Farsi. The translator may also be asked to interpret during oral conversations between clients and attorneys, or other IRIS staff and volunteers. Therefore, the ideal candidate will be fluent in both written and oral English, Pashto, and Dari/Farsi. The basic requirement is that the candidate can translate written documents from Pashto and Dari/Farsi to English. If you are able to do this but lack the other translation/interpretation skills mentioned above, we still encourage you to apply.

Time Commitment:
This is a temporary part-time hourly position that can be worked remotely. The term of commitment is four months, with the possibility to extend. The weekly time commitment is 10-20 hours per week. Hours are flexible, and can be adapted to your schedule, but hours must be spread over the week so that there is no more than a 48-hour gap in availability.

Compensation:
$20/hour

To Apply:
Please send your resume and a brief cover letter explaining why you would be a good fit for this position to humanresources@irisct.org –with the subject line “Translator – [your name]”. In your cover letter please rate your level of proficiency in Dari, Pashto and English, including spoken and written.

IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, Inc, www.irisct.org) is a dynamic refugee resettlement agency based in New Haven 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. We are expecting to welcome a large increase in clients from Afghanistan in the coming year.

General Description
The Education & Enrollment Specialist (EES) supports the aspirations of refugee, asylee, and immigrant families to access public schooling and educational opportunities for school-age children. The EES liaises with parents/guardians, teachers, and program administrators to guide clients through the school enrollment and matriculation processes. The EES works in tandem with the education team and supports other departmental goals and programs as needed. This EES position will focus on serving and supporting families and students who are humanitarian evacuees under the Afghan Placement and Assistance Program (APA).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRIS office is currently open by appointment only. We continue to take precautions and work remotely when it is feasible. However, it is expected that the EES will also provide services in person as needed. 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:

Enrollment

  • Takes general responsibility to ensure all refugee children of age for K-12 public school are registered within 30 days of arrival to the U.S.
  • Builds relationships with Board of Education employees to expedite enrollment.
  • Liaises with schools to provide help and guidance when needed for children in need of extra support; works with teachers and administrators to ensure that services are delivered in a way that best serves children’s needs.

General

  • Maintains spreadsheets with full program and student information.
  • Confers with IRIS staff to understand special situations and needs of specific children and their families.
  • Builds a volunteer team that can assist with the registration process.
  • Advocates for refugee and immigrant children.

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

Candidates must have:

  • A commitment to anti-racism and IRIS’ mission
  • Ability to connect 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)
  • Driver’s license
  • Ability to serve clients at the office or at their homes or schools and to accompany them to schools
  • Ideal candidates will have:
  • Good understanding of American school system
  • Experience working with refugees
  • Ability to speak Dari or Pashto

Salary: $41,700

Benefits include:

  • Vacation (3 weeks/year), personal days (3 days/year), holidays per IRIS schedule, 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 “Education & Enrollment Spclst — APA”
  • 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.

IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, Inc, www.irisct.org) is a dynamic refugee resettlement agency based in New Haven 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.

General Description
The Youth Leadership Coordinator serves as a staff facilitator and organizer for a twice-weekly program to help IRIS youth clients acclimate to and build new ties in New Haven.
One meeting per week is a college and career readiness program aimed at
helping refugee and immigrant high school and college students explore career pathways, prepare for college or a career path, and develop and reach their own academic goals.
The other weekly meeting is a young men’s group meeting whose goal is to empower refugee and immigrant teens and young adults to confidently navigate their lives, form and deepen friendships across differences, pursue their goals and become leaders in their communities, and
engage in group activities that allow for creative self-expression.
The meetings take place on two weekday afternoons, after school.
It is essential that the person hired for this position be vaccinated against COVID-19 and comfortable coming into contact with other people.

This is a part-time position: 12-15 hours/ week
We aim to fill the position as soon as possible.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include:
1. Plan and facilitate weekly young men’s group sessions alongside co-leaders (see below).
2. Recruit and supervise 1-2 male youth “co-leaders” and 1-2 undergraduate college volunteers per year who assist in planning and facilitating group sessions.
3. Develop young men’s group program “units” in artistic, practical, and academic spheres according to their expressed goals and interests.
4. Hold trainings for volunteers and interns assisting with the young men’s group.
5. Plan and chaperone one week-long civil rights- or social justice-themed field trip per year for young men, dependent on grant funding.
6. Maintain attendance and budget notes for the young men’s group to ensure grant compliance
7. Help plan and facilitate weekly college and career readiness sessions alongside IRIS education staff.
8. Engage in youth client recruitment for the programs. Lead bus orientations for new participants to downtown meeting space as needed.
9. Research youth development best practices. Seek out opportunities for continuing training as a youth facilitator.
10. Regularly evaluate and revise program units to improve outcomes according to youth development best practices.
11. Refer participants to other opportunities when they’ve “outgrown” IRIS youth programs.

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

Candidates must have:

  • A commitment to anti-racism and IRIS’ mission
  • Ability to connect 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

Desired skills and background: We especially welcome applicants who have previous experience directly serving youth, communicating cross-culturally, and/or leading youth groups. We also hope to attract applicants who identify with historically underrepresented groups in college and professional paths who will be able to mentor refugee and immigrant youth in navigating their lives as young People of Color.

Compensation: $21.00 per hour
Benefits Include: Vacation and Sick leave

To apply, send an email to humanresources@irisct.org with the following:
• A subject line that says “Youth Leadership Coordinator”
• 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.

IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, Inc. www.irisct.org) is a dynamic refugee resettlement agency in New Haven 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 a more diverse immigrant population.

The Human Resources & Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director is a full-time staff position reporting to the Executive Director and serving as part of the management team.

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:

  • 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 

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Job Announcement (full-time Case Manager – PC)

IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, Inc. www.irisct.org) is a dynamic refugee resettlement agency based in New Haven 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.

IRIS is looking for a full-time Case Manager to join our Intensive Case Management (ICM) program team. This program is funded through a Preferred Communities (PC) grant from the Office of Refugee Resettlement. It provides 6 to 12 months of intensive case management support to refugees, asylees and Special Immigrant Visa holders who face mental and physical health barriers to their resettlement as well as other risk factors.

General Description

The PC ICM Case Manager serves a relatively small case load of high-needs clients. The Case Manager conducts assessments, develops service plans, provides direct service, refers clients for additional services and advocates for their specific needs to be met. The PC grant demands that case managers comply with strict administrative requirements. The Case Manager works in tandem with another PC Case Manager and within a larger Health & Wellness team.
Currently the IRIS office is open by appointment only and only to people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Work is done mainly remotely but Case Managers are still expected to visit client homes and interact with clients as needed.
It is essential that the person hired for this position be vaccinated against COVID-19 and comfortable coming into contact with other people.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Conducts assessments to determine client needs and eligibility for PC services
  • Develops an individualized service plan focused on the clients’ self-sufficiency goals
  • Maintains frequent contact with assigned cases, including home visits (once a month minimum, but more as needed). (Home visits are currently conducted outside clients’ homes, remaining 6 feet apart and wearing masks.)
  • Assists clients in accessing appropriate external services and public benefits
  • Coordinates with other IRIS staff and community providers for services including English class, childcare, education, health care, employment, immigration legal services, mental health services, addiction services, disability services and benefits, housing services, etc.Ensures clients’ basic needs (housing, food, clothing, etc.) are addressed and that as soon as possible they can meet these needs on their own
  • Transports and accompanies clients to appointments for various services and helps them find ways to get to their appointments independently (currently adjusted, due to COVID-19)
  • Provides additional community and cultural orientation, as needed
  • Provides crisis intervention and/or arranges for this to be provided, as needed
  • Ensures that proper language interpretation and translation are provided as needed for meetings with clients and for important written documents
  • Maintains case files, case notes and required documentation for each case.
  • Maintains and update PC database with client information, periodic assessments, resources and gaps, and referrals
  • Closes and transfers cases in a timely fashion, as appropriate
  • Participates in PC program network meetings
  • Participates in regular H&W and CM team meetings
  • Other related tasks as assigned by the Health & Wellness Manager or Director of Case Management.

Requirements:
It is essential that the person hired for this position be vaccinated against COVID-19 and comfortable coming into contact with other people.

Candidates must have:

  • at least 2 years of professional case management experience (not counting internships)
  • ability to quickly establish and maintain a good rapport with various types of clientele,
  • strong understanding of culturally sensitive case management, commitment to anti-racism and the mission

    of IRIS

  • strong communication skills, ability to work collaboratively,
  • meticulousness and attention to detail,
  • ability to handle multiple demands and shifting priorities in a fast-paced environment,
  • ability to balance client facing work and administrative responsibilities.
  • ability to set limits with clients and enforce strict policies,
  • fluency in spoken and written English,
  • computer skills including email and internet, Google Docs and ability to manipulate basic spreadsheets,
  • US driver’s license, good driving record, and willingness to drive clients to

    Ideal clients will have:

  • a Masters of Social Work degree
  • experience working with refugees or other immigrant populations
  • strong understanding of the refugee resettlement process
  • knowledge of DSS, SSI, AccessHealthCT applications and benefits
  • proficiency in another language (Pashto, Dari, Arabic, Swahili especially)

    Salary: $43,000

    Benefits: Vacation (3 weeks); personal days (3); holidays per IRIS schedule; sick time Health, dental, vision insurance
    Disability and Life insurance
    Eligible for 403b retirement plan after one year of employment.

    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 “PC Case 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 open to hosting law fellows for the 2022-23 year. Please send an email to Rachel Doft, Director of Immigration Legal Services, rdoft@irisct.org, with any inquiries.

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.