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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.

In submitting an application for employment, the applicant grants IRIS permission to check references as well as question anyone who might be familiar with the candidate’s job performance.

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.

General Description
IRIS is looking to hire an Education Programs Coordinator who will lead the effort to develop and coordinate educational programs for IRIS families with children in the Greater Hartford Area. These programs will eventually include, but will not be limited to, a Family Literacy Program, a Summer Learning Program, an After School Program, an In-School Tutoring Program, and a Youth Leadership Program. The Education Programs Coordinator will also build relationships with existing community educational programs in the Greater Hartford Area so that IRIS clients can benefit from a full range of educational opportunities available to them.

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

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Develop and coordinate educational programming for IRIS clients in the Greater Hartford
  • Area to best meet their educational needs and goals
  • In cooperation with community partners, secure programming space and logistical support as needed
  • Recruit and retain programming staff, interns, and volunteers as needed
  • In conjunction with program budgets, plans, and needs, purchase necessary learning and program supplies
  • Curate a list of community educational programming and resources throughout the
  • Greater New Hartford area, including key information and logistical details
  • Work with other Hartford office staff to inform clients of community programming options, and help clients take advantage of educational opportunities
  • Build and maintain ongoing relationships with community partners offering educational programming
  • Oversee the careful keeping of records of services provided, update case notes, and conduct long-term follow up and check-ins to assess program efficacy
  • Participate in regular IRIS Education Team meetings; support other educational programs and initiatives as needed
  • Collaborate closely with Hartford-based Case Management staff
  • Perform related duties as assigned

Job description

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.

General Description

IRIS is looking to hire an Education Programs Coordinator who will lead the effort to develop and coordinate educational programs for IRIS families with children in the Greater Hartford Area. These programs will eventually include, but will not be limited to, a Family Literacy Program, a Summer Learning Program, an After School Program, an In-School Tutoring Program, and a Youth Leadership Program. The Education Programs Coordinator will also build relationships with existing community educational programs in the Greater Hartford Area so that IRIS clients can benefit from a full range of educational opportunities available to them.

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

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include:

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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

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IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, Inc., www.irisct.org), www.irisct.org) is a dynamic refugee resettlement agency based in Connecticut, working in the New England Region and nationally, 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. IRIS currently serves clients from countries such as Afghanistan, DR Congo, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Syria.

IRIS has an opening for the full-time position of Information Technology Coordinator.

General Description

The Information Technology Coordinator assists with overseeing all core technology requirements and systems for the organization. This includes maintaining servers, desktop and laptop computers, printers, network, hardware and software systems.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include:
Work with IT Manager to: 

  • Assist with all technology operations (e.g. network security) and evaluate them according to established goals.
  • Provide computer and technology support to the organization (both on-site and
    remotely)
  • New user systems set-up and assistance with user training on PC Applications
  • Ensure the reliability of Internet connections with ISP.
  • Configure routers and switches.
  • Maintain the LAN and wireless network
  • Block unknown and un-authorized devices from accessing network.
  • Control Synology ‘Shared Drive’ policies and privileges among staff and interns
  • Administrate VoIP services (extensions/voicemails/passwords).
  • Manage and maintain company database
  • Inspect the use of technological equipment and software to ensure functionality and efficiency.
  • Identify the need for upgrades, configurations or new systems and report to supervisor.
  • Refurbish old computers and laptops to be used by IRIS interns and clients.
  • Interact with external Database developer
  • Any other task assigned by the IT Manager
  • Other duties as assigned

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IRIS – Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (www.irisct.org), a dynamic nonprofit organization in New Haven CT, has an opening for a full-time Paralegal 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 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) Afghan parolees 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 one paralegal. With this position, we are adding a second paralegal.

               The Paralegal’s Role: The Paralegal assists each of the attorneys, and his/her responsibilities will vary by practice area. Examples of the kinds of tasks each practice area requires are provided below.   For our refugee and asylee clients filing for green cards, citizenship, and family petitions, the Paralegal will assist the attorney by calling clients to schedule meetings, preparing applications in advance of meetings, copying and filing clients’ documents, completing other USCIS forms (e.g. applications for travel documents, employment authorization, humanitarian parole, certificates of naturalization), handling visa processing, and general research. For asylum applicants (now mostly Afghans), the Paralegal will assist the attorney by communicating with clients, working with clients to fill out the biographical information needed on the asylum applications, researching country conditions for clients whose cases we take, compiling documents for submission to USCIS, and arranging for interpreters. For clients facing deportation, the Paralegal will assist the attorney by conducting intakes with potential clients and filling out the attendant intake forms, coordinating with peer legal services organizations on a shared removal defense project, providing ongoing case support, and handling filings in Immigration Court.

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Private Sponsorship Program Manager

(full-time, remote, hybrid or on-site) 

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. IRIS serves refugees, asylum seekers, asylees, undocumented neighbors and other immigrants as well. 

The Private Sponsorship Program Manager (PSPM) represents IRIS publicly with national, regional, and local partners, as IRIS participates in a consortium piloting a Private Sponsorship Program in the United States. The PSPM will collaborate closely with the Director of Sponsorship and IRIS Executive Director in designing IRIS’s Private Sponsorship Program and national consortium role.  This role will leverage IRIS’s learning from operating the most established, largest co-sponsorship program in the nation and participation in the Sponsor Circle Program.  The PSPM will be responsible for IRIS’s role in program co-design, as well as overseeing refugee and immigrant families resettled by IRIS through the PS model, through oversight of a team of program staff. 

General Description 

The Private Sponsorship Program Manager (PSPM) oversees all program development, service provision, and ongoing successful resettlement of newcomer families with community groups in the private sponsorship program.  The PSPM reports to the Director of Sponsorship, serves as a key member of the Sponsorship team, and works closely with other IRIS programs, as well as organizations locally, regionally, or nationally connected with private sponsorship programming.

The primary goals of the PSPM are to (1) ensure operation of the Private Sponsorship Program in accordance with consortium and IRIS policies and applicable contractual requirements for welcoming the populations IRIS serves; (2) collaborate with community group leaders, sponsorship team members and CS community of practice to continually improve the IRIS PS program to achieve better client outcomes, community group experience, and program functioning; and (3) work collaboratively with all CS groups, families, staff, and partners to preserve the strength and long-term presence of IRIS in the communities in which the organization resettles newcomers through the CS program. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include:

Private Sponsorship Program Design and Implementation

  • Participate in co-design discussions with consortium partners, including IRIS DS and/or ED as appropriate
  • Identify additional resources needed within IRIS’s private sponsorship program as co-design evolves, presenting those needs for development in actionable options for the IRIS team
  • Identify any additional sponsorship training needed internally or externally for the IRIS program, discuss with Sponsorship team for training updates and adjustments
  • Lead creation and ongoing revisions of necessary PSP resources, SOPs, tools, with input from CS Developers, Director of Sponsorship and group leaders, as appropriate
  • Ensure materials on the PS page of the IRIS website are current

Private Sponsorship Community Sponsor Coach, Family, and Group Oversight

  • Recruit and manage Community Sponsor Coaches (CSCs) overseeing refugee family placements within the PS Program and any additional program staff required.
  • Regularly assess through program tools, one-on-one and team meetings, as well as M&E resources, the status of family resettlements per program guidelines, outcomes, and family needs
  • Advise and/or assist CSCs with volunteer group and family dynamics, as needed, to reach family self-sufficiency
  • Maintain regular training for CSCs in PS Program requirements, local DSS program needs, CSH and supplemental trainings, and other relevant program or services for successful family resettlements

Summary

The Health Assistant (HA) will work closely with the Health Coordinator in the Hartford area to support newly arrived refugees, SIVs, and other immigrants with the education and experience needed to navigate the healthcare system independently.

   
   

Specific Duties

  • Secure overseas medical paperwork from client prior to their health appointments
  • Coordinate transportation to labs and refugee health assessment appointments
  • Accompany clients to appointments, and orient them to their medical home
  • Pick up lab specimen from client and drop off at Quest labs
  • Conduct individual bus orientations for clients living in the Hartford area from their home to their medical home
  • Resolve medical billing issues with collection agencies via phone
  • Follow up on referrals to specialists and other appointments as necessary
  • Instruct clients on how to fill prescriptions at a pharmacy and properly take medications
  • Orient and ensure that clients learn to use their WIC benefits
  • Conduct in-person health orientation- if needed
  • Ensure that proper language interpretation and translation are provided as needed for meeting with clients
  • Encourage self-sufficiency by not doing things for the clients that they are capable of doing themselves, explaining limits of IRIS’ role and IRIS policies about assistance as needed
  • Educate and train medical providers about refugee resettlement, the unique health needs of refugees, and exhibiting cultural and linguistic competence in serving refugees and immigrants including the use of medical interpretation
  • Case note pertinent information for each client, especially within the 90-day R&P period
  • Other related tasks as assigned by the Health Coordinator and Deputy Director of Resettlement Service

Job Announcement

Spanish Interpreter

(Part-time)

IRIS – Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (www.irisct.org), a dynamic nonprofit organization in New Haven CT, has an opening for a Spanish Translator in its Legal Department. The position is hourly, and may be part- or full-time depending on clients’ needs.

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, two paralegals, as well as other specialists and support staff.

Description of Spanish Interpreter Position: IRIS is looking for a Spanish Interpreter who can interpret for the attorneys covering cases in the third category listed above: the representation of immigrants in removal proceedings. The attorneys who do this work 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. The Spanish Interpreter will provide both interpretation (spoken) and translation (written) for the attorneys, as requested.

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 Spanish Interpreter will report to the Director of Immigration Legal Services.

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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.

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