Job Opportunities

Work with us

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

IRIS – Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, Inc. (www.irisct.org), a dynamic nonprofit organization in New Haven CT, has an opening for a short-term full-time paralegal in its Legal Department, working primarily with IRIS attorneys representing Afghan residents of CT filing applications for humanitarian parole on behalf of family in Afghanistan. The position is intended to be short-term, but its duration is unknown depending on how the crisis in Afghanistan continues to unfold.

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

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; 4) Afghan residents of CT filing applications for humanitarian parole on behalf of family in Afghanistan; and 5) Afghans who have already been paroled into the U.S. and resettled in CT. The Legal Department currently consists of seven attorneys, each of whom covers one or more of the practice areas listed above, and two paralegals.

Description of Temporary Paralegal Position/Requirements: IRIS is looking for a Paralegal whose primary role will be to assist the attorneys handling the work described in item 4 above. Since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan in the summer of 2021, the IRIS Legal Department has served Afghans in CT (some previously resettled by IRIS, some not) by filing humanitarian parole applications on behalf of their loved ones left behind. We have engaged a network of volunteers to assist us in this effort. The role of the “AFG Paralegal” will be to support this project by: communicating with and assigning clients to volunteers; arranging for the translation of documents necessary for submission; organizing the draft applications volunteers are submitting to IRIS; mailing the applications to USCIS once they are complete.

Read More…

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

IRIS is currently seeking a Preschool Readiness Assistant in the Family Literacy Program. Our program requires you to have a passion for early education and experience working with infants and toddlers. The Preschool Readiness Assistant will assist in facilitating daily programming along with the lead teacher and the help of a team of interns and volunteers.

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: 20 hours/ week: M, T, Th, F 8:50-12:30; W 8:50-2:00
We aim to fill the position as soon as possible.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include:
The Family Literacy Program Preschool Readiness Assistant (FLPPRA) will assist in facilitating daily programming for 10-20 children between the ages of birth and 4 who are enrolled in the IRIS Family Literacy Program. The FLPPRA will work together with the early childhood educator and a team of volunteers and be responsible for maintaining a positive learning environment to promote early learning and social success.

  • Implement educational programming for 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 programming to promote physical, cognitive, language, emotional, and social development.
  • Organize daily art projects and enrichment activities designed for infants and toddlers.
  • Assist infants and toddlers to transition from their mothers and encourage interactions with other children within the classroom.
  • Help plan program curriculum and activities with the Early Childhood Educator and the Family Literacy Program Manager.
  • Speak with parents during the program. (Pashto or Dari ability is preferred).
  • Participate in Parent Education and Interactive Literacy Activity sessions.

Read More…

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.

Read More…

IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, Inc, www.irisct.org) is a dynamic refugee resettlement agency assisting newly arriving refugees across the state of Connecticut. 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.

IRIS is looking for a full-time Housing & Donations Coordinator based in Hartford who will lead efforts to secure safe and affordable housing and to collect donated furniture and furnish welcoming homes for newly arriving families.

General Description
IRIS must ensure that all newly arriving refugees are placed in safe and welcoming homes. Working under the guidance of the Housing & Donations Manager, the Housing & Donations Coordinator will split their time between looking for new housing opportunities and collecting and organizing the furniture and other items needed to make these apartments into homes. The H&D Coordinator will develop a network of supportive landlords, visit apartments, coordinate
lease signings and payments. The Coordinator will work closely with volunteers and donors to schedule pick up appointments and set up apartments according to IRIS’ high standards. The ideal candidate has a variety of skills including sales, ability to move heavy furniture, leadership, donor relations, and problem solving.

While some administrative tasks could be accomplished remotely, most of the H&D. Coordinator’s work must be done on-site at the IRIS Hartford office, apartments or IRIS’ storage spaces. while taking necessary precautions related to COVID-19.

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

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include:

Housing Acquisition
• Identifies housing options for newly arriving refugees that are affordable, well situated,
clean and safe
• Visits all potential homes and assesses whether they meet IRIS’ standards using the Home Safety Evaluation Checklist
• Presents options to managers (and clients or clients’ U.S. Tie if applicable) so a decision can be made
• Completes rental applications if needed
• Arranges for lead inspections to be conducted if housing is for pregnant clients or children under 6 years of age
• Finalizes lease arrangements and payment of rent and security deposit with agents and landlords
• Ensures timetable for any maintenance work needed before move in is clear and feasible; follows up with any maintenance issues identified before clients move in.
• Make key copies and provides keys to case managers
• Ensures that all housing acquisition is done in a timely manner so that apartments can be set up and ready before clients’ arrival
• Writes case notes detailing the housing acquisitions process and decision
• When assigned by the Senior Director of Programs, assists clients who are already living here and need to move to identify potential apartments

Read More…

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 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.