IRC provides assistance to refugees resettling in the United States. The IRC opened an office in Boise, Idaho in 2006 to provide reception and placement services to newly arrived refugees. The office resettles approximately 350 - 400 refugees per year and provides numerous program services to assist the refugee from their arrival through citizenship.
The IRC in Boise’s Spark vocational English as a second language (VESL) program promotes economic self-sufficiency for refugees with the highest barriers to employment, so that they can provide for themselves and their families. With support from the Education Coordinator, the IRC in Boise will expand Spark services to include afternoon self-reliance and wellness programming that will contribute to even stronger employment outcomes and sense of well-being for program participants.
The Education Coordinator is responsible for the development, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of all self-reliance and wellness programming in the Spark classroom. The Education Coordinator teaches Spark self-reliance and wellness classes and provides coaching and technical assistance to a team of volunteer teachers and tutors to ensure high quality delivery of educational content across IRC Boise programs.
Reporting to the Senior Economic Wellbeing Coordinator, S/he works closely with IRC Boise’s Economic Wellbeing, Casework, Development, and Immigration teams to ensure that IRC Boise’s education & learning goals and objectives are accomplished using a holistic, collaborative approach.
I. Plan Spark self-reliance and well-being programming in alignment with strategic and annual plans, in collaboration with colleagues
Adhering to grant funded requirements, develop annual goals, objectives, activities, outcomes, and indicators; modify and develop corresponding logical framework and monitoring and evaluation plans and tools
Lead initiatives to develop, pilot, and scale innovative program models including incorporating best practices in distance learning and the effective development and delivery of online educational content during COVID-19 and beyond.
Develop, deliver, monitor, and evaluate Spark self-reliance and wellness curriculum and programming.
Plan and manage the programming schedule
Assist the Development Manager with program specific grant applications as needed to ensure continued program funding
II. Provide coaching and technical assistance to IRC Boise educational program volunteers, including Spark, Cultural Orientation, Job Class, and other volunteers.
Provide guidance to volunteers in the development of goals, objectives, activities, outcomes, and indicators; and assist with the development of corresponding logical framework and monitoring and evaluation plans and tools
Provide technical assistance in initiatives to develop, pilot, and scale innovative program models including incorporating best practices in distance learning and the effective development and delivery of online educational content during COVID-19 and beyond.
Provide recurring volunteer trainings and guidance in the revision and development of program curricula and lesson plans.
III. Work with Spark English Language Coordinator to maintain Spark self-sufficiency and wellness program information and data collection systems in compliance with IRC standards and contractual obligations
Ensure program participants are properly enrolled and files are up to date
Ensure program data is managed accordance with internal program framework and contractual obligations
Prepare annual reports on programs supervised
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Senior Economic Wellbeing Programs Coordinator Other Internal and/or external contacts: Must collaborate with Economic Empowerment, Case Management, Immigration, Development, youth, and other programs, and work closely with partner educational institutions and social and health services organizations.
At least 2 years of work experience teaching adult English language learners and designing ESL curriculum required.
Degree in education or closely related field, TESOL certification or equivalent, or degree in social work preferred.
Experience working with adult learners from a variety of cultural and linguistic groups, and with multiple levels of English language skill required; work with refugee populations and understanding of Boise’s refugee communities desirable.
Knowledge of best practices in the development of digital curriculum and distance learning and demonstrated ability to deliver online educational content preferred.
Able to think creatively and strategically to overcome barriers and develop new program models
Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
Highly organized, attentive to detail, responsible, and flexible: able to maintain responsibility for multiple tasks in the context of a diverse, fast-paced work environment and maintain composure under pressure
Fluent in MS Office applications and database experience required, basic video production skills preferred
Willingness to work some evenings and/or weekends on a regular basis
Fluency in a second language an advantage (such as: Swahili, Kinyarwanda, Arabic, Burmese, French, Russian)
Standard office work environment. Regular travel to off-site programs required.
About International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. In more than 40 countries and over 20 U.S. cities, our dedicated teams provide clean water, shelter, health care, education and empowerment support to refugees and displaced people.
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