African Immigrant and Refugee Academic Advocate job Portland Oregon
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African Immigrant and Refugee Academic Advocate Job

Employer Name: IRCO SpiderID: 8592456
Location: Portland, Oregon Date Posted: 4/24/2019
Wage: 15.00 Category: Social Services
Job Code:
Number Of Openings: 1

Job Description:
POSITION: African Immigrant and Refugee Academic Advocate
WAGE: $15.00 - $18.00 per hour
LOCATION: Africa House and other various school sites- maximum of 2
STATUS: Part-Time/Casual with potential to move to Full-Time Regular with Benefits
SCHEDULE: Monday to Friday 8:30am - 5:30pm, some evenings and weekends as required
PROGRAM(S): SF2020/Black Student Success, ODE
OPENING DATE: April 9, 2019
CLOSING DATE: Open until filled
LANGUAGE: Bilingual in English and Somali Language Required
DRIVING: Required
OTHER: Works with youth under age 18

The African Immigrant and Refugee Academic Advocate will work with IRCO's youth staff, SUN site coordinators,
and staff from various schools to engage students and their families in their school environments in a positive
and culturally appropriate way. This staff is responsible for providing academic advising to 30 KG-12th grade
youth and after-school academic group activities up to 4 times per week. Academic Advising includes regular goal
setting around academics and school attendance, engaging students in academic programming after-school and
in the summer, regularly communicating with school staff and parents around student progress and challenges,
regular bilingual/bicultural school to home and home to school communication. In addition to this staff will
conduct quarterly parent group activities during the school and year and summer, as well as regular professional
development and collaboration with school staff around AI cultures and communities. This staff is expected to
use creative and culturally appropriate approaches with students and families when designing and implementing
program activities, build positive relationships with families, school staff and IRCO colleagues, implement
restorative justice practices in programming and work closely with Program Coordinator to meet program goals
and objectives.
 Engage up to 30 youth in culturally specific academic advising: developing individualized student plan,
academic goal setting, track student academic progress and attendance, follow-up with
students/families/staff as needed, family engagement around student progress/challenges, regular
communication with school staff
 Design, implement and conduct academic student group activities during the school year and summer
 Administer pre/post academic assessments for all program participants
 Work closely with school administration and staff to identify families in need of
support, outreach to these families
 Provide individualized support, resource development, and referral services to families
 Perform client intake and assessment
 Provide school-linked family support including bilingual/bicultural school to home and home to school
 Work collaboratively with IRCO and school staff to engage parents in their school environment in a
positive and meaningful way
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 Conduct family support activities such as home visits, and intensive phone outreach to update parents
on their children's educational progress
 Provide parent educational activities around key school topics such as: school programs and policies,
academic programs, learning in the home, and problem solving
 Work with curriculum developer to create and archive culturally specific student academic lesson plans/
family group and workshop lessons plans
 Plan and chaperone program outings and field trips in accordance with standard procedures
 Maintain accurate and confidential records on each client, including intake/assessment
information, action/service plans, hours of service, and all contacts and referrals made
 Provide translation and interpretation for families throughout the case process
 Responsible for compiling monthly reports and data collection for contract reporting
 Work collaboratively with IRCO's youth staff to recruit, train and supervise volunteers,
interns and mentors
 Maintain cooperative external relationships with collaborative agencies, volunteer agencies,
community and general public as authorized
 Participate in staff meetings, training, committees, and volunteer activities to support IRCO's goals
 Participate in school professional development opportunities, share experiences with African Immigrant
and Refugee cultures and communities with school staff

Job Requirements:
Any combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position
would qualify. This would typically include:
 Associates or Bachelor's degree or equivalent in education, social services, counseling or related field
 Minimum (2) years’ experience working with youth, preferably in a school setting
 Experience working in an instructional capacity
 Minimum two (1) year of community outreach experience, preferably in a school or social service agency
 Minimum one (1) year experience working with and relating to families
 Knowledge and understanding of the African-based immigrant and refugee cultures and local populations
 Bilingual in English and an African Language
 Knowledge of emergency, social, and human services, as well as the information and referral system
 Proficient in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Access and Power Point
 Experience and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
 Ability to function in a positive manner in a demanding work environment, to demonstrate a high degree
of flexibility, to respond to priorities and schedules that change frequently, and to meet commitments.
Ability to meet multiple, sometimes conflicting deadlines. Strong analytical and decision-making abilities.
Ability to deal with distressed and/or demanding clients and employees in an effective manner. Ability to
work in a fast paced environment and make good judgments as it pertains to clients. Ability to maintain a
high level of confidentiality.
 Bilingual in English and an African Language. Strong intercultural communication skills within the African
community. Ability to communicate in a positive manner verbally, in writing, and by phone to individuals
and groups. Ability to communicate with a variety of personality types and levels of the organization as
well as with persons outside of the organization. Ability to listen for understanding and assist in problem
solving. Ability to prepare clear, accurate and concise reports.
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 Must be punctual, maintain a good attendance record, and be able to work flexible hours to meet the
availability of clients and customers. Ability to use basic office equipment, telephone, copy machine, fax
machine, and personal computer. Must be able to complete office work with or without accommodation.
Must possess a valid driver's license and verification of current auto-insurance, and have full use of
automobile during work hours. Ability to work in varied temperatures and weather conditions.
Applications are accessible on the IRCO website, or IRCO’s main office, 10301 NE Glisan, Portland,
OR 97220, 503-234-1541. Attach resume and cover letter to IRCO application form. This position requires the
completion of an IRCO application. Materials submitted without a completed application are considered
incomplete and will not be considered. Due to the high volume of applications received, we will not be able to
contact each applicant. We may not be able to return calls regarding the status of your application. If selected for
an interview, we will contact you by telephone.
The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) is a non-profit organization established in 1976 to
serve immigrants, refugees, and the broader community in Portland, Oregon. Our mission is to promote the
integration of refugees, immigrants, and the community at large into a self-sufficient, healthy, and inclusive
multiethnic society. Find out more at

Job Criteria:
Start Date:
Position Type: Part-Time Permanent
Years of Experience Required: 4
Education Required: Bachelors
Overnight Travel:
Vacation Time:

Contact Information:
Contact Name: Nataliia Boichuk Company Type:
Company: IRCO
City: Portland
State: Oregon
Zip: 97220
Web Site:

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