AmeriCorps VISTA Project Manager

WOMEN'S REFUGEE CARE WRC

About the organization

Women's Refugee Care of Rhode Island is a volunteer-driven direct-service organization committed to promoting economic self-sufficiency and gender equality within the refugee community of Rhode Island. The families that we serve--51 in total--hail from the Great Lakes Region of Africa. They have survived an arduous path to the United States and struggle in their first years of resettlement with housing, employment, education, English literacy, and the emotional legacies of trauma. These challenges put them at a high risk for sinking into poverty.

Duties

• Supervise, directly and indirectly, Mentorship and Women’s Empowerment Groups. Duties include: leading regular planning sessions and meetings; providing on-going coaching and support; completing formal performance evaluation; and regularly communicating with designated members and leaders.
• Attend the Women’s Empowerment Program meetings to learn about the various issues with which women in the refugee community are struggling.
• Attend gatherings between mentors and mentees in the Family Mentorship Program and learn more about the kinds of activities that take place in these meetings.
• Reach out to local experts in family health, financial literacy, education, housing and employment, and trauma recovery and begin to build a roster of volunteer speakers for the Women’s Empowerment Program.
• Reach out to local schools, businesses, houses of worship, and other community centers and begin to build a roster of volunteers interested in serving as family mentors for newly arriving refugee families.
• Develop a three-month schedule of events for the Women’s Empowerment Program. Continue to schedule events for the Women’s Empowerment Program through the remainder of the first VISTA year.

Qualifications

1. GED Diploma or equivalent program.
2. Minimum of 3 years relevant program and administrative experience; 4 to 6 years is preferred.
3. Knowledge of AmeriCorps and national service program; direct experience with VISTA or a related initiative is strongly preferred.
4. Knowledge of and experience with software necessary to implement related duties.
5. Strong initiative with demonstrated ability to independently implement program, identify and resolve day-to-day program problems.
6. Ability to plan and implement workshops, meetings, and events which meet specific programmatic goals and service designated target audiences.
7. Strong written and oral communication skills including public speaking skills.
8. Strong organizational and supervisory skills.
9. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, administrators as well as community-based agencies/groups and the public.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

How To Apply:
Please provide in electronic format:
• Letter of interest linking your qualifications and experience to the priorities of the position.
• Current resume or curriculum vitae.
• A list of three references (including title, address, telephone number, and email). References will not be contacted without permission
Please submit application materials to [email protected] with the subject line “VISTA Program Manager.”

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