We're Hiring! ​Refugee​ ​AmeriCorps​ ​Self​ ​Sufficiency​ ​Coordinator

​Refugee​ ​AmeriCorps​ ​Self​ ​Sufficiency​ ​Coordinator 
Start Date: October 1, 2017
End Date: September 30, 2018
Stipend: $18.470
Background: ​HIAS Pennsylvania provides legal and supportive services to immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers from all backgrounds in order to assure their fair treatment and full integration into
American society. HIAS Pennsylvania advocates for just and inclusive public policies and practices.
Scope of Service: ​The Refugee AmeriCorps position will include both volunteer management and refugee case management. The Refugee AmeriCorps Member will recruit and manage community volunteers in order to enhance the capacity of the agency to provide services to vulnerable refugee clients. The Member will also partner with Preferred Communities staff to address barriers to the attainment of self-sufficiency for refugee and asylee clients, who include clients with serious medical and mental health conditions, single parents, and victims of sexual and gender-based violence. The AmeriCorps Member will help to ensure that clients receive comprehensive support and community services that will enable the clients to gain control of their specific needs. This position reports to the
Preferred Communities Coordinator.

Training Requirements: ​HIAS PA will provide training during an orientation period, offering background on the organization’s goals and objectives, strategies for change and values around service provision and community participation. Information and background on the refugee communities will also be shared to ensure that Members have a greater understanding of the history and needs of different refugee communities. Trainings will orient Members to their communities, the needs of resettled refugees, and the volunteer base they can tap into. Refugee AmeriCorps Members will also be educated on the AmeriCorps program and its regulations. In addition, Members will be provided specific skills to achieve desired program outcomes, such as leadership and program management, as well as job training and professional development opportunities. 


  • Work in collaboration with the Community Engagement Specialist to identify, recruit, train and support volunteers for our “Philly Neighbor” program;
  • Develop and implement new extended volunteer trainings;
  • Assist in developing individualized refugee service plans based on identified barriers to achieving self-sufficiency;
  • Assist in conducting client assessments at 3, 6, and 12 months after enrollment in the Preferred Communities Program;
  • Map and develop community assets and help make referrals to community partners;
  • Assist in providing specialized cultural orientation to clients on navigating systems in the U.S.;
  • Assist in accompanying clients to appointments;
  • Maintain regularly updated case notes and case files;
  • Communicate client concerns with case management supervisor.


  • Must be a US citizen or legal permanent resident and authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must have a high school diploma (undergraduate degree strongly preferred)
  • Must commit to one full year of service
  • Language proficiency (Swahili, Arabic, Dari, Nepali, Tigrinya, French) preferred, but not required

Prohibited​ ​Activities

While charging time to the AmeriCorps program, accumulating service or training hours, or otherwise performing activities supported by the AmeriCorps program or CNCS, staff and members may not engage in the following activities:

a. Attempting to influence legislation;

b. Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes;

c. Assisting, promoting, or deterring union organizing;

d. Impairing existing contracts for services or collective bargaining agreements;

e. Engaging in partisan political activities, or other activities designed to influence the outcome of an election to any public office;

f. Participating in, or endorsing, events or activities that are likely to include advocacy for or against political parties, political platforms, political candidates, proposed legislation, or elected officials;

g. Engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization;

h. Providing a direct benefit to— i. A business organized for profit; ii. A labor union; iii. A partisan political organization; iv. A nonprofit organization that fails to comply with the restrictions contained in section 501(c)(3) 2 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 related to engaging in political activities or substantial amount of lobbying except that nothing in these 9 provisions shall be construed to prevent participants from engaging in advocacy activities undertaken at their own initiative; and v. An organization engaged in the religious activities described in paragraph g. above, unless CNCS assistance is not used to support those religious activities;

j. Conducting a voter registration drive or using CNCS funds to conduct a voter registration drive;

k. Providing abortion services or referrals for receipt of such services; and k. Such other activities as CNCS may prohibit.


AmeriCorps members may not engage in the above activities directly or indirectly by recruiting, training, or managing others for the primary purpose of engaging in one of the activities listed above. Individuals may exercise their rights as private citizens and may participate in the activities listed above on their initiative, on non- AmeriCorps time, and using non-CNCS funds. Individuals should not wear the AmeriCorps logo while doing so. [2014 AC Provisions IV.D.3; 45 CFR § 2520.65; 42 USC § 12584a]

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Sarah Hotung at shotung@hiaspa.org 

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