CAO has an opening for a Refugee Parent Engagement Coordinator. Please see below for the full job description and how to apply.
COLORADO AFRICAN ORGANIZATION (CAO)
Refugee Parent Engagement Project Coordinator & Computer Literacy Program Coordinator
The Colorado African Organization (CAO) is a community-based nonprofit located in Denver, Colorado that supports African immigrants and refugees. With the mission to foster unity, advocate for all Africans in Colorado and provide services, CAO currently has programs in social services (case management), health education (community health workers), advocacy/outreach, and community education (English as a Second Language, citizenship, computer literacy and social integration). The Refugee Parent Engagement project coordinator is the bulk of this position, entailing the coordination and advancement of CAO’s parent engagement activities, including training and supervising 8 refugee community navigators to conduct monthly parent engagement sessions in their home communities and facilitate relations between refugee impacted neighborhood schools and newcomer refugee parents.
The Refugee Parent Engagement Coordinator will work directly with schools, teachers and parents in Aurora, Denver, Colorado Springs, Greeley and Ft Morgan. The Community Education Coordinator will oversee 8 refugee community navigators. This position will report directly to the Executive Director.
Specific duties include:
-Collaboration and strategic planning with refugee impacted districts to enhance refugee parent involvement in neighborhood schools
-Support, train, and supervise 8 refugee community navigators to disseminate information to communities through home-based meetings and ethnic association gatherings
-Monthly planning and reporting of 8 refugee community navigators’ program activities and efforts
-Coordinate 8 refugee community navigators and facilitate their interaction with school staff and teachers, in metro Denver, El Paso and Morgan/Weld counties
-Maintain ongoing communication with key staff and teachers at refugee impacted schools
-Collaboration with RSIG contractors for referrals, planning, delivery of services, and reporting
-Monthly reporting to RSIG grant coordinator re. verification of status of parent participants in programming
-Concerted efforts for DPS refugee parent involvement (at least 8 hours/month/CN)
-Collaboration and monthly meetings with DPS Multi-cultural Outreach office/team
-Collaborate with VOLAGS for referrals and parent orientations to the public education system
-Commute to Greeley, Fort Morgan, and CO Springs when needed for community navigator planning and reporting and ongoing program development
-Identify new opportunities for professional development of community navigators, provide community navigators with resources for referrals re. parent education opportunities, academic and social opportunities for youth, etc.
-Provide monthly programmatic reports as well as quarterly grant reports
-Participate in all project-related partner meetings; and coordinate all CAO-related activities with other project partners
-Advocacy for educational advancement of refugee students and communities
An additional but limited portion of this position includes coordination of CAO’s computer literacy programming. Specific duties include:
-Oversight and support of one contracted computer literacy instructor
-Recruitment and oversight of volunteer computer literacy instructors
-Collecting enrollment, class participation, and student progress data
-Monthly program reports and other reporting upon request
-Outreach efforts to advertise CAO computer classes among network and outreach for new computer students
Other duties include:
- Researching and identifying funding opportunities to expand program, as well as writing grant proposals for augmenting parent engagement programming (i.e. parenting classes, etc.)
- Supervising, managing and supporting graduate interns to assist in programs listed above, as well as other pilot programs initiated by CAO staff.
- Contributing to CAO’s monthly newsletter and blog about programmatic activities
- Attend all trainings, conferences and meetings as requested by supervisor
- Keep informed about refugee and immigrant issues, and available services, using current information to better identify and serve students, parents and community members
- Represent the program at meetings and speaking engagements relevant to the responsibilities of the position
- Perform all duties in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner
- Undertake other duties as assigned
- Work varied hours, including some nights and weekends. Front Range travel required as needed.
- Must have valid driver’s license and suitable vehicle with insurance.
- Clean background check and driving record. .
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in relevant area (social work, education, development, English etc) from an accredited American university.
Work Experience: At least 1-2 years of experience in supervision and education positions similar to that described above ideal. Nonprofit and grantwriting experience preferred. Program monitoring and evaluation understanding preferred. Experience working in refugee, immigrant and/or African populations highly preferred, especially those based in Colorado. Volunteer and internship experience may be substituted for work experience. Knowledge of the refugee resettlement process, as well as existing connections in the local refugee provider network, highly desired.
Language Skills: Fluency in speaking and writing English is required. Ability to speak and or write other languages, especially those relevant to the refugee community (Arabic, Swahili, etc) CAO serves will be an advantage, but is not a requirement.
Personal Attributes: Cultural sensitivity is essential. Self-starter and experience working independently. Able to work with limited supervision. Patient, tolerant and understanding. Able to work with others, Knowledgeable about African, Southeast Asian and refugee cultures and sensibilities. Excellent presentation and speaking abilities. Existing connections within the African, immigrant, school, nonprofit and/or refugee community in Denver would be an advantage. Excellent writing skills.
Compensation: $35,000- $37,000 per annum starting, dependent on experience and education.
Benefits: CAO offers health, dental and life insurance to its employees. CAO does not have a retirement plan at this time
Vacation Time: 15 days per annum plus 7 sick days. Comp and flex time will be arranged.
Terms and Conditions: The existence of this position is dependent on the availability of grant funds.
To apply, please send resume, cover letter and contact information for 3 references, including relationship to applicant, to email@example.com
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE! CALLERS’ APPLICATIONS WILL BE DISCARDED.
Incomplete applications will also not be accepted. Due to high volume of applicants, only those short-listed for interviews will be contacted.
CLOSING DATE: April 18, 2012