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Knoxville Openings

PREFERRED COMMUNITIES CASE MANAGER

Job summary & general responsibilities

The Preferred Communities Case Manager works within the framework of the Preferred Communities grant providing intensive services to clients who meet the PC eligibility criteria (single parenthood, chronic health conditions, mental health challenges, LGBTQ+ clients, victims of domestic violence, etc.) The PC Case Manager ensures clients’ basic and specific needs are met so that they can overcome barriers and make progress towards self-sufficiency. The PC Case Manager ensures compliance with PC grant requirements. The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Social Work, interdisciplinary studies, psychology, or a related field and ideally has several years of experience in case management. We are looking for an organized, creative, and passionate candidate. The PC Case Manager must possess a valid driver’s license and have their own vehicle. The position is based in Knoxville. Multilingual candidates, especially candidates speaking Swahili are encouraged to apply.

Specific duties

• Conducts assessments to determine client needs and eligibility for PC services

• Maintains frequent contact with assigned cases, including home visits (once a month minimum, but more as needed)

• Assists clients in accessing appropriate external services and public benefits

• Coordinates with other Bridge staff and community providers for services including English class, childcare, education, health care, employment, immigration legal services, mental health services, addiction services, disability services and benefits, housing services, etc.

• Ensures refugees’ basic needs (housing, food, clothing, etc.) are addressed and that they can meet these needs on their own as soon as possible

•Transports and accompanies clients to appointments for various services and helps them find ways to get to their appointments independently

• Provides additional community and cultural orientation (in addition to what was provided during R&P period), as needed

• Ensures that proper language interpretation and translation are provided as needed

• Maintains case files, case notes and required documentation for each case

• Participates in PC program network meetings

• Provides regular reporting to funders about the PC program

• Provides crisis intervention and/or arrange for this to be provided, as needed

• Maintains and updates PC database with client information, periodic assessments, resources and gaps, and referrals

Immediate Supervisor: Program manager

Please send your cover letter, resume and 3 references to dmugorewera@bridgerefugees.org. Only preselected candidates will be notified.

Americorps VISTA YOUTH MENTORSHIP COORDINATOR

Job summary & general responsibilities

 Help build a new youth mentoring program! The Tennessee Office for Refugees is seeking a VISTA member to develop and implement a Refugee Youth Mentoring Program in Knoxville. 

The Tennessee Office for Refugees (TOR) is a department of Catholic Charities of Tennessee responsible for the coordination and administration of the statewide refugee program. We partner with organizations that provide direct services to refugees and other eligible populations in and near Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville. This position is housed at Bridge Refugee Services in Knoxville. 

The VISTA member will help lead the continued development and implementation of a new mentoring program for refugee youth and young adults ages 15 – 24 to increase their educational and economic opportunities. The VISTA member will increase the capacity of the local refugee services network by strengthening and expanding partnerships with key stakeholders, mentoring networks, volunteers, and refugee communities. The VISTA member will exercise research, analytical, and creative skills in developing program and training materials, and public speaking and group facilitation skills in providing orientations for program participants and training for volunteer mentors. The VISTA member will expand the scope of supportive services for refugees by recruiting, assessing, and matching participants with volunteer mentors. The VISTA member will develop data collection and analysis skills by utilizing a program database and using findings to inform program improvements. The VISTA member will evaluate program sustainability and pursue additional resources as needed including grant writing. The VISTA member will coordinate with other site-based VISTA members and the VISTA Leader. 

We are looking for a self-starter who works well both independently and as part of a team. Eagerness to learn about refugees, mentoring, and all aspects of nonprofit program management and development are a must. Foreign language proficiency in a refugee language and significant intercultural experience is a plus. We are looking for a VISTA member with the ability to facilitate intercultural communication and to create an environment where differences are respected; the ability to exercise good judgment, curtesy, and tact in dealing with the public and staff; the ability to handle confidential information with extreme professionalism; attention to detail and adherence to deadlines; the ability to plan and organize work; the ability to follow tasks through to completion; effective interpersonal skills; strong written and verbal communication skills; and basic computer proficiency. 

This is a great opportunity for a VISTA member who wants to develop leadership, program development and management, and community relations skills while making a real impact in the lives of refuge youth and young adults. Working within a refugee resettlement agency will offer the VISTA member the opportunity to work deeply and specifically on this project, as well as to gain knowledge of and contribute to a continuum of resettlement services. The VISTA member will be part of a six VISTA member cohort that will meet regularly for training and coordination. The VISTA member will travel to the National Mentoring Summit in January in Washington, DC. Professional development opportunities will be provided on an ongoing basis. 

Start date is immediately! End date is one year from start of service. For more information, please email Nicole DeBaun-Phillips at ndphillips@cctenn.org 

Benefits for VISTA members include choice of Segal Education Award ($6,095) or cash stipend ($1,800), health coverage, relocation allowance (if you move 50+ miles from your home), child care, training, and bi-weekly living allowance. 

Terms of Service: VISTA members must be 18 years old; be US Citizens, nationals, or legal residents; and successfully complete a criminal background check. VISTA is a full-time commitment. Political advocacy, organizing or demonstration while on VISTA duty, or while perceived to be on duty, is prohibited. Part-time work is allowable with permission from your supervisor. While public transportation is available, a car is recommended. 

Chattanooga Openings

Americorps VISTA YOUTH MENTORSHIP PROGRAM COORDINATOR

 Continue to help build a new youth mentoring program! The Tennessee Office for Refugees is seeking a VISTA member to develop and implement a Refugee Youth Mentoring Program in Chattanooga. 

The Tennessee Office for Refugees (TOR) is a department of Catholic Charities of Tennessee responsible for the coordination and administration of the statewide refugee program. We partner with organizations that provide direct services to refugees and other eligible populations in and near Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville. This position is housed at Bridge Refugee Services in Chattanooga. 

The VISTA member will help lead the continued development and implementation of a new mentoring program for refugee youth and young adults ages 15 – 24 to increase their educational and economic opportunities. The VISTA member will increase the capacity of the local refugee services network by strengthening and expanding partnerships with key stakeholders, mentoring networks, volunteers, and refugee communities. The VISTA member will exercise research, analytical, and creative skills in developing program and training materials, and public speaking and group facilitation skills in providing orientations for program participants and training for volunteer mentors. The VISTA member will expand the scope of supportive services for refugees by recruiting, assessing, and matching participants with volunteer mentors. The VISTA member will develop data collection and analysis skills by utilizing a program database and using findings to inform program improvements. The VISTA member will evaluate program sustainability and pursue additional resources as needed including grant writing. The VISTA member will coordinate with other site-based VISTA members and the VISTA Leader. 

We are looking for a self-starter who works well both independently and as part of a team. Eagerness to learn about refugees, mentoring, and all aspects of nonprofit program management and development are a must. Foreign language proficiency in a refugee language and significant intercultural experience is a plus. We are looking for a VISTA member with the ability to facilitate intercultural communication and to create an environment where differences are respected; the ability to exercise good judgment, curtesy, and tact in dealing with the public and staff; the ability to handle confidential information with extreme professionalism; attention to detail and adherence to deadlines; the ability to plan and organize work; the ability to follow tasks through to completion; effective interpersonal skills; strong written and verbal communication skills; and basic computer proficiency. 

This is a great opportunity for a VISTA member who wants to develop leadership, program development and management, and community relations skills while making a real impact in the lives of refuge youth and young adults. Working within a refugee resettlement agency will offer the VISTA member the opportunity to work deeply and specifically on this project, as well as to gain knowledge of and contribute to a continuum of resettlement services. The VISTA member will be part of a six VISTA member cohort that will meet regularly for training and coordination. The VISTA member will travel to the National Mentoring Summit in January in Washington, DC. Professional development opportunities will be provided on an ongoing basis. 

Start date is immediately! End date is one year from start of service. For more information, please email Nicole DeBaun-Phillips at ndphillips@cctenn.org. 

Benefits for VISTA members include choice of Segal Education Award ($6,095) or cash stipend ($1,800), health coverage, relocation allowance (if you move 50+ miles from your home), child care, training, and bi-weekly living allowance. 

Terms of Service: VISTA members must be 18 years old; be US Citizens, nationals, or legal residents; and successfully complete a criminal background check. VISTA is a full-time commitment. Political advocacy, organizing or demonstration while on VISTA duty, or while perceived to be on duty, is prohibited. Part-time work is allowable with permission from your supervisor. While public transportation is available, a car is recommended.