Refugee Transitions (RT; www.reftrans.org) is a nonprofit agency that provides education, family engagement, and community leadership programs to low-income newcomers who have sought refuge in the U.S. Refugee Transitions is currently seeking a Program Mentor to work in RT’s After-School Program at San Francisco International High School, a public high school serving youth who have been in the U.S. for four years or less.
Time Commitment: Up to 15 hours/week (at least 3 days/week including Wednesday) on an hourly basis following the 2018-2019 San Francisco Unified School District calendar.
Program hours: 3:00 - 6:00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & 1:00 - 6:00pm on Wednesday (required). Please note that there will be an additional early release day approximately once a month (usually Thursday), and the working time on this day will be from 1:00 - 4:00pm.
Compensation: $16.00-$18.50/hour depending on qualifications and experience for this hourly non- exempt position.
Program/Employment Dates: SFUSD begins on August 20, 2018 and ends on June 4, 2019.
Location: San Francisco International High School (SFIHS), 655 De Haro Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
Your primary responsibilities will include:
1) AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES LEAD
PLAN, PREPARE & COORDINATE ACTIVITIES IN THE GAME ROOM
+ Plan fun and engaging activities for the Game Room;
+ Organize and recruit students for game tournaments (i.e. chess, Connect Four, Uno, etc.)
PLAN, PREPARE & COORDINATE ACTIVITIES IN THE COURTYARD/FIELD
+ Take students outside to engage in physical activities as per planned schedule or as needed based on student request/behavior;
+ Organize and recruit students for outside activities (soccer, basketball, etc.)
+ Handle all documentation and follow through with the “Progressive Response to Challenging Behavior” matrix;
+ Catalogue all board games and draft a game schedule for the Game Room;
+ Obtain food handler certification in order to be able to assist Site Coordinator in the distribution and accounting of snack/supper.
+ Maintain close communication with the Site Coordinator;
+ Develop and maintain a high level of communication and positive relationships with students, principal, teachers, office staff, lunch clerks, custodians, and after-school staff.
2) INTER-PROGRAM ARABIC-SPEAKING LIAISON
+ Interpret as needed;
+ As needed, help RT's Sr. Program Coordinator make calls to families and/or accompany her to the homes of Arabic-speaking students being matched with a volunteer for home-based tutoring/mentoring.
+ Bilingual in English & Arabic/bi-cultural/native speaker fluency;
+ Highly mature with ability to connect with newcomer youth (in particular male high school age from Yemen), and be able to support them to make appropriate choices and to build a supportive environment;
+ Experience working in an education, enrichment &/or recreation program serving youth;
+ Strong facilitation skills;
+ Experience working with or personal connection to English language learner youth;
+ Must be very mature, outgoing and proactive in approaching and engaging students in the after-school program;
+ Must be able to organize engaging physical and non-physical activities and coordinate groups;
+ Must be very flexible and able to adapt to a changing environment!
+ Ability to work with youth of different cultural backgrounds;
+ Ability to work in collaboration with multiple stakeholders including staff, students, school administrators, and, as needed, parents/guardians;
+ Completion of at least 2-3 years of undergraduate study (minimum of 48 units) with experience working in youth programming (after-school programs, summer camps, etc.) serving newcomer youth;
+ Commitment to preserving confidentiality, boundaries, and upholding mandated reporting responsibilities; and
+ Ability to work well independently and with minimal supervision.
+ Past experience working in &/or running an after-school program;
+ Past experience supervising volunteers;
+ From an immigrant family (preferably from Yemen or the Middle East);
+ In addition to speaking Arabic, should be able to connect with Spanish and Chinese speaking youth (as well as other newcomers);
+ Ability to work with English language learners;
+ Experience working with middle or high school age students in the U.S.;
+ Experience working in community-based education programs;
+ Familiarity with San Francisco Unified School District;
+ Experience working with social service organizations and community service providers serving high- need newcomers and non-English speaking families.
Physical Abilities: Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person and on the telephone; seeing to read, sitting or standing for extended periods of time; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment; kneeling, bending of the waist, and reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally to retrieve and store files and supplies; and ability to carry approximately 15 pounds of food up a flight of stairs.
Special Requirements: Must be able to accept some evening hours for additional meetings/trainings/special events.
Application procedure: Send your resume and brief cover letter (with your availability) to firstname.lastname@example.org and put in subject line: RT After-School Program Mentor @ SFIHS