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Refugee Transitions (RT) assists refugee and immigrant families in becoming self-sufficient in the U.S. by providing volunteer and staff-directed program services that help newcomers attain the English language, life, job, and academic skills they need to succeed in their new communities. Refugee Transitions began in 1982 in San Francisco as the Refugee Women's Program and became an independent agency in 1990. With a current FY2017-2018 budget of $1,124,000, the agency provides Education, Family Engagement and Community Leadership programs to over 2,000 newcomers throughout the Bay Area.

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AuthorAndrew Bogrand

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 hiring an Adult English Language and Literacy Instructor to provide English language instruction at Good Samaritan Family Resource Center.

Position Title: Adult English Language and Literacy Instructor - San Francisco

Time Commitment: 12 hours of instruction and 4 hours of preparation time (hours for preparation time to be determined by the instructor and supervisor) as well as additional hours for meetings as needed. The classes are offered Mon-Thu (Level 1: 9:00-10:30 am and Level 2: 11:00-12:30 pm). The teaching schedule follows the San Francisco Unified School District calendar (note: the class will not be offered during the summer).

Location: Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, 1294 Potrero Ave. San Francisco CA 94110

Start - End Date: August 20th or 27th, 2018 - May 2019 TBD

Compensation: The instructor will be paid $23-27/hr (depending on education and experience) for teaching and preparation time for this hourly non-exempt position. Part-time benefits, including vacation, some paid holidays, and sick time.

Reports to: Dion Zizak, Education Associate Manager and Language Instructor

RESPONSIBILITIES:

-Teach two English language and literacy classes for adults (Level 1 targeting adults with very limited English and literacy skills; Level 2 targeting High Beginner and Low Intermediate Level adults). Students are primarily moms of small children, and there will be a few babies and small children in the classroom. Must be comfortable with teaching while babies and small children are present.

-Teach basic tech literacy (i.e., apps on phone, digital reader, Google maps, navigating community resources).

-Work with Refugee Transitions' staff to supplement the agency's curriculum and help conduct pre- and post- language assessments (using CASAS).

-Maintain online attendance sheets and submit progress reports as needed.

-Uphold RT's systems of student enrollment and intake.

-Maintain the integrity of RT's curriculum.

-Maintain professional relationship with site partners.

-Represent RT in a professional manner.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

-Ability to teach multi-level groups;

-Bachelor's Degree;

-Completion or near completion of MA TESOL or TESOL certificate;

-Training and formal classroom experience teaching level English in the U.S. (to low-income newcomers);

-Experience creating and/or adapting lesson plans from existing curriculum, following program goals and language objectives;

-Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English;

-Strong understanding of confidentiality and professional boundaries;

-Enthusiasm for working with those of limited educational background and literacy skills.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

-From a refugee or immigrant family;

-Proficiency in Spanish;

-Experience working with refugees or other newcomers who have experienced trauma;

-Experience teaching in a literacy program;

-Experience teaching computer literacy;

-Knowledge and experience in applying new and emerging technologies to facilitate and advance student learning;

-Experience working with small nonprofits and organizations providing services in San Francisco;

-Experience working at community or school sites in San Francisco;

-Excellent administrative and organization skills;

-Experience with Dropbox, Google Docs, and Microsoft Office;

-Experience working with English language learners with interrupted education and/or limited literacy skills.

Physical Abilities: Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person and on the telephone; seeing to read, prepare, and proofread documents; 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.

Application procedure: Send your resume and cover letter to jobs@reftrans.org (subject line: Adult English Language and Literacy Instructor - San Francisco).

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AuthorAndrew Bogrand

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 Site Coordinator to lead our after-school program and provide daytime support 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 40 hours/week on an hourly basis following the 2018-2019 San Francisco Unified School District calendar. Required hours: 10:00am - 6:30pm (including a 30-minute unpaid lunch).

Compensation: Depending on qualifications and experience. $18.50-21.63/hr for this hourly non-exempt position. Full benefits, including health, dental, vacation, sick time, and some paid holidays.

Program/Employment Dates: SFUSD begins on August 20, 2018 and ends on June 4, 2019. The Site Coordinator will start on August 6 in order to attend the SFUSD ExCEL Institute, prepare for the start of the school year, and receive training from RT. Hours to be determined.

Locations:
1) San Francisco International High School (SFIHS), 655 De Haro Street, San Francisco CA 94107
2) Refugee Transitions main office, 870 Market Street, Suite 718, San Francisco CA 94102 (2-4 times/month as needed)

The Site Coordinator will primarily be based at SFIHS, but will also attend monthly RT staff and ExCEL meetings in San Francisco (locations TBD).

Primary responsibilities will include:

1) SFIHS AFTER-SCHOOL TUTORING PROGRAM:

TUTORING AND ENRICHMENT
-Tutor youth with limited English skills in the after-school program at San Francisco International High School (after-school program runs 3:10 - 6:00 M, T, Th, F and 1:05 - 4:00 on W).

ADMINISTRATIVE
-Manage RT staff, volunteer, and youth leader schedules, and coordinate substitutes as needed;
-Maintain after-school program attendance in the Cityspan database in partnership with team members; cross-reference weekly with hard copy and digital database;
-Submit all required documentation on a timely basis, including weekly attendance and daily snack/supper count;
-Attend monthly ExCEL meetings and other partner meetings as needed;
-Plan and organize program evaluations throughout the year;
-Obtain food handler certification; and
-Ensure accurate distribution and accounting of snacks/supper.

DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION
-Assist in overseeing facility management, including attendance, snacks/supper, custodial, classroom, security, and safety;
-Oversee after-school programs and events, including clubs, the peer and alumni tutor program, dances, and special programming;
-Assist agency manager in running volunteer orientations and trainings (3-4 times per year);
-Ensure after-school space and other shared school space is well maintained and left as found; and
-Assist in overseeing transportation for small groups and youth leaders (2-3 times per year).

COMMUNICATION
-Maintain close communication with the agency's Volunteer and Program Manager and SFIHS After-school Program Site Supervisor;
-Develop and maintain a high level of communication and positive relationships with principal, teachers, office staff, lunch clerks, custodians, and after-school staff.

2) SFIHS DAYTIME PULL-OUT/PUSH-IN SUPPORT

-As needed, pull-out/push-in support based on school’s needs.

3) HOME-BASED TUTORING PROGRAM (a few hours per week)

Volunteer Support:
-Help RT staff interview new volunteers;
-Make referrals for home-based tutoring/mentoring;
-Act as a liaison between youth students and other RT staff.

Although these will be your primary duties, your responsibilities may change from time to time, as operational needs require.

Required Qualifications:
-Bilingual in English and Spanish/bi-cultural/native speaker fluency;
-Ability to connect with newcomer youth (in particular male high school age from Latin America), to build a supportive environment;
-Experience working in an education, enrichment, and/or recreation program serving youth;
-Strong facilitation skills;
-Experience working with or personal connection to English language learner youth;
-Must be outgoing and proactive in approaching and engaging students in the after-school program;
-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;
-Bachelor’s Degree OR completion of at least 2-3 years of undergraduate study (minimum of 48 units) with significant experience working in an after-school program serving newcomer youth;
-Strong writing and computer skills;
-Commitment to preserving confidentiality, boundaries, and upholding mandated reporting responsibilities; and
-Ability to work well independently and with minimal supervision.

Preferred Qualifications:
-Bachelor’s Degree;
-Past experience working in and/or running an after-school program;
-Past experience supervising volunteers;
-From an immigrant family (preferably from Latin America);
-In addition to Spanish, speak some Arabic or Chinese;
-Ability to tutor 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  jobs@reftrans.org and put in subject line: SFIHS Site Coordinator.

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AuthorAndrew Bogrand

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 Health and Wellness Promoter to facilitate group and individual support models to newly arrived Afghan women.

Position: Health and Wellness Promoter

Time Commitment: 30-40 hours/week. Schedule TBD.

Compensation: $19-$20 per hour (depending on education and experience) for this hourly non-exempt position. Full-time benefits, including health, dental, vacation, sick time, and some paid holidays.

Overtime Eligible: Yes (non-exempt)

Reports to: Refugee Transitions Afghan Community Advisor

Indirect Reporting: Community Health and Wellness Program Director at the International Rescue Committee

Program/Employment Dates: Start date is July 2018; following the Oakland Unified School District calendar.

Location: Oakland, CA (including the Refugee Transitions Women’s Initiative classroom site at 1811 11th Ave, Oakland, CA 94606 (RT @ Harbor House), and OUSD school sites (for summer school program as well as workshops and meetings).

PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITIES:

Job Overview/Summary: Refugee Transitions is partnering with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) for a Behavioral Health Program serving Afghan women. The program ensures that newly arrived immigrants from Afghanistan have access to ongoing psycho-social support to serve their adjustment needs, as well as access to culturally and linguistically sensitive behavioral health support services. The Health and Wellness Promoter will be responsible for the implementation of psycho-social programming serving the newcomer Afghan population in Oakland. With an ability to form trusted peer relationships with newly arrived Afghan women, the Health and Wellness Promoter will work with existing communities to create avenues for wellbeing activities and the fostering of organic emotional and social support networks within newcomer communities. The Health and Wellness Promoter will facilitate the Pathways to Wellness program with an emphasis on ensuring newcomer populations have access to safe and supportive healing spaces within their communities.

Major Responsibilities:

Wellness Activities:

  • Facilitate community-based group support activities through the Pathways to Wellness curriculum to promote emotional wellbeing and healthy adjustment, and provide opportunities for Afghan women to develop connection and support;

  • Coordinate and conduct educational activities including home visits to Afghan women to promote community integration and self-care among refugees and other populations in the Bay Area;

  • Conducting mental health RH-15 screenings for IRC clients, and report to Community Health and Wellness Manager on clients’ needs for referrals to community mental health and/or other service providers; and

  • Provide Social Adjustment Support in partnership with Refugee Transitions’ and Burma Refugee Family Network’s Social Adjustment Counselors.

Community Partnerships:

  • Conduct outreach to existing refugee and asylee community to encourage participation and increase referrals to health and wellness programming;

  • Maintain partnerships with community members. Refer and coordinate care for clients with high probability of emotional distress including a history of trauma/torture and gender-based violence; and

  • Work with Oakland Unified School District Refugee & Asylee Student Assistance Program (Nathaniel Dunstan) to identify schools with high numbers of Afghan students.

Program Administration and Reporting:

  • Ensure accurate tracking of wellness activities and RH-15 screening data, and compiling reports for senior program staff (at Refugee Transitions and the International Rescue Committee);

  • Work closely with staff to enhance and implement Health and Wellness Program goals; and

  • Administer tools used in program monitoring and evaluation.

Internal Contacts:

Health and Wellness Promoter will develop working relationships with staff, teachers, interns, and childcare providers leading Refugee Transitions’ Women’s Initiative and Early Childhood Education Program.

External Contacts:  

Health and Wellness Promoter will work with the Oakland Unified School District Refugee & Asylee Student Assistance Program to identify schools with high numbers of Afghan students.

Job Requirements:

Education: A two-year degree with an emphasis in Social Work, Psychology, or an equivalent field of study preferred.

Work Experience: 1 to 2+ years of relevant work experience. A significant portion of this experience would include responsibilities in public health, social services, education, capacity building, and/or humanitarian relief.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

  • Understanding of community integration, resettlement, and migration trauma;

  • Cross-cultural awareness and communication skills;

  • Ability to form trusted peer relationships and connect with newly arrived Afghan women;

  • Experience with psycho-social programming;

  • Demonstrated success working and communicating effectively in a multicultural environment;

  • Experience working directly with underserved populations;

  • Proven ability to contribute both independently and as a key team member;

  • Very well-organized and with excellent reporting skills;

  • Self-starter with excellent problem solving skills combined with a proven ability to multitask, prioritize duties, and manage time effectively.

Language Skills:  

Fluency in written and spoken English and Dari REQUIRED (Dari and Pashto preferred)

Physical Abilities: Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person and on the telephone; seeing to read, prepare, and proofread documents; 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.

Special Requirements: Must be able to accept assignments between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The shift assignments may also include some evenings and weekends.

Application Instructions: 
Please submit a Cover letter and Resume to jobs@reftrans.org (with Health & Wellness Outreach Promoter in subject line) by June 30, 2018. Both attachments must be received; incomplete applications will not be considered. Only principal, qualified candidates will receive a response.

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AuthorAndrew Bogrand

Position Summary:

Title: Operations and Contracts Manager
Current Time Commitment: 1 FTE
Salary: competitive based on education and experience (with full benefits)
Location: San Francisco (with weekly meetings in Oakland). 
Reports to: Executive Director

Refugee Transitions seeks an Operations and Contracts Manager to oversee Refugee Transitions' contractual agreements related to delivery of program services. The Operations and Contracts Manager will be responsible for maintaining documentation in compliance with the specific requirements of each contract; monitoring contract budgets, and reporting deadlines/deliverables. The Operations and Contracts Manager will communicate with the organization's program directors/managers and representatives of funding agencies, and work with Executive Director and Sr. Development and Communications Coordinator to apply for new government and partner contracts. This person will also work with Executive Director and contract bookkeeper to prepare annual budgets and monitor and analyze monthly department budget reports; prepare regular reports on progress, budgets, receipts and expenditures; and help with administrative work related to hiring and onboarding new employees. 

Duties include but are not limited to the following:

CONTRACTS MANAGEMENT:
-Support Executive Director in securing funding from government sources and partners. Help Executive Director apply for local and federal government grants (as a lead and partner agency);
-Manage funder contracts, including ensuring insurance and other requirements are met; 
-Track expenses related to each project; 
-Research government grant opportunities (local and federal government). Give Sr. Development Coordinator deadlines and prospective government grant opportunities and deliverables to add to development calendar; 
-Perform appropriate administrative and operational research to support proposal and contract development; 
-Support Executive Director in conducting contract strategy meetings to identify issues and client requirements, facilitate pricing discussions, and obtain program management staff input on timelines and deliverables; 
-Support Executive Director in drafting contractual provisions based on strategy discussions, and organizational needs and expectations. 

OPERATIONS: 
-Work with Executive Director and contract bookkeeper to prepare annual budgets and monitor and analyze monthly department budget reports, recommending changes as necessary;
-Prepare regular reports on progress, budgets, receipts and expenditures;
-Work with contract bookkeeper, CPA, and Executive Director to prepare for annual audits; 
-Help with rental agreements and other administrative projects as needed;
-Facilitate repairs and purchases (including technology) as needed; and
-Manage facilities, leases, purchases, etc. at RT's Oakland and San Francisco offices.

HR-RELATED OPERATIONS WORK:
-Create and post job descriptions, set up interviews, and onboard new staff, interns, and teachers as needed; and
-Manage and process payroll using Quickbooks (full service payroll).

Essential Competencies:

FUNDRAISING/CONTRACTS:
-Grants/contracts management/coordination experience required;
-Experience researching and successfully securing government grants/contracts;
-Experience in applying organizational standards when developing requests for proposals, and drafting contracts (preferably in the Bay Area); and
-Budget development and oversight experience.

ACCOUNTING/BOOKKEEPING:
-Experience with nonprofit accounting with a strong background and work experience in finance/budgeting; and
-Light bookkeeping experience (knowledge of Quickbooks a plus).

OPERATIONS/HR:
-Experience managing volunteers or staff (a plus) and managing projects;
-Knowledge and experience in organizational effectiveness and operations management implementing best practices.

GENERAL:
-Commitment to educational services, refugee/immigrant issues, and the mission of Refugee Transitions; 
-High level of maturity, motivation, and flexibility, as well as a firm commitment and ability to develop high-quality work products;
-Ability to work independently, multitask, manage time efficiently, and self-manage to meet deadlines;
-Strong organizational, project, and budget management skills;
-Strong writing skills, and ability to convey complex information in a way that others can readily follow;
-Strong computer skills, with proficiency in Microsoft Office products and databases;
-A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace;
-Excels at operating in a fast-paced, collaborative environment; and
-Flexible schedule and ability to travel within the Bay Area, including the ability to work evenings and weekends when necessary.

Education:
-Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree is highly desirable. 

Physical Abilities: Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person and on the telephone; seeing to read, prepare, and proofread documents; 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.

Special Requirements: Must be able to accept assignments between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. The shift assignments may include some evenings and weekends.

RT is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Application Instructions: 
Please submit a Cover letter and Resume to jobs at reftrans.org (with Operations and Contracts Manager in subject line) by April 23, 2018. Both attachments must be received; incomplete applications will not be considered. Please forward electronic submissions only. No phone calls please. Only principal, qualified candidates will receive a response.

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AuthorAndrew Bogrand