Refugee Transitions (RT; 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-$19.00/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:



+ Plan fun and engaging activities for the Game Room;

+ Organize and recruit students for game tournaments (i.e. chess, Connect Four, Uno, etc.)


+ 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.


+ 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.

Required Qualifications:

+ 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

+ 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 and put in subject line: RT After-School Program Mentor @ SFIHS

AuthorAndrew Bogrand