Refugee Resettlement Orientation Specialist

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Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley
922 W. Riverview Ave.
Dayton, OH
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 2 Part-time, Unpaid

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Catholic Social Services, a non-profit agency since 1921, provides services to help build stronger futures for individuals and families of all faiths.

The Refugee Resettlement Program is the first point of contact for newly arrived refugees. With the primary goal to assist refugees attain self-sufficiency in their new community, the Resettlement Team provides support, guidance and orientation throughout the phases of resettlement. Services include securing housing, addressing medical concerns, developing life skills, assistance with job placement and linking refugees to mainstream services. The current case load primarily consists of refugees from Iraq and the East African countries of Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Essential Job Functions: Under the direction of the program Team Leader, the Orientation Specialist will:
•Conduct weekly orientation sessions for newly arrived refugees covering topics including but not limited to housing, public transportation, budgeting, health services, public assistance, safety and U.S. laws.
•Coordinate and facilitate supplemental orientation activities such as meetings between refugees and landlords, bus orientation sessions in coordination with RTA staff, grocery orientation, home management orientation in the client home, budgeting, assistance with setting up bank accounts, etc.
•Accompany individuals and/or small groups on the bus to assist with orientation goals, to help refugees’ comfort level using the bus and to assist refugees navigate community systems independently
•Planning for orientation sessions, developing orientation materials and maintaining contact with relevant community partners are an integral part of this internship
•Completion of case related paperwork and program statistical information


•Experience or strong desire in working with people from a variety of cultures and ethnic backgrounds.
•Currently enrolled in a relevant undergraduate or graduate educational program
•Ability to work independently and unsupervised in field settings as well as in partnership with a team
•Willingness to use public transportation to help clients navigate community resources independently
•A valid driver’s license, access to a reliable vehicle with insurance and willingness to transport refugees (Since most of the work is conducted in office or by bus, the use of a car is helpful, but not required)
•Effective communication, writing and time management skills
•Basic knowledge of Microsoft Word, email, and Internet.
•No religious affiliation necessary
** Nice option for social, international relations or HR majors**

Time Commitment:
•Minimum of 15 hours per week (2 full days) for a period of at least 12 weeks (3 months)
•Available work hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

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