Employment & TANF Specialist Intern

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BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. The IRC in Atlanta office was established in 1979 and has resettled over 21,000 refugees from nearly 50 countries into the Greater Atlanta area. As the largest refugee resettlement agency in Georgia, the IRC in Atlanta resettles an average of 800 refugees into Georgia annually and provides additional services and assistance to another 1,500 refugees and asylees.

SCOPE OF EMPLOYMENT & TANF Employment & TANF Specialist Intern: The Employment & TANF Specialist Intern is responsible for managing the provision of services to assist newly arrived single parent refugee clients to attain self-sufficiency through employment. Specifically, the Employment & TANF Specialist ensures services that include employment preparation, placement, career enhancement services and follow-up services.


The Employment & TANF Specialist Intern works in close coordination with the Economic Empowerment Manager to achieve the following goals:
Service for new arrivals:
• Provide intake, assessment, and pre-employment/job readiness orientation to clients eligible for employment services.
• Develop comprehensive employment plans for each employable adult.
• Provide both group and one-on-one intense job readiness orientations that provide clients with the basic skills required to enhance their employability.
• Develop and cultivate long term relationships with area employers in order to identify appropriate employment opportunities for clients.
• Determine specific employment opportunities appropriate to clients and assist clients in accessing these opportunities by guiding them through the hiring process.
• Monitor job performance, wage level, and employer/employee satisfaction.
• Assist clients and employers as necessary with post placement issues and continuing employment needs.
• Ensure timely and accurate compliance to all reporting requirements.
• Assist clients to navigate the application process for state childcare funds (CAPS) and follow up with local county family services office on application and enrollment.
• Liaise with county family services office employees to ensure client eligibility and enrollment in benefit

Data collection, reporting and coordination of services for TANF recipients:
• Prepare and maintain records of the daily, weekly and monthly attendance spreadsheets and reports on the TANF Job Readiness training program participants, including the reporting of services in the state contract database.
• Liaise with and submit all information required by county family services office on the attendance and progress of TANF recipients enrolled in IRC Atlanta’s intensive job readiness program.
• Ensure TANF recipients fully comply with program requirements, including attendance and job search activities.
• Report barriers and challenges of individual clients with county family services office as appropriate.


• Undergraduate degree is preferred.
• Must be available May 1st - September 30th
• Demonstrated experience with the US job search process and the ability to coach effectively clients through the nuanced process of securing employment.
• Excellent communication skills, with fluency in written and spoken English. Bilingual ability in one of the predominant languages of the local client base is desired.
• Proven success achieving goals and working effectively with all levels of staff in a multicultural environment.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook).
• Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle with current insurance, and the ability to travel regularly throughout the service delivery area
• Must pass background check (background check fee of $50 will be waived)
• Must commit to 37 hours a week for four months starting May 2015

For more information or to apply, please contact Hayat Nawd, Volunteer and External Relations Coordinator, at VolunteerATL@Rescue.org or 678-636-8928. To learn more about us, please visit the IRC website at www.Rescue.org/Atlanta

(US applicants only)

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