Sunday, June 7, 2009

ICIRR AmeriCorps Position

f you know of any people who'd be interested in an AmeriCorps spot with ICIRR, please pass this along.

As early as June 1 we will have an opening here at ICIRR for an AmeriCorp Member. I’d really like to reach out to young adults who are familiar with immigrant communities, outgoing, and bi-lingual in any language representing a sizeable immigrant community here in Chicago (Arabic, Hindi. Urdu, Russian, Polish, etc). I’m attaching the job description. The person has to be a Legal Permanent Resident or US Citizen. Let me know if you have youth who might be interested. I’d love to get someone who is already familiar with the work of ICIRR’s members.

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Title: Immigrant Family Resource Program AmeriCorps Member: Outreach Specialist
Make a difference by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency for diverse immigrant
communities. Work with organizations across the state providing community outreach.
Organization and Program Description: ICIRR is a 23-year-old membership
organization composed of over 100 dues paying organizations whose mission is to
promote the full and equal participation of immigrants and refugees in the political, civic
and economic life of our diverse society.
The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) Immigrant Family
Resource Program is a unique-in-the nation partnership between the Illinois Department
of Human Services (IDHS), ICIRR, and ethnic community-based organizations across
Illinois. Over the past nine years the Immigrant Family Resource Program (IFRP) has
excelled in educating and providing access to immigrant families needing safety-net
services like Food Stamps and Medicaid through case management, professional
interpretation and translation, and referral services.
IFRP partners with 40 ethnic organizations across Illinois; operates in 52 languages,
mainly Spanish, Korean, Arabic, Polish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hindi, Vietnamese, and
Urdu; and reaches people from 80 countries of origin. IFRP reaches Metro Chicago’s
diverse immigrant communities including Latino, Polish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean,
Arab, South Asian, Eastern European, African, and Refugee groups; Suburban Cook and
Collar County growing immigrant communities; and rural Latinos in Central and
Downstate Illinois. This access has proved vital in integrating immigrant families into
the fabric of our state.
Position Description:
The primary goal of the IFRP AmeriCorps Partner is to increase access to and
participation in specific safety-net programs through improved community outreach. The
specific programs and outreach topics include Health Programs, Food Stamps,
Employment Assistance, and Work Rehabilitation depending on eligibility of individual
community members. The Outreach Specialist will be supervised by the IFRP Program
Associate and Program Director.
The full time Outreach Specialist will be primarily responsible for ensuring Partner
outreach is successful and will do so by:
• providing ICIRR created materials for outreach and education;
• monitoring and evaluating current outreach events conducted by IFRP Partners;
• maintaining bi-weekly record keeping and reporting of partner outreach and
effectiveness (based on new cases, information and referrals);
• assisting with day-to-day project operations including data collection and reporting;
• inter-program planning and coordination, information dissemination to grantees and
between agency partners (including limited work on IFRP page of website);
assisting with in-service training opportunities for project grantees;
participating in bi-weekly ICIRR staff meetings.
The Outreach Specialist will be based out of the ICIRR offices in downtown Chicago but
will travel to outreach events in the Metro Chicago area and sometimes in other parts of
• Demonstrated experience working effectively with diverse constituencies with
differing interests and needs;
• Access to car (mileage will be reimbursed);
• Outgoing personality with excellent interpersonal and organizational skills;
• Ability to balance time between field work (outreach) and administrative work;
• Experience with Excel and Microsoft word;
• Detail oriented with the ability to juggle many different tasks simultaneously and
complete them in a timely manner;
• Some knowledge and awareness of immigration law and policies, and experience
working with immigrants and/or refugees preferred;
• Desire to work in social service or community organizing;
• High school degree or equivalent required; some college preferred;
• Ability to write clearly in English;
• Preferably bi-lingual in English and language of one of the target communities:
Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Polish, Korean, French, Hindi, or Urdu.
Additional Details:
As an AmeriCorps Partner, the Outreach Specialist will receive a modest living
allowance, health insurance, and an education award of $4,725. The one-year position
begins June 1, 2009 with 5 days of training and will be completed on May 31, 2010. This
AmeriCorps position at ICIRR is arranged with the Logan Square Neighborhood
Association (LSNA). The AmeriCorps Partner will receive some training with the other
LSNA AmeriCorps Partners.
Send Questions and Resumes with Cover Letter to:
Jennifer M Kons
55 E Jackson Blvd, #2075
For Information on AmeriCorps visit
Chicago IL 60604
ICIRR is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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