Educational Access Coordinator (full-time)

Employer: Kentucky Refugee Ministries

Job Description


As part of the Family and Youth Services staff, the Rise Up Educational Access Coordinator will provide educational case management services and implement college and career readiness programming for young adult refugees and immigrants, including the Rise Up Mentor Program. Responsibilities include meeting with young adults on an ongoing basis, creating individualized client case plans, equipping clients to access available community resources, coordinating the Rise Up Mentor Program and planning and implementing workshops and college visits that will empower clients to pursue their academic and vocational goals.

Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM) Family and Youth Services Program works with approximately 100-150 high-school-aged youth and young adults each year. Once in Louisville, young adults are eager for guidance in pursuing additional education. Most young adults face barriers that prevent them from accessing the education that they seek.  Some these barriers are a lack of knowledge and understanding of available academic services.  Another barrier is the cost of education and the misperception that higher education is unaffordable.  They also have financial needs that require them to work. These barriers cause some young adults to choose not pursue higher education.  The role of the Rise Up Educational Access Coordinator is to help educate, advocate, and encourage young adults as they overcome these barriers. The Rise Up Program provides comprehensive educational and career support services for those ages 15-24 years old. The goal of the program is to promote positive civic and social engagement and support individual educational and vocational attainment. These services include educational case management, college exploration, educational workshops, and mentorship. Clients have varying levels of English proficiency—some speaking little or no English—and diverse educational and cultural backgrounds.

Essential Duties and Tasks

Under the supervision of the Family and Youth Services Coordinator, the Rise Up Educational Access Coordinator will carry out the following activities:

  • Maintain an up-to-date database of young adult refugee and immigrant arrivals and current Rise Up participants.
  • Meet with newly arriving clients to increase awareness of programming resources.
  • Work collaboratively with clients to develop and implement participant-driven case plans for attaining their educational and vocational goals.
  • Coordinate with the Employment Services staff during clients’ job application process, specifically to make a plan for pursuing their studies while working.
  • Maintain records of current participants and log their progress toward achieving their goals.
  • Assist participants in connecting with available community resources and maintain strong working relationships with community partners.
  • Plan and implement college visits and educational workshops, tailored to fit the needs and interests of current clients.
  • Coordinate the Rise Up Mentor Program, including training volunteers, connecting youth and young adults with the program, and matching students with volunteers.
  • Track Rise Up program activities and outcomes and maintain communication with families and volunteer on an ongoing basis in order to evaluate program success.
  • Maintain working knowledge through research of best practices in young adult education for English Language Learners.
  • Plans regularly with staff and participate in weekly Family and Youth Services department meetings, activities and professional development opportunities.

Agency Profile

Founded in 1990 as a nonprofit agency in Louisville, Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM) is a local affiliate of Church World Service, one of nine national voluntary agencies authorized to provide resettlement services to refugees legally admitted to the United States through the State Department’s Refugee Admissions Program. Currently, KRM’s Louisville office currently receives around 300 newly-arrived refugees a year. KRM Louisville also currently serves 300 recently-arrived Cuban immigrants a year, as well as small number of individuals from various countries who have been approved for asylum and those applying for asylum. KRM also has an office in Lexington which receives over 200 refugee arrivals a year.

KRM secures housing and medical care for clients and provides them with comprehensive case management including employment services, ESL and cultural orientation, and specialized programs for immigrant youth and elders and the arts. KRM also offers citizenship classes for refugees and immigrants preparing to apply for U.S. citizenship. KRM’s Louisville office has an immigration legal services office with six fulltime staff, including three attorneys, who provide a services to immigrants of all statuses. KRM staff do not engage in any religious messaging in connection to delivery of client services.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time position, 40 hours a week, during normal business hours. Salary commensurate with experience and background. Benefits: Medical, dental, vision and life insurance; paid vacation, holidays, sick and personal days.

Salary Range: Hourly

Job Requirements:

  • College degree required.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in MS Excel.
  • Ability to drive and transport clients by car.
  • Teaching experience and previous cross-cultural experience preferred.

Specialized Skills

  • Ability to work with clients and staff of diverse nationalities and cultures.
  • Passion for working with young adults.
  • Comfort with servicing limited-English-proficient clients.
  • Applicants should have strong organizational skills, be detail-oriented, and capable of providing clear documentation of services.
  • Self-motivated; ability to develop and implement new and innovative projects.
  • Team-orientation; ability to work in coordination and close collaboration with KRM staff.
  • Strong outreach skills; ability to network with higher and continuing education providers.
  • Patience and flexibility, while at the same time adhering to agency mission of promoting client self-sufficiency.
  • Working knowledge of higher and continuing educational systems preferred.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should reply with a résumé and cover letter by Friday, May 17th, to:

Adrienne Eisenmenger
Family & Youth Services Manager/ Program Leader
Kentucky Refugee Ministries

Those who have previously applied for a position at KRM are eligible to reapply. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.