Refugee Student Support Specialist

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Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a leading nonsectarian, voluntary organization providing relief, protection and resettlement services for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. The IRC in Wichita resettles approximately 400+ newly arrived refugees per year and provides numerous program services to assist the refugee from their arrival through citizenship.


The Refugee School Impact (RSI) Specialist engages in the coordination and support of IRC’s refugee youth programming in alignment with organizational goals. Program coordination includes robust partnerships with local schools and community organizations, parent, and whole family engagement as it related to schools, initiatives crafted to remove barriers of first-generation refugee youth in achieving academic progression, and programming which promotes social-emotional learning and community integration. This position will also work closely with the state office with subcontracts with schools working directly with eligible youth populations. The RSI Specialist reports directly to the Education Manager.


  • Develop resources and expand partnerships which promote the success of refugee students, through material design and partner engagement.
  • Nurture partnerships with schools and other youth service agencies to advocate and provide support for refugee youth.
  • Research, implement, and teach innovative methodologies for working with vulnerable youth.
  • Assess that quality practices are implemented, and program outcomes are met; maintain data and reports indicating such.
  • Serve as a focal point in the community for referrals to youth programs and mainstream services.
  • Design and implement programs, activities, workshops, and services which directly contribute to positive outcomes for refugee students, their families, and their schools.
  • Comply with all IRC policies, procedures and protocols including adherence to the IRC Way and Child Safeguarding.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Undergraduate degree required, studies in education, teaching, English language acquisition or similar field preferred.
  • Minimum of one (1) year experience working with students required; public school, SEI environments, or ELL experience preferred.
  • Computer proficiency with an emphasis on Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Teams, Outlook). Proven experience in web-based data entry systems.
  • Strong attention to detail with the ability to prioritize and manage time effectively.
  • Strategic, creative, problem solver capable of working well independently and as a part of a team.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, bilingual ability preferred in Swahili, Kinyarwanda, Arabic, Burmese, or other refugee/immigrant language used in Kansas.
  • Cross-cultural understanding and strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, active insurance policy, access to reliable transportation and the ability to travel regularly throughout the service delivery area for home visits.


  • A combination of standard office environment, remote work, and ‘field’ time within the service delivery area to perform the above outlined responsibilities.
  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires candidates who are selected for interview to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for this position.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.

Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.