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International Rescue Committee Family Reunification Specialist in Elizabeth, New Jersey

Job Title: R&P Family Reunification Specialist

Reports to:Casework Supervisor


Location:Elizabeth, NJ and New York, NY




The R&P Family Reunification Specialist coordinates the completion and submission of family reunification applications managed within the Reception and Placement (R&P) program. The Specialist identifies current clients eligible to file such applications and conducts community outreach to advertise the programs. The Specialist works with clients to prepare and submit applications to Headquarters. This position may support family reunification application efforts in both New York City and northern New Jersey, depending on community need in both locations.

Major Responsibilities

Participate in training webinars hosted by IRC headquarters on family reunification programs of focus, including Lautenberg applications and/or P3 AORs and/or P2 CAM AORs.

Communicate program eligibility and requirements to clients; collect documentation from clients in order to complete applications on their behalf.

Complete applications in the IRIS database; monitor database for updates and corrections needed; communicate with IRC headquarters staff on any questions or corrections needed.

Track applications in order to respond to client inquiries after submission.

Other R&P duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

1-2+ years of experience in refugee resettlement or immigration field strongly preferred; knowledge of the US resettlement program and family reunification pathways preferred.

Computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe required; familiarity with IRIS a plus.

Strong written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and clients.

Solid diplomatic and networking skills; ability to effectively manage a variety of internal and external relationships.

Multi-cultural sensitivity and ability to work as a member of a team.

Strong organizational skills with the ability to juggle multiple tasks, set priorities, effectively manage time, and meet deadlines; strong attention to detail.

Fluency in English required.

Russian, Ukrainian, and/or Spanish speaking and reading ability preferred.

Working Environment:

A combination of standard office environment, remote work, and “field” time in and around the service delivery area. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, this position will initially consist of remote work, though applicants should be prepared to potentially shift to onsite service delivery. Work arrangements and re-opening procedures are being evaluated on an ongoing basis to protect the health and safety of IRC staff and clients. All in-office and field work will require strict adherence to all local and IRC-specific PPE and social distancing policies.

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.