African Community Center of the Washington, DC Metro Area

African Community Center of the Washington, DC Metro Area The ACC is a branch office of the Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. (ECDC). Our Arlington-based staff speak various languages representing several of the refugee groups ACC has resettled.
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ECDC was established in 1983 as a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) community-based organization to respond to the needs of a growing Ethiopian community, both in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and around the United States. However, since its founding, ECDC has served newcomers from diverse cultural backgrounds from many parts of the world. ECDC is a National Voluntary Agency, authorized ...by the Department of State, to resettle refugees. ECDC works locally, regionally, and nationally. ECDC's program of public education seeks to increase awareness within the wider community and among mainstream organizations about issues of concern to the newcomer community in general and to African refugees and immigrants in particular. As a national voice, ECDC brings an African perspective to issues that affect African refugees here and in Africa. ECDC works closely with both the private and public sectors and has a broad base of financial support, which is derived from corporations, foundations, individual contributions, in-kind donations, religious institutions, and contracts and grants from federal, state, and local government agencies. ECDC is a member of InterAction and the Refugee Council USA. In the 1980s, ECDC concentrated on bridging the gaps in mainstream services for newcomers. During the 1990s, ECDC expanded organizationally and programmatically to meet the needs of the African community. In 1991, ECDC inaugurated a national refugee resettlement program that operates through a network of African CBOs located across the United States. A micro-enterprise development project, launched in 1992, grew into an independent program center and was incorporated in 2001 as a subsidiary, the ECDC Enterprise Development Group. Today, ECDC continues to develop programs that respond to the needs of newcomers to the country and to increase awareness about refugee and newcomer issues at home and abroad. ACC's Goals: -To provide services and programs that help newcomers to become self-sufficient, productive members of their new communities. -To foster greater understanding among newcomers and their local community. -To conduct outreach and education to increase public awareness about refugees and immigrants. -To participate in forums and community events that involve the interests of refugees and immigrants. ACC's Services ACC has assisted thousands of refugees and immigrants from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds around the world, yet maintains a focus on African newcomers. Some of our services include: Resettlement Services - This funded program provides the following services to refugees and asylees: -Short-term housing and basic needs assistance; -Orientation and acculturation to the United States; -English as a Second Language (ESL) training; and -Employment services Health Education and Prevention - Connecting newcomers with appropriate health services and educating them about prevention hold the highest priority. -HIV Testing and Referral service is provided to all residents irrespective of their immigration status -ACC staff provide a weekly diabetes and nutrition program at the Walter Reed Community Center in Arlington, Va. -Life Skills training for elementary and middle school children at local community centers and to help children resist substance abuse and learn to make healthy choices. -Medical referrals for newcomers who are low-income or without health insurance. Social Services - The ACC staff provide counseling and match newcomers with volunteers to assist them in adapting to their new American community. -Family enrichment and domestic violence education, referrals, individual counseling, and workshops are provided. -Assistance for legal residents to file for immigration benefits. -Translation/interpretation services are provided in Amharic, English, and Tigrinya. -Employment services include review of client skills and work experiences; job development; preparation of resumes; client job interview practice; job referrals, placement, and follow-up. -Information and Referral to mainstream private and public service providers are made to walk-in and phone-in clients. Who can Benefit from ACC's Services? ACC services are targeted to refugees and immigrants living in the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Price George's counties in Maryland, and Northern Virginia. The African Community Center's client service approach is holistic and provides: -Refugee Resettlement -Employment -Cultural Adjustment -Immigration Assistance -Domestic Violence Prevention Education -Interpretation/Translation -Housing Assistance -Information and Referral Since its inception, ECDC's proactive approach has included active community outreach, identifying the barriers to reaching a client's goals, and setting steps to overcome the barriers identified. ACC staff work with clients to help them achieve their goals.

Mission: To resettle refugees and immigrants; and to promote the education, health, culture, and socio-economic development needs of refugee communities in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

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01/03/2021

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01/01/2021

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12/30/2020

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12/28/2020

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12/25/2020

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12/23/2020

Job Summary – Intern will assist Employment Specialists with employment development and job search and placement for recently-arrived refugees.

Key Responsibilities:
• Conduct employment plan interviews with refugees (documentation of refugees’ education and work history)
• Make referrals to English and employment training classes with partner agencies
• Assist refugee community members with necessary skills for find and keeping a job (learning bus routes, filling out applications, practicing for job interviews.)
• Search for job opportunities, attend job fairs with community members, establish relationships with employers
• Help refugee community members apply for jobs (paper and online) and take them to job interviews
• Follow up with employed community members and their employers to trouble-shoot and ensure job retention
• Basic administrative assistance: filing of paperwork and keeping case notes for each refugee
• May include some case management trouble-shooting (assisting with food stamps, Medicaid, medical appointments, housing, and other issues that may arise)

Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Present by Internship Completion or Before):
• Commitment to mission: to help refugees rebuild safe, sustainable lives through supportive networks of people, services and community activities
• Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
• Knowledge and experience with employment development a plus
• Use of personal computer and vehicle a plus.
• Ability to effectively communicate with supervisor
• Interest in working in a multicultural environment, refugee language capability a plus
• Knowledgeable about and sensitive to the experiences of refugees and immigrants
• Computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite). Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet use
• Background check and clean DMV record

Learning Outcomes:
• Understanding of the timelines and processes refugees go through.
• Increased intercultural communication competency
• Exposure to basic non-profit operations and environment
• Knowledge of marginalized populations - challenges and opportunities
• Experience working with limited English proficiency populations
• Understanding of refugee TANF systems
• Knowledge of refugee benefits systems
• Ability to navigate of social service systems
• Basic ability to keep case notes and maintain case files to State Department standards.

Time Requirements:
2 days/week

To Apply:
Please submit a (1) cover letter and (2) resume to [email protected].

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12/22/2020

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12/21/2020

Job Summary – The Integration Programs Intern will assist refugees in Maryland to help them navigate local health, school, benefit, and community support systems so they can live healthy, self-sufficient lives in their new community.

Roles and Responsibilities:
• Assist and accompany clients to various appointments including but not limited to: employment, medical appointments, pharmacy pick-ups, mental health appointments, school enrollments, immunization appointments, ESL class enrollments, etc.
• Assist with researching benefits or service information on behalf of clients
• Assist with benefits enrollments or follow-ups
• Assist with conducting transportation, culture, health and/or healthcare navigation orientations
• May assist with civic engagement workshops
• May assist with planning and running ESL workshops
• May assist with running of refugee support groups
• Assist clients to get services from local social service offices and public assistance
• Assist case manager with maintenance of case files
• Show clients how to use public transportation
• Assist with other related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:
• College degree or perusing an undergraduate degree in political science, international relations, social work, law/justice, community health, human rights, language or related field required
• Previous experience working in multicultural contexts is desirable
• An interest in international and refugee issue
• Ability to work independently as well as in a team
• Ability to work in fast-paced environment and process unexpected tasks and deadlines
• Ability to work under pressure
• Flexibility
• Creativity and initiative to follow through on projects
• Effective communication and writing skills
• Proficiency in one or more language other than English is preferable
• Having personal car or access to a car is highly desirable

Learning Outcomes:
• Understanding of the timelines and processes refugees go through.
• Increased intercultural communication competency
• Exposure to basic non-profit operations and environment
• Knowledge of marginalized populations - challenges and opportunities
• Experience working with limited English proficiency populations
• Knowledge of Maryland refugee benefits systems
• Ability to navigate of social service systems
• Basic ability to keep case notes and maintain case files to State Department standards.

Time Requirements:
At least 2 full days a week

To Apply:
Please submit a (1) cover letter and (2) resume to [email protected].

12/21/2020

Job Summary – The R&P Case Management Intern will assist case managers in all resettlement activities, systems navigation, and access to benefits for recently- arrived refugees in Maryland/Virginia.

Roles and Responsibilities:
• Assist and accompany clients to various appointments including but not limited to: employment, medical appointments, school enrollments, immunization appointments, ESL class enrollments
• Assist setting up apartments for newly arriving refugees
• Provide assistance to case managers in meeting clients at airport when they first arrive and transport them to their new home
• Assist with conducting transportation, culture, and/or employment orientations
• Perform orientations on safety, health and hygiene
• Assist clients to get services from local social service offices and public assistance
• Assist R&P case manager with maintenance of case files
• Show clients how to use public transportation
• Assist with other related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:
• College degree or perusing an undergraduate degree in political science, international relations, social work, law/justice, human rights, language or related field required
• Previous experience working in multicultural contexts is desirable
• An interest in international and refugee issue
• Ability to work independently as well as in a team
• Ability to work in fast-paced environment and process unexpected tasks and deadlines
• Ability to work under pressure
• Flexibility
• Creativity and initiative to follow through on projects
• Effective communication and writing skills
• Proficiency in one or more language other than English is preferable
• Having personal car or access to a car is highly desirable

Learning Outcomes:
• Understanding of the timelines and processes refugees go through.
• Increased intercultural communication competency
• Exposure to basic non-profit operations and environment
• Knowledge of marginalized populations - challenges and opportunities
• Experience working with limited English proficiency populations
• Knowledge of refugee benefits systems
• Ability to navigate of social service systems
• Basic ability to keep case notes and maintain case files to State Department standards.

Time Requirements:
At least 2 full days a week

To Apply:
Please submit a (1) cover letter and (2) resume to [email protected].

12/21/2020

Job Summary: This position’s focus in the provision of intensive case management services to eligible refugees, asylees, SIV’s, Cuban/Haitian entrants, victims of trafficking, and, secondary migrant. The intensive case manager will help these newcomers who have reside in the U.S. 60 months or less and require assisting in integration and achieving self-sufficiency to adapt more quickly and easily to a new culture. Program participants cannot be actively participating in in Match Grant, RSS, TAP, Services for Older refugee, RTCA, R&P, Preferred Communities, and any other program paid for with funding from the Office of Refugees Resettlement. The intensive case manager will help clients learn how to access services to manage their conditions, learn discipline and responsibility in order to achieve economic and personal self-sufficiency.
Key Responsibilities:
1. Oversee case intensive management for incoming community member (in the categories specified above) in order to provide systematic, coordinated, and timely service delivery that address community members needs holistically and contributes cultural adjustments and self-sufficiency, including:
• Follow established eligibility criteria; identifying need; developing service plans; providing general and mental health counseling referrals and other assistance; tracking clients’ progress and conducting case closures; and assessing program effectiveness.
• Make appropriate referrals to social service agencies, community resources and other organizations according to program guidelines such as Food Stamps, filing for disability and age related SSI, Medicaid and specialty housing, ESL and other training programs, employment services, school enrollments, etc.
• Provide transportation assistance to and mediation at doctor’s appointments and emergency room visits.
• Helping clients with medical paperwork management and record keeping.
• Train participants on navigating the healthcare system on their own including making appointments and communicating pertinent information to physicians.
• Help participant obtain citizenship and secure long term SSI.
• Resolving eviction notices with landlords; connecting participants with community emergency rental assistance.
• Assist other agency staff in targeting clients with acute barriers to be matched with volunteers for extra adjustment support.
• Utilize a collaborative strategy with outside partners and organizations to address clients’ needs for intensive services such as mental health, developmental and physical disability services.
• Confer with medical service providers on ways to tailor their services, information, classes, routine procedures and systems to be more usable and beneficial to clients.
• Provide one-on-one and group socio-cultural orientation and crisis intervention on such topics as maintaining a safe, clean home; health; shopping; budgeting, and other relevant topics.
• Provide (access to) interpretation and translation services in refugee languages.
• Document each community member’s case through agency forms and case notes, indicating all contacts made with and on behalf of community members in order to provide internal and external evaluations of program accomplishments.
• Conduct home visits and provide assessments of client’s current living situation. Document findings in client’s case files.
2. Assist with management of medical health needs for clients with escalated health concerns including mental health issues, developmentally and physically disabled clients.
3. Attend weekly staff meetings with supervisor and report on ongoing service delivery, outcomes and escalated issues.
4. Perform other tasks as assigned by supervisor.
Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in social work, international development, or related field; or one to two years of related training and experience.
• Fluency in a refugee language preferred.
• Self-directed, motivated, and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
• Knowledge of public benefits system in Maryland: TCA, Medicaid, Food stamps, SSI, and subsidized housing.
• Previous experience interacting with refugees and general knowledge of resettlement practice in the U.S.
• Strong written communication skills, ability to write reports and to make presentations.
• Highly organized, detail-orientated and extensive documentation skills required.
• Cross cultural sensitivity and knowledge with the ability and desire to work with people of cultures.
• Maintains punctuality for work, appointments and report dates.
• Must work well in a team setting.
• Possess a valid driver’s license and access to own transportation.
• Required computer skills: Word, Excel, Internet Gmail, Outlook. Comfortable utilizing new programs and databases.
• Background check and clean DMV record.

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12/17/2020

Reports to: ACC Resource Development Manager
Location: Arlington, Virginia and Remote
Job Type: One Year (October 2020-September 2021)
Pay: $1,000 stipend

Summary
Working in collaboration with the Resource Development Manager produce podcast episodes from start to finish for Resettled: A Human Journey.

Key Responsibilities
• Assists in the creation, production, and editing of podcast episodes.
• Planning and preparing episode topics and interview questions.
• Hosting and recording with a co-host or guest.
• Writing brief show notes for each episode.
• Creates social media content to promote the podcast.
• Conducts outreach to build new relationships with subject matter experts.
• Assists in conducting research, as needed.
• Other tasks as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
• Interest/Knowledge in editing, content creation, online marketing, and broadcasting
• Previous experience working in multicultural contexts is desirable
• Ability to work independently as well as in a team
• Ability to work under pressure
• Flexibility
• Creativity and initiative to follow through on projects
• Effective communication and writing skills
• Proficient with podcast editing software
• Ability to plan and manage work to meet deadlines
• Strong research skills

Time Requirements:
At least 1-2 full days/week required.

To Apply:
Please submit a (1) cover letter and (2) resume to [email protected].

Applications are considered on a first come, first served rolling basis.

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901 S Highland St
Arlington, VA
22204

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Are you interested in helping refugees? To learn more, please attend one of our information sessions! We offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities, including but not limited to Case Management/Employment Mentor, New Arrival Support, Donation Collection, and First Friends! Email [email protected] for the next orientation date. For more details about opportunities to get involved, please visit http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/org217057.jsp or contact our Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected]

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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ECDC was established in 1983 as a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) community-based organization to respond to the needs of a growing Ethiopian community, both in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and around the United States. However, since its founding, ECDC has served newcomers from diverse cultural backgrounds from many parts of the world. ECDC is a National Voluntary Agency authorized by the Department of State to resettle refugees. ECDC works locally, regionally, and nationally. ECDC's program of public education seeks to increase awareness within the wider community and among mainstream organizations about issues of concern to the newcomer community in general and to African refugees and immigrants in particular. Today, ECDC continues to develop programs that respond to the needs of newcomers to the country and to increase awareness about refugee and newcomer issues at home and abroad. The African Community Center (ACC) is the Washington, DC area branch office of ECDC that provides direct services to local refugee and immigrant communities. ACC's Goals: -To provide services and programs that help newcomers to become self-sufficient, productive members of their new communities. -To foster greater understanding among newcomers and their local community. -To conduct outreach and education to increase public awareness about refugees and immigrants. -To participate in forums and community events that involve the interests of refugees and immigrants. ACC's Services ACC has assisted thousands of refugees and immigrants from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds around the world. Some of our services include: The African Community Center's client service approach is holistic and provides:

-Refugee Resettlement, Employment, Cultural Adjustment, Immigration Assistance, Domestic Violence Prevention Education, Interpretation/Translation, Housing Assistance, Information and Referrals Who can Benefit from ACC's Services? ACC services are targeted to refugees and immigrants living in the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Price George's counties in Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

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