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School & Youth Services Coordinator

Kentucky Refugee Ministries - Covington
Covington, KY
$21 - $22 an hour - Full-time


Covington, KY

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  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flextime
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off

Full job description

About Kentucky Refugee Ministries (Covington)

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 Departmentʼs Refugee Admissions Program. KRMʼs Lexington sub-office was founded in 1998; a Northern Kentucky office in Covington opened in November 2021. KRM assists refugees, Afghan evacuees, Cuban Entrants, and individuals from various countries who have been approved for asylum or are applying for asylum.

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, victims of crime, as well as arts and culture programming. The agency also offers citizenship classes for legal permanent residents preparing to apply for U.S. citizenship. KRMʼs Louisville office has an immigration legal services team who provide services to immigrants of all statuses. KRM staff do not engage in any religious messaging in connection to delivery of client services

Position Summary

As a crucial part of the KRM Covington team, the School & Youth Services Coordinator plays a pivotal role in providing educational and vocational support services to school-aged children, young adults, and refugee and immigrant families. The Coordinator's leadership is instrumental in guiding the School & Youth Support staff members and collaborating closely with the Case Management team to ensure that students and their families receive the educational assistance needed to support their academic success and social-emotional development.

The Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM) provides holistic services, case management, and intentionally designed programming for refugee students and their families. In addition to more than 130 school-age clients currently eligible for school support services, as well as over 60 young adults eligible for educational, career, and social support services, KRM Covington is on track to resettle approximately 160 new school-aged children and their families in the next year. These students and their families have varying levels of English proficiency as well as diverse educational and cultural backgrounds. Currently, a full-time and a part-time Youth & School Support Specialist are assisting families with parent and student cultural orientation, school registration and placement, facilitating communication between schools and families, ongoing case management, and specialized services geared towards accessing higher education or career resources. The School & Youth Services Coordinator will support these staff members with leading all youth-related programming, provide educational case management, assist in developing KRMʼs out-of-school-time programming, and host community engagement efforts as part of the School & Youth Services program initiatives.

Essential Duties and Tasks

The Youth Services Coordinator will be responsible for the following tasks:

● Coordinate and support KRMʼs out-of-school-time programming initiatives (as noted above)

● Work closely with staff to identify possible program participants and help coordinate program volunteers

● Support department staff to complete school and daycare registrations (as needed)

● Liaise with local school district staff and teachers regarding student and family needs

● Work collaboratively with the Case Manager and other staff on educational case management and client services

● Track Youth Services program activities and outcomes by surveying the needs and interests of current clients in order to evaluate program success or streamline service provision

● Enter case notes on a regular basis through various platforms, documenting services, orientations, program participation, and student progress

● Plan regularly with staff and participate in weekly staff meetings, activities, and professional development opportunities

● Work collaboratively with other staff to draft grant proposals and complete grant reports specifically targeting Family and Youth Services programming

● Contribute to department-related community outreach activities or resource-sharing committees throughout NKY

● Assist in conducting semi-annual, comprehensive reviews of department activities and oversee spending toward program activities throughout the year

Job Requirements

● College degree required

● Demonstrated and verifiable direct services experience working collaboratively with children, youth, and parents

● Strong computer skills; including proficiency in MS Excel, Word and Google Suite

● Possesses reliable transportation to transport clients or perform offsite, after-hours duties as needed

● Teaching experience and previous cross-cultural experience preferred, particularly in a social service or educational setting

Specialized Skills

● Ability to work with clients and staff of diverse nationalities, religions, languages, and cultures

● Passion for serving limited-English-proficient clients, particularly children and youth, and helping them obtain needed services and programming

● Strong presentation, oral, and written communication skills

● Self-motivated; ability to develop and implement new and innovative projects

● Organized and detail-oriented; capacity to provide clear documentation of services

● Team-orientation; ability to work in coordination and close collaboration with KRM staff

● Strong outreach skills; ability to network with educational providers and community partners

● Patience and a strong commitment to client care while at the same time adhering to the agency mission of promoting client self-sufficiency

● Personal resiliency to endure stressful situations relating to client case

management, or program implementation during peak caseload periods

● Commitment to ethical conduct, maintaining appropriate boundaries with clients, and respecting client autonomy

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time position, 40 hours a week. Compensation is commensurate with experience and background. Duties will be conducted primarily during normal business hours, with some evenings or weekends necessary (on a flextime schedule) to accommodate out-of-school-time activities or volunteer and student/family meetings.

To Apply

Interested applicants should reply with a résumé and cover letter by May 22nd, 2024 to:

Wilson Mejia

Resettlement Director

Kentucky Refugee Ministries

321 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Covington, KY 41011


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

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $21.00 - $22.00 per hour

Expected hours: 40 per week


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

Patient demographics:

  • Children


  • 8 hour shift


  • Driver's License (Preferred)

Ability to Commute:

  • Covington, KY (Required)

Ability to Relocate:

  • Covington, KY: Relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: In person