Parent Engagement Specialist

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International Rescue Committee

Scope of Work: The parent Engagement specialist will work with refugee students, parents, casework staff, and the Abilene Independent School District (AISD) to coordinate academic and civic integration and promote academic success in refugee students new to Abilene.


Educational case management and coaching:

  • Provide educational training sessions for parents and students focusing on understanding the US education system and its cultural differences.
  • Assess the educational background of refugee students enrolled in the program, determine barriers to academic success, and develop an individualized educational service plan
  • Develop an academic support service plan with parents of school students enrolled into the program
  • Orient newly arrived school students and parents on the US education system and Abilene Independent School District regulations (Will be split by two staff members)
  • Connect refugee students with tutoring resources
  • Refer students to IRC services or external partners as needed for medical and social support.
  • Provide training and oversight to volunteer mentors for academic coaching

Group-based programming facilitation

  • Plan group-based student programming schedules and organize logistics
  • Develop meeting agendas and lesson plans
  • Facilitate group-based student group meetings and student Spring Break and Summer Academy activities in line with the program design and activity/lesson plans
  • Ensure adherence to safeguarding, safety, and security policies and procedures
  • Monitor student attendance
  • Communicate with parents/caregivers on a regular basis
  • Provide cultural and refugee specific training to educational partners

Program documentation and reporting

  • Maintain program information and data collection systems in compliance with IRC standards and contractual obligations, contribute to strengthening program monitoring
  • Ensure program participants are properly enrolled and maintain student files, including educational assessments, service plans, case notes, and documentation of program outcomes
  • Ensure program data is consistently collected and entered in ETO and in accordance with contractual obligations
  • Contribute to program reporting for internal and external purposes
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Team coordination

  • Collaborate and communicate with Youth Programs team members and other office colleagues to ensure wraparound support for families served across departments
  • Collaborate with the volunteer coordinator on recruiting mentors.
  • Ensure referrals across programs are followed up
  • Provide support and expertise to other youth programs and office teams related to supporting youth and family needs


  • Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred, preferably in the areas of education, psychology, or social work.
  • Experience working with at-risk youth, specifically in the context of educational and social programs
  • Experience in case management and working with refugee and/or immigrant populations highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the US education system
  • Excellent communication skills, with fluency in written and spoken English. Bilingual ability in one of the predominant languages of the local client base is desired.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • Valid driver’s license, access to reliable vehicle with current insurance, and the ability to travel regularly throughout the service delivery area.
  • Ability to work hours conducive to meeting with middle and high school students outside of school.
  • May require occasional weekend and/or evening work.

Posted pay ranges apply to US-based candidates. Ranges are based on various factors including the labor market, job type, internal equity, and budget. Exact offers are calibrated by work location, individual candidate experience and skills relative to the defined job requirements.

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.

US Benefits: The IRC offers a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. All US employees are eligible for sick time, a 403b retirement savings plans: up to 4.5% immediately vested matching contribution, plus an 3-7% additional IRC contribution, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support in times of crisis and mental health struggles.

In addition, full-time employees are eligible for 10 US paid holidays, 20-25 paid time off days, disability & life insurance, medical, dental, and vision insurance (employee contribution starting at $135, $7, and $5 per month respectively) and FSA for healthcare, childcare, and commuter costs. Part-time employees are eligible for a proportionate amount of paid time off. These additional benefits apply to employees who work at least 6 months within a 12-month time period.

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