Employment Opportunities

Refugee Health Screening Coordinator

 

Based on the tradition of “welcoming the stranger,” Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services (KJFS) provides supportive services to refugees from all backgrounds to assure their full integration into America and our Maine community. In early 2022, KJFS became a partner of HIAS’ Refugee Resettlement Program. This is a humanitarian program designed to assist those who are fleeing violence, persecuted due to their race, religion, nationality, membership in a social group or political opinion, and displaced from their home countries. Our program works with partners across the community to ensure families have what they need not just to survive but thrive.

 

Description   

KJFS seeks an energetic, compassionate, and detail-oriented case worker to manage Refugee Health Screening. This program works with newly arrived refugees, Special Immigrant Visa holders, Afghan and Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees, to coordinate timely medical screening and appropriate care for each arrival during their first three months in the U.S.

The Refugee Health Screening Coordinator will be responsible for all aspects of medical screening delivery and orientation to the US Health Care System for newcomer families. They will ensure appointments are made, that client attend appointments, and help clients orient to MaineCare reimbursed transportation systems and public transportation. They will also ensure that all required follow up services are received. This involves working closely with area providers to coordinate and support appropriate health related services on a time-sensitive basis. The Refugee Resettlement Program is a hands-on, detailed, and time-bound program. The Refugee Health Screening Coordinator will be responsible for complete and thorough case noting and documentation of services provided.

 

The primary responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing core refugee health screening services under The Refugee Resettlement Program’s federal government contract, assisting with client needs related health during the three-month period when they first arrive in the US.
  • Assisting clients with referrals and accessing health-related services.
  • Developing and supporting healthcare-related trainings and orientations.
  • Tracking case deadlines and documenting all services in detailed case notes, physical files, and client tracking spreadsheets.
  • Coordinating services with other organizations and volunteers to address needs related to health.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Refugee Resettlement Program Manager.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Degree in social work, human services, sociology, urban studies, international relations, or other related field, or equivalent professional experience preferred.
  • Experience in direct service with refugee, immigrant, or other vulnerable and/or multicultural populations required.
  • Experience providing health-related screening or services (including both mental and physical health) preferred.
  • Enthusiasm, persistence, and positive energy; compassion and patience.
  • Comfort using public transportation and a valid driver’s license. Ability and willingness to travel throughout Southern Maine and the Mid-Coast Region as needed for screenings and/or appointment accompaniments.
  • Outstanding attention to detail. Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in decision-making.
  • Language skills beyond English extremely helpful, especially Arabic, Swahili, French, Pashto, Dari/Farsi, Urdu, Burmese, Ukrainian, and/or Russian.
  • This position requires the ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours. The Refugee Health Screening Coordinator should be available outside of normal work hours for occasional client emergencies

 

Salary and Benefits: This position reports to HIAS Refugee Resettlement Manager Siobhan Whalen, and the job is .75 FTE (30 hours per week), at $27 per hour. The position is exempt. The JCA offers a competitive benefits package that includes partial contribution toward individual health insurance, employer paid short and long-term disability and life insurance, and generous paid time off. Programmatic discounts are also available. The holiday schedule will follow the JCA preschool, and includes several Jewish holidays as well as Federal Holidays when they fall during regularly scheduled work time.

We seek to hire for this position as soon as possible; interested candidates are invited to submit a resume and cover letter to Siobhan Whalen at swhalen@mainejewish.org. The JCA is a collegial, familial work environment, dedicated to measurable outcomes and the highest level of programmatic excellence in serving our community.