Eastern Iowa Multilingual Community Outreach & Advocate (Americorps)

Job Type: 
Career
Company: 
Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa
FLSA Status: 
Full Time members must complete 1700 hours in 12 months
Deadline: 
Friday, October 4, 2013
Salary Level: 
$12,100 or 504.17 per pay period; Education Award of $5,500
Description: 

To lead the community outreach efforts in the Asian Pacific Islander (API) and African communities in Eastern Iowa by planning, implementing and evaluating innovative community outreach efforts. The advocate will also assist African and API survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault by providing information, referrals, peer support, counseling, advocacy, and interpretation services for survivors.
 

Responsibilities & Duties:

• Community Outreach
o Review and become familiar with current Monsoon events and outreach efforts
o Organize community events to reach out to the different API and African communities in Eastern Iowa (this will include the University of Iowa campus)
o Provide public presentations and demonstrations to potential support groups in Iowa City/Eastern Iowa
o Attend and/or present to potential allies and collaborators in Iowa City/Eastern Iowa
o Contribute to the Monsoon and Nisaa’s monthly newsletter by writing about the Iowa City/Eastern Iowa events and news

• Multilingual Community Outreach & Advocate will act as the “back-up” for the On-call Multilingual Advocates based in Eastern Iowa
o Accurately and effectively interpret on behalf of survivors
o Protect the confidentiality of all survivors
o Provide safety planning, court accompaniment, referrals to legal and social services, life skills development, and information on rights and options for survivors
o Be a supportive listener and peer advocate
o Work with other Monsoon & Nisaa staff e.g. director, on-call multilingual advocates and volunteer multilingual advocates to meet the needs of survivors
o Maintain accurate survivor files
o Attend monthly advocates’ meetings and on-going trainings

Qualifications: 
Requirements: • Fluency in English and at least one Asian or Pacific Islander language particularly: Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Cambodian, Cantonese, Farsi, Fukanese, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Mandarin, Nepali, Pashtu, Tagalog, Tai-Dam, Thai, Vietnamese, or Urdu or Fluency in English and at least one African language, particularly: Arabic (Northern African, Egyptian Arabic, Sudanese), Somali, Kiswhahili, Dinka, Nuer, Amharik and Tigrinya • Undergraduate degree in a related field; • Knowledgeable about domestic violence; gender-based violence; African & Asian Pacific Islander communities; cultural competency; • Demonstrated ability to organize information, ascertain survivors’ needs, respond to complex issues; • Excellent oral communication skills; • Demonstrated excellence in writing skills that includes the ability to compose varied correspondence in a precise, accurate, and easily understandable manner; • Excellent problem solving skills; • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills; ability to work with diverse groups of people and to handle difficult or sensitive situations and people tactfully; • Strong initiative, creativity and motivation, including ability to work under pressure and with deadlines; • Ability to travel as part of work responsibilities; • One-year service commitment to Monsoon and Nisaa; • Follow Americorps policies and protocols; • Complete domestic violence and sexual assault certification from IowaCASA and ICADV; and • Bicultural individuals are preferred
Contact or More Information: 
Please submit cover letter, resume, and references to Mira Yusef – mirayusef@muawi.org by October 4th, 2013.
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