News You Can Use – June 7th, 2011

Today’s News You Can Use has an opportunity with Jazz in July, some jobs, and some college info for GED Grads.

6th Avenue Corridor is preparing for its Jazz in July on July 2nd. They still have room for vendors, which can be food, art, fundraisers, pretty much anything. For $75 you get a spot with a tent, table, and two chairs. Please let them know of any electricity need. Contact Robin Hamel for more information at 515-280-1674.



Program Manager- Refugee Resettlement

Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) carries out, with other faith-based and secular agencies, a national program of refugee resettlement through a public-private partnership with the U.S. government. EMM is one of ten agencies that hold agreements with the U.S. Department of State to receive refugees from various parts of the world, to whom sponsorship is offered without regard to national origin, race or religion.

EMM seeks a Program Manager (Refugee Resettlement) to assist in the effort to improve services to refugees delivered by Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) local affiliate offices, while simultaneously ensuring adherence to program guidelines.


Under the general supervision of the EMM Director and direct supervision of the EMM Deputy Director, the incumbent will be the person responsible within the programmatic team that manages part of the resettlement related activities at EMM.


The Program Manager leads, develops and implements EMM’s resettlement programs. Assesses needs and ensures that program objectives are met. Coordinates activities, develops procedures, monitors contractual compliance and serves as liaison with program stakeholders (government donors, affiliates, national resettlement agencies, and other groups. Provides direction and supervision to staff.


  • Lead the resettlement team in maintaining frequent contact with affiliate network to:
    • Provide technical assistance and training in budgeting, planning and program implementation.
    • Identify and communicate new program opportunities.
    • Monitor and ensure contractual compliance. Document findings and present recommendations for corrective actions.
  • Supervise the preparation and implementation of conferences, webinars and other training events.
  • Serve on inter-agency committees and workgroups as requested.
  • Serve as liaison with primary donors.
  • Lead the resettlement team in preparing the annual donor Requests for Proposal, program reports and complete other assigned projects in a timely manner. Programs include, but are not limited to, the Reception and Placement Grant (Dept. of State) and the Matching Grant (Dept. of HHS).
  • Responsible for developing resources materials for monitoring, measuring and evaluating programmatic outcomes.
  • Work with the resettlement team to initiate and/or administer new programs that support the resettlement efforts.
  • Handle other general departmental duties as required, some being:
    • Liaise with the Affiliate National Advisory Council.
    • Work with Immigration consultant as needed.
  • Supervision of 2 staff.


  • Minimum 3-5 years program management experience with refugee resettlement an advantage.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • High level of competence in basic Excel, Word and Outlook.
  • Able to speak, write in English fluently; Good communication and listening skills.
  • Good organizational skills used in planning own work.
  • Experience working in a general office environment.
  • Minimum B.A. or B.S. in International Studies or related fields.
  • Professional disposition.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to work on a team.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet targets and deadlines.
  • Able to work in a busy office environment that often demands high levels of concentration, while coping with frequent interruptions.
  • Able to manage a high volume workload.
  • It would be beneficial, though not required, if the candidate were to possess a second language in one of the languages spoken by current refugee groups, i.e., Arabic.
  • Good analytical ability and Good problem solving ability.


The position has no special physical demands other than those normally associated with working in an office environment.

Travel throughout the United States Required.

Occasional late working hours and weekends as required.


Salary is commensurate with experience and provides a generous benefits package. EOE, m/f/d/v encouraged to apply.  To apply, submit a cover letter with salary requirements and a resume to and indicate in the subject line “Program Manager-EMM”.

Please, no telephone inquiries. Qualified applicants will be contacted.




*Posting Dates:             6/2/2011 TO:                  Until Filled

Center/Division: Denison Job Corps Job Bid:                        #2308

Position Title:                1.0 Residential Advisor (SPP)                Base Pay:         $9.65/hr – 11.31/hr

Full-Time with Benefits

Reports to:                    Manager, Solo Parent Program Department:      Solo Parent Program

Positions Summary:

Reports to the manager, solo parent program.  Responsible for providing proper guidance to students to ensure positive group living relations and achievements in the program.

Essential Functions:

  1. Provide guidance for students to achieve a positive attitude and proper attitude and proper behavior in dormitory living situation and to accomplish their goals and objectives.
  2. Determine, recommend, and arrange student visits to counselor.
  3. Direct dorm activities as designated including dorm government and dorm courts.
  4. Patrol and monitor dormitories and center as required ensuring safety and proper behavior of students; resolving potential or occurring problems.
  5. Assist with recreational activities for students on and off center.
  6. Transport students to and from recreational functions, airport or bus stations as required.

7.         Prepare the morning report; pass list and other administrative correspondence relating to students.

8.         Direct students or assist in the cleanup and maintenance of the dormitory.

9.         Recommend or requisition supplies to provide needs for dorm living and safety of students.

10.        Conduct group sessions in accordance with the schedule.  As assigned, participate in and conduct career preparation, career development and career transition activities.

11.        Complete performance evaluations for all assigned students and participate on PE panels.

12.        Provide for the special needs of the parents and children.

13.        Participate in student employability programs and activities.

14.        Support and promote center zero tolerance policies.

15.        Promote the development of CSS by modeling, mentoring, and monitoring appropriate behaviors and intervening when inappropriate behaviors are observed.

16.        Maintain accountability of students, children and property; adhere to safety practices.

It is expected that the incumbent shall perform other duties as assigned within his/her capabilities as determined by management.

Education and Experience Requirements:

High school diploma or equivalent and one year experience in counseling, social work, rehabilitation or vocational guidance. Must meet all state of Iowa Department of Human Services criteria pertaining to health background, personal behavior and police records.  Experience with youth, excellent written and verbal communications skills and computer proficiency required. Valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.


Interested and qualified candidates may apply at their local Workforce Development Center and / or apply online @  Any questions please contact Human Resources @ 712-265-2378.



1:00PM-4:00PM at the Grubb YMCA 1611 11th Street

Are you a recent GED Graduate that is ready to move on to higher education?  You DO NOT want to miss the College 101 Open House sponsored by DMACC, Central Iowa Reengagement Center, and Thrivent Builds Neighborhoods.  Several Colleges will be there like Grandview, William Penn, Kaplan, and Training Certificate programs just to name a few.  There will also be a resource table available to assist you in reducing barriers to your education, for example finding quality child care or transportation.  There will be financial aid presentations at 1:15PM, 2:15PM. and 3:15PM by the Iowa College Access Network.  Come on out to the Grubb and take a step toward a better future.