Refugee community coordinators (AmeriCorps)

The Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center (EMBARC) has openings for two flex-time Public Allies/Refugee Community Coordinators to work in Marshalltown, Iowa.

Term of Service:  November 2014 to September 11, 2015
Stipend:  $14,000
Benefits:  Health coverage, paid time-off, flex-time and $5,550 education award at the end of service that may be applied toward qualified student loans or future education.

Position Summary:  The Public Allies/Refugee Community Coordinators will work with EMBARC to expand services to the ethnic communities from Burma in Marshalltown.  The Allies are responsible for empowering refugees from Burma towards self-sufficiency; connecting families to resources, conducting community outreach and educational workshops, providing direct assistance; and helping to develop leadership skills in the refugee community.

This is a great opportunity for those who wish to turn their passion for serving the community into a career making a difference.  Allies receive leadership-development training and are supported by EMBARC and Public Allies.

Background: Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center is a grassroots organization founded by refugees from Burma in 2011 with the mission to help refugees expand their world of possibilities through advocacy, education, and community development. EMBARC founders believe that sustainable change can only come from within a community empowered to help themselves. EMBARC serves refugee families in need by removing barriers and creating leaders in the community.


  • Assists in outreach to ethnic communities and building partnerships with service providers
  • Plan workshops and community trainings and community building strategies
  • Help clients navigate and increase access to community resources and services in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner
  • Attend trainings and engage in professional development opportunities
  • Cultivate community partnerships and resources
  • Represent EMBARC at meetings, panels, and outreach/education events
  • Engage in other relevant activities including development, volunteer engagement, office and project support.  Perform other job related duties as assigned.


  • Must be a lawful citizen, national or permanent resident alien of the United States.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • High school diploma or GED or equivalent combination of education and experience providing support services to families in need
  • Passion and commitment to social justice, human rights, and serving the refugee community
  • Commitment to professional and personal growth
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain meaningful relationships based on trust, understanding, patience, and cultural sensitivity
  • Ability to work well independently and collaboratively as part of a team

To Apply:
Interested persons should fax or email a cover letter and resume to EMBARC, attention “Henny Ohr” by Monday, November 17, 2014 at 5 pm.  Please email or call with questions.
Phone: (515) 419-9158
Fax: (888) 519-1377