Higher is Hiring

Are you someone who is extremely passionate about refugee employment? Higher is seeking to fill its Network Engagement Specialist (NES) position. The position is ORR funded through the Higher technical assistance grant.

The NES will develop high quality technical assistance materials on promising practices in refugee employment to be disseminated through multiple channels. This position is a critical role in supporting and fully engaging the nationwide network of resettlement agencies, other refugee serving organizations, and employers.  This includes working on strategies for the initial refugee employment and on longer term economic integration.  The NES will have the opportunity to develop Innovative strategies for refugee employment and self- sufficiency.

The NES will be responsible for all areas of online engagement including the metrics for each platform. The candidate must be strong writer. The position assists the Program Manager of Higher in developing technical assistance priorities based on information gathered during in-person trainings, webinars, TA requests, and other interactions with the Higher network.

To read the full job description and apply please click here. Please share this link with your network.

Targeting Growing Industries as a Job Developer

Are you looking to connect with potential employers in fast-growing fields? Here are two online resources to help you make new connections and diversify your pool of job leads.

  1. CareerOneStop lists the 50 fastest-growing industries in the U.S., and that list might spark some ideas for you in looking up industry-specific employers in your area with the Business Finder, which includes contact information for some 12 million businesses. It’s quick and easy to use!
  2. Join LinkedIn “groups” related to the growing field you’d like to explore for potential job openings. Joining a group connects you with numerous employers that you can message personally to set up in-person introductions. Here’s how:
    • Search for industry groups by typing in the name of an employment field the “search” bar at the top left of linkedin.com. A quick search of “healthcare,” for example, returned results such as a “Healthcare Industry Professionals” group with nearly 100,000 members.
    • Click on one of the group names you’re interested in; then click “request to join” on the right side of the page.
    • Once the administrator has approved your request, you can click on the group to access a list of members. Send private messages to set up informational interviews that can help you land a new employer!

What are some other ways you’ve found to successfully diversity your network of employers? Let us know at information@higheradvantage.org

Written by guest blogger Carrie Thiele.


Farewell post from Daniel Wilkinson

Dear Higher Network,

On August 21st I transitioned out of Higher and into a new role at LIRS, in which I’ll be managing a corporate partnership focused on creating sustainable career opportunities for refugees.

It has been a fantastic 2 years with Higher, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to support you in the critically important work that you do in helping refugees become self-sufficient and pursue their dreams.

While I am excited for my new role and the new opportunities that it will give me to support the career paths and community integration of refugees, I will miss being part of Higher, and wanted leave you with a few parting thoughts:

-Never underestimate the value of connecting and collaborating with your peers. We hear again and again from attendees at our events that while the training we provide is extremely helpful, the most valuable thing people get out of being connected to Higher is the opportunity to connect with peers. This has been true for me too! The opportunity to get to know many of you has added a lot of depth to my expertise in refugee employment. Thank you!

-Don’t let short-term discouragements get you down. It’s easy to be discouraged in the work that we do and wonder if we are really making a difference. Keep in mind though that refugee employment is like gardening- if you keep doing the right things, the garden will eventually grow. So keep showing up, keep providing excellent services for your clients, and I promise you that the harvest will come. It won’t be long before you have some amazing success stories to tell (on the Higher blog of course)!

-There are ALWAYS opportunities! Our work can be a roller-coaster. Funding levels, arrival numbers, refugee populations and the economy will always be changing. I started my career in refugee employment in 2010 during the Great Recession but chose to ignore the bad news on TV and believe that America is in fact “the land of opportunity.” This positive attitude and a commitment to creativity in my approach to finding opportunities for myself and my clients has always served me well. There will always be challenges to overcome. The good news is that we are experts in overcoming challenges. That’s what we help our clients do every day!

So keep your head up, keep that smile on, and keep those business cards in your pocket! The best is yet to come. I believe that!

On a final note, if you have a passion for refugee work, employment services experience, and writing/tech skills, I would really encourage you to apply for my former position. You can find the job description for the Network Engagement Specialist position here.

Thanks again for a great 2 years!

All the best,

Daniel Wilkinson

Job Opening at Catholic Charities in Fredericksburg, VA

Do you have refugee resettlement experience and are looking to take the next step in your refugee employment career? Laurel Collins at Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington asked Higher to share this job description with our amazing network. If you have experience and want to be the next Program Manager, Fredericksburg Migration and Refugee Services please consider applying. 


To see the full job description and to apply for this position, click here!

Job Opening at IRC Dallas

dallasAre you ready for a change and looking to take the next step in your refugee employment career? Higher Peer Advisor Jim Stokes just let us know that IRC Dallas is looking for an Employment Supervisor. Here’s his elevator pitch:

“We could use your help!  IRC Dallas has posted this critical opening for an Employment Supervisor.  The office is a USP pacesetter in this core service, and we are looking for an experienced and inspiring supervisor to lead our program. This is a great career development opportunity!”

To see the full job description and to apply for this position, click here!

Job Opening at IRC Baltimore


Baltimore Inner Harbor

Are you ready for a change and looking to take the next step in your refugee employment career? Higher Peer Advisor Christina McPherson has just let us know that IRC Baltimore is looking for a Senior Employment Specialist to work on its Targeted Assistance Grant program which connects refugees to vocational training and employment. Here’s her elevator pitch for this exciting opportunity:

“If you are interested in working for the largest resettlement agency in Maryland- look no further than IRC. The employment program is quickly growing and with new funding IRC is happy to now support clients in vocational trainings and job upgrade opportunities. This position will be part of a larger employment team that assists both newly arrived and post 8 month clients.”

To apply for this position, click here!

Job Opportunities in Charlottesville, VA


Live and resettle refugees amidst American history – Thomas Jefferson’s architectural masterpieces andEdgar Allen Poe’s college dorm room – in the home town of three U.S. presidents.  The gorgeous Shenandoah mountain hiking’s not bad, either.

The IRC in Charlottesville, VA is hiring for both a Senior Employment Specialist, and a Resettlement Manager (with oversight over both case management and employment services).

If you have a refugee employment job opening, send it to information@higheradvantage.org and we’ll post them on Friday

Job Opportunities in Baltimore and Miami


Crabs and Old Bay


Beaches and palm trees

IRC Baltimore is expanding and has two new Americorps positions available. Click here to apply for two Job Placement Americorps positions, that will work with both Matching Grant and State employment programs.

EMM’s Miami office is hiring a Matching Grant Job Developer position. Would you be able to share this posting with your network?





If you have a refugee employment job opening, send it to information@higheradvantage.org and we’ll post them on Fridays.

Job Opportunity in New Orleans

A float is seen in the parade down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana February 12, 2013. REUTERS/Sean Gardner (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT) ORG XMIT: NEW013

Photo Credit:  REUTERS/Sean Gardner

We’re exploring a new idea to share refugee employment job leads from around the country. It feels a bit like armchair travel. Fun.

Here’s an AmeriCorps volunteer post one with Catholic Charities Archidiocese of New Orleans. Perks of the position include world class food, music, and of Mardi Gras parades!

The role with focus on career counseling and financial literacy training. Download this job description here: Americorps Employment Services Success Coach

If you have a refugee employment job opening, send it to information@higheradvantage.org and we’ll post them on Fridays.