CL19941: Refugee/Immigrant Coordinator/Bilingual Arabic Required Job in Washington

CL19941: Refugee/Immigrant Coordinator/Bilingual Arabic Required Job in Washington


Job title: CL19941: Refugee/Immigrant Coordinator/Bilingual Arabic Required

Company: Kennewick School District

Expected salary: $35.65 – 41.22 per hour

Location: Kennewick, WA

CL19941: Refugee/Immigrant Coordinator/Bilingual Arabic Required Job Details:

Position #19941: Refugee/Immigrant Coordinator/Bilingual Arabic Required

Posting Dates: 8/23/2023 – 8/29/2023 (Or Until Filled)

Location: Kennewick School District Administration Center/Federal Programs

Hours: 8 Hours per Day, 205 Days per Year

This is an off-schedule, non-bargaining position.


Kennewick School District is seeing an increase in refugee and immigrant students each year. World Relief settles approximately 250 families per year and the majority are in the city of Kennewick. Currently, most of the refugees are from Ukraine, Sudan, Syria, Afganistan, Colombia, Myanman/Burma, Somalia, Iran, Venezuela, and Cuba. Many of the secondary students that are arriving have limited formal education. The position requires a thoughtful approach to welcoming families and serving migrants and/or refugees seeking safety and a new beginning in the United States. In addition to the leadership strengths and vision they bring to the role, the liaison will develop new strategies to ensure appropriate program placement and capacity in the Kennewick School District.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

All applications must be submitted to the Kennewick School District online at


  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, social sciences, non-profit management, or other relevant degree.
  • Must provide transcripts of the highest degree earned within 30 days of employment.
  • Bilingual skills required – must pass STAMP assessment in Arabic, Karen/Burmese, or Pashto.
  • Must pass a basic skills test.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, clean driving record and proof of insurance.
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Must be able to meet the Physical Demands of the position.
  • Must complete Safe Schools web-based safety program within 30 days of employment and yearly thereafter.
  • Must pass a background check, which includes employee paid fingerprinting.


  • Minimum of a B.A. /B.S. degree in Social Work, Social Sciences, Non-Profit Management, or other relevant degree.
  • Bilingual/biliterate English and Arabic, Karen/Burmese, or Pashto required, with demonstrated literacy, fluency, and written communication skills in each language. Skills test will be given.
  • A minimum of two years of work experience in refugee and immigrant services.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral to include public speaking and presenting to all levels of constituents; ability to build long-term relationships; and willingness to listen carefully.
  • Demonstrated interest, enthusiasm, and affinity for refugee services.
  • Demonstrated high degree of initiative, flexibility, teamwork, attention to detail and a positive can-do attitude. Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently without close oversight, but also participate as a team player who will proactively and productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority internally and externally.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Office applications.
  • Available to work some evenings and weekends.


  • Serve as a liaison between the KSD and families relative to attendance, school enrollment, health issues, tardiness, and cultural programs.
  • Effectively communicate with students and families regardless of any language barriers or seek alternatives for interpretation.
  • Assist refugee families with registration paperwork.
  • Communication with schools on new placements, provide background information on culture and education levels.
  • Training for school staff to learn more about their students and their backgrounds.
  • Attending ATP meetings at Westgate and Park Middle School and other impacted schools as they arise.
  • Be a liaison for schools and families by creating a system of continuous communication between schools and families.
  • Facilitate transportation solutions for students and parents for school attendance and meeting purposes.
  • Oversee the school registration process for refugees and families that speak languages other than Spanish or English.
  • Attend monthly meetings with community partners (i.e., World Relief and B5)
  • Design and coordinate meetings for parent and/or student information or training opportunities for staff and/or families.
  • Work closely with Student-In-Transition Coordinator to coordinate services for immigrant and refugee students.
  • Promote parent involvement in schools by working with school Action Team for Partnerships at highly impacted schools.
  • Assist migrant staff with Certification and Revalidations of Students that are English Speaking Migrant Students.
  • Train in MSDR to update data on migrant students.
  • Administer ELPA placement tests for incoming kinder students and enrolling students.
  • Perform other duties that may be assigned.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here represent those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Mobility: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and walk for prolonged periods of time, push or pull 18-26 lbs., sit, kneel, and crouch, twist and bend, use hands to type, finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arm. The employee must be able to drive their own vehicle to various locations throughout the Tri-Cities regional area.
  • Sense: The employee is required to talk/hear conversations and other sounds. The employee must be able to communicate effectively in person and over the telephone. The employee is required to taste and smell. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, far vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Lifting: The employee must be able to lift or move up to 18-26 pounds; must also be able to lift overhead. The employee may be required to physically move quickly in an emergency or while performing student/child supervision duties.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical Hazards: While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to work outdoors in a wide variety of temperatures; from -10 degrees F to 100 degrees F +. The employee may be exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The noise level in this work environment is moderate.

Kennewick School District’s Non-Discrimination Policy

The Kennewick School District provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or use of trained dog, guide or service animal by a person with a disability, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Civil Rights & Equity: Douglas Christensen – (509) 222-5010 ([email protected])

Section 504, Title IX: BJ Wilson – (509) 222-5003 ([email protected])

This holds true for all students who are interested in participating in all education programs and/or extra-curricular school activities in the Kennewick School District.

Applicants: Inquiries regarding compliance procedures or requests for reasonable accommodation may be directed to the School District’s Associate Superintendent or Director of Human Resources.

For information on salary and benefits offered, please visit

Kennewick School District Contact Names and Telephone Numbers:

Doug Christensen, Associate Superintendent, Human Resources


[email protected]

Certificated ADA

Toni Neidhold, Director of Human Resources


[email protected]

Classified ADA

Kennewick School District

1000 West 4th Avenue

Kennewick, WA 99336

Job Title : CL19941: Refugee/Immigrant Coordinator/Bilingual Arabic Required

Primary Location : Federal Programs

Salary Range : $35.65 – $41.22 / Per Hour

Shift Type : Full-Time
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