Founded in 1933, the IRC is a leading nonsectarian, voluntary organization providing relief, protection and resettlement services for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. One aspect of the IRC is to provide assistance to refugees resettling in the United States. The IRC opened an office in Phoenix, Arizona in 1994 to provide reception and placement services to newly arrived refugees. The office resettles refugees and provides numerous program services to assist refugees from their arrival through citizenship.
The Economic Empowerment Manager will oversee a team focused on assisting refugees towards achieving self-sufficiency through various economic empowerment services. This position will be responsible for the development, implementation, compliance, and completion of all grants and activities related with this department. The department currently consists of the following programs: an Individual Development Account (IDA) and Asset Building Program that assists low-income residents in acquiring assets; a Microenterprise Development (MED) Program that assists entrepreneurs with business development (a subsidiary entity called the IRC’s Center for Economic Opportunity is utilized to provide consumer loans such as credit building, auto loans and career development loans, as well as micro-business loans); and also a neighborhood business development project- Camelback Corridor, with a set of initiatives and strategies focused on developing stronger and more sustainable business districts.
S/he manages the daily activities and personnel of the department; is responsible for identifying opportunities, developing grant proposals and reports related to all areas of IRC’s economic empowerment service provision; and is responsible for initiating and managing financial and community partnerships, as well as implementing policies and procedures, fundraising, reporting, curriculum development, and program development. There is also a strong emphasis on employment support services and ongoing collaboration to support self-sufficiency of clients.