Refugee Resettlement

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Apply to be an AmeriCorps VISTA member with one of Iowa’s refugee resettlement agencies, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants or Catholic Charities of Des Moines. VISTA members combat poverty right here in our own community.
We are now accepting applications for 2018-2019 AmeriCorps VISTA members serving in one of two programs:

  • The Refugee Build Program
  • The Refugee Connect Program

VISTA is a full-time, one-year service commitment. You will receive a monthly living stipend and an education award or cash award at the completion of your service. These are just some of the many VISTA benefits!

Find more information at

Search for available AmeriCorps positions at on search listings, for program typeselectAmeriCorps State/National, for StateselectIA, click on search then selectRefugee Resettlement-Case Management Aide-Des Moines)

Due Date: July 1, 2018


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CCUSA AmeriCorps Case Aide

Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement program is now accepting applications for 2018-2019 CCUSA AmeriCorps Case Aide serving alongside Refugee Resettlement Case managers.  Catholic Charities’ Refugee Resettlement Program assists refugees in beginning a new life in Des Moines. A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Each year we welcome over 200 refugee to Des Moines from countries such as Burma (Myanmar), Dem. Rep. of Congo, Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia, Bhutan, Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as others. Catholic Charities – Diocese of Des Moines is the first point of contact for newly arrived refugees and plays a critical role in assisting them to begin their new life in Des Moines. The ultimate goal of refugee resettlement is to assist refugee clients in achieving economic self-sufficiency through employment as soon as possible after their arrival in the United States, in coordination with publicly supported refugee service and assistance programs. The refugee resettlement team also assists refugee clients with key needs such as housing, healthcare, life skills, English classes, transportation, education and employment. Members will apply topics learned in training and in engaging in hands-on case management tasks. Members will have direct interaction with refugee clients and will assist them in accessing core resettlement services. Members will work in a fast-paced non-profit office environment and will have a unique opportunity to learn about different cultures, languages, and traditions.

This AmeriCorps position is a full-time, one year service commitment. You will receive a monthly living stipend and an education award or cash award at the completion of your service. These are just some of the many AmeriCorps benefits! To Apply, please click here.

Find more information at

Search for available AmeriCorps positions at (Click on search listings, for program type select AmeriCorps State/National, for State select IA, click on search then select Refugee Resettlement- Case Management Aide- Des Moines)

Contact: Elsie Rotich  or 515-237-5095

Download the flier here: 2018 CC Refugee Resettlement AmeriCorps Case Aide Flier


Refugee Resettlement

Employment Specialist (full-time)

Catholic Charities is now accepting applications for a full-time Employment Specialist who will maintain positive ongoing relationships with employers, prepare and place refugees in appropriate employment opportunities, and follow up with refugees placed in jobs.

Responsibilities:  Develop and maintain positive ongoing relationships with a variety of local companies who hire refugees.  Expand employer base for refugee job placements.  Work with clients to prepare them for employment, including basic job skills training (e.g. workplace expectations, communication, etc.).  Orientation to culture and expectations of work in the United States.  Counseling clients about benefits of early employment to creatively address barriers to self-sufficiency.  Assist clients through process of applying for employment.  Follow up with clients after job placement to address areas of concern and ensure continued employment.  Document contacts with clients and employers, reporting on progress as necessary.  Other related tasks as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:  A desire to serve refugees in support of the mission of Catholic Charities.  Ability to engage employers cheerfully, persuasively and professionally.  Demonstrated ability to work effectively and sensitively with people of diverse cultural backgrounds.  Good organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple duties.  Ability to adapt to a changing employment climate and shifting refugee populations.  Flexibility, initiative, and a desire to learn.  Ability to work both independently and as a team to accomplish goals.  Experience in sales, marketing, human resources or related field desired.  Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.  Experience with refugees and/or non-native English speakers very helpful.  Knowledge of a second language a plus!

Requirements:  Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university in a human services or business related field; two to three years’ experience and/or training in refugee resettlement or related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Intermediate computer knowledge, including MS Office.  Current Iowa State driver’s license and ability to meet agency auto insurance coverage requirements.  Frequent travel to local businesses, community based organizations and transportation of clients require the use of personal vehicle.  (Mileage will be reimbursed.)  Candidate must have a reliable working vehicle for this purpose.

For confidential consideration, please submit your resume, cover letter to, or by mail to Catholic Charities, Human Resources, 601 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309-2501.



School-Based Therapist (part-time)

Catholic Charities is currently accepting applications for a licensed therapist to work in our school-based program proving therapeutic services to students in elementary through high school grades.  This is a part-time position that offers a three-day work week, retirement benefits, and year-round employment outside the school year.


  • Build and maintain a full-time caseload each week
  • Complete diagnostic assessments and formulate treatment plans reflective of child/family needs
  • Actively engage with school staff about the implementation and communication this position provides to students
  • Complete case notes concurrently
  • Provide timely submission of payments and/or insurance billing within 24 hours of service delivery
  • Attend regularly scheduled supervision meetings with school personnel and agency staff
  • Work collaboratively with school personnel in the provision of School Based Mental Health services
  • Complete all paperwork for data reporting


  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, or Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Full Clinical Licensure (LISW or LMFT, or LMHC, PhD in Psychology); or independently licensed within six months of hire
  • Valid driver’s license/auto insurance
  • Ability to work in a positive and cooperative fashion
  • Must be proficient in the use of computers, specifically Microsoft Word, Excel and the use of email
  • Previous experience working with children and adolescents

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to


Emergency Family Shelter

Shelter Staff (part-time)

Catholic Charities is currently recruiting for part-time shelter staff to work overnight and weekend-evening shifts at our family emergency shelter.  In conjunction with other shelter staff, primary responsibilities will be to create a safe and supportive environment for shelter clients, enforce shelter rules, maintain proper documentation, clean and sanitize rooms and public areas, meet all requirements for basic standards of housing, provide crisis intervention and attend meetings and training as required. Must be dependable and adhere to all organization policies and regulations as specified by Catholic Charities and the State of Iowa.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to



Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Program

Shelter Advocate (part-time)

Part-time weekend and overnight positions available.


Provides support to women and children staying at the Phoenix House.  Maintains security of the Phoenix House.  Assists in the maintenance and upkeep of the shelter facility.  Assists families in communal living.  Assists with de-escalation and stabilization of critical situations during evening and weekend hours.

To view the job description, please click here.

As part of the recruiting process you will need to answer the following questions together with your cover letter and resume.

  1. What does it mean to you to be an Advocate for survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault?
  2. Why is confidentiality important when providing services to survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault?
  3. Conflict management is an integral skill for Shelter Advocates. Please describe your style of dealing with conflict in the workplace:

– Between yourself and a client

– Between yourself and a co-worker

– Facilitating conflict between clients

  1. Working in a domestic violence shelter and sexual abuse program requires effective ‘triage’ of priorities and the ability to multitask. Please describe a work/volunteer experience where you were required to use these skills.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to