Refugee Resettlement Coordinator

Asian University for Women Support Foundation
  • Location
    Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 07

Position description

About the Asian University for Women Support Foundation:

The Asian University for Women Support Foundation (AUWSF) is a U.S.-based 501(c)3 nonprofit which is responsible for international resource mobilization and communications for the Asian University for Women (AUW). Opened in 2008, AUW is an international, liberal arts university which seeks to cultivate the region’s next generation of female leaders. With a student body of 900 hailing from 18 different countries, AUW promotes the ethos of cross-cultural understanding, academic curiosity, and ethical leadership. AUWSF provides a fast-paced work environment with new projects frequently on the horizon and strong opportunity for growth.

Due to the resurgence of the Taliban and mounting political instability in Afghanistan, AUW committed to evacuating its Afghan students and alumnae from the country by the end of August. Afghan AUW students and alumnae had expressed concern for their safety due to bombings, lack of electricity, and general safety issues that deteriorated as the Taliban’s presence grew. On Aug. 27, AUW successfully evacuated 148 of its Afghan students and alumnae from Kabul via a US military aircraft. During the weeks leading up to their evacuation, students survived the stresses of denied paperwork, retreating American forces, family partings, Taliban checkpoints, trauma, and grief. Our students are now, like many of their fellow displaced Afghans, waiting at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, with the hopes of resettling in the US and attending American universities where they can continue their education. Thus, AUWSF is seeking a Refugee Resettlement Coordinator, with experience in refugee law and resettlement, to assist our students in navigating the refugee resettlement process. 

Job Description:

Reporting to the President and CEO, the Refugee Resettlement Coordinator is responsible for supporting the legal and logistical aspects of resettling the 148 Afghan students in the US. They will work closely with each individual student, while also coordinating pro bono legal assistance and support from local refugee organizations. They will also work with universities across the US and help to place each student at a higher education institution where the student will be able to continue their studies in their chosen field. This position will initially be based in Fort McCoy, Wisconsin while the students are living at the military base; however, as the Refugee Resettlement Coordinator helps to place our students at universities across the US, remote work will be available. 

Roles and Responsibilities: 

1) Assist the students with any relevant adjustment to US residency status such as asylum application and parole and coordinating pro Bono legal support in support of them; 

2) Support the students in availing all federal assistance that may be available to them; 

3) Enlist other non-governmental organizations involved in refugee support and advocacy to extend their services to our 148 students now living in the US; 

4) Assist with the placement of our students in US educational institutions for continuation of their studies; 

5) Monitor the students’ welfare

Application instructions

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