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Programs and Administrative Manager

CIANA is looking for an organized and flexible people-oriented team player to join CIANA’s small team, to oversee CIANA’s programs, interns and volunteers and to make sure that the office stays clean, organized, and well-stocked with supplies and materials. CIANA holds various programs, including Civics and ESOL classes, an after-school tutoring program for elementary school students, and an off-site SONYC middle school program. We're looking for someone to make sure all our programs run smoothly and are adequately staffed, as well as to keep all program files and materials organized.

Requirements & Qualifications

  • BA degree or equivalent in Education, Nonprofit Program Management, Business Administration, or related fields

  • Experience with program administration and office management

  • Excellent communication and multi-tasking skills

  • Non-profit experience is a plus

  • Proficiency in Arabic, Bangla, Spanish, or other languages is a plus

Position Duties

  • Act as the point person for logistics between programs, program staff and volunteers, and everyday operations

  • Liaise with parents and tutors for CIANA’s elementary after school tutoring/homework help program and coordinate program

  • Oversee ESL and civics volunteer instructors and maintain program and volunteer attendance and personnel records

  • Recruit, train, and supervise volunteers and interns across programs

  • Communicate with CIANA’s coalition and community partners, attend meetings when needed

  • Keep office clean and organized.

Retirees and veterans welcomed!

Compensation: This is a full-time, salary based position. Please include your salary requirements in your application.

For more information, please visit CIANA’s website at www.cianainc.org or check out our social media at @cianainc.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to recruitment@cianainc.org.

Program Coordinator - Elementary After School Program (Part-Time)

CIANA is seeking a passionate, social justice-minded self-starter, who has early childhood education experience, to run its volunteer-staffed elementary after-school tutoring/homework help program. This is a unique opportunity for someone who is looking for community engagement and program management experience, and wants to gain hands-on experience with running an after-school program that serves immigrant children. The program runs on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:00pm.

 

The Education Coordinator will oversee the overall program and promote its development, conduct program evaluation, recruit and train volunteer tutors, and ensure the proper maintenance of program space.

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • BA required in Education or related field

  • Experience working in a classroom environment as a teacher's aide, paraprofessional, or similar position

  • Available 14 hrs/week on Tuesday and Thursday 12:30pm - 7:30pm

  • Experience working with immigrant families

  • Proficiency in Arabic, Bengali, or Spanish is a plus

  • Excellent communication skills

Position Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring that students are engaged in work with their tutors during each session;

  • Recruiting volunteer tutors to keep the program sufficiently staffed; 

  • Maintaining complete student case records, including intake interviews, progress reports and tests, and academic records (school report cards, tests, progress reports) from parents and tutors;

  • Ensuring that tutors have materials at their student’s levels when homework is completed early or no homework has been assigned;

  • Engaging parents in the academic activities of the children and involvement in their academic progress; and maintaining a welcoming and professional environment;

  • Assisting with grant writing to acquire funding for program;

  • Regular program evaluation and reporting to Executive Director.

Job Type: Part-time

For more information, please visit CIANA’s website at www.cianainc.org or check out our social media at @cianainc.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Carissa Davies at carissa@cianainc.org.

Case Management Intern

Our Case Management Department is looking for a highly personable, persistent, and detail-oriented Case Management Intern to assist our case manager with client services. CIANA’s Case Management Department provides job assistance, housing assistance, and public benefits application support, as well as referrals to other community and public resources.

Requirements:

  • At least two years of college completed

  • Proficiency in Arabic, Bangla, Spanish, or another language

  • Experience in one or more of the following:

    • Microsoft Office and Google Suite, especially Excel/Sheets

    • Knowledge of public benefits or willingness to learn

    • Researching

    • Organization and filing

    • Counseling or customer service

 

Everyday Duties:

  • Scheduling new appointments and confirming scheduled appointments

  • Managing correspondence between CIANA, clients, and other institutions

  • Completing general intakes for new clients

  • Assisting with case working appointments, especially with interpretation for clients who speak Arabic, Bangla, or another language

  • Maintaining case working client spreadsheet, database, and digital files

  • Organizing and maintaining up-to-date paper files

  • Attending trainings and coalition meetings with case manager and/or clients

  • Accompanying or representing clients at other meetings and appointments

 

Projects:

  • Help fulfill quarterly deliverables to coalitions

  • Develop and execute workshop or coffee talk series relating to the following:

    • Financial literacy

    • Computer literacy

    • Civic participation

    • Affordable housing

    • Employment

    • Healthcare

    • Other

  • Develop and execute trainings in specific service areas

  • Develop collaborative relationships with external case management and outreach programs and/or community-based organizations

 

Compensation: Unpaid, but may be completed for academic credit

Hours: 15-20 hours per week

 

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Kimberly Iboy, our Case Manager, at kimberly@cianainc.org.

Community Outreach Intern

CIANA is looking for a friendly, passionate, and proactive Community Outreach Intern. CIANA’s Community Outreach efforts include assessing and generating awareness of the needs of the immigrant community in Queens, creating and delivering various workshop series in collaboration with our community partners to address these needs, and spreading the word about CIANA’s programs and services to the broader community and local institutions.

 

Requirements:

  • At least two years of college completed

  • Proficiency in Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, or another language

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Suite programs

  • Experience with community involvement and/or outreach

  • Public speaking and interpersonal communication skills

  • Keen awareness of immigration news and issues impacting immigrant communities

  • Occasional weekend and evening availability

  • Comfortability with advocacy and mobilization

  • Knowledge of Queens, its immigrant population, and related topics is a huge plus!

 

Everyday Duties:

  • Work alongside each of CIANA’s departments and program staff to generate awareness of CIANA’s services for the community.

  • Increase client engagement in CIANA’s services and programs

  • Brainstorm ideas for potential community events and collaborations

  • Maintain updated contact information for local businesses, places of worship, schools, community organizations, and journalists in our outreach tracker

  • Maintain email and phone correspondence with community partners

  • Coordinate and confirm dates, times, and locations for community events

  • Engage in street canvassing and tabling events

  • Attend periodic coalition meetings with community partners, as well as regular team meetings at CIANA

 

Projects:

  • Create and maintain a community outreach plan

  • Plan and execute community events and know-your-rights workshops regarding community concerns and relevant immigration issues

  • Develop a system of measuring community needs and impact

  • Consolidate workshop materials, blog posts, upcoming events, etc. in a “Resources” page on CIANA’s website

Compensation: Unpaid, but may be completed for academic credit.

Hours: 10-15 hours per week

 

For more information, please visit CIANA’s website at www.cianainc.org or check out our social media at @cianainc.

 

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Kimberly Iboy at kimberly@cianainc.org.

Development Intern

Our Department of Communications and Development is looking for a self-starting Development Intern for Fundraising and Political Outreach who is a strong thinker, writer, and listener with excellent people skills. Chosen interns will work alongside the Development and Communications VISTA to acquire funding from elected officials, plan and execute fundraising campaigns, and foster and maintain relationships with donors.

 

Requirements:

  • At least one year of college completed

  • Studying Communications, Marketing, Design, Journalism, English, Writing, International Relations, Political Science, or a related field

  • Experience in one or more of the following:

    • Planning fundraisers or charity events

    • Applying to and receiving personal scholarships and/or grants for student clubs and/or outside organizations

    • Outreach to and/or developing connections with politicians’ offices

  • Ability to meet strict deadlines, including those on short notice

  • Proficiency in Arabic, Bangla, Spanish, or other languages is a plus

 

Everyday Duties:

Fundraising

  • Research effective strategies for non-profit financial growth

  • Manage donor relations by ensuring donors, local partners, and elected officials receive regular, personalized communications

  • Maintaining correspondence between CIANA and its donors, business partners, and elected officials

  • Draft online content (social media posts, website updates, etc.) to advertise fundraisers

  • Brainstorm ideas for potential fundraising campaigns or events

Political Outreach

  • Research procedures and deadlines for applying for discretionary funding from Queens-based elected officials

  • Foster relationships with local politicians and brainstorm opportunities for collaboration, such as know-your rights workshops and Read-Ins at our After School Tutoring program

  • Maintain a database of politician and community partners’ interests in causes

 

Projects:

  • Plan at least one event with a local politician (Council Member, State Senator, Assembly Member, etc.), such as a know-your-rights workshop

  • Pitch, develop ideas for, plan, and hold Mid-Year Fundraiser

 

Compensation: Unpaid, but may be completed for academic credit

Hours: 12-20 hours per week

 

For more information, please visit CIANA’s website at www.cianainc.org or check out our social media at @cianainc.

 

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to recruitment@cianainc.org.

Grantwriting Intern

Our Department of Communications and Development is looking for a resourceful researcher and excellent writer to fill our Grants Intern position. The selected candidate will be directly involved with the grant-writing process in order to secure funds for CIANA from foundations and government agencies. The intern will be responsible for finding potential grants, and will work with our Executive Director to decide which grants to apply for, develop a timeline for submitting the application, and gathering materials and information needed for the proposal.

Requirements:

  • At least two years of college completed

  • Studying Communications, Journalism, English, Writing, History, Nonprofit Management, Public Affairs or a related field.

  • Experience applying to and receiving personal scholarships and/or grants for student clubs or outside organizations

  • Knowledge of the grant-writing process and non-profit development

    • Experience applying to grants for non-profits is a huge plus​

  • Ability to meet strict deadlines, including those on short notice

  • Keen attention to detail, ability to articulate, and sharp decision-making skills

 

Everyday Duties:

  • Research foundations and grants on GuideStar, Candid (formerly the Foundation Center), and other platforms

  • Work with the Executive Director and Development VISTA to plan grants calendar and application strategy

  • Develop and compile supporting documents including metrics, testimonials, and reports for grant applications

  • Draft narrative proposals and responses to application questions

  • If necessary, draft letters of inquiry or letters of intent

  • Conduct research on other sources of funding, and brainstorm strategies for CIANA’s financial growth

  • Maintain relationships with donors and foster engagement

Projects:

  • Maintain grant database and create grant calendar

  • Research and apply for at least two grants

 

Compensation: Unpaid, but may be completed for academic credit

Hours: 10-15 hours per week

 

For more information, please visit CIANA’s website at www.cianainc.org or check out our social media at @cianainc.

 

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to recruitment@cianainc.org.

Legal Intern

Our Legal Services Department is looking for a highly personable, persistent, and detail-oriented Legal Intern to assist our attorney with immigration cases. CIANA’s Legal Services Department provides free consultations to determine immigration relief, as well as provides low fee assistance with a variety of immigration applications.

 

Requirements:

  • At least two years of college completed

  • Proficiency in Arabic, Bangla, Spanish, or other languages is required

  • Experience in one or more of the following:

    • Microsoft Office and Google Suite, especially Excel/Sheets

    • Knowledge of public benefits or willingness to learn

    • Researching

    • Organization and filing

    • Counseling or customer service

 

Everyday Duties:

  • Scheduling new appointments and confirming scheduled appointments

  • Managing correspondence between CIANA, clients, and other institutions

  • Completing general and legal intakes for new clients

  • Assisting with legal appointments, especially with interpretation if language proficient in Arabic, Bangla, Spanish or other language

  • Maintaining client database and digital files

  • Maintaining and organizing up-to-date paper files

  • Perform legal research on issues of immigration law, draft memoranda, and report to the Director of Legal Services

 

Compensation: Unpaid, but may be completed for academic credit

Hours: 15-20 hours per week

 

For more information, please visit CIANA’s website at www.cianainc.org or check out our social media at @cianainc.

 

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to recruiment@cianainc.org.

Volunteer Tutor (Elementary After School Program)

Our elementary school homework help program is looking for volunteer tutors who love to work with kids and are reliable, friendly, and patient. CIANA offers homework help to immigrant students enrolled in first through fifth grades through an after school program held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:00pm during the school year.

 

Requirements:

  • Completed at least some high school

  • Consistent availability on Tuesday and/or Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00pm

 

Everyday Duties:

  • Helping young students with math, reading, and writing homework

  • Teaching young students manners and to clean up after themselves

  • Encouraging positive development and confidence

 

Compensation: Unpaid

Hours: 2-4 hours per week

To apply, please email recruitment@cianainc.org.

SONYC After School Program Volunteer

Position Summary

CIANA is looking for committed volunteers for its DYCD-funded SONYC After School Program. The program takes place Monday-Friday from 3:00-6:30 PM at a local church near CIANA’s office in Astoria, Queens. The program is targeted to middle school-aged youth in grades 6-8. We are seeking to hire volunteers who will ensure programmatic success. SONYC volunteers will work with the Program Coordinator and Group Leader to provide safe, fun, and curriculum-based programming for NYC youth. Volunteers will receive oversight from the Program Coordinator, who will ensure they are properly trained and monitored in order to create a fun, safe, and educational environment for youth. Volunteers may also participate in field trips and other activities.

 

Responsibilities

Volunteers will take on a number of responsibilities during the program, particularly in the areas of homework help and setting up enrichment activities. Volunteers will:

  • Work with youth for up to one hour during the program time

  • Assist students in the areas of Math, Science, English, Foreign Language, and other core curriculum areas

  • Mentor students and discuss educational and other needs during this time

  • Work with activity specialist or independently to develop and facilitate program activities, which may include cooking, dance, art, photography or other taught youth-based group activities

 

Requirements

  • Experience working or volunteering with middle school aged youth

  • Ability to pass a background check (including fingerprints) and interact with children

  • Be flexible in your duties as a volunteer as they pertain to successful program implementation

  • Must be available during program days and times, and commit to serving the entire semester

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to recruitment@cianainc.org.

Board of Directors

CIANA is seeking enthusiastic board members who are looking to make a difference. Time commitment is essential and active involvement is both critical and expected. Retirees are especially encouraged to apply.

 

Working in partnership with the Founder and CEO, the Board of Directors supports CIANA’s growth and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance.  The Board of Director’s role in CIANA’s fundraising efforts is paramount.  They are expected to assist with the solicitation of contributions and funding from the government, foundations, organizations, and individuals, as well as to make annual gifts that reflect their commitment.

 

The Center for the Integration & Advancement of New Americans (CIANA) is a small but dynamic Queens-based nonprofit social services organization that works to integrate new immigrants from South Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and Latin America into the socio-economic and civic life of American society while maintaining pride in their cultural heritage.

 

Requirements:

  • Evening availability on the first Wednesday of every month for board meetings

  • Time availability for active participation in board activities

 

Everyday Duties:

  • Provide leadership, governance, and fiscal oversight

  • Build dynamic fundraising strategies and donor solicitation plans

  • Serve on board committees and taking on special assignments

  • Represent CIANA to stakeholders and act as ambassadors for the organization at events

 

For more information, please visit CIANA’s website at www.cianainc.org or check out our social media at @cianainc.

 

To apply, please send a bio or resume to emira@cianainc.org.

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31-09 Newtown Avenue, Suite 411

Astoria, NY 11102

(718) 545-4040  info@cianainc.org

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