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KRM operates out of Louisville, Lexington, and Northern Kentucky. Refugees resettled through KRM receive ongoing assistance as they create new homes in Kentucky. Learn more about KRM and our services. All applicants are encouraged to review the website and read the Frequently Asked Questions.

KRM offers employees:

  • A multicultural, team-oriented work environment
  • Comprehensive benefits, as eligible
  • Daily opportunities to engage with and learn from colleagues and refugee clients from all over the world
  • Opportunities to use your multilingual skills with clients and community partners
  • The chance to work as part of Kentucky’s local, humanitarian response to the global refugee crisis

KRM is an equal opportunity employer and 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. We encourage applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, and evaluate all candidates based on merit.

Each open position will have a detailed job description with application instructions included. Please see below for any current openings.

 

 

Louisville Office

 

Caseworker (full-time, Louisville)

The caseworker is responsible for providing case management services to refugees, including those who have recently arrived in the United States and those who have been in the country for some time. They will work with clients from a diverse range of countries, educational and vocational backgrounds, and cultural identities. The current refugee arrivals are coming from various countries, including Congo, Syria, Afghanistan, Central American, and more. Some clients may have limited English proficiency or medical conditions that impede their social integration and self-sufficiency. The caseworker will need to ensure the provision and documentation of basic services to a high volume of clients while providing intensive case management and enhanced access to services and support for those with special needs.

To apply, review the full job description and email a résumé and cover letter to John Koehlinger, Executive Director. Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.

 

Cultural Orientation Coordinator

Kentucky Refugee Ministries provides weekly Cultural Orientation (CO) classes to all recently-arrived adult clients enrolled in KRM’s English Language Training (ELT) Program. Cultural orientation is a critical element in the resettlement process for clients as they navigate the new systems of the United States. Weekly CO classes consist of a participatory lesson taught by KRM staff that covers 15 basic CO topics and a speaker presentation by a community service provider or staff member about a topic to aid in adjustment to participants’ new community, such as employment; healthcare access; U.S. laws and police interaction; housing rights; public benefits; safety; mental health; personal finance; public transportation; driver’s education; cultural adjustment, and others.

The CO Coordinator will organize all aspects of the program administration and weekly presentations, including coordinating lesson topics, scheduling community speakers and interpreters, setting up presentation spaces, delivering lessons, and the coordination of services and opportunities for other culturally relevant topics. They will also be responsible for tracking client participation and cultural orientation assessments for adult refugee clients. This requires strong attention to detail and the ability to work closely with interpreters, case workers, instructors, and other agency staff.

To apply, review the full job description and email a résumé and cover letter to Jonathan Kays, ESL Coordinator, by Thursday, July 25th.

 

Lexington Office

 

Cash Assistance Specialist (full-time, Lexington)

The Cash Assistance Specialist works with colleagues on KRM Lexington’s Self-Sufficiency Team to deliver high quality, accurate, client-centered cash assistance programming to eligible KRM clients. This includes determining client eligibility and disbursement amounts for monthly federal cash assistance payments made to KRM’s recently arrived clients; communicating kindly and respectfully with clients and fellow staff; processing requests for payments; responding to client questions; orienting clients on eligibility and program requirements; and maintaining documentation of work. Eligible clients include people with refugee or similar status (such as humanitarian parolees) from a range of countries including Congo, Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela, Afghanistan, Cuba, and Haiti. Prior knowledge of this program is not required for applicants, as training will be provided to the Specialist once hired.

To apply, review full job description. Submit a résumé, cover letter, and contact information for 3 professional references no later than 5pm on July 15 with “Cash Assistance Specialist” in the subject line. Submit applications to: KRM Lexington Director Mary Cobb mcobb@krmlex.org and Self-Sufficiency Team Leader Bebe Gergely bgergely@krmlex.org.

 

Northern Kentucky Office

 

Caseworker (full-time, Covington)

The Caseworker will provide direct client services to newly-arrived refugee families, including pre-arrival coordination; airport reception; enrollment for eligible public benefits (K-TAP, Medicaid, SNAP, Social Security, and disability); assistance in accessing medical care, mental health services and cultural orientation; enrollment of children in school or early childhood programs; and referral of adult refugees to ESL classes and employment services.

To apply, review the full job description, then submit a cover letter and résumé to KRM-Covington Outreach Specialist, Jarett Lopez. Applicants may also apply directly through the Indeed job posting. Vacancy will be live until the role is filled.

 

Fellowships

 

Cubaka Mutayongwa Fellowship (Louisville & Lexington)

The new Cubaka Mutayongwa Fellowship is named for a young, emerging leader in Lexington who dedicated his short life to making our community a better place. This Fellowship is intended specifically as an opportunity for Black Americans, immigrants or refugees or their children, Native Americans, or other underrepresented groups in nonprofit leadership. The Fellowship will develop emerging leaders between 18 and 24 years of age.

The 2023 Application Process: Stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, you may review the 2021 fellowship description and application for reference.

Cubaka Nehemia Mutayongwa was a young leader, volunteer, community activist, public speaker, soccer player, interpreter, entrepreneur, student, teacher, mentor, and friend to many in the Lexington community, where he was resettled by KRM as a refugee with this family as a teenager in 2012. Cubaka tragically died on July 4, 2020; his last act before dying was to help save someone else’s life. Learn more about Cubaka’s legacy and the qualities he was known for here and here.

 

Internships

Interning at KRM offers you the opportunity to learn about refugee resettlement and gain practical nonprofit experience.

KRM Louisville

KRM Lexington

  • Review the KRM Lexington internship opportunities and frequently asked questions before applying.
  • All interns will primarily work in-office during regular business hours (M-F 8:30-4:30). Hour requirements vary based on each role and the agreement made with the internship coordinator. The average intern commits about 10 hours per week for a whole academic semester.
  • To apply, please submit an application, cover letter, and resume to internships@krmlex.org.

Application deadlines:

  • Spring internships: apply by Dec. 1st
  • Summer internships: April 1st
  • Fall internships: July 1st

If you are interested in an internship but have missed a deadline, we encourage you to still inquire about open positions.