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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.
All KRM Offices
HSPRS Caseworker (full-time, Louisville and Covington)
The Home Study and Post Release Services Caseworker (HSPRS Caseworker) will provide therapeutic, strengths-based and culturally and linguistically appropriate case management services to unaccompanied immigrant children (UC). The Unaccompanied minors served will primarily be from Central America (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador). UC are recently arrived to the US and released from federal custody to a sponsor, typically a family member or friend, and may require additional support once in the community to access resources and ensure stability of the placement and their safety. Caseworkers will conduct outreach and education to community service providers to supplement existing services that do not adequately address unique needs of immigrant children, providing access to needed resources to children and their sponsors. HSPRS Caseworkers must be fluent in Spanish. KRM is hiring up to two HSPRS caseworkers at each of the three KRM offices (Louisville, Lexington and Covington).
To apply, review the job description and email a résumé and cover letter to Victor Calderon, HSPRS Casework Supervisor. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
Elder Program ESL Instructor (part-time, Louisville)
The ESL Instructor will provide high-quality ESL education to multilevel older adult learners. Teaching is conducted in-person. In addition to teaching, this position involves planning and maintaining a curriculum. The ESL Instructor also works closely with volunteers who assist with class lessons and works with students outside of class. Strong communication and organizational skills are a must.
To apply, review the job description and email a résumé and cover letter to Inez Moore, Elder Program Coordinator. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
Housing Specialist (full-time, Louisville)
The Housing Specialist assists the Housing Manager in securing apartments and single family rental housing for KRM’s refugee and immigrant arrivals, in most cases, prior to clients’ arrival in the United States/Louisville. There is no special provision or rent subsidy for refugee access to the local affordable housing market. All housing is obtained at market-rate rents. The Housing Specialist will work extensively in the field to find housing options, reviewing listings and making contacts, working with existing KRM housing partners and developing new ones. Both before and after clients’ arrival, the Housing Specialist will work with clients, property owner/manager, other KRM staff and community members to ensure that refugees and immigrants have access to affordable housing in Louisville; and to help make Louisville neighborhoods, inclusive, welcoming and safe for immigrants and long-time residents alike.
To apply, review the job description and email a résumé and cover letter to John Koehlinger, Executive Director by Monday, May 29th.
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 job description and email a résumé and cover letter to John Koehlinger, Executive Director by Monday, May 29th.
Rise Up Educational Access Coordinator (full-time, Louisville)
As part of the Family and Youth Services staff, the Rise Up Educational Access Coordinator will provide educational case management services and implement college and career readiness and other out-of-school-time programming for youth and young adult refugees and immigrants, including the Rise Up Mentor Program. The individual in this role will work collaboratively with the Rise Up Educational Access Coordinator on program planning and management. Responsibilities include meeting with young adults on an ongoing basis, creating individualized client case plans, and equipping them to access available community resources. Additionally this role involves co-coordinating the Rise Up Mentor Program and planning and implementing workshops, college visits, and other out-of-school time programming that will empower clients to pursue their academic and vocational goals while supporting their psychosocial development.
To apply, review the job description and email a résumé and cover letter to Adrienne Eisenmenger, Family and Youth Services Manager/ Program Leader by Friday, May 19th.
Youth Services Programming Specialist (full-time, Louisville)
As part of the Family and Youth Services staff, the Youth Services Programming Specialist will provide educational case management services and out-of-school-time programming support to school-aged refugee and immigrant children and their families. The specialist will work in close collaboration with the Youth Services Coordinator, School and Youth Support Specialist and Youth Case Manager to ensure that children and their families can access out-of-school-time programming within Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), Kentucky Refugee Ministries, and the wider Louisville community.
To apply, review the job description and email a résumé and cover letter to Adrienne Eisenmenger, Family and Youth Services Manager/Program Leader by Friday, May 19th.
ESL & Cultural Orientation Instructor (part-time, Louisville)
The ESL Instructor will provide interactive, student-centered ESL instruction with an emphasis on spoken English, with instruction on grammatical structure, reading, writing and listening mixed in. The curriculum will be based on functional English related to a sequence of life-skills topics. There are existing curriculum materials, but ESL instructors are encouraged to supplement and expand on topics with their own lesson plans. In addition to teaching, this position involves planning and developing curriculum and reporting student attendance.
To apply, review the job description and email a résumé and cover letter to Jonathan Kays, ESL Coordinator.
Job Developer (full-time, Louisville)
As part of a four-member Employment Services staff, the Job Developer will provide direct job readiness and job placement services to around over 700 employable refugees and immigrants a year. Basic duties will include contacting area employers to identify job opportunities, and identifying and taking refugees to apply for those positions. Accordingly, a sizeable minority the Job Developer’s time may be spent outside of the office, directly assisting clients to apply for jobs.
To apply, review the job description and email a résumé and cover letter to John Koehlinger, Executive Director.
Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Lexington Immigration Attorney (full-time)
Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM) Lexington Immigration Legal Services team handles a variety of humanitarian and family-based immigration cases including, but not limited to: family-based immigrant visa petitions; consular processing; citizenship; refugee-based adjustment of status cases; Cuban Adjustment Act-based adjustment of status cases; Employment Authorization Documents; marriage-based adjustment of status cases; representation in removal proceedings; affirmative and defensive asylum applications; Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases; U-visas; and VAWA cases.
KRM is one of only four agencies in the Commonwealth of Kentucky that provides low-cost immigration legal services to refugees and other immigrants. This has resulted in a high demand for services. Each attorney carries a high caseload and is expected to work on a variety of cases.
Learn more in the job description. To apply please email a resume, letter of interest, and legal writing sample to both: Mary Cobb and Emily Jones by June 30th 2023.
Moving Specialist Role (full-time, Lexington)
The Moving Specialist’s role is to help the Housing and Donations team to furnish and set up all homes rented for new clients. This includes lifting and moving furniture, helping place furniture and other household items into apartments, driving a moving truck or large van, picking up donated furniture from KRM donors. When apartment setups or donations pickups are not scheduled, Moving Specialists will help the team to organize and manage the inventory of donated items; will drive KRM clients (in agency vehicles) to and from appointments as requested by other staff; and will help with other general office tasks and duties such as setup for special events or running errands.
Learn more in the job description. Send a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed and interviews held on a rolling basis until both positions are filled.
Donations Coordinator’s Role
The Donations Coordinator will ensure that KRM Lexington programs are well-supported by high quality in-kind donations. This includes household items and furniture, school supplies, cleaning supplies, hygiene items, diapers and baby items, winter coats, books, toys, vehicles, and other essential items that will be provided to KRM clients or used in KRM programming. Some of the role includes physical labor to move, organize and store items and help set up apartments. The Donations Coordinator will supervise a Move-In Specialist who physically moves items, sets up apartments, drives box trucks, etc. The Donations Coordinator is part of the Housing and Donations Team, and with the right candidate, this position has potential to be the Team Leader.
Learn more in the job description. Send a cover letter and resume to Mary Cobb, KRM Lexington Director, at email@example.com. Applications will be reviewed and interviews held on a rolling basis until position is filled.
Caseworker (full-time, Lexington)
As part of the KRM team, the Caseworker will work with refugee, asylee, and other forcibly displaced immigrant clients from a range of countries and diverse educational, vocational and cultural backgrounds. Some Caseworkers work with new arrivals, and others with long-term or specialized client caseloads. The Caseworker must be adept at ensuring the provision and documentation of basic services to a high volume of clients, while at the same time providing intensive case management and enhanced access to services and support for those with special needs.
Learn more in the job description. Please email a resume and cover letter, with “Caseworker” in the subject line, to Mary Cobb, KRM Lexington Director, at Mary Cobb. The listing will remain posted until filled.
Therapist (full-time or part time, Lexington)
Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM) seeks to hire a counselor/therapist to work on-site in the Lexington office’s Survivors of Torture Recovery Center (STRC) and in related client services. As part of the KRM team, the Therapist will provide high-quality services to clients who experienced torture before coming to the United States, as well as some therapeutic services to clients with other traumatic experiences. Clients are from a wide range of countries and diverse educational, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds, and may be of any immigration status. Other staff will support STRC clients with case management, while the Therapist will provide screening and therapeutic services/counseling/medical referrals (as needed). The Therapist must be licensed to practice independently, experienced in working with survivors of trauma, and adept at documentation of services for grant reporting requirements. Services are grant-funded, and all STRC clients are served at no cost to them or to their insurance. Training specific to assisting survivors of torture will be provided to the successful applicant as needed. A full time position is available, but KRM will consider 1-2 part time therapists rather than one full-time person, depending on application interest.
Learn more in the job description. Please email a resume and cover letter, with “Therapist” in the email subject line, to Mary Cobb, KRM Lexington Director, at Mary Cobb. Questions from potential/interested applicants can also be sent to the same email address. Position will remain posted until filled.
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.
Interning at KRM offers you the opportunity to learn about refugee resettlement and gain practical nonprofit experience.
- Internship applications are now being accepted for Summer and Fall 2023
- Minimum requirements: 8 hours per week, at least 8 weeks, and at least 80 hours total
- Review the KRM Louisville intern opportunities before applying
- Submit a completed Intern Application, resume, cover letter, and background check, to Adrienne Eisenmenger
- Complete interview
- Attend Internship Orientation prior to start date
- Submit proof of COVID vaccination
- Review the KRM Lexington the Summer/Fall 2023 Internships opportunities before applying.
- All interns will primarily work during regular business hours (M-F 8:30-4:30). To apply, please submit an application, cover letter, and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 25,2023.