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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.
Victim Advocate (full-time, Louisville)
The Victim Advocate at Kentucky Refugee Ministries will implement the outreach and case-management aspects of the VOCA program, focusing on assisting refugee and immigrant victims of crime. They will conduct outreach, develop relationships with local law enforcement and community-based agencies, and provide case-management support to navigate available services. This position is based in Louisville but is also available at the Lexington office. The Victim Advocate will maintain a referral network for services not provided by KRM and will be responsible for accurate record-keeping, tracking grant outcomes, managing financial expenditures, and performing administrative duties related to grant management. Strong organizational and office skills are essential for this role.
To apply, review the job description and email a résumé and cover letter to John Koehlinger, Executive Director. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
Staff Accountant (full-time, Louisville)
Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM) is hiring a Staff Accountant to handle financial reporting for their offices in Louisville, Lexington, and Covington. The Staff Accountant will help expand the finance and operations department to six full-time staff members. KRM’s income comes mainly from federal grants received as a sub-recipient from the Kentucky Office for Refugees (KOR) and Church World Service (CWS), along with other grants, donations, and fee-for-service immigration and language services. The specialist will be responsible for accounts payable, reconciliations, expense allocation, reimbursement requests, budget preparation and tracking, donation and inventory tracking, fee reconciliation, banking tasks, and supporting audits and compliance efforts. The position is based in Louisville and reports to the KRM Accounting Manager, Senior Program Leader, and Executive Director.
Housing Specialist (full-time, Louisville)
The Housing Specialist assists the Housing Coordinator 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. Housing for newly-arrived refugees and immigrants must be accessible to TARC bus lines. KRM does not co-sign leases for client rental housing, but does assume payment responsibility until clients can assume housing costs through employment or other income. 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. Property owners or managers making housing available to KRM clients vary from large real estate or property management companies to individual investors. 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.
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.
Moving Specialist (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.
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.
Northern Kentucky Office
Caseworker (full-time, Covington)
The Caseworker will provide case management services to refugees, mostly to those who are recently-arrived, but also clients who have been in the United States for some years. KRM clients resettle to the U.S. from a range of countries across the globe and have diverse educational, vocational and cultural backgrounds. Some refugee clients are faced with access barriers, such as limited English proficiency, medical or other conditions that can impede their transition to social integration and self-sufficiency. 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. This role is key in ensuring refugee clients have access to vital services.
Job Developer (full-time, Covington)
As part of the employment services staff, the Job Developer will provide direct job readiness and job placement services to around 75 employable refugees and immigrants, each year. The essential duties of this role include establishing partnerships with local employers, identifying job opportunities, and assisting refugee clients throughout the process of applying for a position. During that process, the Job Developer will need to provide job readiness orientations, help clients with applications and interview prep, and potentially transport or accompany clients to apply for positions. Other key components of the Job Developer role include excellent interpersonal skills and communication, as this role is responsible for establishing and maintaining partnerships with local employers across a multitude of career fields. Clients served will primarily comprise of recently arrived refugees who have diverse educational, cultural and vocational backgrounds, as well as varying levels of English proficiency. The Job Developer is a crucial role that helps refugee clients begin their path to building a new life and home in Kentucky.
Housing Specialist (full-time, Covington)
The Housing Specialist will assist the Housing Coordinator in securing apartments and single-family rental housing for KRM’s refugee and immigrant arrivals, in most cases, before clients arrive in the United States/Northern Kentucky. The Housing Specialist will work extensively in the field to find housing options, review listings, make contacts, work with existing KRM housing partners, and develop new ones. Property owners or managers making housing available to KRM clients vary from large real estate or property management companies to individual investors. Both before and after clients’ arrival, the Housing Coordinator 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 the Northern Kentucky region and to help make these neighborhoods inclusive, welcoming and safe for immigrants and long-time residents alike.
Youth & School Support Specialist (full-time, Covington)
As part of the KRM Covington staff, the Youth & School Support Specialist will provide educational and out-of-school-time support services to school-aged refugee and immigrant children and their families. The Youth & School Support Specialist will collaborate closely with the School & Youth Programs Coordinator, Case Manager, and caseworkers to ensure that students and their families receive the educational assistance needed to support their academic success and social-emotional development.
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.
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 June 30th 2023.