The International Institute of New England, a nongovernmental, not-for-profit, New England-based organization dedicated to addressing the needs and rights of refugees and immigrants, is seeking  a Skills Training Program Specialist at its Lowell office.

A dynamic, forward-looking, smart and rapidly growing non-profit organization, we seek well-qualified, solutions-focused candidates who are experts in their respective fields. Candidates need to approach issues creatively and thoughtfully. In addition, all candidates should possess the following set of qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Detail-oriented, able to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Self-motivated, able to work in a team and independently

Reports to: Lowell Program Director

Supervision: N/A



The Skills Training Program Specialist will support the development and launch of a new integrated skills training program, designed to prepare adult English language learners for careers as Certified Nursing Aides. S/he will assess potential students, instruct an integrated ESOL and “softs skills” program, and directly support job placements for graduating students. S/he will conduct outreach initiatives with potential participants as well as employer and training partners, acting as IINE’s primary representative of the program with stakeholders. This position requires a flexible schedule which may include early morning or evening hours.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, Healthcare, Education, or related field; Master’s Degree in Education and/or TESOL preferred.
  • Minimum of 1 year of related experience in job development and/or employer engagement.
  • Minimum of 2 years of adult teaching or tutoring experience, preferably with immigrant populations.
  • Previous experience in or exposure to healthcare sector strongly preferred.
  • Strong counseling/advising skills required.
  • Strong computer skills required.
  • Excellent organizational, verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to prioritize duties in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficiency in additional languages a plus.
  • Candidate must have dedication to the human rights of refugees, immigrants, and asylees.
  • Highly self-motivated, able to work in a team and independently.
  • Bilingual/bicultural candidates are encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support logistics planning and curriculum development for an integrated ESOL/Certified Nursing Aide training course
  • Provide recruitment, assessment, teaching, and placement services to clients in the Institute’s skills training programs.
  • Recruit program participants through presentations at career centers, community-based organizations, and training vendor fairs.
  • Assess applicants’ eligibility for training programs by verifying work authorization documents, calculating annual income, and supporting the administration of written and oral English tests.
  • Teach training program classes, prepare classroom materials, and evaluate student progress.
  • Develop and revise curricula for training programs, create lesson plans, and assess lesson plan success.
  • Provide individualized job readiness counseling for clients upon their completion of training program courses.
  • Coordinate job development activities, including schedules and staffing for individual job development appointments.
  • Provide post-placement support services to ensure job retention and record any changes in employment status.
  • Develop and maintain employer partnerships through outreach initiatives via telephone, email, and in person to identify suitable employment opportunities for clients.
  • Represent the organization at meetings, conferences and events.
  • Contribute to program data collection following contractual guidelines.
  • Provide ongoing support and supervision to workforce development interns and volunteers.
  • Attend staff meetings.
  • Perform all other duties assigned by supervisor.

Interested candidates should email their cover letter and resume to Human Resources ( with their name and position in the subject line. In the cover letter, please be sure to include the following:

  • Salary expectations
  • Any work or volunteer work done with refugees or immigrants
  • Languages spoken

Qualified applicants will be contacted.

No telephone calls please.