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Stitch-Ed Together program Coordinator

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Ethiopian Community Development Council

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Position Title: Stitch-Ed Together Program Coordinator

Department/Division: Development

Reports to: Resource Development Manager

Status: Part-time Volunteer

Location: ECDC Arlington location

901 S. Highland St. Arlington VA 22204 (3rd Floor)

Contact: yrodriguez@ecdcus.org

Volunteer Summary: Stitch-Ed Together is ECDC DC Metro’s premier sewing group. This position assists in all aspects of program activities -sewing skills training, evaluation of students, outreach, goal setting for students and improving student outcomes within the classroom. Tasks will range from finding volunteer sewing teachers, helping with the implementation of the syllabus in the classroom, maintenance of curriculum and materials, student accountability, attendance recording, data reporting, and development of student’s professional, creative, and leadership skills. Participants in this program often have very limited English skills, thus creativity and flexibility are necessary.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Search and recruit volunteer sewing teachers on a regular basis.
  2. Create content for social media related to the sewing program.
  3. Apply for sponsorships or community grants for the sewing program.
  4. Provide a safe and comfortable space for participants of the program, paying attention to any issues they may be having and reporting these to Program Coordinator.
  5. Track student attendance in binders, and report any attendance concerns to Program Coordinator.
  6. Evaluate and activate the personal and leadership development of program participants by providing student’s opportunities to have a preference, supporting personal innovation, building social connection, and improving personal development.
  7. Assist, improve and maintain the studio and classroom.
  8. Update, organize, and maintain the sewing curriculum and materials.
  9. Attend craft fairs and assist in the outreach of the program when needed.
  10. Improve and critically assess the creative development of the project via curriculum addendums and effective training practices.
  11. Contribute to quality control of products, cleaning/maintenance of the equipment and patterns.
  12. Provide guidance, respect, and empowerment for individuals in the classroom.
  13. Build accountability with students through attendance and appointment communication
  14. On a weekly basis, collaborate with the other sewing teacher for classroom goal setting.
  15. Enhance the multi-cultural atmosphere for students and patiently work with people from other cultures and languages.
  16. Responsibly prepare students for graduation and certification.

Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Commitment to mission for Stitch-Ed Together:

To improve the lives of refugees and immigrant women in the D.C. Metropolitan area through skills development, income generation, and integration into the local community. Pursuit of excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills

  • Knowledge and experience with employment development a plus
  • Excellent Sewing skills and experience with production and assembly
  • Use of personal computer and vehicle a plus.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with supervisor
  • Interest in working in a multicultural environment, refugee language capability a plus
  • Knowledgeable about and sensitive to the experiences of refugees and immigrants
  • Clean background checks and DMV record

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding of the timeliness and processes for newcomer refugees
  • Increased intercultural communication competency
  • Exposure to basic non-profit operations and environment
  • Knowledge of marginalized populations - challenges and opportunities
  • Experience as a sewing teacher and supervisor
  • Further Development of Sewing Curriculum and Skill sets

Time Requirements:

Minimum 2 days a week.

Physical Demands

  • Moderate physical activity, which includes standing, sitting, lifting and/or walking
  • Ability to see and hear within normal parameters
  • May require local travel to meetings
  • Ability to maintain emotional control under stress

Contact with Others

Position involves regular contact with local employers, other volunteers, refugee community members, and ACC staff.

Performance Criteria

Related to job responsibilities, core competencies, and performance goals set annually in consultation with supervisor.


All employees are required to work in a confidential manner in all aspects of their work.

Please email your CV to Yariana Rodriguez.

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About Ethiopian Community Development Council


8121 Georgia Avenue, Suite 800, Silver Spring, MD 20910, US

Mission Statement

ECDC's mission is to resettle refugees, promote cultural, educational, and socioeconomic development in the refugee and immigrant community in the United States, and conduct humanitarian and development programs in the Horn of Africa. To pursue this mission, ECDC: provides programs and services that assist newcomers to the country become productive members of their new American communities fosters greater understanding among newcomers and the wider community conducts outreach and education activities to increase public awareness about refugee and immigrant issues promotes African community-based organizations increase their capacity to serve their local communities promotes civic participation by newcomers in the decision-making process at the local, state, and national levels provides cross-cultural training to service providers' on the diverse cultural backgrounds of the clients they work with assists in educational development and cultural preservation projects in Ethiopia


ECDC is non-profit organization that works toward the resettlement of refugees within the United States. We conduct case work, as well as educational and social outreach programs for newly arrived refugee families. These programs are aimed to help the families recover from past traumatic experiences, get adjusted to American life, and become economically self-sufficient contributing members of their new communities. The refugees we work with refugees come from all across the globe.

Some of the services that we provide refugee families include:

  • Housing and rent for 3 months (families will hopefully be self-sufficient by this time)
  • Basic home furnishings
  • Enrollment in ESL classes
  • Setting up medical and social security appointments
  • School enrollment for the children
  • Helping refugee families connect with their new communities on a social and logistical level
Arts & Culture


We'll work with your schedule.


901 S. Highland StreetArlington, VA 22204



  • Office Management
  • Executive Admin
  • Administrative Support
  • Customer Service
  • Program Management
  • Arts Administration


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 days a week

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