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The Minnesota Council of Churches offers a competitive benefits package, including:

  • Gold Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Life insurance/ Long-term disability coverage
  • Vacation and holidays
  • Employer contributing pension plan
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
As an Equal Opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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Mankato Refugee Services

POSITION TITLE:  Program Collaboration Specialist (Regular, 1FTE, non-exempt)

PURPOSE OF POSITION:  To develop community-based programming serving to create a path of positive interaction among refugees, institutions and long-time residents. To build stronger community relationships, trust among neighbors and create opportunities for two-way learning and civic participation. To maximize program outcomes leading to community inclusion and refugee self-sufficiency.  Activities are focused on bridging and linking of community members and institutions through Community Weaving Project areas.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with Associate Director and community partners to implement MCC Refugee Service’s Community Weaving programs.
  • Work with Associate Director to develop and maintain positive relationships with community partners relevant to program activities: refugees, community members and institutions.
  • Work with Associate Director to advance activities which build trust and understanding between diverse community members and to weave the community together in new and innovative ways
  • Conduct outreach and facilitate community presentations to increase awareness, recruit volunteers, and develop community partnerships.
  • Represent and promote MCC Refugee Services- Mankato at community meetings, events, professional groups, and committees to enhance refugee outcomes and enrollment goals
    • Refugee Community Consortium
    • Other meetings and events as directed
  • Assist with planning, coordination and facilitation of
    • Tapestry Project educational workshops
    • Ready to Work employment focused workshops
    • Employer Advisory Committee
  • Network with service providers, businesses and institutions to promote Refugee Speakers Bureau and assist with prepping, coordination and scheduling of speakers at events.
  • Provide support and assistance in transition of Women’s Craft Collective to volunteer leadership
  • Meet outcome goals related to Community Weaving Project including the following:
    • Tapestry Project
    • Volunteer Engagement
    • Employer Outreach
    • Ready to Work
  • Develop and update marketing, materials and social media tools: forms, website, Facebook, power point presentations, brochures and informational flyers
  • Work closely with MCC Mankato Refugee Services colleagues to ensure that refugees are integrated into the broader array of services available in the organization
  • Work closely with MCC Minneapolis office to implement Refugee Services program models in Mankato area.
  • Track project outcomes, fulfill reporting requirements, capture program success stories, and administer program evaluation tools, including:
    • Employer Database
    • Volunteer Tracking
    • Communications and Outreach Tracking
    • Program Activities Tracking
  • Develop, implement and oversee volunteer programming, including volunteer recruitment, orientation, activities and tracking
  • Provide ongoing cultural orientation to program participants and volunteers
  • Document all client contacts or services in case files, as appropriate
  • Assist in emergencies as they arise
  • Other duties as assigned

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Driver’s license and access to reliable transportation
  • Professional demeanor with ability to build long-lasting positive community relationships
  • Ability to engage positively with English Language Learners
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Strong organizational and multitasking skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to respond with flexibility and adaptability to changing situations
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Experience working with refugees or immigrants
  • Proven record of successful planning, coordinating and implementing of projects
  • Experience with group facilitation and/or program coordination
  • Strategic connector able to identify new opportunities
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and professionally among diverse community partners
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain detailed records and submit accurate reports in a timely manner
  • Demonstrated communication skills in negotiation, conflict management, and mediation
  • Experience with online applications and software: website development, Facebook, Survey Monkey, Doodle, Formstack, and others 
  • Experience with Microsoft Word and Publisher, Power Point, Access and Outlook preferred.  Proven ability to use basic office equipment including copiers, postage machines, and fax machines
  • Familiarity with and sensitivity to the constituency of the MCC including diverse religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND CONDITIONS

Normal office conditions. This position works out of MCC’s Mankato office at 501 South 2nd Street. Job duties are performed primarily during the weekday business hours, with occasional weekend or evening hours.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

This is a Full time, non-exempt position. Sick leave, vacation, pension, life insurance and medical insurance benefits are provided.

SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION BY 5 PM, JULY 6, 2015

APPLICATION LINK HIGHLIGHTED BELOW

SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION TO

Minnesota Council of Churches*122 West Franklin Ave #100*Minneapolis 55404

Phone: 612-230-3204 * FAX: 612-870-3622 * pat.sample@mnchurches.org

Link to MCC Employment Application form

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POSITION TITLE:  Refugee Program Specialist: Volunteer and Outreach (Regular, .5 FTE, non-exempt)

REPORTS TO: Assistant Director of Refugee Services

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

To provide and coordinate services to refugees and asylees which promote self-sufficiency and goal attainment in compliance with MCCRS programs and contracts. This position works specifically within our volunteer, outreach and communications programming.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct intake and assessments to determine client eligibility for program(s).
  • Encourage early self-sufficiency and independence of all program participants.
  • Develop plans with program participants empowering them to reach agreed-upon goals and meet program guidelines. 
    • Assist clients develop skills to reach defined personal and program goals.
    • Provide direct assistance to clients based on program goals, client goal plans, and position work plan.  
    • Provide follow up services to ensure program goals and client needs are met.
    • Make appropriate and meaningful referrals to meet client needs, as appropriate.
    • Explain application procedures to individuals and/or assist participants to complete forms.
  • Work closely with MCC colleagues to ensure that refugees are integrated into the broader array of services available in the organization
  • Promote MCC Refugee Services Programs to potential clients and recruit clients to meet enrollment goals.  
  • Meet outcome goals defined in contract (s) related to four lines of service.  Including the following:
    • Facilitate volunteer recruitment, placement, and support
    • Facilitate outreach and engagement activities to individuals, groups, and congregations
    • Facilitate Refugee Speakers Bureau
    • Facilitate communications efforts for the program
    • Facilitate the recruitment and management of in-kind material donations
  • Provide translation and interpretation support for other Refugee Services projects, as needed. 
  • Provide ongoing cultural orientation to program participants
  • Maintain positive relationships with community partners relevant to program activities. 
  • Submit regular reports to track client outcomes, fulfill reporting requirements, and capture client success stories.
  • Document all contacts and services in case files, as appropriate
  • Oversee volunteer activities, as appropriate.
  • Assist in emergencies as they arise
  • Other duties as assigned

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Experience working with refugees or recent immigrants
  • Knowledge of local refugee and immigrant populations, the resources available to them, and the state and federal policies that impact them.
  • Demonstrated understanding of American culture and ability to interpret cultural differences.
  • Commitment to early self-sufficiency of refugees
  • Strong motivational and teaching skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across organizational boundaries.
  • Demonstrated Ability to maintain detailed records and submit accurate reports in a timely manner.
  • Strong English language communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Demonstrated strong communication, negotiation, and mediation skills.
  • Proven ability to work in crisis situations.
  • Prefer case management experience focusing on attainment of outcomes in areas of housing, employment, education, family functioning, or immigration.
  • Proven capacity to work in fast paced social service environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Bilingual proficiency in a relevant language preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook preferred.  Proven ability to use basic office equipment including copiers, postage machines, and fax machines.
  • Driver’s license and access to reliable transportation required.
  • Flexibility to work varied weekday, weekend and evening hours

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND CONDITIONS

Normal office conditions. This position works out of MCC’s office at 122 West Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. Job duties are performed during varied weekday, weekend and evening hours.

Compensation: This is a non-exempt, part-time position.  Benefits include sick leave, vacation and holiday benefits as provided by MCC human resources policy. Medical insurance is available and is pro-rated based on 0.5 time.

POSITION IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED (posted 6/19/2015)

SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION TO

Minnesota Council of Churches *

122 West Franklin Ave #100 * Minneapolis MN 55404

Phone: 612-230-3204 * FAX: 612-870-3622 * pat.sample@mnchurches.org

Link to MCC Employment Application form

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Title: Employment Services Intern

(612) 230-3221 • rsvolunteers@mnchurches.org

MCC Refugee Services is a refugee resettlement agency that provides many supportive services to recently-arrived refugees and asylees, including Employment Services.

The Employment Services Intern will help with the Employment Team’s efforts to find and obtain sustainableand appropriate employment for some of the most vulnerable refugees in our program. These may include individuals that have recently arrived in Minnesota and speak limited English and have no work experience or formal education. The intern will spend the majority of his/her time working one-on-one with these refugees to help them based on their specific needs. Interns may also work independently conducting research and gathering information on various potential employers.

Responsibilities

The Intern’s primary focus will be providing individual support to specific job-seekers and responding to needs as they arise. This may include the following duties:

- Help refugees who are approaching deadlines to apply to jobs and fill out applications

- Help prepare refugees for interviews and accompany them to appointments

- Accompany refugees on weekly job-search outings in specific neighborhoods and identify potential employers

- Coordinate transportation of refugees; help them ride bus and understand Metro Transit options and occasionally provide rides

- Research and investigate industries in the Twin Cities area that are hiring

- Outreach to new employers and educate and advocate on behalf of clients

Desired Qualifications

- Experience working with English language learners

- Proven ability to work in a multicultural setting

- Excellent communication and negotiation skills

- Reliability, flexibility and creativity

- Knowledge of Twin Cities and the companies in the area

- Knowledge of the Metro Transit bus system and/or willingness to learn about it

- Computer skills (MS Word) and experience with completing internet job applications

- Ability to work independently

- Reliable access to a vehicle, car insurance, and ability to pass a background and driving records check

Supervision and Training

The interns will work closely with and be supervised by the two professional Employment Counselors who bear the responsibility of job placements in a supportive role. On-site, continued training will include informational overview from staff and support as needed throughout internship.

Time Commitment and Location

Interns must be able to contribute 10 hours per week on a consistent basis between the hours of 8am – 5pm Monday through Friday. This is an unpaid internship with time commitment between 3-4 months and an option to extend further. The intern fulfills his/her primary responsibilities at MCC Refugee Services’ office at 122 Franklin Ave. West, Suite 100, Minneapolis.

How to apply

Interested candidates can email their resume and a cover letter expressing their interest to rsvolunteers@mnchurches.org. Please also complete the Volunteer Application found at www.mnchurches.org/refugeeservices/volunteer-application. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

www.mnchurches.org/refugeeservices

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Link to MCC Employment Application form

 

 

 

 

 

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