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The Minnesota Council of Churches is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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POSITION TITLE:  Refugee Program Specialist: Community Navigator (Mankato) - .5 FTE, Regular, non-exempt

PURPOSE OF POSITION:  To provide and coordinate services to refugees, and New Americans which promote family stabilization, self-sufficiency and goal attainment in compliance with MCCRS programs and contracts.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct intake 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 to 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 MRCI Employment Services staff to provide case support to new American clients
  • 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) including the following:
    • Maintain outcomes reporting in DHS database for contract services
    • Provide social service support to refugees and asylees, as defined in social service contract
    • Provide employment service support to refugees and asylees, as defined in employment service contract
    • Provide community navigator support to refugees and New Americans as defined in United Way service contract
    • Provide supports to identified MRCI clients as defined in service contract            
  • 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
  • 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 New Americans
  • 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 stabilization, or immigration
  • Proven capacity to work in fast-paced multi-faceted service environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Bilingual proficiency in Somali required
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook preferred. Proven ability to use basic office equipment including copier and fax machines
  • Driver’s license and access to reliable transpiration required

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND CONDITIONS

Normal office conditions. This position works out of MCC’s Mankato office (1250 Monks Avenue, Mankato) and the MRCI office (15 Map Drive, Mankato). Job duties are performed primarily during the weekday business hours, with occasional weekend or evening hours.

COMPENSATION: This is a regular, 20 hour/week, non-exempt position, with the possibility of expanded hours. Benefits include vacation, sick leave, holiday pay, and pro-rated medical insurance based on MCC’s personnel policies.

POSITION IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED (posted 9/16/2014)

APPLICATION AVAILABLE BELOW

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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JOINT RELIGIOUS LEGISLATIVE COALITION (JRLC)

TITLE: OFFICE MANAGER (1.00 FTE, regular, exempt)

PURPOSE: To provide full-time administrative support for advocacy, fundraising, organizing, and communication efforts of the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC).

RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsibilities will be derived from a work plan developed with the JRLC Executive Director. Areas of responsibility include:

Advocacy and Organizing

Perform outreach, turnout, information tracking, and communication efforts, especially during legislative session;

Manage registration process and records for Day on the Hill;

Maintain office supplies and materials;

Plan logistics of JRLC meetings, including registration, facilities, food, nametags, materials;

Reply to general email, phone, and correspondence queries;

Provide logistical support and produce minutes for meetings of the JRLC Board and iCAN Advisory Council.

Fundraising

Maintain impeccable fundraising and donor records to track donors and support fundraising activities;

Maintain standard forms and grant proposal components (e.g., IRS letter, budget, etc);

Manage income transmittal to Minnesota Council of Churches;

Manage prompt gift acknowledgments;

Maintain grant records, including proposals submitted, acknowledgement of grants, report due dates, and reports.

Communications

Manage and update impeccable contact lists;

Update and coordinate web-site activities and social media postings;

Edit and manage distribution of press releases, build relations with religious media;

Update website content;

Coordinate production of print materials as assigned.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Accountable to the JRLC Executive Director with some delegated supervision by JRLC Statewide Organizer.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Associate's degree plus six years of related experience, or Bachelor's degree or equivalent with two years of related experience.

Administrative aptitude: good follow through with details, willingness to take initiative.

Organized and detail oriented.

Proven ability to use personal computer and related software including database, web content editor, e-newsletters, word processing, spreadsheet, desktop publishing, and social media.

Ability to work in a collegial style with flexibility and creativity.

Demonstrated skills in problem solving.

Willingness to work longer hours during legislative session.

Ability to work in a collegial style with flexibility, creativity, and good humor.

Occasional weekend, evening hours and in-state travel. Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle helpful.

COMPENSATION:

Beginning annual salary of $30,000 to $32,000. Health, dental, pension, disability, vacation, and holiday benefits as provided by the JRLC/Minnesota Council of Churches human resources policy.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

TO APPLY YOU MUST SUBMIT 1) COVER LETTER, 2) APPLICATION FORM, AND 3) RESUME TO:

 Pat Sample at pat.sample@mnchurches.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / 122 W Franklin Ave Ste 100, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Position open until filled. Check www.jrlc.org for application form and search status.

The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition/Minnesota Council of Churches is an

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Position Title:  Muslim Christian Dialogue Intern                                                                                                                                              Position Description:  For more than two decades the Minnesota Council of Churches and the Islamic Center of Minnesota have collaborated in presenting a monthly Muslim Christian Dialogue.  The dialogues are held on the third Sunday of the month, September through May at the Islamic Center of Minnesota.  The dialogues bring people together for mutual understanding, conversation and education. The intern will assist with organizing these events.

Supervision: Intern reports to the Interfaith/Multi-faith Senior Program Manager

Primary Duties:

  • Research possible topics and speakers
  • Contact speakers to obtain biographical information and description of the presentation
  • Create and maintain social media about the events.
  • Design handout and materials for dialogue event
  • Assist in registration, both on-line and at the event
  • Build contact list with organizations to share event information
  • Analyze feedback and evaluations
  • Check all material for accuracy
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Time Commitment:  Scheduling is flexible, but it is expected that the intern would dedicate 2 – 6 hours a week to the work, more during the weeks when the dialogue is scheduled. Must be available on the afternoon of the third Sunday of the month and have transportation to the Islamic Center of Minnesota. The internship is unpaid and will run through May of 2015.

Qualifications:

  • Background or coursework in Global or Comparative religion recommended
  • Knowledge of Islam, or willingness to learn
  • Comfort with use of various social media platforms
  • Assertiveness, confidence, and a positive attitude
  • Computer literacy with Microsoft Office
  • Ability to speak, read, and write fluently in English
  • Ability to work independently and problem-solve
  • Flexibility, good humor, and perseverance                                               

Location: The internship is located at the Minnesota Council of Churches, at 122 W. Franklin Ave., Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN, 55404.  A computer station and phone can be available for scheduled times to work from the office.

To Apply:  Email letter and resume to Kim Olstad at kim.olstad@mnchurches.org.  For questions call Kim at 612-230-3210.

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Position Title:  Twin Cities Interfaith Network Intern

Position Description:  The Minnesota Council of Churches participates as a member in the “Twin Cities Interfaith Network” whose mission is to facilitate communication and cooperation among Twin Cities metro area organizations/congregations/ groups/institutions committed to fostering inter-religious relationships, understanding, service and/or advocacy.  TCIN meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month, 11:30-1:00pm at the Minnesota Church Center.  The intern will assist with organizing these meetings.

Supervision: Intern report to the MCC Interfaith/Multi-faith Senior Program Manager

Primary Duties:

  • Assist with communications about upcoming meetings
  • Record and distribute minutes from meetings
  • Create and maintain social media about TCIN.
  • Collect and maintain lists of contacts and participants
  • Research other interfaith organizations similar to TCIN
  • Enter participants information into data base
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Time Commitment:  Scheduling is flexible, but it is expected that the intern would dedicate 2 – 6 hours a week to the work, more during the weeks when the dialogue is scheduled. Must be available on the afternoon of the third Thursday of the month and have transportation to the Minnesota Church Center. The internship is unpaid and will run through May of 2015.

Qualifications:

  • Background or coursework in Global or Comparative religion recommended
  • Knowledge of world religions, or willingness to learn
  • Comfort with use of various social media platforms
  • Assertiveness, confidence, and a positive attitude
  • Computer literacy with Microsoft Office
  • Ability to speak, read, and write fluently in English
  • Ability to work independently and problem-solve
  • Flexibility, good humor, and perseverance                                                  

Location: The internship is located at the Minnesota Council of Churches, at 122 W. Franklin Ave., Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN, 55404.  A computer station and phone can be available for scheduled times to work from the office.

To Apply:  Email letter and resume to Kim Olstad at kim.olstad@mnchurches.org.  For questions call Kim at 612-230-3210.

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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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