Employment

Job Opportunities at Minnesota Council of Churches

 

Thank you for your interest in working for the Minnesota Council of Churches. 

We are pleased to offer a competitive benefits package, including:

  • Gold Medical insurance plan
  • Dental insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Vacation and holiday pay
  • Employer contributing retirement plan
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Free parking

 

As an Equal Opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, creed, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

 

CURRENT JOB OPENINGS  

 



POSITION TITLE:  Refugee Program Specialist: Employment Case Manager

EMPLOYMENT STATUS:  Regular, 1 FTE, non-exempt

REPORTS TO: Manager of Employment Services

 

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND: 

The Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC) is a statewide council with 27 member denominations from Historical Black, Native American, Mainline Protestant, Pentecostal, and Orthodox communions. The Council’s program areas include refugee resettlement and services, strengthening interfaith relationships, and racial justice. The broader mission of MCC is to build unity through justice for the common good. The staff at MCC reflects the broad diversity of Minnesota.

 

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

This exciting position plays an important role in welcoming and serving the needs of individuals arriving to Minnesota with refugee, SIV and humanitarian parolee status. This position works primarily within employment services to assist program participants to seek, secure, and maintain employment leading to self-sufficiency as early as possible, following guidelines of Minnesota Council of Churches Refugee Services programs and contracts. The position also works to connect participants with needed resources throughout the community.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Encourage self-sufficiency and independence of newly arriving individuals and families with refugee status
  • Provide orientation to potential participants about employment programs
  • Conduct intake and assessments to determine client eligibility for programs
  • Develop service plans with program participants, empowering them to reach agreed-upon goals and meet program guidelines. 
  • Assist clients to overcome barriers to employment applications, job search, and self-sufficiency
  • Network with and develop relationships with employers
  • Identify and match clients with appropriate job opportunities
  • Provide ongoing case management and resource connections for program participants
  • Work closely with MCC colleagues to ensure that refugees are integrated into the broader array of services available in the organization
  • Provide translation and interpretation support for other Refugee Services projects, as needed. 
  • 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 services in case logs and maintain up-to-date case files
  • Occasionally welcome arriving families at the airport
  • Oversee volunteer activities within program and with clients
  • Assist in emergencies as they arise
  • Other duties as assigned

 

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Experience working with refugees or recent immigrants
  • Case management experience focusing on attainment of outcomes in areas of housing, employment, education, family functioning, or immigration preferred.
  • 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, asylees and immigrants
  • 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.
  • 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 Arabic, Dari, Karen, Oromo, Pashto, Russian, Somali, Swahili, Ukrainian or other relevant languages preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree or related work experience 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.
  • Availability to work occasional weekend or evening hours

 

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND CONDITIONS: Normal office conditions and regular office hours, Monday-Friday, with occasional evening and weekend hours. This position works out of the MCC’s office at 122 West Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis, with regular visits to employers, service providers, and participants’ homes.

 

COMPENSATION: Starts at $21/hr. This is a non-exempt, 40-hour/week position. Benefits include medical insurance, dental, life, retirement, sick leave, vacation, and holiday benefits as provided by MCC human resources policy.


 

POSITION TITLE:  Refugee Program Specialist: Community Engagement Specialist

EMPLOYMENT STATUS:  Regular, 0.5 FTE, non-exempt

REPORTS TO: Associate Director, Mankato Area Refugee Services

 

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND:

The Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC) is a statewide council with 27 member denominations from Historical Black, Native American, Mainline Protestant, Pentecostal, and Orthodox communions. The Council’s program areas include refugee resettlement and services, strengthening interfaith relationships, and racial justice. The broader mission of MCC is to build unity through justice for the common good. The staff at MCC reflects the broad diversity of Minnesota

 

 

PURPOSE OF POSITION:  

 

This position works to promote the contributions of refugees and immigrants in our community and connect MCC to community volunteers, organizations and supporters. Working in coordination with the Refugee Services team, this position recruits volunteers, facilitates experiential learning opportunities, and performs outreach in the community to promote community inclusion and self-sufficiency for refugees and immigrants in the greater Mankato area.

 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Program Coordination & Facilitation

  • Coordinate community inclusion initiatives with varying timelines (Tapestry Project, 1:1 Volunteer Matching)
  • Work with diverse teams to plan and co-facilitate opportunities for mutual learning and social connectedness
  • Coordinate and track program logistics (interpreters, transportation, participant recruitment)
  • Generate/utilize tools for planning team (develop/update interactive curriculum, create agendas and action plans)
  • Facilitate/Co-facilitate group discussions among diverse stakeholders
  • Track project outcomes, fulfill reporting requirements, administer program evaluation tools
  • Work with internal team to coordinate 1:1 matches with refugee families and volunteers

 

Community Engagement

  • Work with Associate Director to promote opportunities for engagement & develop relationships with community stakeholders
  • Attend community meetings, events, professional groups, and committees to recruit volunteers to match with program and client needs
  • Complete enrollment, provide training, orientation, and tracking of volunteers
  • Provide support to community committees including Refugee Consortium as needed
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Recruit volunteers to engage in project activities

 

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

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

 

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
  • Demonstrated ability to build trusting relationships
  • 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
  • Demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically, for effective engagement with local, state and federal stakeholders
  • Prior experience in community organizing, engagement, or outreach
  • Experience in program development, coordination, or implementing community initiatives in a collaborative setting
  • Experience with utilizing online applications and software: website development, Survey Monkey, Doodle, Formstack, and others 
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Publisher, Power Point, Access, Microsoft Outlook.
  • 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.

 

COMPENSATION: Starts at $20.50/hr. This is a non-exempt, 20-hour/week position. Benefits include medical insurance, dental, life, sick leave, vacation, and holiday benefits as provided by MCC personnel policies.

 


 

POSITION TITLE:  Refugee Program Specialist: Community Navigator

EMPLOYMENT STATUS:  Regular, 0.5 FTE, non-exempt

REPORTS TO: Associate Director, Mankato Area Refugee Services

 

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND:

The Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC) is a statewide council with 27 member denominations from Historical Black, Native American, Mainline Protestant, Pentecostal, and Orthodox communions. The Council’s program areas include refugee resettlement and services, strengthening interfaith relationships, and racial justice. The broader mission of MCC is to build unity through justice for the common good. The staff at MCC reflects the broad diversity of Minnesota

 

 

PURPOSE OF POSITION: 

 

To provide services to refugees and New Americans which promote family stabilization, self-sufficiency and goal attainment in compliance with MCCRS programs and contracts. This position will connect program participants with resources and services both within MCC and in the community, provide language interpretation and cultural support, provide academic mentoring support to families, and provide cultural and community orientation to new arrivals to the community. The position works in coordination with other staff and volunteers to help participants meet their basic needs, connect to services and become self-sufficient.

 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct intake assessments to determine client eligibility for programs.
  • 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. This includes providing direct services, making referrals, and helping participants complete forms and applications.
  • Meet outcome goals defined in contract(s), including:
  • Family Coaching: mentoring students and families on students’ school adjustment, behavior and educational progress toward academic success  
  • Community navigation and case management: connecting families to community resources and helping clients overcome barriers
  • Immigration application support: application support to MCC immigration service providers
  • Employment placement: assisting in placing clients in employment
  • Education: educate families about community and health issues
  • Document all contacts and services in case files, as appropriate
  • Maintain outcomes reporting in agency and state databases
  • Participate in Tapestry and community engagement programs with partners
  • Work closely with county staff, local landlords, adult basic education and other non-profits to refer and support new American clients
  • Promote MCC Refugee Services Programs to potential clients and recruit clients to meet enrollment goals
  • Provide translation and interpreting support for other Refugee Services projects, as needed
  • Maintain positive relationships with community partners
  • Submit regular reports to track client outcomes, fulfill reporting requirements, and capture client success stories
  • Oversee volunteer activities, as appropriate
  • Assist in emergencies as they arise
  • Other duties as assigned

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Required fluency in Somali and/or Nuer
  • Experience working with refugees or recent immigrants
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and work across cultures
  • Commitment to early self-sufficiency of refugees
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain detailed records and submit accurate reports in a timely manner.
  • Strong English language communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Demonstrated understanding of American culture and ability to interpret cultural differences.
  • Demonstrated strong communication, negotiation, and mediation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across organizational boundaries.
  • Proven capacity to work in fast paced social service environment
  • Proven ability to work in crisis situations
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Microsoft Outlook preferred.  Proven ability to use basic office equipment including copiers, postage machines, and fax machines
  • Demonstrated detail orientation
  • Driver’s license and access to reliable transportation required
  • Bachelor’s degree 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.

 

COMPENSATION: Starts at $20.50/hr. This is a non-exempt, 20-hour/week position. Benefits include medical insurance, dental, life, sick leave, vacation, and holiday benefits as provided by MCC personnel policies.


 

POSITION TITLE:  Community Navigator & Engagement Specialist  

EMPLOYMENT STATUS:  Regular, 1.0 FTE, non-exempt

REPORTS TO: Associate Director, Mankato Area Refugee Services

 

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND:

The Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC) is a statewide council with 27 member denominations from Historical Black, Native American, Mainline Protestant, Pentecostal, and Orthodox communions. The Council’s program areas include refugee resettlement and services, strengthening interfaith relationships, and racial justice. The broader mission of MCC is to build unity through justice for the common good. The staff at MCC reflects the broad diversity of Minnesota

 

PURPOSES OF POSITION: 

 

This position has two primary purposes: To provide direct services to refugees and New Americans which promote family stabilization, self-sufficiency and goal attainment, and to engage and connect the greater Mankato area community with refugees and immigrants. 

 

This position will connect program participants with resources and services both within MCC and in the community, provide language interpretation and cultural support, provide academic mentoring support to families, and provide cultural and community orientation to new arrivals to the community. The position works in coordination with other staff and volunteers to help participants meet their basic needs, connect to services and become self-sufficient.

 

This position also works to promote the contributions of refugees and immigrants in our community and connect MCC to community volunteers, organizations and supporters. Working in coordination with the Refugee Services team, this position recruits volunteers, facilitates experiential learning opportunities, and performs outreach in the community to promote community inclusion and self-sufficiency for refugees and immigrants in the greater Mankato area.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Community Navigation Services (20 hours/week)

  • Conduct intake assessments to determine client eligibility for programs.
  • 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. This includes providing direct services, making referrals, and helping participants complete forms and applications.
  • Meet outcome goals defined in contract(s), including:
    • Family Coaching: mentoring students and families on students’ school adjustment, behavior and educational progress toward academic success  
    • Community navigation and case management: connecting families to community resources and helping clients overcome barriers
    • Immigration application support: application support to MCC immigration service providers
    • Employment placement: assisting in placing clients in employment
    • Education: educate families about community and health issues
    • Document all contacts and services in case files and databases
    • Work closely with county staff, local landlords, adult basic education and other non-profits to refer and support new American clients
    • Promote MCC Refugee Services Programs to potential clients and recruit clients to meet enrollment goals
    • Provide translation and interpreting support for other Refugee Services projects, as needed
    • Assist in emergencies as they arise

Program Coordination & Facilitation (10-15 hours/week)

  • Coordinate community inclusion initiatives with varying timelines (Tapestry Project, 1:1 Volunteer Matching)
  • Work with diverse teams to plan and co-facilitate opportunities for mutual learning and social connectedness
  • Coordinate and track program logistics (interpreters, transportation, participant recruitment)
  • Generate/utilize tools for planning team (develop/update interactive curriculum, create agendas and action plans)
  • Facilitate/Co-facilitate group discussions among diverse stakeholders
  • Track project outcomes, fulfill reporting requirements, administer program evaluation tools
  • Work with internal team to coordinate 1:1 matches with refugee families and volunteers

 

Community Engagement (5-10 hours week)

  • Work with Associate Director to promote opportunities for engagement & develop relationships with community stakeholders
  • Attend community meetings, events, professional groups, and committees to recruit volunteers to match with program and client needs
  • Complete enrollment, provide training, orientation, and tracking of volunteers
  • Provide support to community committees including Refugee Consortium as needed
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Recruit volunteers to engage in project activities

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Required fluency in Somali and/or Nuer
  • Experience working with refugees or immigrants
  • Professional demeanor with ability to build positive community relationships
  • Ability to engage positively with English Language Learners
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Possess strong organizational and multitasking skills
  • Ability to respond with flexibility and adaptability to changing situations
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Driver’s license and access to reliable transportation

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Proven record of successful planning, coordinating, and implementing of projects
  • Experience with group facilitation and/or program coordination
  • Demonstrated ability to build trusting relationships
  • 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
  • Demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically, for effective engagement with local, state and federal stakeholders
  • Prior experience in community organizing, engagement, or outreach
  • Experience in program development, coordination, or implementing community initiatives in a collaborative setting
  • Experience with utilizing online applications and software: website development, Survey Monkey, Doodle, Formstack, and others 
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Publisher, Power Point, Access, Microsoft Outlook.
  • 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.

 

COMPENSATION: Starts at $20.50/hr. This is a non-exempt, 40-hour/week position. Benefits include medical insurance, dental, life, sick leave, retirement, vacation, and holiday benefits as provided by MCC personnel policies.

 


 

POSITION TITLE:  Refugee Program Specialist: Community Connector (Ukrainian/Russian) (PT/FT (multiple positions), permanent, non-exempt)

 PURPOSE OF POSITION:

To provide direct services to refugees and asylee program participants, in coordination with other Refugee Services staff.  This position will connect program participants with resources and services both within MCC and in the community, provide language interpretation and cultural support, and perform program tasks including assistance with transportation, application assistance, file maintenance, documentation of services, home visits, and apartment set ups. Working across MCC Refugee Services programs, the position works in coordination with other staff to help participants meet their basic needs, connect to services and become self-sufficient.

 RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide direct assistance to clients based on program goals and client goal plans in coordination with Refugee Services staff, including case managers, employment counselors, and education specialist.
  • Work closely with MCC colleagues to ensure that refugees are integrated into the broader array of services available in the organization.
  • In cooperation with case managers and other program staff, meet outcome goals defined in contract (s) related to lines of service.  Including the following: 
    • Provide direct assistance to clients
    • Conduct intakes, assessments and other contract activities with clients
    • Assist with filing forms for clients
    • Respond to client questions and counsel clients on resources and community
    • Provide education and awareness on important topics
    • Connect clients to employment programs, basic needs resources, and ongoing community supports
    • Complete reports, as directed
  • Document all contacts and services in case files, as appropriate
  • Provide ongoing cultural orientation to program participants
  • Serve as cultural liaison for new arrivals
  • Oversee volunteer activities, as appropriate.
  • Provide translation and interpretation support for other Refugee Services projects and staff, as needed and available.
  • Maintain positive relationships with community partners relevant to program activities. 
  • Assist in emergencies as they arise
  • Other duties as assigned

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Required fluency in Ukrainian or Russian
  • Experience working with refugees or recent immigrants
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and work across cultures
  • Commitment to early self-sufficiency of refugees
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain detailed records and submit accurate reports in a timely manner.
  • Strong English language communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Demonstrated understanding of American culture and ability to interpret cultural differences.
  • Demonstrated strong communication, negotiation, and mediation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across organizational boundaries.
  • Proven capacity to work in fast paced social service environment
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Microsoft Outlook preferred.  Proven ability to use basic office equipment including copiers, postage machines, and fax machines
  • Demonstrated detail orientation
  • Driver’s license and access to vehicle

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND CONDITIONS:

Normal office conditions. This position works primarily out of MCC’s office at 122 West Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. Job duties are performed primarily during weekday business hours, but occasional evening and weekend hours required for airport greetings and client visits.

Compensation: This is a non-exempt, permanent position, hours/week to be determined. Benefits include holiday pay, vacation leave, sick/safe leave, and pro-rated medical insurance as provided by MCC human resources policy.

 

OPEN UNTIL FILLED - SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION, RESUME, COVER 
Minnesota Council of Churches * 122 West Franklin Ave #100 * Minneapolis  MN  55404
Phone: 612-230-3204 * FAX: 612-870-3622 * employment@mnchurches.org
 (See link to application form below)