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 (Regular, Full-time, non-exempt)

 

 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 primarily within employment services to assist program participants to seek, secure, and maintain employment leading to self-sufficiency as early as possible.  The position also works to connect participants with needed resources throughout the community.

 

 RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Encourage early self-sufficiency and independence of all program participants.
  • Conduct intake and assessments to determine client eligibility for program(s).
  • Develop service 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.

  • Meet outcome goals defined in employment programs
    • Assist refugees/asylees to develop and implement an employment plan leading to employment and self-sufficiency.
    • Assist refugees/asylees to overcome barriers to self-sufficiency.
    • Network with and develop relationships with employers
    • Identify and match clients with appropriate job opportunities
    • Assist clients to overcome barriers to employment applications and ongoing attendance.
    • 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
  • Promote MCC Refugee Services Programs to potential clients and recruit clients to meet enrollment goals.  
  • Coordinate and participate in client service activities across agency programs.
  • Provide translation and interpretation support for other Refugee Services projects, as needed. 
  • Submit regular reports to track client outcomes, fulfill reporting requirements, and capture client success stories.
  • Participate in network and community meetings related to program
  • 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
  • Prefer case management experience focusing on attainment of outcomes in areas of employment, housing, education, family functioning, or immigration.
  • 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.
  • Bilingual proficiency in Arabic, Dari, Karen, Oromo, Pashto, Russian, Somali, Swahili, or Tigrinyan or other relevant languages preferred
  • Demonstrated strong communication, negotiation, and mediation skills.
  • Proven capacity to work in fast paced social service environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Bachelor’s degree or related work experience required
  • Experience with Microsoft applications required.  Proven ability to use basic office equipment including copiers, postage machines, and fax machines
  • Driver’s license and access to reliable transportation required.

 

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 the weekday business hours, with occasional weekend or evening hours.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

This is a full time, non-exempt position. Medical insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, generous retirement contribution, 12 days of Sick and Safe leave, 20 days vacation, and 12.5 paid holidays as provided by MCC personnel 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)

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POSITION TITLE:  Refugee Program Specialist: Community Navigator (Mankato) - 1 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
    • Provide family coaching services to youth and young adults, toward improved academic performance and school participation.
    • Meet outcome goals defined in contract(s) including:
    • Provide Community Navigator support to refugees and new Americans, 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
      • Maintain outcomes reporting in DHS database for contract services
        • Coordinate and facilitate Tapestry program with partners, including:
        • Coordinating interpreters, transportation and childcare support for participants
        • Facilitating group discussions among diverse participants
        • Plan workshop sessions to promote mutual learning and social connections.
          • Work closely Blue Earth and Nicollet County Social Service workers, local landlords, Adult Basic Education and other non-profits to refer and support new American clients
          • Work closely with colleagues in MCC Mankato, MCC Metro and regional partners 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
          • 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
          • 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 (501 Second Street).  Job duties are performed primarily during the weekday business hours, with occasional weekend or evening hours.

COMPENSATION: This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position. Benefits include vacation, sick leave, holiday pay, and pro-rated medical insurance based on MCC’s personnel policies.

 

SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION, RESUME, COVER BY 12/19/2021
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)

 

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POSITION TITLE:  Refugee Program Specialist: Community Connector (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 Pashto and/or Dari
  • 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)
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POSITION TITLE:  Refugee Program Specialist: Health Case Manager (Regular, Full-time, non-exempt)

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

To coordinate medical and/or mental health services and provide case management to individuals with refugee and asylum status who have significant physical and/or mental health conditions. The Refugee Health Case Manager will be part of a specialized team within MCC Refugee Services that focuses on health for refugees. The position will work to promote self-sufficiency and goal attainment for clients, through connections to ongoing programming and mainstream supports, in compliance with MCC programs and contract guidelines.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide direct service and health care coordination to newly arrived refugees, in homes, clinics, social service offices, and community health settings.
  • Conduct intake and assessments to determine client eligibility for program(s).
  • Develop care plans with program participants, empowering them to reach client-centered goals and meet program guidelines. 
  • Encourage early self-sufficiency and independence of all program participants.
  • 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, provide advocacy regarding refugee health issues, and cultivate relationships for potential referrals with community partners, refugee community members, and other eligible individuals.  
  • Provide ongoing cultural orientation to program participants
  • Document all contacts and services in case files and complete assessments and outcome tracking within computer and online databases.
  • Assist in emergencies as they arise.
  • Transport clients to and from appointments as necessary.
  • Coordinate services with various community public health partners at state, county and local levels, as well at across MCC programs.
  • Serve as an advocate to increase awareness of refugee health issues within MCC and the community.
  • Maintain awareness of evidence-based best practices within the field of refugee health and provide staff with relevant information as it is learned.
  • Other duties as assigned

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelors degree in Social Work, Public Health, or related area of study required.
  • MSW or LSW strongly preferred.
  • At least 3 years prior professional experience working directly with refugees or recent immigrants, and experience working collaboratively with community service providers. 
  • Knowledge of local refugee and immigrant populations, the resources available to them, and the state and federal policies that impact them.
  • Commitment to early self-sufficiency of refugees and ability to teach skills to clients.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain detailed documentation in a timely manner.
  • Strong English language communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Proven ability to work in crisis situations.
  • Proven capacity to work in fast paced social service environment, both independently and as a member of a team.
  • 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 a reliable transportation required.
  • Extensive cross-cultural experience required.  Familiarity with refugee and asylee populations and health issues related to resettlement, trauma and/or torture strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated strong cross-cultural communication, negotiation, and mediation skills.
  • Ability to effectively bring key players to the table and to facilitate communication and concrete action around a common goal.
  • Knowledge of the U.S. refugee resettlement process and U.S. medical systems strongly desired.
  • Bilingual applicants preferred, with particular emphasis on Karen, Somali, Swahili, Russian, Arabic, Oromo, Amharic, Pashto, or Dari.

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND CONDITIONS

Normal office conditions. This position works out of MCC’s Minneapolis office at 122 Franklin Ave. W, Minneapolis, MN. 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, retirement, life insurance and medical insurance benefits are provided based on MCC’s personnel policies.

 

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)
 
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Job Title:  Refugee Program Specialist: Education

 

 PURPOSE:  The Education Specialist will work to empower refugees, asylees and others with a form of humanitarian protection immigration status, through the coordination of cultural orientation and education services.  The Education Specialist will work in collaboration with community partners to provide community orientation workshops at MCC and locations throughout the Twin Cities. The position will work to promote self-sufficiency and goal attainment for clients, through connections to ongoing programming and mainstream supports, in compliance with MCC programs and contract guidelines.  It is an exciting position that will have positive impact on clients of MCC Refugee Services and throughout the Twin Cities through the Metro Resettlement Network.

 Mission Statement: MCC Refugee Services welcomes persecuted people from around the world into new lives of freedom, hope, and opportunity in Minnesota.

RESPONSIBILITIES : 

Meet outcome goals defined in contract(s) of MCC Refugee Services.  Specific duties include:  

DIRECT CLIENT SERVICE

  • Conduct intake services with new participants, including individual and family assessments
  • Assess participants for English language skills for workshop participation and interpretation needs
  • Assess and assist clients in overcoming barriers such as transportation, childcare, and language supports, to allow for workshop attendance.
  • Connect participants to meaningful resources in the community
  • Participate in public transportation training
  • Conduct participant evaluation surveys
  • Conduct follow-up assessments with families at prescribed intervals, to make new resource connections as necessary.

WORKSHOP COORDINATION & FACILITATION

  • Work with organizational partners to schedule and coordinate attendance at cultural orientation workshops at various service locations in the Twin Cities. 
  • Collaborate in planning with education and volunteer outreach staff to enlist necessary resources and volunteers for successful workshops.
  • Participate in program design and evaluation.
  • Plan and facilitate Cultural Orientation Workshops and ongoing education for newly arrived refugees within MCC’s Reception and Placement (refugee resettlement) program.
  • Update cultural orientation curriculum and resources to facilitate best practices in content provision.
  • Promote MCC Refugee Services and resettlement network programs to potential clients and recruit clients to meet enrollment goals.  
  • Encourage early self-sufficiency and independence of all 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.
  • Participate in network meetings.
  • Document all contacts and services in case files and online databases
  • Oversee volunteer activities, as appropriate.
  • Assist in emergencies as they arise
  • Transport clients to and from appointments as necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned

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.
  • Proven ability to work in crisis situations.
  • Prefer social service experience focusing on attainment of outcomes in areas of education, housing, employment, 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 Arabic, Oromo, Russian, Somali, Karen, Pashto, Dari, Swahili.
  • 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
  • Ability to travel to and work at various locations in the Twin Cities
  • Driver’s license and access to a reliable transportation required.

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 the weekday business hours, with occasional weekend or evening hours.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

This is a full time, non-exempt position. Medical insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, generous retirement contribution, 12 days of Sick and Safe leave, 20 days vacation, and 12.5 paid holidays as provided by MCC personnel 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)