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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.


POSITION TITLE:  Refugee Program Specialist: Employment Counselor (Regular, Full-time, non-exempt)


To provide and coordinate services to refugees and asylees which promote self sufficiency and goal attainment in compliance with MCCRS programs and contracts.  This program works specifically within employment services to assist refugees to seek, secure, and maintain employment leading to self sufficiency as early as possible. 


  • 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:
    • 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.
  • 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


  • 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.
  • Bilingual proficiency preferred. Preferred languages include Somali, Oromo, Karen, Swahili, Arabic, or other relevant languages.
  • 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 employment, housing, 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.
  • 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.


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.


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 11.5 paid holidays as provided by MCC personnel policy.

POSITION IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED (posting began 6/14/2019)



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

Phone: 612-230-3204 * FAX: 612-870-3622 *


TITLE: ORGANIZER (1.00 FTE; regular, exempt)

PURPOSE: To provide full-time organizing and interfaith social justice advocacy services to the constituents of the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC), especially to the JRLC Legislative Network of volunteer leaders and advocates. The JRLC is made up of the Minnesota Council of Churches, the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas and the Islamic Center of Minnesota.

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

Network Development and Relationship Building
Build the infrastructure and political influence of our networks through a variety of in-person and electronic means, providing needed organizing support to all volunteers, especially District Leaders and volunteer networkers.
Recruit new volunteer leaders and members, with a particular focus on deepening relationships within Muslim and Jewish communities, on college campuses, and across strategic geographic areas.

Event Planning and Management
Manage our largest annual community gathering and legislative conference, Day on the Hill, and several smaller lobby days.
Develop opportunities for and plan logistics of regional training events and forums that strengthen network development and issue campaign goals.
Create and maintain annual events plan.

Issue Campaigns
Increase the influence of JRLC at the Minnesota Legislature by mobilizing our networks to prophetic actions through a variety of means. Execute these tasks in coordination with the Executive Director.

Membership and Sponsorship Campaigns
Increase number of members, sponsors, donors and volunteers.
Increase income from members and sponsors through annual campaigns and renewals, in coordination with the Executive Director and Advocacy Associate.
Recruit sponsors for Day on the Hill.

Network Communications
Produce e-newsletters, social media content, and reports for all JRLC constituencies, in conjunction with the Executive Director.
Work with Executive Director on all JRLC programming and fundraising efforts.

Advancing Faithful Citizenship
Promote interfaith (Christian, Jewish, and Islamic) understandings of social justice and God’s call to participate in community and build just structures. Deepen understandings of prophetic advocacy for all JRLC leaders and

Intern, Volunteer, and Contract Supervision
Work with executive director to recruit, train and supervise contracted staff, interns, and volunteers.

Other duties as assigned.

Accountable to the JRLC Executive Director.

Bachelor’s degree plus 1+ years of organizing experience.
Ability to work independently and to manage and support interns and volunteers.
Strong planning skills.
Proven ability to produce polished and persuasive materials and communications.
Commitment to interfaith social justice work.
Competency with word processing, social networking, spreadsheet, desktop publishing, database management, and web content interface.
Ability to work in a collegial style with flexibility, creativity, and good humor.
Familiarity with and sensitivity to the constituencies of JRLC.
Grounded in a faith tradition. Knowledge of congregational life and volunteerism.
Occasional weekend, evening hours and in-state travel.
Valid driver’s license, vehicle and current auto insurance.

Salary commensurate with experience. Health, dental, pension, disability, vacation, and holiday benefits as provided by the JRLC/Minnesota Council of Churches human resources policy.

Normal office conditions. Extended deskwork, use of computer. This position works out of the JRLC office at 122 West Franklin Avenue Suite 204 in Minneapolis. Travel throughout Minnesota.

TO APPLY SUBMIT 1) COVER LETTER, 2) APPLICATION FORM, AND 3) RESUME TO: / 122 W Franklin Ave Ste 100, Minneapolis,
MN 55404/ 612-870-3622 FAX
For best consideration, submit application materials by 5 pm, June 7, 2019.
Check or for application form.


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