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 DESCRIPTION:  Minnesota Council of Churches, Refugee Services Program

 

POSITION TITLE:  Coordinator, Immigration Legal Services Consortium

 

EMPLOYMENT STATUS:  Full-time, Regular, Exempt

REPORTS TO:  Immigration Legal Services Manager

 

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 coordinates activities and connections of a six-agency immigration legal services consortium so that they may successfully provide immigration legal services for individuals in Minnesota with refugee, asylee, parolee and other humanitarian protection immigration statuses. The position builds connections between service providers, performs outreach, engages volunteers, and serves as the consortium’s primary connection point for inquiries and referrals. The coordinator works closely with all consortium organizations and staff, and provides the consortium with progress reports and program information to support effective service position.   

 

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Immigration Legal Services Consortium Coordination

  • Facilitate and support regular consortium manager and case handler meetings
  • Monitor and report on consortium-wide caseload distribution, outcomes, and client assessments; identify areas for improvement
  • Work with consortium to leverage individual agency strengths and capacities
  • Identify improvements to make consortium services more accessible and effective
  • Disseminate information, updates and contract policies to partner organizations and staff
  • Support agency supervision of AmeriCorps Resettlement Corps members
  • Lead and support volunteer engagement efforts in consortium
  • Facilitate training opportunities for consortium staff

 

External Collaboration and Outreach

  • Meet regularly and collaborate with Resettlement Network Consortia Coordinators
  • Share Immigration Consortium updates with community partners
  • Facilitate opportunities for program staff across consortia to engage with one another
  • Participate in community events and activities (resource fairs, immigration clinics, etc.)
  • Present and participate in community roundtables, provider meetings, professional groups and other forums to share about immigration legal resources and opportunities to support refugees
  • Coordinate mobile service provision opportunities at designated hubs, community centers, and other accessible locations

 

Consortium Contact Point

  • Serve as Consortium’s primary point of contact for external partners and State of Minnesota
  • Receive referrals and connect them to appropriate consortium provider
  • Liaise between Consortium and State of Minnesota Resettlement Programs Office, and participate in regular check-ins on consortium activities, capacity and program implementation

 

MCC Program Coordination and Service Provision

  • Work closely with MCC managers and director to develop and implement programming
  • Participate in organizing and facilitating workshops and education opportunities for clients
  • Assist with training and orientation of new staff, volunteers and interns
  • Supervise interns and contract staff such as interpreters and case-aides
  • Submit regular reports to track client outcomes, fulfill reporting requirements, and capture client success stories
  • Understand and participate in client services, including eligibility assessments, filing forms, service referrals, home visits, and orientation workshops
  • Understand and participate in providing immigration legal services conducted by MCC
  • Provide translation and interpretation support for other Refugee Services projects, as needed. 
  • Document all client contacts and services in case files and case notes
  • Assist in emergencies as they arise
  • Other duties as assigned

 

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Demonstrated leadership and program coordination skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across organizational boundaries
  • High level of organization and time management
  • Broad knowledge of ethnic community organizations and legal service providers
  • Knowledge of local refugee and immigrant populations, the resources available to them, and the state and federal policies that impact them
  • Knowledge of immigration law related to those with refugee, asylee, and humanitarian parolee statuses preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain detailed records and submit accurate, timely reports
  • Strong oral and written English language communication skills
  • Bilingual language proficiency preferred
  • 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 Office programs 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

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND CONDITIONS: Normal office conditions and regular office hours, Monday-Friday, with occasional weekend and evening hours. This position works out of the MCC’s office at 122 West Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis, with offsite meetings throughout the Twin Cities.

 

COMPENSATION: This is a full-time, exempt position. Benefits include medical insurance, dental, life, retirement, sick leave, vacation, and holiday benefits as provided by MCC human resources policy. Starting salary range $47,500-$50,000.

 


 

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 employer-paid medical insurance, dental insurance.life/ADD/long-term disability insurance; 12% employer contribution to retirement plan; annual leave of 20 days vacation + 12 days sick leave + 11.5 holidays.

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) 
 

 

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)