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: Education (Regular, full-time, non-exempt)

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.



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


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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,
  • 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.


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 12.5 paid holidays as provided by MCC personnel policy.




Minnesota Council of Churches * 122 West Franklin Ave #100 * Minneapolis  MN  55404
Phone: 612-230-3204 * FAX: 612-870-3622 * employment@mnchurches.org