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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

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.

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POSITION TITLE:  Refugee Program Specialist: Volunteer and Outreach (Regular, 1.0 FTE, non-exempt)

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

MCC Refugee Services is looking for a dynamic and resourceful individual to engage and coordinate volunteers, churches, and community groups to serve refugees, and to perform outreach to create a welcoming and inclusive community. In collaboration with MCC staff, volunteers, churches and community partners, the Volunteer and Outreach Specialist will provide and coordinate services to refugees and asylees which will help them achieve self-sufficiency and attain their goals.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Meet outcome goals defined in program contract (s) related to four lines of service.  Including the following:
    • Facilitate volunteer recruitment, placement, supervision, and support
    • Facilitate outreach and engagement activities to individuals, groups, and congregations
    • Engage and support church teams to assist, befriend, and support newly arriving families as they build self-sufficiency through our church co-sponsorship model
    • Partner in interfaith and ecumenical efforts across MCC
    • Facilitate Refugee Speakers Bureau providing opportunity for newcomers to share their personal stories
    • Partner on social media and print communication efforts 
    • Facilitate the recruitment and management of in-kind material donations
  • Attend community meetings, events, professional groups, and speaking engagements to educate the community about refugees and recruit supporters
  • Provide ongoing cultural orientation and cross-cultural community support to volunteers and 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.
  • Work closely with MCC colleagues to ensure that refugees are integrated into the broader array of services available in the organization.
  • Encourage early self-sufficiency and independence of all program participants.
  • Promote MCC Refugee Services Programs and recruit clients to meet enrollment goals.     
  • With program staff, develop plans with program participants empowering them to reach agreed-upon goals and meet program guidelines. 
    • Conduct intake and assessments to determine client eligibility for program(s).
    • 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.
  • Provide translation and interpretation support for other Refugee Services projects, as needed. 
  • Document all contacts and services in case files, as appropriate
  • Assist in emergencies as they arise
  • Other duties as assigned

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Professional demeanor with ability to effectively engage groups and build positive community relationships
  • 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.
  • 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 both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Bilingual proficiency in a relevant language valued but not required.
  • Prefer case management experience focusing on attainment of outcomes in areas of housing, employment, education, family functioning, or immigration.
  • 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.
  • Flexibility to work varied weekday, weekend and evening hours

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 varied weekday, weekend and evening hours.

Compensation: This is a non-exempt, full-time position.  Benefits include medical insurance, sick leave, retirement, vacation and holiday benefits as provided by MCC human resources policy.

APPLICATIONS DUE BY 5 PM ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2017

SEE APPLICATION FORM LINK BELOW

SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM AND ANY SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS TO

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

Phone: 612-230-3204 * FAX: 612-870-3622 * employment@mnchurches.org

MCC Employment Application form

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 
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