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.






TITLE: ORGANIZER (1.00 FTE; regular, exempt)

: 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, expanding Black/Indigenous/People of Color membership, and developing strong networks in strategic geographic areas.


Event Planning and Management

Manage our largest annual community gathering and legislative conference, Day on the Hill/Day on the Screen.

Develop and implement virtual programming and organize opportunities for remote legislative advocacy.

Develop opportunities for, plan logistics of and conduct in person or virtual regional training events and forums that strengthen network development and issue campaign goals.


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.

Expand income from members and congregational sponsors through annual campaigns and renewals, in coordination with the Advocacy Associate.


Network Communications

Produce action alerts, e-newsletters, social media content, and reports for all JRLC constituencies, in conjunction with the Executive Director.

Work with Executive Director on 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 volunteers.


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

Experience in organizing preferred.

Ability to work independently and manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.

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 of $40,000 to $45,000, depending on experience. Health, dental, retirement, sick leave, 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.





employment@mnchurches.org / 122 W Franklin Ave Ste 100, Minneapolis, MN  55404/ 612-870-3622 FAX

For best consideration, submit application materials by 5 pm, Friday, November 6, 2020.

Check www.jrlc.org/job-opportunities  or http://www.mnchurches.webbrohd.com/who-we-are/contact-us

for application form.



The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition/Minnesota Council of Churches is an

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


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.


  • 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



  • 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



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 Cover letter, Application (link below) and Resume to: Minnesota Council of Churches,122 West Franklin Ave #100, Minneapolis , MN 55404 Phone: 612-230-3204, Fax: 612-870-3622 * Email: employment@mnchurches.org