Employment Opportunities


Date posted: August 9, 2017

RES Employment Counsellor

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Job Summary:

The RES Employment Counsellor will provide professional guidance and counseling assignments to counsel and place individuals seeking employment in jobs. The RES Employment Counselor will work primarily with refugees who have been living in the United States for less than five (5) years who are on Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA), or Non-Public Assistance (NPA) programs. Full/Part Time = Full-Time Position.

Summary of essential job functions:

• Develops and maintains familiarity of available community resources, workplace, jobs and requirements for entry into those jobs.
• Interviews clients, identifies clients’ needs, formulates an acceptable and appropriate employment plan to resolve the problem, and follows up on progress.
• Determines with clients what services are needed to meet job search and career goals.
• Helps clients locate and apply for a job that matches the clients’ skills and expectations.
• Contacts employers in the region to determine who is hiring and develop placement opportunities for clients.
• Directs clients to a productive job search through effective use of electronic, print and other resources.
• Speaks before groups or serves as a resource person at conferences and other meetings, as required.
• Assist in planning and conducting employment workshops.
• Refers clients to other agencies for supportive services based on client's eligibility for services offered.
• Maintains confidentiality of families and services provided.
• Reports information and outcomes to the Minnesota Department of Human Services database.
• Maintains records, case notes, and prepares reports related to the work.

Requirements:

Applicant must be at least 18 years old. Any combination of education, training and experience, which demonstrates ability to perform the duties as described. A typical qualifying background would include a Bachelor’s Degree in human services, guidance and counseling, social work or a related field; Applicants must be fluent in one or more of the following languages: Karenni, Karen, and/or Burmese. Must have a valid Minnesota Drivers License and pass a background check. Must be able to work with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Applicants must feel comfortable operating technology (computers, telephone, fax machines, etc.); also with software (database software, Microsoft Word, Excel and email programs). Ability to obtain and evaluate information from job applicants through personal interviews; Ability to maintain records, and prepare reports and correspondence related to the work; Applicants must be able to listen to clients, analyze expressed needs and suggest solutions and an action plan; Must use tact, diplomacy, and persistence in providing suggestions to clients; must establish effective relationships with the client community; work independently with minimal supervision; communicate effectively in oral and written form; react with flexibility and sensitivity to changing situations and needs; organize and prioritize work; effectively carry out written and oral instructions; maintain cooperative and professional work relationships. Must understand or be knowledgeable about Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) and Non Public Assistance (NPA) programs; Applicants must be willing to travel locally using own transportation, with mileage reimbursed, as needed.

Disclaimer:

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

How to apply:

Application can be found at the bottom of this page. You may also pick up an application at our office at 111 N Main St. For more information, please call us at 507-434-2863. Completed applications, resumes and cover letters can be emailed to: director@austinwelcomecenter.org




Social Services Coordinator

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Job Summary:

The Social Services Coordinator serves as the African community liaison and case manager by meeting one-on-one with youth, parents, and families to help them assess their needs. Facilitates communication between human and social service agencies, providers and the community-at-large. Organizes and oversees services and programs that will be offered on and off-site, including parent and family support groups and providing translating and interpretation services as needed. Full/Part Time = Part-Time Position.

Summary of essential job functions:

• Develops and maintains familiarity of available community resources, programs and services.
• Serves as liaison between the community and families.
• Works collaboratively with community agencies to support the needs of families and children.
• Communicates with families and others to assess needs, facilitate referrals, exchange information, and resolve issues and concerns.
• Assist families in transition by providing information on housing, medical, educational, employment, public assistance, language support, hunger and other community resources and services; assists individuals with application processes.
• Participates in and encourages parent involvement in adult basic education programs, activities supporting community awareness, parent trainings, and events.
• Makes presentations at workshops and community trainings, as requested.
• Maintains adequate records as to outreach activities; fulfills all other documentation requirements.
• Maintains confidentiality of families and services provided.
• Participate in staff and client meetings, training activities, committees and/or other self-directed professional development activities, as requested.

Minimum Requirements:

Applicant must be at least 18 years old. Any combination of education, training and experience, which demonstrates ability to perform the duties as described. A typical qualifying background would include an associate of arts or bachelor’s degree in human services, human development, child development, or a related field; experience working with families in a social service agency setting. Applicants must be fluent in one or more of the following languages: French and English. Must have a valid Minnesota Drivers License and pass a background check. Must be able to work with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Abilities Required:

Applicants must feel comfortable with the use of technology (computers, photocopies, fax machines, etc.); also with software (word, publisher, graphics and excel). Applicants must be able to interact and communicate effectively with children and adults from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds; ability to establish effective relationships with the client community; work independently with minimal supervision; communicate effectively in oral and written form; operate a computer and use standard software applications; react with flexibility and sensitivity to changing situations and needs; organize and prioritize work; effectively carry out written and oral instructions; maintain cooperative and professional work relationships. Applicants must be willing to travel locally using own transportation, with mileage reimbursed, as needed.

Disclaimer:

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

How to apply:

Application can be found at the bottom of this page. You may also pick up an application at our office at 111 N Main St. For more information, please call us at 507-434-2863. Completed applications, resumes and cover letters can be emailed to: director@austinwelcomecenter.org

Mission Statement

The Welcome Center serves the City of Austin as the community’s multi-cultural center, building community by welcoming newcomers, supporting residents in transition and creating access and opportunity. More

Professional development

  • Meet new people from various organizations
  • Motivate clients to achieve their full potential
  • Interact with Austin's diverse community
  • Expand your knowledge about area organizations

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Applicications are also available at our office. All applications must have a cover letter and resumé in order to be considered for the position.