Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul seeks a Outreach Specialist to assist with the Community Power-Up program, offered monthly to give community members the knowledge that they need to take good care of their own legal and financial concerns, to boost their ability to solve problems in their lives, and to form a community of supporters.
Community Power-Ups (CPU) give community members the knowledge that they need to take good care of their own legal and financial concerns, to boost their ability to solve problems in their lives, and to form a community of supporters.
Reverend Walker at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, along with the other pastors in the Black Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (“the Alliance”), have come together to launch a new year of CPU sessions. The pastors understand that many of their congregants live in communities with a high rate of poverty – in those communities, the clergy’s job includes helping people figure out how to find fruitful employment, how to manage finances when there is not enough money, how to find affordable housing, how to assert their rights in basic matters like landlord/tenant, public benefits, records expungement, wills and probate, and more. The pilot year of this work is described in this article.
- Begin with a prayer service led by the pastor sponsoring that session;
- Have live jazz playing to welcome people and between teaching sessions;
- Serve a healthy community meal;
- Bring in great community trainers on topics that are critical to community life (on topics including legal, financial, employment, and basic needs resources);
- Offer one-on-one clinics on many of these topics for those who are interested;
- Are generally held from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. on one Thursday night per month at Walker-West Music Academy.
The CPU Outreach Specialist will be responsible for:
- Outreach to the churches in the Alliance: Invite congregants to CPU evenings, build awareness of CPU in Alliance churches, and obtain input about what topics we should teach about at future sessions;
- Outreach to the broader community, including housing developments, community organizations, coffee shops, and more in Greater Saint Paul: Invite the broader community to CPU evenings, build awareness of CPU in the broader community, and obtain input about what topics we should teach about at future sessions;
- Liaison to the Alliance: Keep pastors informed about the progress of the program, obtain the pastors’ input into how to shape future sessions, and make arrangements for each Alliance pastor to sponsor one evening session per year;
- Organizing all logistics for each CPU session, including working with volunteers who are providing meal, working with trainers, working with facility, and working with musicians;
- Participating in the CPU working group of partner organizations: The Alliance, Interfaith Action, Lutheran Social Services, Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project, Southern MN Regional Legal Services, Sunrise Bank, and three supporting houses of worship;
- Generally support Alliance pastors in their leadership work in CPU;
- Help document the work of CPU, making notes about what was taught at each session, who were the trainers, how many people attended, etc.
- Relationship building
- Organizational skills
- Attention to detail
- Communication skills
- Data confidentiality
- Familiarity with community need and community resources in Greater Saint Paul
- Prompt, appropriate electronic communications with partners, pastors, interested community members and more
- Part-time, non-exempt position
- 10 hours per week
- Flexible scheduling
- Must be available to work one evening per month (for the CPU session)
- Must be flexible to work on weekends (when pastors would like Outreach Specialist to speak at worship services)
- Pay depends on experience
- Please send cover letter, resume, and references via email to email@example.com.
- Deadline is Monday, April 1 (or until position is filled)