The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs
The City of Minneapolis is establishing The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, an exciting and vital resource to ensure that Minneapolis is a safe and welcoming place for all. The Office, housed in the department of Neighborhood and Community Relations, will support our One Minneapolis goal to “eliminate disparities so that all Minneapolis can participate and prosper." The Office is anticipated to begin operations in mid-April 2018.
Director of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs
We are seeking a strong leader with a bachelor’s degree in international relations, political science, public administration, criminal justice or a related degree and at least five years of experience in program, policy and legislative advocacy, including experience in immigration or refugee programs or policy development in language access or citizenship.
We will also consider any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge and skills. The application closed on March 16, 2018.
Responsibilities of the Office include:
View the full job description and qualifications.
The Office will take a proactive, coordinated, enterprise-wide approach to accomplish the following:
- Enhance the civic and social integration of immigrant and refugee communities.
- Promote economic development and ensure access to resources and programs within immigrant and refugee communities across Minneapolis.
- Collaborate with federal, state and local governing bodies, nonprofit organizations and community stakeholders on immigrant and refugee issues, programs and policies.
- Advocate for continued immigration reforms at all levels of government to eliminate inequities.
- Provide relevant, accurate information and education—including community resources—to residents regarding significant issues that impact immigrants and refugees.
- Ensure that Minneapolis remains a welcoming city for immigrants, refugees and existing residents.
Mexica Dancers at 2018 Mayor & Council Inauguration Hmong Blessing from
Community Connections Conference 2018 Workshop
on Immigrants and Refugees
Community Engagement and Research
The Office has already begun a community engagement process, interviewing stakeholders and convening community round tables to build awareness and inform the work of the office. The information we gather as we continue this process will be used to finalize our scope of work. In the meantime, the NCR department will lead on the ongoing immigration work for the City, including on topics relating to municipal ID and DACA. So far, NCR has engaged the community through:
East African Community Specialist Abdirashid hosting his Somali-language radio show.
- Conversations with the three funded community partners (Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, the Advocates for Human Rights and the Volunteer Lawyers Network).
- Workshops at the Community Connections Conference, an annual free event with 600-700 participants.
What we heard from you:
Through the community engagement that NCR has carried out so far, we asked you what the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs should focus on. These themes have emerged in the conversation.
|• Policy||• Communications||• Economic advancement|
|• Strategy||• Promotion of values||• Citizenship|
|• Advocacy||• Cultural work and healing||• Housing|
If you have further questions or concerns, please contact David Rubedor, Director of Neighborhood and Community Relations and ADA Title II Coordinator at [email protected].
Last updated Mar 22, 2018