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Staff is the heart and soul of the shelter, extending a radical welcome and providing care with dignity and grace.

Job Title: Outreach Specialist

Reports to: Executive Director

 

Job Summary:

 

Connections Ministry, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, walks with individuals and families experiencing homelessness by extending a radical welcome that provides dignity, shelter, and community.  Through our seasonal homeless shelter and drop- in center, Connections works with community partners to serve those experiencing homelessness.  Working with a highly motivated and cohesive team, the Outreach Specialist works directly with those experiencing homelessness in the community as well as community partner agencies.   Internally, this position works closely with the social worker and the logistics coordinator.

 

What you’ll do:

 

The Outreach Specialist is a member of the care team for guests of Connections Shelter and the Drop in Center. This position is housed primarily at the Connections Drop in Center and also works out of the Connections Shelter guest location.  The goal of this position is to support guests as they move towards stabilization and navigate securing housing by:

  • Seek out individuals in the community experiencing homelessness, building trusting relationships

  • Connect individuals with resources for housing, food, mental health and addiction support, and medical needs

  • Assist individuals with referrals to community resources, arranging for appointments and establishing rapport with other agencies.

  • Building rapport with guests and clients to achieve success through positive relationships and interactions.

  • Provide ongoing support and case management as individuals work to achieve goals towards stability

  • Act as a first point of contact for individuals concerned about those appearing homeless

  • Provide case management and HMIS/Coordinated Entry support, along with maintaining client records by documenting guests interactions, goal setting and progress.

  • Collaborate with community partners including the HRT, CoC, and others to address issues facing those experiencing homelessness

  • Maintain operations by following policies and procedures, participating in quality reviews and reporting needed changes.

 

Education & Experience:

 

Required: Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field and three or more years of experience working in human services with marginalized populations. 

Strong relationship building and interpersonal skills are essential.

Current MN driver’s license or ability to travel to various locations within the city when needed.

Preferred: LSW, licensed through the state of Minnesota

 

The Ideal candidate will bring the following skills to the role:

  • Comfortable working with a wide variety of populations including collaborative partners and shelter guests.

  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to work with people in crisis

  • Human services/case management experience

  • Ability to work well with others

  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

  • Organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Proficiency in data tracking, Google Suite

  • Can maintain strong boundaries

 

This role may be for you if:

  • You are someone with an outgoing personality and positive attitude

  • You are a team player and work well in a collaborative environment

  • You take pride and ownership in your work

  • You are driven and goal oriented and have a passion for helping others in our community

  • You are skilled at relationship building, motivational interviewing

 

Position Type:

Full Time, Hourly position, 40 hours per week  – Will include some evening and weekend hours, but primarily Monday through Friday, regular business hours.

Expected Salary/Benefits:

● Salary dependent on education and experience. Expected salary range $48,000 to $50,000 per year.

● Up to $5000/year for health insurance or retirement.

● 4 weeks paid vacation annually, 2 weeks upon start date 

 

Job Title: Logistics Coordinator

Reports to: Executive Director 

 

Job Summary:

 

Connections Ministry, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, walks with individuals and families experiencing homelessness by extending a radical welcome that provides dignity, shelter, and community.  Through our seasonal homeless shelter and drop-in center, Connections works with community partners to serve those experiencing homelessness.  Working with a highly motivated and cohesive team, the Logistics Coordinator will play a key role in the daily operations of the drop-in center and shelter.  

 

What you’ll do:

The Logistics Coordinator will tend to the many details involved in the operations of the shelter and the drop-in center by:

  • Extending hospitality and welcome to those entering the drop in center.

  • Answering phones and triaging calls for shelter and coordinated entry.

  • Maintaining drop-in center calendar and assisting with scheduling guest appointments.

  • Maintaining the inventory of supplies and donations at the drop-in center and shelter.

  • Managing the coordination of volunteers.

  • Assisting with data entry and tracking.

  • Making weekly supply runs.

  • Assisting with mailings, PR campaigns, managing social media

  • Other duties as assigned

 

Education & Experience:

 

Minimum of Highschool diploma or GED, Associates or Bachelors degree preferred. 

Proficiency in Google Drive including spreadsheets and word processing.

Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with a wide variety of people from diverse backgrounds.

Requires a valid driver’s license.

 

The Ideal candidate will bring the following skills to the role:

  • Comfort working with a wide variety of populations and people in crisis situations

  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

  • Organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Ability to work within a budget

  • Ability to multitask

  • Strong problem-solving skills

  • Proficiency in data tracking, Google Suite

 

This role may be for you if:

  • You are someone with an outgoing personality and positive attitude

  • You are detail oriented

  • You are able to work with a team

  • You are driven and goal oriented and have a passion for helping others in our community

 

Position Type:

Full Time, Hourly – 40 hrs per week.  Weekday, daytime hours. Actual schedule is flexible depending on the needs of the candidate.

● Up to $5000/year for health insurance or retirement.

● 4 weeks paid vacation annually, 2 weeks upon start date 

Connections is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and affirmative action employer. We celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law.

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