MN Twin Cities Regional Community Coordinator intern - 2021-2022 school year
The Arc Minnesota
This stipend eligible position is for the 2021-2022 school year and includes a $1000 stipend paid in December and May. Applicants must speak and write fluently in Spanish. Supports The Arc’s general advocacy work around a variety of life topics. Work is done in collaboration & under supervisions of The Arc Minnesota’s Twin Cities Regional Community Coordinator. Specific duties may include:
- Make reminder calls to families who attend Adelante monthly group meetings; schedule/coordinate taxi rides as needed
- Plan and facilitate childcare activities for Adelante (2 nd Thursday/month) and St. Paul (4 th Wednesday/month)
- Lead volunteer sign in & childcare activities with volunteers at monthly Adelante meetings; train new volunteers
- Assist with volunteer recruitment for Adelante groups and establish community organization connections
- Assist with logistics night of Adelante meetings; includes interacting with families
- Support outreach efforts to build community awareness and partnerships to maintain and promote visibility. Identify community agencies, businesses, government, education and other groups to create awareness of The Arc.
- Build efforts to build awareness of cultural diversity in the region to build The Arc’s capacity to meet their needs.
- Support regional needs assessment through individual interviews, focus groups and community conversations to identify unmet needs. Create and report results that will inform agency and regional response.
- Work with Legislative Advocacy Coordinator to develop Capitol Connector team, to engage community members on The Arc MN’s priority state and federal issues and support meetings of local Capitol Connector teams.
- Support and organize efforts to engage Twin Cities community members with Disability Day at the Capitol, Tuesdays at the Capitol and/or Get Out the Vote initiatives.
- Conduct research and provide recommendations on peer support specialist models that leverage volunteers to support information, assistance and advocacy services, parents and persons with disabilities and service delivery.
- Respond to daily operational needs of the Regional Community Coordinator with
- Information, assistance and advocacy inquiries
- Providing community presentations to inform community about The Arc
- Supporting project plan that includes development and implementation of programs and services
- Conduct outreach into the community to share The Arc’s resources by attending and/or hosting booths at community events, government, education, business and other regional committee meetings to inform members about The Arc’s current projects, events, services and supports.
- Provide administrative, logistical, programmatic &/or evaluative support and other duties as needed
Professional Development Opportunities & Benefits:
- Includes a $1000 stipend payable in December and May or the utilization of work-study if eligible.
- Apply knowledge of services, policies & programs relevant to the field of social work & the disability community
- Will gain a better understanding of the issues facing the disability community & will learn advocacy methods
- Attend to professional roles & boundaries, professional demeanor in behavior, appearance & communication
- Develop effective relationships with individuals with disabilities, their families, colleagues & supervisor
- Gain a working knowledge of person centered thinking, planning & application
- Demonstrates skill in effective use of resources & supports
- Must be available 6:30 - 8:30pm on the 2nd Thursday and 4th Wednesday of the month for the 2021-22 school year (including a meeting in December, usually 2 nd Thursday).
- Knowledge of services & supports for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities & their family
- Strong interpersonal & problem solving skills necessary; includes presentation skills
- Ability to successfully work both as a team member & independent; willingness to learn, be coached & be mentored
- Proficient computer skills, manages multiple priorities & follows a project through to completion
- Technical expertise or the willingness to acquire technical skills in remote learning platforms
- Dual English/Spanish individual required
Time Commitment: September 2021 - May 2022 at 10-14 hours per week. Work is done remotely or in the St. Paul office.
The Arc Minnesota is a statewide nonprofit organization that works to promote and protect the human rights of people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through statewide programs and services, we help people navigate systems while working to advance social change centered in justice, equity, and belonging in community.
About The Arc Minnesota
2446 University Ave W, Suite 110, Saint Paul, MN 55114, US
The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, actively supporting them and their families in a lifetime of full inclusion and participation in their communities.
The Arc Minnesota changes attitutdes, changes policies, and changes lives. The Arc Minnesota does this by providing individuals and families information and assistance around disability rights, laws and services. The Arc also provides workshops, support groups, counseling, individual and systems advocacy from birth throughout the lifespan.