Minnesota Opportunity Corps members make a difference in the lives of individuals with multiple barriers to employment and economic self-sufficiency. As an Opportunity Navigator, you will help program participants one-on-one and in group settings set education and career goals, overcome barriers to goal success, increase their employability, find gainful employment/experience related to their field of study, and ultimately strengthen their financial stability.
● Support participant in ongoing development of individualized education and career plan from interests and skills assessments with clear education and/or employment goals, while identifying barriers and their solutions.
● Track progress of plan and supports while facilitating advancement and educational/career progression.
● Link support services, education/training providers, career and industry information, and experiential opportunities, including internships, practicums, employment, etc.
● Liaison between participant and the systems being accessed and their components.
● Provide support and training one-to-one as well as small group settings as needed for success.
● Work collaboratively with “service team” members, such as education providers, social services, industry representatives, and employers.
● Attend required Global Career Development Facilitator training and other professional development activities throughout the year.
● Develop a relationship of respect and trust with the site supervisor and other site staff members.
● Communicate and interact with participants in a culturally appropriate way.
● Communicate effectively, consistently, and professionally with Minnesota Opportunity Corps staff.
● Fulfill program requirements and read and respond daily to email communications from Minnesota Opportunity Corps staff, Site Supervisor and site or community partner personnel.
● Regular, timely attendance during business hours at the site (generally Monday through Friday 8:00am-5:00pm).
● Commit to service for a full service term and serve the total amount of hours required.
● Attend all required Opportunity Corps training sessions throughout the service term.
● Attend service site-sponsored activities to represent Opportunity Corps.
● Support program participants in finding volunteer opportunities and connecting the experience to career and employment goals.
● Recruit and coordinate volunteers to support participants in their employment activities.
● Research prospective employers and identify the potential for matching them with program participants.
● Must have reliable transportation to travel to the service site.
● Must be 18 years of age or older by your start date.
● Must have at least a high school diploma or recognized equivalent by your start date.
● Must be either a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States.
● Must pass mandatory pre-service background check.
● Must not have served 4 or more prior terms of service with AmeriCorps State and National programs.
● Speak, read, and write English fluently.
● Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
● Demonstrated experience with intermediate computer skills (word processing, internet, data entry, e-mail, comfort with database and software use, etc.).
● Desire to affect systems change at the ground level; ability to connect the small details to the bigger picture.
● Ability to build relationships and work with people of different cultures and backgrounds.
● Willingness to commit to a full term of service.
● Dedication to community service.
● Strong planning and time-management skills.
● Consistent follow-through.
● Ability to accept and incorporate constructive feedback from site supervisor and program staff.
● Strong personal standards of excellence, ethics, and integrity.
Opportunity Corps will not discriminate for or against any AmeriCorps service member or applicant based on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, age, or any other category protected by law. Reasonable accommodations provided upon request.