More than 1 in 3 Minnesota employees in the Metro area earn below-living wages. Together we can support this economically disadvantaged community, but we need your help. Serve as an Opportunity Navigator and help people meet their career goals to become economically stable.
You’ll provide ongoing support to adults in a one-on-one or group setting related to their individualized career and education goals. You will be trained to conduct interest and skills assessments, identify employment goals, and create action plans with clients, while helping them build confidence and skills along the way.
We are currently recruiting for the 2020-21 program year with opportunities beginning in September 2020. Your commitment to Opportunity Corps will be 40 hours per week.
This is an AmeriCorps member position with Minnesota Opportunity Corps. Although the earnings are modest, the rewards are great! You’ll join an amazing cohort of Opportunity Navigators from all backgrounds and experiences.
What to Expect
- Support adult clients in ongoing development of their individualized career and education plans.
- Learn to navigate social services resources, programs, and benefit systems in the Metro area to provide excellent services to clients.
- Foster strong relationships with clients to help them build their confidence and skills, and encourage them to have agency over their career and education goals.
- Be ready to grow by participating in training and professional development throughout the year, including the nationally-recognized Global Career Development Facilitator training.
- Embed yourself into the local non-profit community to get hands-on experience in social services.
- Be an ambassador of the program by sharing your experience with the wider community.
While your clients benefit from employment and education services, you’ll be rewarded with more than just a sense of satisfaction. Opportunity Navigators receive perks including:
- Stipend (paid every two weeks) – $650
- Education Award – Up to $6,195 for Tuition or Student Loans*
- Federal Student Loan Forbearance & Interest Repayment
- Individual Health Insurance (premium 100% paid)
- Child Care Assistance (based on family size and income)
*The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award can be used to pay tuition or repay qualified student loans. Individuals 55+ may gift their award to their child, grandchild or foster child.
What it Takes
Great members come from all walks of life. No matter your experience and background, the most important qualification is a desire to serve your community. That said, you also need to meet the following minimum qualifications by the time you begin your service.
- Are dependable and have a history of good attendance
- Able to understand and follow instructions
- Can set a pace and maintain a work schedule of 40 hours per week
- Have basic computer skills (like using email, navigating online, and data entry)
- Can speak, read, and write English fluently
- 18 years of age or older with a high school diploma or equivalent
- A citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States*
- Have served three or fewer terms with AmeriCorps State or National Program
- Agree to and successfully complete a background check
*Applicants who have received deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are not eligible to serve as AmeriCorps members at this time.
About our Organization
Minnesota Opportunity Corps is an AmeriCorps program that helps more than 2,000 adults become more economically stable each year. Minnesota Opportunity Corps is administered by Reading & Math, Inc., a national nonprofit based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reading & Math, Inc. also administers Minnesota Reading Corps, Florida Reading Corps, Wisconsin Reading Corps, Minnesota Math Corps, Georgia Math Corps, and Minnesota Recovery Corps.
Reading & Math, Inc. will not discriminate for or against any AmeriCorps service member or applicant 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. This document is available in alternative formats.