Director, Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

City of Minneapolis
  • Location
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Feb 27

Position description

The Director of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs will support and enhance the economic, civic, and social integration of immigrant and refugee communities across Minneapolis; ensure access to resources and programs, collaborate with federal, state, local, and international governing bodies, nonprofit organizations, and community stakeholders on immigration and refugee issues, programs and policies; advocate for continued immigration reforms at all levels of government in order to eliminate inequities; to make Minneapolis a welcoming city for immigrants, refugees and existing residents alike, and to serve as a hub for accurate information and education.

Salary range: $94,551-$112,084

This is an appointed position. Applications are being accepted through March 16, 2018.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Promote and educate policy makers, departments and the community on the needs and priorities of immigrant and refugee populations.
  • Work with other City departments to develop and support innovative programs to strengthen the City's immigrant and refugee communities.
  • Lead a cross-functional/multi-departmental team (primarily CPED, City Attorney, IGR, MPD and Civil Rights) to coordinate City-wide immigrant and refugee activities and to generate positive outcomes.
  • Coordinate work with the department's community specialists concerning immigrant and refugee initiatives.
  • Lead immigration reforms at all levels of government in order to eliminate inequities.
  • Create and manage a referral center, providing information and contacts with other community organizations serving immigrants and refugees.
  • Develop and provide staff and policy support to a new Immigrant and Refugee Commission.
  • Actively build long term relationship with many stakeholders in the City and the larger community.
  • Work with policymakers, the Mayor and the City Council to develop and support City policies, programs and legislation that enhances the lives of immigrant and refugee communities.
  • Support racial justice initiatives for equity and access.
  • Support the City's membership and activities with local, regional and national networks, collaborations and organizations.
  • Create reports/analysis of City programs, policies and ordinance focusing on their impact on immigrant and refugee communities.
  • Serve as the City's primary point of information policy specialist on immigrant and refugee affairs.


Required Qualifications:

Required Education and Experience:
Four-year college degree in International Relations, Political Science, Law, Public Administration, Criminal Justice, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Master's degree preferred.


Five years in program, policy, and legislative advocacy; two years working in immigration or refugee programs or policy development, such as language access or citizenship.


Any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability and experience supporting inclusive engagement and racial diversity.
  • Experience with change management leading to successful results.
  • Ability to analyze and create reports on policy and program impacts.
  • Knowledge and experience in community engagement practices and techniques, preference for the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) techniques.
  • Demonstrated skills and abilities in developing, implementing, and managing projects.
  • Ability to speak a foreign language (specifically Spanish, Hmong, Lao, Somali or Oromo) is preferred.
  • Knowledge of or prior experience working with the City of Minneapolis is preferred.
  • Ability to represent and make presentations on behalf of the department and the director to elected officials, community leaders, residents, business, media, religion and faith organizations.

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