Minnesota Opportunity Corps members serve for 11 months at a community-based organization located in the Twin Cities metro area to make a difference in the lives of individuals with multiple barriers to employment, retention, advancement and economic self-sufficiency. Members receive training and ongoing support for this position and will be placed at a partner organization serving the program's participants.
The Opportunity Navigator is a link, a guide, and an advocate for program participants and/or students of training programs and career pathways. Navigators help program participants access resources related to career and industry information, education and training, and job opportunities. As data supports, social services can also be an integral part of the participant’s triumph; therefore, the member will also trained as an informational source in that area. For more information, please review this Opportunity Navigator position description.
You must meet the following minimum qualifications:
- Must be 18 years of age, a US citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien, and a high school graduate or equivilent
- Willingness to commit to a full year of service (1700 hours for full-time members). Hours must be completed within 11 months of start date.
- Demonstrated English proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking.
- 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.
- Access to regular, reliable transportation.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Members receive robust professional development opportunities throughout the year, including the internationally recognized Global Career Development Facilitator training, motivational interviewing training and leadership training.
AmeriCorps members have a 20% better chance of full employment after their service than other applicants and there are hundreds of companies that give preference to resumes that list AmeriCorps service.
Members receive a living allowance. The living allowance is approximately $600 to be paid bi-weekly for full time service. Applicants must take a careful look at their financial situation to determine if they can afford to commit to serve with Opportunity Corps.
It’s not cheap to live in the urban metro, where adults rely on our navigators to help them overcome barriers and reach their goals. Effective immediately, all persons committing to Opportunity Corps service in the core cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul will be eligible for a housing stipend up to $2,000/annually.
Members who successfully complete their year of service will receive an education award of $5,920 for full-time service. The education award can be used to pay back federal student loans, the cost of tuition or other educational purposes. The award has a seven-year expiration period and can be used at any accredited post-secondary school. Please note that the Education Award is considered taxable income in the year that it is used.
Members who are 55 or older at the start of their service enjoy an additional benefit. They may choose to transfer their education award to a child, grandchild, or foster child within seven years. The award must be used within ten years of the member receiving it.
STUDENT LOAN FORBEARANCE
If a member is making payments to a federally-backed education loan, payments can be put into forbearance during his or her year of service. Upon successful completion of the program, the accrued interest will be paid by the National Service Trust.
Members serving in a full time capacity are eligible to enroll in a health insurance plan through Opportunity Corps. The plan also does not cover dependents of members. The plan is managed through Cigna and includes medical, dental, and vision coverage.
The 2017-2018 Health Plan Summary is now available. Members can review the Medical and Dental/Vision plans to gain a general understanding of the coverage and how it might meet their individual needs.
For greatest savings under this plan, members are encouraged to use "in-network" healthcare professionals. You may search the Cigna website (using the plan option "Open Access Plus, OA Plus, Choice Fund OA Plus") to find a doctor/dentist or facility within the network.
Have more questions? Please read through our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Members serving in a full-time capacity may qualify to receive child care assistance. The program is administered through GAP Solutions, Inc. In order to be eligible for the assistance program, members must meet income requirements. For more information on how to apply, please see our Guide to Applying. You can also visit the GAP AmeriCorps Website for more details, Frequently Asked Questions, and the rules and regulations surrounding the program's administration.
Thanks to a unique partnership with Metro Transit, all income-eligible Opportunity Corps members serving in the metro area will benefit from $1.00 METRO bus or train transit rides during their 2018-2019 year of service.
HOW TO APPLY
Opportunity Corps does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, political affiliation, marital or parental status, military service, or religious, community, or social affiliates.