Neighborhood & Community Relations

Crown Roller Mill, Suite 425
105 Fifth Avenue South 
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs 

The City of Minneapolis is establishing The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, an exciting and vital resource to ensure that Minneapolis is a safe and welcoming place for all. The Office, housed in the department of Neighborhood and Community Relations, will support our One Minneapolis goal to “eliminate disparities so that all Minneapolis can participate and prosper." The Office is anticipated to begin operations in mid-April 2018.

Apply to be the Director of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

We are seeking a strong leader with a bachelor’s degree in international relations, political science, public administration, criminal justice or a related degree and at least five years of experience in program, policy and legislative advocacy, including experience in immigration or refugee programs or policy development in language access or citizenship.

We will also consider any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge and skills. Apply by March 16, 2018 at!

Responsibilities of the Office include:

  • Educate policy-makers, City departments and the public on the needs of immigrant and refugee communities, and represent the City in the public discourse around immigration with constructive messages.
  • Analyze the impact of City programs and policies on immigrant and refugee communities, and recommend improvements.
  • Lead a multi-departmental team to create programs and activities that strengthen the City’s immigrant and refugee communities.
  • Manage referrals to community organizations that serve immigrants and refugees, providing information and contacts.
  • Support the establishment of an Immigrant and Refugee Commission upon approval of City Council.
  • Build strategic, meaningful relationships with stakeholders and the larger community to advocate on behalf of immigrant and refugee families.
  • Coordinate work with the department’s community specialists concerning immigrant and refugee initiatives.
  • Support the City’s membership and activities with local, regional, national and international networks, collaborations and organizations.

View the full job description and qualifications.

Small Version March Photo Woman and Child with Flag by City Hall


The Office will take a proactive, coordinated, enterprise-wide approach to accomplish the following:

Community Engagement and Research 

The Office has already begun a community engagement process, interviewing stakeholders and convening community round tables to build awareness and inform the work of the office. The information we gather as we continue this process will be used to finalize our scope of work. In the meantime, the NCR department will lead on the ongoing immigration work for the City, including on topics relating to municipal ID and DACA. So far, NCR has engaged the community through:

Abdirashid Ahmed, NCR’s East African Specialist, hosting his monthly Somali-language radio show


East African Community Specialist Abdirashid hosting his Somali-language radio show.

What we heard from you:

Through the community engagement that NCR has carried out so far, we asked you what the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs should focus on. These themes have emerged in the conversation.

•   Policy   •   Communications•   Economic advancement
•   Strategy   •   Promotion of values•   Citizenship
•   Advocacy   •   Cultural work and healing•   Housing

If you have further questions or concerns, please contact David Rubedor, Director of Neighborhood and Community Relations and ADA Title II Coordinator at [email protected].

Last updated Mar 2, 2018



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