We are currently looking for a Tribal Organizer. Find the description here and below, and we will accept applications through July 8th. Please reach out to Matt Traynor with questions. 

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 Tribal Organizer || Job Description

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Organizational Summary

The Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless (MCH) is a thriving and highly effective advocacy coalition of over 100 housing, homeless, and employment service providers and allied member organizations committed to ending homelessness in Minnesota through policy change. Founded in 1984, it is grounded in its core values of collaboration, community, and achievement. As a nonpartisan, nonprofit, statewide coalition, MCH is uniquely positioned to advance policy change at the State Capitol. Since 2012, along with our partners, MCH has secured nearly $270 million in state funding to prevent and end homelessness and passed nation-leading policy reforms in Minnesota’s economic assistance programs.

Position Summary

MCH’s Tribal Organizer works as part of a team of Organizers to proactively identify, build and grow a base of supporters in Tribal communities who are committed to our issues and our public policy goals. They play an important role in convening Tribal communities so that they have a voice in the housing and economic policy decisions that have an impact on their lives. This position builds leaders who work in support of MCH’s efforts and creates increasing power and effectiveness for our work. The Tribal Organizer will develop an active base of community members who take action on behalf of MCH’s campaigns alongside our members, staff, and partners. They serve as MCH’s primary point of contact for Tribal communities across Minnesota, learns and understands their cultural perspectives, builds credibility in community and ensures Tribal constituents see MCH as a trusted partner.

Salary Range and Benefits

The annual salary range for this position is between $40,000 and $45,000, depending on qualifications. MCH provides generous health benefits and paid time off, including:

  • Strong Health & Dental Insurance packages available for staff and family members of staff
  • 9 paid holidays (chosen by each staff member according to those they wish to observe)
  • 4 weeks paid vacation
  • 1 week paid sick time
  • 2 months paid parental leave


Essential Duties

Strengthening Our Base

  • Growing and deepening MCH’s membership and partnership in Tribal communities, including in Reservation, non Reservation and urban American Indian communities
  • Involving Tribal communities in shaping and evaluating the work of MCH
  • Supporting Tribal constituents’ participation in MCH’s work in a way that ensures racial justice is centered in our campaigns
  • Identifying individuals and organizations in Tribal communities who have a stake in MCH’s policy work
  • Recruiting Tribal community members to work in support of our shared goals through leadership roles and participating in grassroots actions
  • Planning and leading effective organizing meetings and trainings that build community, develop leadership, and move MCH’s work forward
  • Developing effective communication tools so that Tribal constituents have a solid background on MCH’s issue campaigns, and are committed to supporting our positions


Leading from Within our Coalition

  • Developing an analysis of housing and economic security policies in relation to Tribal needs
  • Working with MCH’s Director of Communications to develop communication points between MCH’s campaigns and Tribal stakeholders
  • Working with MCH’s organizing team to manage and meet campaign goals
  • Working with other MCH staff to plan and execute cross-organizational events, grassroots fundraising and new member cultivation, communications plans, digital outreach plans, trainings, and other issue campaign actions
  • Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis



  • Strong commitment to MCH’s mission and social, racial, and economic justice
  • Strong understanding of Tribal Nations & Tribal Governance
  • Strong analysis of the root causes of homelessness and economic insecurity
  • Experience with grassroots and grasstops organizing and issue advocacy
  • Demonstrated ability to work in coalition and to engage diverse stakeholders with various cultural perspectives (i.e. informed by race, ability, gender, sexual orientation, age, geography, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Strong facilitation skills
  • A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License and access to a reliable vehicle


Reports to/Location

This position reports to MCH’s Director of Organizing. The location is flexible, though a preference is for someone who lives in the northern region of Minnesota. Travel throughout the state will be required and will approximately consist of 10-15 hours a month.

How to Apply

Send cover letter, resume and three references to MCH’s Director of Organizing, Matt Traynor: Matt@mnhomelesscoalition.org. Applications will be considered until July 8th, 2017.

The Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, LGBT individuals, immigrant communities, and women.