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POSITION OPEN: Community Advocate

The Community Advocate will provide case management and care coordination to Southeast Asian families in Minnesota. This position will require working in depth and on a 1-on-1 basis with families and their loved ones. This includes general case management services such as mutual aid, mental health, transportation access, housing, and financial coaching.

Reports to: Co-Founder and Executive Director

FLSA Classification: Exempt, full time position with benefits

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • 401k
  • PTO and Sick Leave
  • 100% of employee premiums and 75% of dependent premiums are paid by MN8

Location: Hybrid, 3 days in our Saint Paul, MN office, and 2 days at home

Hours: This position will require the ability to work outside regular business hours on an occasional basis to meet client and program needs, some evening and weekend hours may be required

Travel: Must have own car, mileage will be reimbursed. This position will require some local and national travel, and occasionally, some travel abroad.

Compensation: $60,000-$70,000


Case Management (70%)

  • Outreach to Southeast Asian families to connect and build with MN8 case management for families.
  • This role will focus on case management but with the understanding that community care requires support that goes beyond case work (e.g. referrals for mental health services, applying for SNAP benefits, etc.)
  • Provide transportation for clients when necessary and with approval.
  • Provide trauma-informed and empowerment model services to clients. Assume positive intent.
  • Build trust, authentic, and accountable relationships with families
  • Track individual cases, provide 1-on-1 coaching and support when needed
  • Ensure families’ needs and realities are informing and shaping MN8’s strategies and priorities
  • Maintain confidentiality for families, at the level they desire and accordance with the law
  • Maintain a non-judgmental, open attitude and commit to each family’s goals, regardless of criminal record/other factors
  • Develop and maintain listings of available community resources/referrals and act as a liaison between those resources and clients as needed.
  • Data management, with attention to detail and the ability to weave metrics into a broader narrative/scope of storytelling beyond statistics
  • Provide direct services, mutual aid, and access to resources to families in MN8’s base, complying with HIPPA and Data Privacy Practices

Community (10%)

  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with community partners specifically victim services, county attorney, law enforcement, court services, and family services.
  • Participate in outreach and awareness efforts and public speaking engagements as directed.
  • Participate in local multi-disciplinary teams as directed.

Administrative and Programming Support (20%)

  • Provide support and participate in staff-wide initiatives, meetings, programs,
    conferences, fundraising efforts, and events
  • Regularly communicate and meet with other members of the MN8 team to coordinate activities, provide updates, and seek support through all-staff meetings and 1-1’s
  • Complete documentation to assure compliance with agency standards and funder
    expectations. Complete necessary electronic entries and all agency required forms in
    a timely fashion.
  • In addition to maintaining client files, program records, and developing reports,
    conducting our quarterly program reports with attention to racial justice,
    multi-generational, direct services, and political education needs.


  • South East Asian language speakers preferred, i.e. Khmer, Hmong, Laotian, etc.
  • Experience with data entry and case management tools a bonus
  • Experience working with a caseload is helpful, direct service and client management
  • Demonstrate an understanding and involvement in social justice movements and commitment to the abolition of deportation and detention
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how crimmigration has impacted families and children
  • Detail-oriented, creative, self-starter who can work collaboratively with a team
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Commitment to self-care and healthy boundaries in a role where emotional labor is required

TO APPLY: Email your resume, cover letter, and 3 references to [email protected].

Working at MN8

MN8 is an equal opportunity employer. MN8 provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color religion, age, sex, national origin, disability statues, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. We celebrate our rich diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We welcome applications from LGBTQI, immigrants, refugees and justice impacted individuals.

From the beginning, MN8’s origin is a love story about communities protecting their loved ones and fighting for freedom. MN8 began as a grassroots campaign in August 2016, formed by the families of 8 Cambodian Minnesotans to prevent their detention and deportation by U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement. Our story begins with these 8 remarkable individuals, their families, and the deep love that carried them through. Since then, our campaign has bloomed into an abolitionist nonprofit organization that fights for the rights and liberation of Southeast Asian communities. We fight to return justice and dignity to our people and build collective power towards shared liberation. We believe those who are most impacted must have power, agency, and resources for change to happen. Through organizing, advocating, providing community care, and building collective community power, we are committed to creating a world of joy, liberation, and justice. Together we can build a future where every individual and family thrive across generations.

Calling on Movement Builders

Work alongside us to imagine and build a liberatory world!

Become a part of Freedom Village!

What is Freedom Village?

MN8’s Freedom Village space is where our political home comes to life. MN8 Members are a group of community leaders and volunteers who are passionate about fighting for the liberation of SEA communities and transformative justice. MN8 Members currently meet monthly to: 

  • Build meaningful relationships with one another and have deep discussions with other community leaders
  • Learn more about the immigration landscape through updates from MN8 Staff 
  • Build power with other co-conspirators to organize, take action, and make an impact on anti-deportation work and fighting for immigrant rights

Who should join Freedom Village?

If you are passionate about MN8’s mission, aspiring to learn more about anti-deportation work, and want to regularly commit to supporting us, we encourage you to become a member! You can look forward to working in a group, getting inspiration from one another on how to reimagine old systems and build new ones, and collectively carrying out concrete solutions toward abolition.

We welcome all levels of experience and believe that every individual plays an important role in the movement. This is our space to collectively learn from one another and build our movement together.

What do members do to support MN8?

MN8 Members can collectively and individually participate in anti-deportation work at their own capacity. There are many ways members support MN8, such as:

  • Attending MN8 member meetings, events, and gatherings
  • Volunteering to help with trainings, tabling, and events
  • Sharing and participating in calls to action
  • Directly working with and building civic power with SEA communities
  • Showing up to direct actions and taking up our rightful space
  • Connecting and building a bridge with community members that have been impacted by deportation
  • Building people power through meaningful conversations

How do I become a member?

To let us know you’re interested in becoming a member: 

Start by completing the member interest form (Linked here)!