Placement Positions

Placement Positions Directory

Each year, Lutheran Volunteer Corps matches 100-115 full time Volunteers with social justice non-profit organizations across the U.S.

This directory provides an overview of placement positions for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 program years. This list does not reflect the exact positions available for a given program year. About 80% of LVC partner placement organizations re-apply each year and we also have new positions each year that may not yet be on this list.

LVC Applicants see available positions as part of the application and matching process, including more in depth position descriptions. To have the widest choice of positions, apply by our Round 1 January 15th deadline. There are significantly fewer positions available for the Round 2 April 1st deadline. Please contact recruitment@lutheranvolunteercorps.org if you have particular questions about available positions.

Housing

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Satellite Affordable Housing Associates, or SAHA, provides quality affordable homes and services that empower people and strengthen neighborhoods. In 2013, Satellite Housing and Affordable Housing Associates combined talented staff and innovative programs to become Satellite Affordable Housing Associates. Satellite Housing (Satellite) was founded in 1966 with a mission to provide affordable, service-enriched housing that promotes healthy and dignified living for people with limited options. By 2012 Satellite included 28 properties with 1,700 homes, serving approximately 1,800 low-income residents and employing over 120 staff. Affordable Housing Associates (AHA) was founded in 1993 with a mission to create and preserve high-quality affordable housing communities that strengthen individuals, families and neighborhoods. In 20 years AHA grew to include 28 properties with approximately 900 homes, serving approximately 1,400 residents with a total staff of 50 employees. Both Satellite and AHA expanded rapidly in the decade leading up to the merger, significantly increasing their impact, reputation, and financial position in spite of an increasingly challenging economic environment. When Satellite's Executive Director left for a new position in early 2012, Satellite's Board of Directors saw the leadership search as an opportunity to explore the possibility of affiliating with another nonprofit with a similar mission, culture, and values. The foremost candidate was AHA, also Berkeley-based, and with a strong history of success. Both organizations were financially robust, award-winning and on trajectories for growth. Through a careful due diligence process, board and staff at both nonprofits evaluated the potential merger. In the face of outstanding need and a changing financing climate, we saw clear opportunities in bringing together more than 66 years of combined experience in a spirit of innovation and thoughtful risk-taking. In July 2012 the Boards of Satellite and AHA voted unanimously to create Satellite Affordable Housing Associates, to create a more impactful organization and a model for affordable housing development that can serve our communities well into the future. On December 12, 2012, SAHA came into legal existence with 170 talented staff, 22 development projects in the pipeline and 56 properties under management.

The Activities Coordinator is responsible for the enrichment of the community atmosphere at SAHA's Berkeley/Oakland residential senior and family sites through planning, developing, implementing, and overseeing various social, recreational and therapeutic activities offered to SAHA residents. The AC will focus on preventing social isolation in our senior communities by coordinating with services and management staff to offer on-site activities, social parties, large scale holiday events and field trips. The AC will focus on education and community building in our family communities by coordinating with services and management staff to offer on-site activities, social parties, large-scale holiday events and field trips. Two of the main projects that will come throughout the year are producing a monthly newsletter that is distributed to all of the sites, highlighting different wellness, social or news topics, and planning holiday celebrations. These celebrations will be at each building, and the AC is responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of all events. The AC will manage their own budget, and be expected to ensure even distribution of funds throughout their portfolio. Along with these larger projects, the AC will be expected to run 8-10 activities a week throughout the year at various sites, answering the needs of our residents.

Berkeley CA
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The Lincoln Park Community Shelter began nearly 30 years ago as an emergency shelter when local residents became concerned about the homelessness they were witnessing in their neighborhood. These individuals worked with four local churches to provide seasonal shelter. Over time, LPCS has developed structured programs to address individuals' unique homeless circumstances. Today, the Lincoln Park Community Shelter remains community-based, volunteer-driven and privately-funded. Our mission reflects this consistent connection to the community: The LPCS brings communities together to empower homeless men and women to make and sustain life changes.

In order for LPCS clients to reach their maximum potential, each need a stable, safe, healthy, positive place in which to make life changes. The Case Manager is responsible for establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy and respectful relationship with Guests of the interim housing facility. Clients will become more invested in their own life changes when they feel connected to something larger than themselves - a community. The Case Manager encourages clients to engage in LPCS' community and in their immediate community. Through this relationship, clients are able to connect to other social service agencies, resulting in greater social skills and more positive decision-making abilities.

Chicago IL
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Miriam's Kitchen works to end chronic homelessness in Washington, DC. We advocate for permanent supportive housing as a long-term solution, while meeting short-term needs by providing healthy meals and high-quality social services to the chronically homeless. Miriam's Kitchen was founded in 1983 by a collaboration of local faith organizations, and has provided meals, social services, and advocacy to homeless individuals in Washington, DC, ever since its founding.

The Case Manager develops trusting relationships with Miriam's Kitchen guests, provides referrals and information, and engages individuals in clinical case management. The Case Manager assists homeless guests to work toward the goals they identify, including seeking employment, housing, applying for benefits, and obtaining health care, mental health care, and drug treatment. There are also opportunities to lead groups for the Miriam's Studio Program, which provides a smaller, therapeutic environment every weekday morning and afternoon. Classes include art, creative writing, yoga, client-led advocacy, and poetry. Case Managers are encouraged to participate in provider groups and advocacy coalitions to help meet the needs of homeless individuals in Washington, D.C.

Washington DC
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Health Care for the Homeless works to prevent and end homelessness for vulnerable individuals and families by promoting access to comprehensive health care, affordable housing, and sustainable incomes through direct service, advocacy and community engagement.

The Client Access Associate I provides best-in-class customer service to clients, staff and visitors through administrative support. This role accurately and efficiently manages confidential information in multiple databases and systems to support clients through every stage of their visit at Health Care for the Homeless (HCH). This position reports directly to a manager within the Clinical Administration department.

Baltimore MD
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The Ministry of Caring is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization established in 1977 in the State of Delaware to minister to the poor. The Ministry of Caring is committed to serving the ongoing needs of the poor and homeless with dignity and respect, not only by providing the basic necessities of life, but also by helping to restore a sense of self-worth and hope for the future.

The Lutheran Volunteer will work closely with the Communications Director on in-house graphic design and production of material, including newsletters, brochures, and publications related to special events. With support from the Communications Director, the LVC placement will develop content, research, interview and write/edit communications materials to support the Ministry of Caring's mission. In addition, in order to work directly with those served by the Ministry, the LVC placement will also work one day a week as a classroom assistant in one of the Ministry's child care centers.

Wilmington DE
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The Compass Housing Alliance has been offering shelter to Seattle's homeless since 1920. Founded by a Lutheran Pastor, Otto Karlstrom, it was originally called the Lutheran Sailors & Loggers Mission. When the Compass Center was established, clients were primarily Caucasian males with two defined issues ' lack of work and/or alcoholism. Seattle attracted men who sought work as loggers and sailors and who often found only sporadic employment. During the depression years, Seattle was filled with unemployed men from land and sea. The mission was taxed to its limits. Men flocked into the mission hall seeking shelter, food, clothing and jobs. Multitudes of men, sailors, loggers, minors, fishermen passed through. (The Compass, February 1926).The Compass Center of 2011-12 serves a much different population. It is a culturally and ethnically diverse population, consisting of individuals with varying strengths and needs. Many present with multiple issues including domestic abuse, mental illness, drug/alcohol dependence, poor employment histories, undeveloped employment skills, child custody or other legal issues, and poor or incomplete rental histories. The Compass Center has evolved in response to the change of needs presented by the client population. The result is an agency providing unique services within the framework of a continuum of care, with a unique spectrum of programs and service philosophy

~~30% of time allocated to promoting and developing our Child and Youth Programming. Working with the children and youth of our program: completing assessments, setting goals, advocating for other services, setting up programming, working in a team to provide case consultation/peer feedback, co-leading or leading groups. ~~60% of time working on the following special projects as our Community Resource Advocate: 1.) Updating existing resources with new access information 2.) Researching new employment resources for program participants 3.) Researching new academic and training resources for program participants 4.) Researching additional support services, ie. domestic violence, mental health, chemical dependency, physical health and wellbeing resources for program participants 5.) Researching additional housing resources and connecting with various housing partners 6.) Communicating with program case managers about the additional resources during weekly staff meetings and providing updates on existing resources 7.) Engaging the community by providing consultation to walk ins and community calls (non-program members) helping these individuals to connect and access basic services in the community 8.) Creating holiday and community celebrations for residents and youth, Connecting with a multitude of community programs and individual donors to obtain holiday supplies and gifts 9.) Engaging with program residents to determine desired and appropriate/supportive social and recreational opportunities, and then implement aforementioned opportunities, by connecting with sponsors. The Community Resource Advocate is seated at the front desk and also performs office tasks such as answering incoming calls, taking messages, meeting clients as they come in for sessions, collecting program fees from clients, and various other administrative tasks.

Seattle WA
Minnesota Housing Partnership (MHP) convenes, guides, and supports a diversity of partners working to improve conditions of home and community. Building on decades of experience, we strengthen development capacity and promote policies that expand opportunity, especially for people at the lowest income levels. Mission: To promote homes for all Minnesotans and assist Minnesota communities in the creation and preservation of housing affordable to low- and moderate-income people. History: MHP began in 1987, as an informal coalition organizing community groups and nonprofit developers to play an active role in affordable housing. The catalyst for this effort was the governor of Minnesota's decision to establish a commission to help guide the state's role in housing for the decade of the 1990s. The initial work of MHP focused on informing housing groups of policy and program developments occurring at the state and federal levels. MHP was also a catalyst for increased state funding targeted to addressing the housing needs of low-income people. In addition, MHP helped create the state's first programs to build the capacity of nonprofit housing providers. In 1989 MHP incorporated as a member-based, nonprofit organization. In 1994 MHP became a major provider of technical assistance and financial support to increase the capacity of housing development groups. MHP's demonstrated capacity to deliver housing programs led to its recruitment serving as a funding intermediary for several government agency programs: Minnesota Department of Human Services Crisis Housing Fund; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development. MHP delivers project-based and organizational technical assistance (TA), including multiple national TA contracts for HUD's Office of Community Planning and Development, Neighborhood Stabilization Program (foreclosure remediation and neighborhood revitalization), and Rural Capacity Building Program. Over the years, MHP has also developed an effective lobbying arm and advocacy network. MHP has earned the respect of affordable housing supporters throughout Minnesota and at the national level, as well as government and legislative leaders. Today MHP continues to support housing for all Minnesotans through capacity building, advocacy, and small loans and grants for housing organizations.

The Development and Policy Associate is a key member of both the Development and the Policy teams at MHP. On the Policy team, responsibilities include coordinating campaigns for state and/or federal affordable housing policy; drafting communications to constituents, partners, and policy makers; organizing stakeholders in coalitions; and supporting lobbying efforts at the state and/or federal levels. On the Development team, responsibilities will focus on coordinating the MHP Investors Council, a group of companies/organizations concerned with affordable housing in Minnesota and committed to supporting the work of MHP. Tasks may include managing a fundraising database, drafting correspondence, and supporting the planning and implementation of a regular event series that convenes affordable housing industry leaders to engage in discussions about critical housing policy and practice issues. The Associate will also support grantwriting, social media, policy communications, and fundraising communications efforts.

Minneapolis MN
As an organization grounded in the Latino community, it is El Centro de la Raza's mission to build unity across all racial and economic sectors, to organize, empower and defend its most vulnerable and marginalized populations, and to bring justice, dignity, equality and freedom to all the peoples of the world. Vision: El Centro de la Raza (ECDLR) envisions a world free of oppression based on poverty, racism, sexism, sexual orientation and discrimination of any kind that limits equal access to the resources that ensure a healthy and productive life for all peoples and future generations in peace, love and harmony.Through our 44 comprehensive programs and services, we empower the Latino community as fully participating members of society by providing strong programs for children, youth, families, and elders. ECDLR was founded four decades ago in 1972, when a group of diverse community members led a peaceful and innovative three-month occupation of a local abandoned school building. Today, as a voice and a hub for the Latino community, we advocate on behalf of our people and work to achieve social justice. In 2014, we will break ground on an equitable, transit-oriented development on its south lot. Named for our founder and civil rights leader, Plaza Roberto Maestas will include affordable transit-oriented housing, retail and micro-business space, new classrooms for our Child Development Center, community events space and a public, Latino-style plaza. This project will expand our services, and make the Beacon Hill neighborhood a destination for all residents of King County and the State of Washington. The majority of our 79-member staff possesses native and acquired proficiency in both Spanish and English, and practices the customs and traditions of the Latino community. In 2013, ECDLR served 13,975 individuals and 7,979 households, and from July 2013 to June 2014, 99 percent of participants met their outcomes in programs funded by United Way.

The Donations & Communications Coordinator manages the donations program and communicates with the greater El Centro de la Raza community through the organization's bi-monthly eNewsletter and email list serve of over 6,000 subscribers. These subscriber rely on the eNewsletter and email blasts as their main source of news, information, events, and opportunities at El Centro de la Raza and surrounding communities. Responsibilities include coordinating with staff members to gather information and photos, writing articles and success stories, and announcements to keep our community well informed on what El Centro de la Raza is doing to combat social injustices. As a non-profit organization, El Centro de la Raza relies on donations and fundraisers to sustain our many programs, human services, and cultural events. Managing the donations program means receiving/processing all forms of donations to El Centro de la Raza, thanking and communicating with donors in various ways, coordinating fundraising projects and events with the development team, and any related tasks. This includes helping to plan and carry out cultural events, procuring donations, and assisting with the annual fundraising auction in various capacities. Spanish is helpful but not required.

Seattle WA
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Our Saviour's Community Services was created in 2004 to provide oversight of 2 programs begun more than 30 years ago by Our Saviour's Lutheran Church. We are now an independently incorporated non-profit with 501(3)(C) status granted by the IRS. Our work consists of the English Learning Center program, and Our Saviour's Housing program. Our mission is Increasing Skills, Improving Lives.

Shelter Case Managers meet weekly or more with residents to partner with them and create a plan to end their experience of homelessness. The population OSH serves is extremely diverse and the reason for their state of homelessness is also diverse. People walk through our doors due to job loss, losing housing due to rising apartment costs, domestic violence, mental health issues, chemical health issues, a medical disability, legal dilemmas, having a lack of support, generational poverty, and many other reasons. The Case Manager has the opportunity to become extremely knowledgeable about addressing and resolving barriers. They become master navigators of social services. Additionally, the position offers guidance on how to empower individuals and offer them the ability to increase their self-esteem, hope, and belonging in positive community outlets. Case Managers learn to meet each person where they are at, listen to their needs with care, and offer resources and support to help them move forward beyond homelessness.

Minneapolis MN
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The mission of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (TCHFH) is to eliminate poverty housing in the Twin Cities and to make decent, affordable shelter for all people a matter of conscience. TCHFH is an interfaith Christian housing ministry which helps low-income families purchase and maintain a decent, affordable, and secure home. TCHFH formed in 1985 and completed its first home in late 1986. We have completed over 850 homes to date and plan to complete an additional 60 this year.

The LVC Events Assistant will assist in coordination of monthly Home Dedications and other events including the Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala, the Raise the Roof Golf Tournament, and other internal events as needed.

St. Paul MN
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The mission of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (TCHFH) is to eliminate poverty housing in the Twin Cities and to make decent, affordable shelter for all people a matter of conscience. TCHFH is an interfaith Christian housing ministry which helps low-income families purchase and maintain a decent, affordable, and secure home. TCHFH formed in 1985 and completed its first home in late 1986. We have completed over 850 homes to date and plan to complete an additional 60 this year.

The Family Selection Assistant will work closely with the Family Services department to provide the best customer service to all Habitat Homeownership program applicants. The Family Selection Assistant will be responsible for assisting the Family Services Outreach Senior Associate with all components related to Family Selection. This would include, but is not limited to, conducting Exploration Sessions, assisting with Application Open Houses, conducting at-home interviews, and the property letter & family selection process.

Minneapolis MN
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The Ministry of Caring is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization established in 1977 in the State of Delaware to minister to the poor. The Ministry of Caring is committed to serving the ongoing needs of the poor and homeless with dignity and respect, not only by providing the basic necessities of life, but also by helping to restore a sense of self-worth and hope for the future.

The Grant Writer will serve in a capacity building position for the organization by raising financial support for Ministry of Caring programs. The Grant Writer will identify new funding sources, respond to Requests for Proposals, and submit renewal applications for continued funding from current grantors.

Wilmington DE
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The Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) is a project of the Justice and Diversity Center (JDC) of the Bar Association of San Francisco.  HAP serves individuals and families who are homeless, or at serious risk of homelessness.  We provide legal services, and supportive social services, using a comprehensive and holistic approach designed to truly make a difference in clients' lives. VLSP was organized in 1979 to help fill the critical gap in legal and social services for the poor resulting from inadequate federal funding.  The concept was simple:  the private sector could be trained and mobilized to provide legal and related services in a variety of areas essential to the lives of disenfranchised people.  The concept worked.  Now over 30,000 poor and low-income clients who would otherwise go without assistance are provided services each year.  These services are provided by nearly 4000 attorney and non-attorney volunteers who come from all sectors and walks of life.  The volunteers are recruited, trained and supervised by VLSP staff.The Homeless Advocacy Project was formed in 1988, to address the special needs of homeless and at-risk individuals and families. HAP utilizes both volunteers and staff to provide direct services to our clients, and utilizes both legal and social service volunteers and professionals.  We have a long and successful history of providing comprehensive legal and social services to clients, and our program has been a model for other homeless legal services projects throughout the country.

Assist the Director of Social Services in developing services for and delivering services to clients who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. These responsibilities include the following: interviewing, making assessments, and advocating on behalf of clients for services for which they are eligible for and/or have been unfairly denied or delayed in receiving; making referrals to appropriate community resources, including homeless shelters, emergency housing, subsidized housing, public benefits, job training, employment, health care providers, mental health centers, substance abuse treatment, and related programs; attending and participating in staff meetings and community meetings and developing linkages with other service providers as well; collaborating with HAP attorneys, legal interns and/or legal staff.

 

San Francisco CA
Founded in 1991, the Low Income Housing Institute develops, owns and operates housing for the benefit of low-income, homeless and formerly homeless people in Washington state; advocates for just housing policies at the local and national levels; and administers a range of supportive service programs to assist those weserve in maintaining stable housing and increasing their self-sufficiency. From the beginning, our emphases have been on providing advocacy and technical assistance to promote the interests of low-income and homeless people. LIHI is one of the largest providers of housing for homeless and low-income people in the Puget Sound area, with properties in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Kitsap, Thurston and Island Counties. Currently, LIHI owns and/or manages 48 properties containing over 1,700 housing units, providing homes for low-income families, individuals, seniors, people with disabilities, and women and children at risk. More than 700 of these units house formerly homeless families and individuals. Approximately 200 housing units serve individuals who are disabled or requireattention for special needs such as mental illness, alcohol and drug abuse, developmental disabilities or HIV/AIDS and related illnesses. 240 units serve senior citizens. Seventy-five percent of our housing units serve families or individuals earning less than 30 percent of the area median income. The remaining 25 percent earn between 30 and 60 percent of the area median income.LIHI also owns and operates The Urban Rest Stop [URS] in downtown Seattle. The URS is a much-needed hygiene facility for homeless individuals and families, providing free restrooms, showers and laundry facilities to homeless men, women and children within a clean, safe and dignified environment. By providing access to essential hygiene services, the URS improves the self-sufficiency of homeless individuals and families. The URS is designed to serve a wide range of people including homeless adults, families with children, youth and the elderly. Urban Rest Stop patrons include disabled persons, veterans, non-English-speaking individuals and people of color. Many of the homeless individuals we serve at the URS seek shelter in doorways, parks, freeway underpasses, cars and empty buildings - places without safe and sanitary restroom or shower facilities. They often have no access to preventative health care or hygiene services and are susceptible to disease and poor health from extreme weather and harsh living conditions.In November 2011, the Urban Rest Stop and the Low Income Housing Institute were approached by a local community youth shelter [ROOTS, Rising Out Of The Streets], located in the University District, to partner with Roots to provide hygiene services to the University District homeless population. ROOTS had recently secured a significant grant, which allows them to renovate the property that they currently lease from a local church, extend their lease for 15 years, and toupgrade and expand their on-site showers and laundry services. ROOTS operates from the early evening, 8:00 PM to 8:30 AM, daily. The University Methodist Church, where ROOTS is located, operates a Thrift Store, provides a free FridayFeast, and provides access to showers every Friday from noon until 5 PM to the University District's homeless residents. Since ROOTS and the University Methodist Church do not utilize the available shower and laundry facilities, from 8:00 AM to 8:00PM, Monday through Thursday,the four showers and two double stacked washers and dryers are available for use. The URS has implemented a hygiene program, in cooperation with Roots and the University Methodist Church, Tuesday through FridaY. The URS is actively seeking program resources, such as operating funds, volunteers and community donations. With an concern for program stability and sustainabilty, our staffiing plans include a Team Leader, relocated from the existing Urban Rest Stop, and a Team Member/Community Organizer. This position would assist the Team Leader by providing direct service during Tuesday through Friday operating hours and would serve as a link between the University District Community, including the University of Washington. A primary goal of this LVC position would be to establish a viable,volunteer service group among the University of Washington medical, social work and public health students, and among the University District located churches. Daily service levels are 65 - 75 showers and 12 - 16 laundry loads. The Urban Rest Stop will continue to operate under its proven model of successful service provision.A third location, the URS @ Ballard, will open fall 2015. The URS @ Ballard will serve a north-end Seattle neighborhood that is undergoing gentrification while increasing its homeless community. Ballard has been a working class neighborhood, composed of Scandinavian, Norwegian and other European immigrants. Ballard also has a significant homeless community, with people living in the green spaces, in warehouses, cars, under bridges and parks.

Provides direct service to Urban Rest Stop patrons by; Individual information and referral services, with an emphasis on housing and employment, assists in the identification and coordination of additional on-site services, assisting in daily Urban Rest Stop operations, cleaning, patron intake and reception, data base work assists with Urban Rest Stop web presence, represents the Urban Rest Stop at various community events, works with the Program Manager to develop additional services, volunteers and donations All URS staff and LVC/JVC positions are cross trained so all staff may work together. The Urban Rest Stop is requesting 2 LVC positions for the 2014-2015 Program year. We are opening a third URS in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. This neighborhood is a former working class neighborhood, which is being gentrified and while increasing its population of homeless residents .Ballard has a strong Lutheran presence. The URS @ Ballard has support from a number of neighborhood churches and organizations. I am seeking to further these relationships by developing a neighborhood URS @ Ballard Volunteer Core, which would assist in the daily operations of the URS, provide an antidote to the anti-homeless sentiment targeting the URS and it's patrons, and develop a base for resource donations,

Seattle WA
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The mission of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (TCHFH) is to eliminate poverty housing in the Twin Cities and to make decent, affordable shelter for all people a matter of conscience. TCHFH is an interfaith Christian housing ministry which helps low-income families purchase and maintain a decent, affordable, and secure home. TCHFH formed in 1985 and completed its first home in late 1986. We have completed over 850 homes to date and plan to complete an additional 60 this year.

The Marketing Assistant will assist in coordination of fundraising and promotional marketing campaigns throughout the year. The work will include content development and creation (email, blog articles, landing pages, print, and direct mail), campaign coordination, measuring and reporting on campaign results, and assisting with special events as needed.

St. Paul MN