Job postings are open through November 13. Note: If you are having any technical issues applying for these positions, please contact CJ Madsen, CURA's HR generalist.

West Broadway Business and Area Coalition: Cultural Enrichment and Community Development Initiative on West Broadway
Job ID: 358358
West Broadway's cultural corridor research project engages the North Minneapolis community to identify businesses and traditions that enrich cultural identity. Insights from residents of all ages inform partnerships with stakeholders, enabling development decisions and fostering a retail incubator for local businesses, creating a vibrant cultural hub. The project seeks to address the challenge of enhancing and preserving the cultural identity of North Minneapolis by identifying the right businesses and traditions to support, engaging the community, and fostering economic development while preserving the area's cultural heritage.
Ayada Leads: Exploring the Wage Gap and Barriers to Work Experienced by Somali Women in the Twin Cities
Job ID: 358373

Ayada Lead's mission is to build an environment where new Americans can thrive in Leadership. We primarily service women, immigrants, and those part of the African diaspora. We create a space where our community members feel valued and feel supported to create change across the spectrum of social influence. The project aims to understand and address the wage disparities faced by Somali women in comparison to their white counterparts. We acknowledge the complexity of this issue and the limited available data, our aim is to conduct a survey among Somali women to identify the factors they believe are influencing their wages. Building on the existing research of Women Foundation 2020 Status of Women & Girls in Minnesota that states factors like time away from employment, occupational clustering, and the time demands of jobs contribute to the wage disparity, we aim to gather a firsthand perspective from the Somali community.

Equitable Development Action: Evaluating DEED’s Business Partnerships Program
Job ID: 358372

This project seeks to evaluate the funding allocation of the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED’s) business partnerships program in order to identify disparities in resources received by BIPOC organizations in the Northwest Suburbs of Minneapolis. This study will evaluate where funding has gone, and the impact of funding disparities on organizations and the communities they serve.

Evaluating Opportunities for Southeast MN Funders to Better Serve Inclusion and Equity-focused Grantees
Job ID: 358409

Join the Southern MN Initiative Foundation (SMIF) and the Southeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (SERSDP) at UMN Extension to explore how funders in Southeast Minnesota (through SMIF’s 20-county service area) can more effectively work to support and nurture BIPOC-led and BIPOC-focused organizations and projects throughout the region.  This project will focus on funders/organizations that specifically work in the realm of resilient communities (i.e. economic well-being and entrepreneurship, welcoming and inclusive communities, climate/environmental justice, etc.) The desired project outcome is a well-designed report that includes: a) analysis of data on the current state of BIPOC-led and BIPOC-serving funding in the Southeast region of Minnesota with resilient communities focus; and  b) data-driven program recommendations for innovative or untapped opportunities for collaboration, or recommendations on current funding practices that are identified as needing changed.

Community Engagement for Clean Energy Empowerment
Job ID: 358408

The University of Minnesota Extension’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) in partnership with the CGS seeks a graduate student to assist with program development creating clean energy access, opportunities and solutions for Somali heritage communities in St. Cloud areas. The student will work with the project team researching clean energy funding opportunities and resources for community member homes and businesses, engaging leaders, establishing partnerships, reviewing robust community input, researching technical and educational support for clean energy opportunities and solutions, and developing culturally appropriate outreach materials, resources and tools for community members, organizations and businesses.