The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party is hiring a full-time African Immigrant Community Engagement Director for the 2020 cycle. The African Immigrant Community Engagement Director will report directly to the Political Program Director. This position is based in St.Paul, Minnesota.

The African Immigrant Community Engagement Director will work closely with grassroots community leaders, local elected officials, and partner organizations to empower, engage and mobilize African Immigrants in Minnesota.  The ideal candidate will be an innovative thinker with deep ties to Minnesota’s African Immigrant communities and experience organizing in an electoral context. 


  • Design and implement a relational organizing program with concrete metrics for success with the goal of increasing electoral participation in Minnesota’s African Immigrant communities.
  • Recruit and manage volunteer doorknock and phone call teams in the Minnesota’s African Immigrant communities.
  • Identify and partner with grasstops leaders and organizations across the state to anticipate needs, provide resources and engage their communities.
  • Collaborate with the DFL voter protection and field teams to break down barriers to participation and meet registration, volunteer and turnout goals.
  • Potential to manage other staff members as program expands.
  • Additional duties as assigned by Supervisor, Executive Director, or DFL Chair.


  • Experience organizing in or deep ties to African Immigrant communities in Minnesota
  • At least two years of relevant experience including experience in electoral or political community organizing
  • Fluency in written and spoken Somali language
  • Demonstrated commitment to electing DFL candidates up and down the ballot 
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable access to a vehicle
  • Ability to work long or irregular hours

 Preferred but not required:

  • Minnesota experience or ties to the state 
  • Experience with relational organizing tools or programs
  • Experience coaching or managing other staff
  • Knowledge and experience using Votebuilder (VAN)

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience. Employees of the DFL are paid on a bi-weekly basis and receive a competitive benefits package including health care and dental.

To Apply: Send a one-page cover letter, resume, and 3-4 references to Nancy Leeds, Coordinated Campaign Director, at with the email subject line “African Immigrant Community Engagement Director.”

Diversity and Inclusion: The Minnesota DFL is an equal-opportunity employer. The DFL Party is committed to including groups historically underrepresented due to race/ethnicity, religion, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or ability. We strongly encourage members of underrepresented and marginalized communities to apply.

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