Job Posting: We are Hiring MN Afterschool Advance Community Navigator – Tax Specialist – Somali Speaking

Job Type: Part-time

Quick facts about this position:

  • Must be able to converse in Somali and also be fluent in English.
  • Position expected to start in July, 2024.
  • Compensation is 22.48/hour.
  • Part time- 19 hours per week.
About Youthprise and the MN Afterschool Advance Program:
Youthprise is a philanthropic organization that works to increase equity with and for Minnesota’s Indigenous, low-income, and racially diverse youth. Youthprise does this by directly supporting youth and youth-serving organizations through mobilizing and investing resources, advancing knowledge, and advocating for change. Youthprise’s three priority areas are: learning and leadership, economic opportunity, and health and safety.
Our Minnesota Afterschool Advance (MAA) program, which we operate in collaboration with Venn Foundation, helps families pay for out-of-school time activities and computer hardware using the K-12 Education Tax Credit.
Job Summary:
As the MAA Community Navigator Tax Specialist, you will serve as a first point of contact for families seeking help with a variety of program needs.
Job Functions:
  • Serve as the team’s internal expert on the K-12 Education Tax Credit.
  • Contact families during tax filing season to remind them to claim the K-12 Education Tax Credit when filing their taxes.
  • Answer basic questions about the MAA program via phone, text, or email.
  • Trouble-shoot any issues that families may have with claiming the K-12 Education Tax Credit, including guiding families on initial individual tax returns,
  • amended returns, and audits.
  • Communicate with the MN Department of Revenue on the taxpayer's behalf.
  • Coordinate work with MAA’s tax preparation partner.
  • Occasional outreach to eligible families to promote MAA depending on capacity and program needs.
  • Other duties as assigned or apparent.
Education Requirements:
  • No minimum education level is required.
Minimum Experience:
  • Must be able to converse fluently in Somali including technical terms.
  • Must be able to read, write and speak fluently in English.
  • Ability to translate difficult concepts for multiple audiences.
  • Experience with filing individual tax returns (their own) and ability to complete tax documents.
  • Experience working with and knowledge of factors impacting families from very diverse backgrounds.
  • Strong ability to learn, ask questions, and meet deadlines.
  • Strong critical thinking, interpersonal communication, and organizational skills.
  • Strong experience with detail-oriented procedures and processes, including managing sensitive taxpayer records.
  • Experience managing multiple deadlines and competing priorities.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, especially during tax season (December through April)
Desired Experience:
  • Additional fluency in other languages.
  • Experience with using Google Suite and Salesforce or similar software.
  • Tax or accounting background.
  • Worked and/or volunteered in the nonprofit or education sectors.
Schedule and Location:
  • Part-time, up to 19 hours per week - will vary by week depending on program needs.
  • Schedule is flexible, but the tax specialist should be available during regular business hours (9a-5p) to contact the MN Department of Revenue as necessary for at least some of their hours.
  • Additionally, families may need more flexible hours outside of the regular work day.
  • A combination of availability is ideal.
  • Return communications to families is expected to be within one business day.
  • This position is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is primarily remote work but does require in-office time for at least 4 hours a week, for 4 months out of the year (October, February, March and April).
  • The ability to operate and interact with computers or other office equipment via keyboard, mouse, or touch screen is required.
Salary Description
$22.48 / hour
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