The Office of Broadband and Digital Inclusion is hiring for multiple Digital Navigators. In these roles, you will make a difference in the community, grow in your understanding of the services and support Hennepin County provides to residents, and foster relationships with internal and external partners. The Digital Navigator provides individualized or small group assistance to Hennepin County residents who need affordable home internet service, computers, and/or coaching in introductory digital skills to help residents become effective technology users.
Current Hennepin County employees who refer a candidate hired into an open competitive position may be eligible for a $500 referral bonus. For more information visit employee referral program.
Location and hours:These positions will be hybrid providing one-on-one and group assistance to Hennepin County clients with technology-related needs and will have the ability to work remotely as job duties require. Travel to various sites and community partner facilities in Hennepin County is required. Work hours will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with some flexibility. While this position is designated as hybrid, based on current requirements hires must reside in or relocate to Minnesota or Wisconsin.
New employees who are hired into remote or hybrid positions between January 2, 2022, to December 31, 2024, will receive $500 toward the cost of establishing consistent internet connectivity, payable upon completion of 6 months of employment.
About these position types:These positions are full-time, benefit earning positions.
These positions are internally classified as a Case Management Assistant.Clickhereto view the job classification specification.
In these positions, you will:
· Receive, return, or initiate in-person, phone or email contact for residents seeking technology assistance or clients referred by other county staff.
· Assess information submitted by or, on behalf of, residents regarding their eligibility for relevant county, state, and federal programs that offer low-cost technology or internet service plans.
· Conduct technology needs assessments with residents to determine current technology access, barriers, and needs. Make recommendations on appropriate device, connectivity, and training options.
· Connect internal stakeholders and residents with community organizations that provide training, services, and other resources that facilitate digital literacy.
· Help distribute computers and/or hotspots to eligible residents; support their technology use by orienting recipients to the device(s) and providing basic training and online safety best practices.
· Assist in collecting data and contribute to the evaluation and continuous improvement of the programs offered by the county.
· Assist in carrying out other projects and tasks within the Office of Broadband and Digital Inclusion.
Need to have:
· One of the following:
o Two years or more of responsible, paid social service experience providing direct client service.
o A two-year human services certificate.
o Two years or more of college coursework in the behavioral sciences.
· Ability to bend, lift, and carry up to 25 pounds with or without a reasonable accommodation.
Nice to have:
o Providing customer service to individuals of various cultural backgrounds.
o Working with the community, civic engagement, and/or volunteering.
o Teaching clients or individuals with basic technology skills.
· Ability to communicate fluently in a second language in addition to English, both verbally and in writing.
In addition to English, candidates with fluency in another language are encouraged to apply. Bilingual candidates who pass a language assessment may qualify for additional bilingual duties and pay.
About the department:The Office of Broadband and Digital Inclusion (OBDI) leads Hennepin County’s strategies to equip residents with the tools, knowledge, and skills they need to thrive in a digital world. Part of the Disparity Reduction line of business, we work to ensure that all residents can access and realize the transformative power of reliable broadband choices, computing devices, and digital literacy and internet-safety skills. In pursuing Digital Equity, Hennepin County is working toward a future when all individuals have the technology capacity needed for full participation in our digital world, from lifelong education to employment and training, and access to essential services.About Hennepin County:Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile.Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at The Bridge (login as a guest). Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community. Your future. Made here.
This posting may be used to fill current and future vacancies.
This position will have access to systems or other documentation that contains HIPAA data.Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience. Final candidates may be required to complete a background check.If you have any questions, please contact: