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Immigration Assessment Project Manager

Community Foundation Of Greater Dubuque, Dubuque, IA

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Immigration Assessment Project Manager (Contracted)


Title:  Project Manager

Reports to:  Director of Community Initiatives

Status:  Contracted (Part-Time)

Direct Reports:   None

Project Timeline:  18-24 months (Target dates - August 1, 2019 through July 31, 2021.)



The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, in partnership with a Dubuque Religious Sisters’ Collaborative, are sponsoring a comprehensive Immigration Assessment to gain an in-depth understanding of the current programs and resources that support immigrant families’ stability and ability to advance their economic future in order to address gaps and improve the delivery system.

The assessment is a systematic process for determining and addressing needs, or “gaps” between current conditions and desired conditions, or “wants”.

The current scenario is comprised of various concerns such as:

  • Fragmentation
  • Leadership vacuum
  • Lack of permanent solutions and no clear goals
  • Programs vs. systems
  • Scarce public resources



  • Complete an Asset Map
    • Inventory the current community strengths and resources and depict on a map to create a visual analysis of how to build on these assets to address community needs and improve health


  • Convene project teams
    • Partners Group that will oversee the process
    • Working Group that includes a representative from each partner and interested community members
    • Advisory Group consisting of volunteers recruited based on knowledge and experience on immigration issues


  • Facilitate a Kick-off Event
    • Conduct a SWOT analysis with participating social work providers, government stakeholders, business and religious leaders, members of the immigrant community and interested parties


  • Gather Inputs
    • Interview Key Informants who are knowledgeable service partners to gather their perspective. Doing this early in the process will help to identify key themes
    • Convene Focus Groups consisting of service providers, management level staff and immigrant community members to inform the work
    • Inventory current Immigration Services by designing and implementing an online survey to be provided to known providers. The information requested will focus on services available such as the number of counselors/attorneys, wait times, payment acceptance, etc.


  • Data Collection
    • Identify current data sources
    • Use hyper-local database (Results-Based Accountability, or RBA) to gather new data
    • Define short-, intermediate-, and long-term success metrics
    • Create data dashboards for the working group and for the community
    • Commit to data-driven decision making


  • Identify Precedent Programs
    • Research best practices and precedent models that have been successful in helping other communities and organizations overcome similar issues and help us devise strategies to overcome the challenges identified in the research
    • Identify effective solutions that reduce disparate social outcomes for immigrant families


  • Maintain a project plan, including a timeline for project deliverables and submit a monthly report with updates on key project deliverables


  • Provide a written assessment that includes findings and recommendations for next steps:
    • Immigration Engagement – NCL
    • Education and Awareness Campaign
    • Community Conversations
    • Collective Impact approach to drive Systems Change



  • Complex project management and/or research work experience
  • Demonstrated ability to see the big picture while remaining grounded in the day-to-day execution of tasks and responsibilities
  • A strong relationship-builder who can clearly communicate across constituencies both verbally and in writing and who can interact respectfully with people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and cultures
  • Comfort in working in ambiguity
  • Strategic analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Well-developed research skills and the ability to synthesize new information readily
  • Well-organized and self-motivated


The Employer is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Employer will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the Employer.


This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the job and the general nature and level of work performed by job holders within this job. However, this job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.  This job description is general and may evolve over time.  The description is subject to periodic updating.  At management’s discretion, the employee may be assigned different and/or additional duties or responsibilities.


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