Hmong Women Achieving Together

August 14, 2017

Volunteer Job Description

The volunteer position is part-time and will last 9 months with the possibility of longer term engagement. Hnub Tshiab expects the volunteer to work a minimum of 3-5 hours a week on average. There may be times when certain projects require more time during a particular week, and less hours during a particular week. The volunteer may also volunteer more hours a week if they wish. The volunteer will collaborate with board members to carry out organizational efforts. The volunteer will report to the board chair.

Responsibilities/Tasks may include:
● Provide research resources for families and community members
● Assist and observe board and community meetings
● Assist in planning, coordinating, and/or facilitating organizational, program, and board events and activities
● Assist with fundraising and grant writing
● Assist with writing/editing reports and other organizational documents
● Assist in developing research and evaluation projects and tools that will support the work of the organization
● Assist with outreach efforts to bring awareness to and/or highlight organizational programs, events, etc.
● Organize and file historical documents
● Help develop partners in the community
● Assist with other tasks as assigned

Qualifications:
● Have knowledge of research and evaluation methods and tools
● Be able to adapt to a changing organizational structure
● Enjoy participating in planning and implementing programs
● Have good attention to details
● Be able to juggle multiple tasks/priorities
● Have strong communication skills
● Be independent and self-directed
● Is able to facilitate groups of people
● Be a graduate level student

If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity or if you’d like more information, please email Pa Der Vang at pdvang@stkate.edu.

Details about the organization

Website: www.hmongwomen.org

Hnub Tshiab Hmong Women Achieving Together is a 501 (c) 3 organization located in St. Paul, MN whose mission is to be a catalyst for lasting cultural, institutional, and social change to improve the lives of Hmong women. We envision a world where Hmong women and girls are valued and supported to achieve their highest potential in all of their roles. We see a society that honors the choices that Hmong women make and celebrates their ability to direct their own destinies.

History
Hnub Tshiab: Hmong Women Achieving Together (HWAT) began as a grassroots organization in
1998 to address violence against women in the Hmong community. The organization began as a program under the Ramsey County Initiative for Violence Free Families. A study that involved a survey of over 100 community members found that sexism was a root cause of violence against Hmong women and girls. This formed the original mission if Hnub Tshiab which was to “end violence against Hmong women by ending sexism.” In 2007, Hnub Tshiab incorporated as a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization with the mission to be a catalyst for cultural, institutional, and social change to improve the lives of Hmong women. This demonstrated the growth of the organization in how it has advanced the manner in which it conceptualizes Hmong women’s experiences. Rather defining Hmong women’s experience as shaped sexism, we now focus on empowerment of Hmong women as a mechanism to undo patriarchy in Hmong society. HWAT is an organization for Hmong women, led by Hmong women. We empower Hmong women by developing their leadership skills and by engaging families and communities in building insight and understanding about the changing dynamics of Hmong culture. We assert that it is ok for Hmong women to focus on Hmong women and it is ok to talk about sexism and gender inequality in our endeavor to promote Hmong women’s autonomy and leadership.