Mobile Career Unit Connects Refugees with Jobs

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The City of Phoenix is hosting a refugee-focused Mobile Career Unit hiring event. There are currently more than 3,000 City of Phoenix job openings in various departments including Street Transportation and Parks and Recreation.

“The Mobile Career Unit (MCU) is innovative in its approach of meeting job seekers where they are at with job opportunities right here in their community, so it makes sense that the MCU be utilized to assist refugees looking for work,” said Mayor Kate Gallego. “The MCU has proven itself to be successful with multiple ‘on the spot’ hires, and I look forward to hearing about more success stories with these added events.”

Ahead of this event, the City of Phoenix Human Resources Department is working closely with the International Rescue Committee and other refugee-serving organizations to make the City’s hiring process more accessible to the refugee community.

Several agencies will be in attendance including International Rescue Committee, Chicanos Por La Causa, Phoenix Refugee Connections, Friendly House and Catholic Charities. These organizations will assist with pairing refugees with City jobs.

“I’ve worked extensively with refugee communities throughout my career, and I’ve always been impressed with their level of education, diverse skill sets, and their commitment to making a positive impact in their new home. But many newly arriving refugees lack access to reliable transit, needed technology and language barriers pose challenges when job searching,” says Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari. “I’m incredibly proud that our city is meeting our new residents where they’re at and bringing wraparound services to ensure all around success.”

WHAT: Mobile Career Unit Refugee-Focused Hiring Event

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 31 at 9 a.m.

WHERE: Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004

WHO: City of Phoenix, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego (Available from 9-9:30 a.m. for media interviews), District 7 Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari (Available at 10-10:30 a.m. for media interviews)

Phoenix residents can submit applications for City of Phoenix jobs at Phoenix.gov/jobs.

The City of Phoenix is one of 15 cities awarded $1 million dollars in the 2021-22 Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Mayors Challenge, to drive futures forward with a data-directed Mobile Career Unit (MCU) that helps unemployed residents overcome barriers and obtain employment.