OPPORTUNITY: Experienced Online Digital Skills Instructors Needed

From the National Digital Equity Center

The National Digital Equity Center is looking for experienced Digital Skills Instructors to join our team.  Applicants for these fully remote positions must be able to meet the following requirements:

  • Must have a home office with high speed internet access
  • Experience teaching computer skills to adults, preferably in a classroom or online setting
  • Comfortable and proficient with the use of Zoom for meetings and instruction
  • Strong demonstrated digital literacy/computer skills, especially with Windows 10 and Android devices
  • Available for at least 20 hours a week during the hours of 8:30 am to 8 pm EST, Monday through Friday excluding holidays.
  • Willing to abide by the National Digital Equity Center’s Code of Conduct – https://digitalequitycenter.org/ndec-code-of-conduct/
  • Starting pay: $20.00/hr.

Both half-time and full-time positions are available.  Please send a resume and a letter of inquiry to info@digitalequitycenter.org.

The National Digital Equity Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities.

OPPORTUNITY: Contract Broadband engineering expert to help PUC investigate LTD Broadband

An opportunity from the State to look into LTD Broadband and their ability to help Minnesota fully take advantage of RDOF funding. (Get more background.)

The telecommunications regulatory unit at the Minnesota Commerce Department (Department or Commerce) has the responsibility to conduct investigations on telecommunications matters,  advocate before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC or Commission) and enforce Minnesota statutes, rules, and orders of the Commission pertaining to telecommunications. The telecommunications regulatory unit at the Department is within the Division of Energy Resources. Minnesota Statutes section 216A.07 authorizes the Department to represent the public interest in all Commission proceedings.

The Department requests proposals for a technical expert or experts with engineering, financial and management expertise required to develop and successfully run gigabit broadband networks. The experts will determine whether LTD Broadband, LLC (LTD) has, or reasonably can be expected to obtain, the technical, managerial and financial resources to deploy and maintain a broadband network to meet expectations consistent with requirements of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) to serve approximately 102,000 locations, as provisionally awarded by the FCC.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) and required forms are available to view and download on the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s RFP website at https://mn.gov/commerce/industries/rfp/ through the submission deadline.

Proposals must be submitted by no later than Friday, August 22, 2022 at 11:59 PM Central Time. Proposals must be submitted to energy.contracts@state.mn.us. Instructions for submitting proposals are detailed in the RFP. Late proposals will not be considered.

This request does not obligate the State to complete the work contemplated in this notice.  The State reserves the right to cancel this solicitation. All expenses incurred in responding to this notice are solely the responsibility of the responder.

OPPORTUNITIES: National Digital Inclusion Alliance is hiring for multiple positions

National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) is looking for a few good people…

Program Manager: Help lead NDIA’s work supporting local organizations and affiliates, including digital inclusion coalitions, local and regional governments, and community-based organizations.

Research & Data Manager: Help lead NDIA’s expanding research and data work.

Policy Manager: NDIA is seeking an enthusiastic and qualified Policy Manager (or Associate) to help lead NDIA’s expanding state support and federal policy initiatives.

The three job descriptions are linked here!

OPPORTUNITY: Advocacy and Campaigns Manager job at Muninetworks (ILSR)

The Institute for Local Self Reliance is looking for an Advocacy and Campaigns Manager…

Advocacy and Campaigns Manager

The Advocacy and Campaigns Manager will join ILSR’s Independent Business team, which works to expose the consequences of corporate concentration and build support for local, state, and federal policies that check monopoly power and build thriving, equitable communities. In this role, you will report to the Senior Policy Advocate to execute campaign strategies and manage relationships with allied organizations and coalition partners, including a coalition of nearly 30 independent business groups and alliances advocating for antimonopoly reforms. This role holds a range of advocacy and campaign coordination responsibilities, including:


Campaign Coordination (40%)

  • Cultivate and manage relationships with allied and partner organizations, including gaining an understanding of partners’ internal priorities to inform campaign strategy
  • Coordinate an existing table of partners, including facilitating engaging, productive meetings, and coordinating joint campaign actions, such as press events and sign-on letters
  • Recruit, organize, and support partners and small business owners for media interviews, op-eds, and engagement with federal and state policymakers
  • Identify, recruit, and develop new partners and small business owners for advocacy
  • Maintain and manage a campaign database and various tracking systems

Advocacy (40%)

  • Work alongside the Senior Policy Advocate and ILSR’s communications team to develop messaging and communications materials for the campaign, including:
    • Prepare communications materials such as talking points, small business testimonials, and social media content showcasing monopoly power’s direct impact on small businesses
    • Create rapid response materials for campaigns and distribute to coalition partners
    • Draft other written materials for the campaign on behalf of coalition partners
  • Interview and capture the stories of small business owners and partners for written and/or video statements
  • Coordinate with ILSR’s research and communications staff to produce content, including videos, for advocacy campaigns
  • Draft weekly email updates to inform campaign members of updates and news
  • Develop and maintain the coalition’s social media channels
    • Write, edit, update, and schedule digital content using social media management, email marketing and website content management systems to mobilize partners
    • Create and maintain a content calendar to keep team and partners informed and coordinated on plans and strategy
    • Analyze engagement data and identify online strategies to grow the coalition and increase its impact

Other Advocacy Support and Administrative Tasks (20%)

  • Support ILSR’s Independent Business Team, including the Senior Policy Advocate, in their engagement with policymakers

  • Develop expertise on monopoly power and small business

  • Maintain policymaker, partner, and ally lists

  • Monitor policymaker activities

  • Miscellaneous administrative tasks as directed by supervisor

OPPORTUNITY: RFP for Broadband engineering and services in Crow Wing County

The Brainerd Dispatch posts a RFP

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS BROADBAND ENGINEERING AND BROADBAND SERVICE PROVIDER FOR THE CROW WING COUNTY CDBG-CV BROADBAND PROJECT The Board of Commissioners of Crow Wing County, Minnesota, will receive proposals from all interested providers of High-Speed Internet/Broadband services for affordable, reliable high-speed Internet access for residential, business, and government constituents within Crow Wing County. The specification packet is available through the Crow Wing County Administrator’s Office, Historic Courthouse, 326 Laurel St, Ste 13, Brainerd, MN 56401, telephone 218-824-1067, e-mail coadmin@crowwing.us. Proposals shall be received by the Crow Wing County Administrator no later than 5:00 PM on July 5, 2022. Crow Wing County reserves the right to waive any irregularities and to reject any or all proposals or award upon such basis as they may deem to be in the County’s best interest. /s/ TIMOTHY J. HOULE, COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR CROW WING COUNTY, MINNESOTA

OPPORTUNITY: GIS Intern at Muninetworks (ILSR)

An opportunity with the Institute for Local Self Reliance

ILSR is looking to hire a Geographic Information Systems Intern. This person will work with our GIS and Data Visualization Researcher, as well as the rest of the Community Broadband Networks team, on original research projects that advance the mission of the initiative. The GIS intern can expect to receive hands-on experience using R, QGIS or ArcGIS Pro, Tableau, and Excel.

The internship is available to undergraduate students, graduate students, and other interested individuals who can commit to 20 – 40 hours per week. Pay is $16 per hour. This is a fully remote position unless the successful candidate lives near one of our offices and is interested in an in-person work setting.

OPPORTUNITY: Digital Communications Manager job at Muninetworks (ILSR)

An opportunity with the Institute for Local Self Reliance…

ILSR is hiring a Digital Communications Manager, who will work closely with the Communications Director to develop and implement communication strategies that support the mission of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

In this role, you will work across several different initiatives to write, edit, and design creative public messaging to promote ILSR’s work through the organization’s newsletters, website, social media, events, and more. Download the full description here, or see this job posting at ilsr.org.

OPPORTUNITY: Crow Wing County RFP for Broadband Service

The Brainerd Dispatch reports

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS HIGH SPEED INTERNET/BROADBAND SERVICES The Board of Commissioners of Crow Wing County, Minnesota, will receive proposals from all interested providers of High-Speed Internet/Broadband services for affordable, reliable high-speed Internet access for residential, business, and government constituents within Crow Wing County. The specification packet is available through the Crow Wing County Administrator’s Office, Historic Courthouse, 326 Laurel St, Ste 13, Brainerd, MN 56401, telephone 218-824-1067, e-mail coadmin@crowwing.us. Proposals shall be received by the Crow Wing County Administrator no later than 5:00 PM on July 22, 2022. Crow Wing County reserves the right to waive any irregularities and to reject any or all proposals or award upon such basis as they may deem to be in the County’s best interest. /s/ TIMOTHY J. HOULE, COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR CROW WING COUNTY, MINNESOTA Dated at Brainerd, Minnesota, this 17th day of June 2022.

The Intelligent Community Forum Names the Global Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2022

From the Intelligent Community Forum…

In an announcement today at the conclusion of a hybrid live and online conference, the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) named the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2022. The 20th annual Top7 list includes cities and counties from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Taiwan and Vietnam. One of these seven finalists in the think tank’s annual awards program will be named the Intelligent Community of the Year at the ICF Summit in October. (www.icfsummit.com)
In alphabetical order, the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2021 are:

  • Binh Duong Smart City, Vietnam
  • Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
  • Regional Municipality of Durham, Ontario, Canada
  • Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
  • New Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Prospect, South Australia, Australia
  • Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Five of this year’s Top7 Intelligent Communities have appeared on the Top7 list in previous years: Binh Duong Smart City and Curitiba in 2021, Fredericton in 2008 and 2009, New Taipei City from 2014 to 2016 and Sunshine Coast in 2019 and 2020. The Regional Municipality of Durham and Prospect are making their first appearance as Top7 Communities.
The announcement was made at the conclusion of a day-long hybrid live and online conference with the theme of How Digital Innovation Drives Growth. It featured panel discussions and presentations from mayors, CIOs, futurists, researchers, and other experts in the Intelligent Community field.


OPPORTUNITY: Applications open for TechCongress Fellowships

From Techcongress...

Applications for our 2023 Congressional Innovation Fellowship (mid-career) and Congressional Innovation Scholars (early-career) Program are now open through August 10th, 2022! We are searching for talented mid and early-career technologists who are interested in making impact at the highest level – in Congress – starting in January 2023.

Mid-career fellows will serve from January – December 2023 and receive a stipend of $86,700 with up to $8,000 in benefits. Early-career fellows will serve from January – October 2023 and receive an annual-equivalent stipend of $63,240 with up to $6,000 in benefits.

Applications will close on August 10th, 2022 at 11:59 pm ET.

OPPORTUNITY: MN Office of Broadband Development seeks Executive Director

The job is now open

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is the State of Minnesota’s principal economic development agency. DEED’s mission is simple: to empower the growth of the Minnesota economy, for everyone.

Our state’s economy is diverse and dynamic, enriched by creative entrepreneurs, established Fortune 500 companies, and a hard-working labor force that brings the Minnesota values of hard work and integrity to work every day. The unique role of DEED is to empower businesses and workers to grow our economy by building partnerships, planning for long term growth, and creating opportunity for workers from all backgrounds and experiences.

We are driven to find talented and innovative public servants, motivated by the opportunity to serve businesses, people, and the greater good. At DEED you will join a diverse team, inspired by challenging work and united by shared values that guide our work every day.

At DEED we live our values by; focusing on the customer, communicating early and often, seeking solutions, creating inclusion, encouraging new ideas, and being gracious.

Apply before June 28. Salary range is roughly $90,000-130,000. Lots of good folks already work there.

OPPORTUNITY: 2022 Digital Inclusion Trailblazers Applications Open!

An opportunity from the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA)

Digital Inclusion Trailblazers is a public inventory of local government initiatives promoting digital literacy and broadband access for underserved residents. NDIA first launched this effort in 2016 as an advocacy tool for local, state and national digital inclusion leadership, and as a handy database of examples for communities interested in taking similar steps themselves. The list also serves as an honor roll of local government initiatives that promote digital literacy and broadband access for underserved residents. With support from Google Fiber and help from a Working Group of our affiliates, NDIA identifies local governments that are Digital Inclusion Trailblazers using six indicators, listed below, based on documentation submitted by the candidates. Trailblazers are models for other local governments to pursue digital inclusion efforts in their own communities.

Trailblazer Indicators:

  1. Your local government has, or directly funds, at least one full-time staff dedicated to digital  inclusion initiatives, policies and/or programs.
  2. Your local government has a digital inclusion plan or is in the process of developing a plan.
  3. Representatives of your local government participate in an open-access digital inclusion coalition.
  4. Your local government has conducted or plans to conduct and publish survey research on Internet access and use by your residents.
  5. Your local government directly funds community digital inclusion programming.
  6. Your local government is taking steps to increase affordability of home broadband service.

We invite any other local government that fits one or more of these indicators to apply to be a 2022 Digital Inclusion Trailblazer. The application form provides a check-list and documentation requirement for each indicator.

OPPORTUNITY: Job opening Office of Broadband Dev – Digital Equity Program Lead

From the Office of Broadband Development

Job Class: State Program Administrator, Coordinator

Working Title: Digital Equity Program Lead

  • Who May Apply: This vacancy is open for all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 05/20/2022
  • Closing Date: 06/02/2022
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Employ & Econ Development Dept / Employ & Economic Dev-MAPE
  • Division/Unit: Business & Community Devlp Div / 0359 Broadband Development
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Daytime
  • Days of Work: Monday – Friday
  • Telework: May be eligible to telework up to 5 days per week
  • Travel Required: Yes – Up to 25% of the time; including local, regional, statewide, and occasional overnights
  • Salary Range: $32.49 – $48.32/hourly; $67,839 – $100,892/annually
  • Classified Status: Unclassified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 – MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • End Date: This position is expected to last up to two (2) years.
  • FLSA Status: Exempt – Professional
  • Connect 700 Program Eligible: No

Job Summary

We are looking for an energetic individual to lead the state’s efforts to close the digital divide and encourage broadband adoption and use among underserved populations across Minnesota. The incumbent will work with state agencies, local governments, nonprofits and providers to engage with communities and populations to identify and address the barriers that exist to ensuring broadband access is affordable, that devices are available that meet the users’ needs, that digital literacy training and quality technical support are available, and that users have a basic awareness of how to protect their online privacy and safety. The goal is to achieve digital equity to ensure all who live in Minnesota can fully engage in civic and cultural opportunities, employment, lifelong learning, healthcare and other essential services.

The Digital Equity Program Director will report directly to the Executive Director and support the development of new broadband digital equity programming and tools statewide. This position is a temporary, federal grant funded position.

The purpose of this position is to develop, promote, implement, provide technical assistance for, evaluate and report on state and/or federally funded financing programs of the Office of Broadband Development. The Office develops and administers programs designed to achieve high quality broadband access for all Minnesotans and to support and promote the skills necessary to adopt and use broadband tools for economic, educational, health, and institutional benefits.

This position is expected to last up to two (2) years.

OPPORTUNITY: Job opening Research Officer at the Blandin Foundation

From the Blandin Foundation

The Research Officer is responsible for designing & conducting research studies using qualitative and quantitative analysis to support and advance the foundation’s strategic work. This position presents research findings via written reports that include highly professional data visualizations for internal and external audiences. The Research Officer will monitor research developments and community trends related to specific issue areas and is responsible for maintaining an in-house library and library of digital research assets.

More information and application available here.

Deadline to apply: May 22, 2022 or until position is filled.

Nominate your MN Unsung Nonprofit Hero to win $10,000

The MN Nonprofit Council reports on a great way to reward an unsung hero. I can think of a few local rural broadband champions who might fit the description….

2022 award nominations now open!

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is pleased to announce the annual Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Awards. In partnership with the McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation that advances a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and planet thrive, four Minnesotans, two from the Twin Cities metro and two from Greater Minnesota, will each receive $10,000 in recognition of the significant impact they have had on the state of Minnesota and its communities. 

Award Criteria

A Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero is an individual who has had a significant impact on the state of Minnesota and its communities. This individual:

  • Has played a significant role on creating a positive impact on Minnesota and its communities.
  • Has not been widely recognized for their work in the past.

Award Eligibility

  • Nominees do not have to be employed at an organization to be eligible, but may be volunteers, board members, or service staff of nonprofits.
  • Nominees must be Minnesota residents.
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted.
  • Nominees may not be past Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Award or Human Services Award recipients.

Recipients will receive:

  • $10,000 cash award.
  • Recognition at the 2022 MCN Annual Conference, October 13 & 14.

Nominations are open Monday, May 2, 2022 – Monday, May 30, 2022, 11:30pm CST.