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Seeking: Nonprofit Administrator

Windom Park Citizens in Action, a Minneapolis-based neighborhood nonprofit, is seeking a full-time employee to aid in the administration of the organization.

Nonprofit Administrator

Summary:

Windom Park Citizens in Action (WPCiA) is seeking an administrator to fulfill the duties of our neighborhood-based nonprofit. This person will be the representative of Windom Park to its residents and the City of Minneapolis. This will be an ideal position for a motivated self-starter that enjoys meeting people, talking about Windom Park neighborhood, and finding new ways to connect.

We are looking for an individual that understands the role nonprofits can play in enhancing and developing a community and has passion to drive our organization forward. This individual will work independently to seek out new opportunities for engagement with residents of Windom Park and increase the equitable participation of all demographic groups and stakeholders.

WPCiA manages programs that benefit its residents, including financial loans, grants, rebates, and others. The staff person would act as public liaison for these programs, but actual financial transactions are handled by third-party partners. Clear, timely, and professional communication with our residents and partners is an important part of this role.

WPCiA is actively working to increase the quality and quantity of its engagement activities with residents and members of the community. This person will perform outreach and communication for the organization including, but not limited to, social media posts, bulk email blasts, coordinating content for mailings, tabling, and organizing/participating in calls and meetings.

The ideal candidate:

  • Understands the operations and functions of a nonprofit
  • Is community-minded and enjoys seeking connections and engagement opportunities
  • Is a self-starter that can responsibly manage their own time and work independently
  • Is organized and has good written and verbal communication skills
  • Is interested in making Windom Park and the city of Minneapolis a more inclusive and equitable place to live for all its residents
  • Lives in Windom Park, Minneapolis, or a nearby community, and understands the geography and general constituency of the neighborhood
  • Understands grassroots civic activity and is engaged in civic discourse

Responsibilities:

  • Increase outreach and community connections with residents, businesses, and property owners in the neighborhood
  • Seek opportunities for community engagement
  • Attend community and government meetings, activities and events that align with goals of WPCiA and report back to the Board with information
  • Administration and coordination of WPCiA programs
  • Manage communications with City regarding funding and operational programs
  • Manage communications and contracts with partner organizations
  • Manage content of website (calendar of events, basic content editing) – No HTML, coding, or website development experience necessary
  • Manage social media channels, email blasts and subscription lists
  • Administration of basic office duties – answering telephone, filing paperwork, etc. following standard nonprofit best practices
  • Manage communications and scheduling special guests for regular neighborhood and board of directors’ meetings
  • Work with Board Treasurer to manage financial transactions and prepare payments to subcontractors and service providers.  

Hours:

This job has an expected average of 32-40 hours per week. Primarily a day-time weekday position, this job will require some evening and weekend work.

Compensation:

$25-$35/hr, based on experience. This is a non-exempt position and is eligible for overtime.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

This person will work independently from the Windom Park Citizens in Action main office, located at 1845 NE Stinson Blvd in Minneapolis. They will report to and receive direction from the Board of Directors but will have the opportunity to craft this position and make it their own. This position is primarily office work, and this person will be expected to be able to sit and operate a computer for extended periods of time. Some travel may be required to attend community events, meetings, and other engagement opportunities.

Qualifications:

Required:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Minimum 4 years office, administrative, or executive experience
  • Above average computer skills and experience with Office 365, Word, Excel, Outlook, and various database software.
  • High ethical and professional standards 
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through learning, training, and dialogue
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with and for diverse groups of people
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented, with ability to work independently
  • Positive, warm, and friendly demeanor; able to greet community members with care, compassion, and helpfulness
  • Working understanding of county/community-based services/programs

Preferred:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Experience with Mailchimp (or similar email programs), social media, and website content editing software, such as WordPress
  • Experience managing nonprofit organizations a plus
  • Knowledge of function and operation of local government, including City of Minneapolis and its departments

The above statements are not intended to encompass all functions and qualifications of the position. Rather they are intended to provide a general framework of the requirements of the position. Job incumbents may be required to perform other functions not specifically addressed in this job description. Employment at Windom Park Citizens in Action is at-will and may be terminated by either employee or employer for any lawful reason.

We welcome everyone to apply, especially those individuals who are underrepresented in our sector: individuals who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQI+ and gender fluid or gender nonconforming, individuals with disabilities (both seen and unseen), veterans, people of any age or family status.

Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, disability, marital status, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, genetic information, or a protected veteran status.

How to apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume by email to info@windompark.org no later than January 28, 2022. Please use the subject line: Nonprofit Administrator Application

For questions about the position or application process, email us at info@windompark.org or call 651-216-2860.

Next Neighborhood Meeting: June 15, 2021 … Everyone Welcome!

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 – 7 p.m. (virtually via Zoom technology; email us for instructions if you are not already on our e-blast list, or see the events listing on this web site)

Location: online virtual meeting due to COVID-19 pandemic issues. Join us from wherever you are, either by audio only or audio and video, by phone, computer or other electronic device.

Check back here (or see your monthly postcard from us) for details on the meeting agenda as they are finalized.

If you have ideas for topics you’d like to have discussed at our Neighborhood Meetings, let us know.

Remember: In our neighborhood organization, all 18-years-of-age-and-over residents, property owners, and business representatives in the Windom Park neighborhood can make motions and vote at our Neighborhood Meetings.

City Council Declares Racism Public Health Emergency

The Minneapolis City Council passed a resolution July 17 calling racism a public health emergency in the city of Minneapolis. The resolution states in part that the city “will recognize the severe impact of racism on the well-being of residents and city overall and allocate funding, staff, and additional resources to actively engage in racial equity in order to name, reverse, and repair the harm done to BIPOC in this City.” The full resolution including actions the city plans to implement can be found here.

Background on Lowry Grove Redevelopment

Redevelopment has been proposed for the Lowry Grove mobile home park area adjacent to our neighborhood on Stinson Parkway at Lowry Avenue NE/Kenzie Terrace. In early 2021, WCPiA heard from developers about a new proposal for senior housing for a portion of the site along Stinson Parkway.

General Chronology of Past Events

  • A community meeting on the possible redevelopment was organized by SAVNE Neighbors for a Livable Community for Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Details here.
  • A proposed settlement was reached Aug. 1, 2017, with the former residents, according to the City of St. Anthony Village. The proposed settlement was reportedly in part contingent on density factors that later were not approved by the city.
  • The developer in July 2017 filed a revised development plan (see right-hand column links on the village’s web site) with the City of St. Anthony Village.
  • After a public hearing Aug. 28, 2017, the St. Anthony Village Planning Commission voted to deny the developer’s applications. The city council agreed to postpone action on this agenda item until its Oct. 10 meeting.
  • At its Oct. 10, 2017, meeting the St. Anthony Village City Council unanimously approved a resolution to Deny the Comprehensive Plan Amendments, PUD Preliminary Development Plan/PUD Rezoning, and Preliminary Plat related to The Village, LLC project located at 2401 and 2501 Lowry Avenue.
  • In October 2017, another revision was proposed by the developer (see right-hand column links on the village web site for related plans and exhibits).
  • At a community meeting held Jan. 24, 2018, the developer presented revised plans that no longer include the Bremer Bank site and noted the development team expected to file an application with the city in the coming days. The property owners noted they may offer RV parking at the site this summer in order to recoup some of their investment. The project is now being referred to as the “Kenzie Terrace and Stinson Parkway Development.”
  • The St. Anthony Village City Council approved the developer’s revised preliminary plan, now scaled back to 414-430 units of rental housing.
  • St. Anthony Village, like Minneapolis, is undergoing an update of its Comprehensive Plan. See what is suggested here, and see how it might impact the Windom Park neighborhood.

WPCiA  continues to monitor and discuss these topic at our meetings and with our Minneapolis city council member and park board representatives, due to the proximity of this potential development site to our neighborhood. A group of residents, SAVNE Neighbors for a Livable Community, has also been organizing meetings and collecting documents on the project, which WPCiA will post here as they become available. (See also information on the WPCiA Small Area Plan.)

Other Documents

Help us make Windom Park an even better place to live! We are seeking a full-time administrator to operate our neighborhood nonprofit. M-F with some evenings/weekends and great pay. BIPOC candidates encouraged to apply. Click here to learn more and apply. 

MISSION

WPCIA is a neighborhood-based nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with tax-exempt status. It is the city-designated citizen participation organization for this geographic area of Minneapolis, as well as the NRP (Neighborhood Revitalization Program) contracting organization for the Windom Park Neighborhood.

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