WPCiA News

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.

Windom Park Bylaws Update 2021

(November 16, 2021)
In conjunction with a funding model change, Windom Park Citizens in Action board of directors has authorized a vote to adopt new bylaws for the organization.

We will be reviewing the current bylaws and the proposed bylaws at a public Neighborhood Meeting on November 16, 2021 conducted via Zoom. In accordance with the update & amendment rules in our current bylaws, we will need to have at least 15 members of the organization to form a quorum and will need a 50+1% majority to approve the changes.

Current bylaws can be found here.

Proposed bylaws can be found here.

Proposed bylaws were drafted based on the template document provided by Birken Law Firm PLLC in conjunction with City of Minneapolis as part of the Neighborhoods 2020 model. In drafting the new bylaws, Windom Park Citizens in Action referred to current bylaws for a majority of the language and rules.

Major changes in proposed bylaws:

Includes language for Member Grievance Procedure
Clarifies and adds language for meeting types and procedures
Removes requirement to conduct meetings using Robert’s Rules of Order
Includes clear language for hiring staff, contractors, and volunteers
Removes requirement of monthly neighborhood meetings

2020 Meeting Minutes

January 2020 – – Board Minutes – – Monthly financial report

February 2020 – – Board Minutes – – Monthly financial report

March 2020 – – Board Minutes – – Monthly financial report

April 2020 – – Board Minutes – – Monthly financial report

May 2020 – – Board Minutes – – Monthly financial report

June 2020 – – Board Minutes – – Monthly financial report

July 2020 – – Board Minutes – – Monthly financial report

August 2020 – – Board Minutes – – Monthly financial report

September 2020 – – Board Minutes – – Monthly financial report

October 2020 – – Board Minutes – – Monthly financial report

November 2020 – – Board Minutes – – Monthly financial report

December 2020 – – Board Minutes – – Monthly financial report

Our Latest Financial Report

The latest Financial Report for WPCiA is available to view here. Please contact us with any questions. Reports are posted here after being reviewed by the Board of Directors at their monthly meetings on the fourth Tuesday of the month unless otherwise scheduled. All are welcome to attend our board meetings.

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.

COVID-19 Resources

  • State of Minnesota COVID-19 Hotline: (651) 201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Interpreters available.
  • State of Minnesota School and Child Care Hotline: (651) 297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Interpreters available.
  • City of Minneapolis questions, complaints, and information: 311 or (612) 673-3000

We’re Open … But Physical Office Temporarily Closed Due to COVID-19

  • Our physical office is closed until further notice due to COVID-19 restrictions, but we are still operating off-site. You can reach us by email at info@windompark.org or by leaving a voicemail at (612) 788-2192.
  • WPCiA’s home fix-up loans and commercial rehab loans are still available. Call our vendor CEE/The Lending Center at (612) 335-5858 for details and to apply.
  • Home Energy Squad visits are still taking place to address energy-efficiency concerns. Call (651) 328-6220 for details.

  • For fastest action on your Home Security Rebate during COVID-19, please email your completed applications to us instead of mailing or dropping them off at the office. Our physical office is not open at this time.

More Raingardens Moving Forward in 2021

WPCiA provided partial funding for 15 neighborhood rain gardens in 2019 and 2020; we have now allocated $5,600 for eight more of these environmentally smart, stormwater-filtering gardens in 2021. We are working with Metro Blooms on this project. Estimated cost to the resident installing the rain garden is $300-450, depending on size of the garden and plants used. Deadline for applying is April 30, 2021 (first come, first served). If you are interested in participating, send your name, address, email and phone number to info@windompark.org

The ‘Minneapolis 2040’ Comprehensive Plan

The Minneapolis City Council on Dec. 7, 2018, approved the “Minneapolis 2040” Comprehensive Plan and forwarded it, as required by state law, to the Metropolitan Council for final approval during 2019. The plan provides a roadmap for where the city sees itself in the coming years. Urban design, density, zoning, housing, transportation, heritage preservation, equity, community engagement and more are detailed for each area of the city. Check this link for details from the city. 

The plan and its public meetings generated debate and news coverage; in the Windom Park neighborhood, debate generally centered around the city’s initial proposal to allow dwelling structures of up to four units (four-plexes; later reduced to tri-plexes plus an Accessory Dwelling Unit) on all residential properties – in conflict with the Small Area Plan the neighborhood approved. The Small Area Plan called for zoning to remain “as is” in this neighborhood.  WPCiA submitted comment to the city stating that we support the Windom Park Neighborhood Small Area Plan and wish to have it incorporated into “Minneapolis 2040.” Your neighbor volunteers worked for over two years seeking community input, conducting surveys, holding community engagement sessions, working with a special consultant, conferring with city staff, listening to neighbors, revising and ultimately creating a plan for this specific area of Minneapolis.

The City of Minneapolis’ approved 2040 plan can be found here. WPCiA remains committed to its Small Area Plan. If you are interested in volunteering to help work towards implementation of the plan, contact WPCiA or attend our monthly meetings.

Small Area Plan Documents

WPCiA has completed the Windom Park Neighborhood Small Area Plan (SAP). This important document will provide direction for the neighborhood and the City of Minneapolis for the coming years on topics such as land use, zoning, density, transportation, parking, commercial area revitalization, and gateways. We thank all of you who provided input, answered our surveys, attended meetings, and served on the Steering Committee!

Please note that on Jan. 23, 2018, after considering the many comments on the SAP and motions made by neighbors attending the Jan. 16 neighborhood meeting, the Board of Directors voted to remove the Johnson Street opportunity site from the plan. Also removed are references to rezone the neighborhood to R3 (higher-density residential); instead, the document will express a preference that zoning in the neighborhood remains “as is.” 

You can access the WPCiA Small Area Plan by downloading Volume 1 and Volume 2 here (approximately 12 MB each).

Other Key Milestones:

See also: Lowry Grove redevelopment plans

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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