We are excited to have Chalonne join the Nexus family! She joined Nexus in July 2017 as the Program Coordinator of the Evaluation Fellows Program (EFP), which is part of the Community Engagement Institute in partnership with the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute at the University of MN. The EFP is designed for community engagement practitioners, evaluators, and funders to collaboratively explore the overlap of community engagement and program evaluation. Chalonne works closely with the EFP Advisory Group, the director of Nexus’s Community Engagement Institute, and the director of the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute to develop and support programming and serve as a key resource for Fellows in the program. Please help us welcome Chalonne!

Nexus is Hiring!

  • October 9, 2017
  • By: Lynette LaFontaine
  • In: General

FINANCE AND HR ASSOCIATE

Nexus Community Partners seeks a part time Finance and HR Associate (20 hours a week).

Nexus Community Partners is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building community wealth & power and advancing racial equity in the Twin Cities. Nexus is an intermediary whose mission is to “build more engaged and powerful communities of color by supporting community-building initiatives and foster social and human capital.” Nexus is all about building community through relationships: between community-based organizations, the public sector, and other nonprofits and funders. We work to make sure that communities of color are at the forefront of making decisions that impact them and that they have the power and tools to generate and maintain wealth.

The major activities that Nexus engages in are:

  • Systems Change: As an intermediary, we bridge partnerships between other funders, partners in the public sector, and community partners (such as neighborhood organizations and small nonprofits) to develop more equitable systems in areas like transit planning, philanthropy, and public health.
  • Capacity Building Support: As a funder, we strengthen the power of on-the-ground organizations in communities of color through financial support and technical assistance. We help these organizations build their leadership and organizational infrastructure, develop programs, implement community engagement strategies, improve their fundraising, and more.
  • Building Leaders: We provide leadership development opportunities for people of color interested in influencing public policy and developing community wealth through cooperative economics.

 Position Responsibilities

Nexus’ Administrative team is responsible for ensuring that the operations of the organization run effectively and in a manner reflective of our values.

 Finance:

  • Manage the Accounts Payable process including processing invoices and check requests, recording monthly automatic payments, processing monthly employee expense reports, recording monthly credit card and debit reports, printing checks, and mailing payments.
  • Assist with Accounts Receivable including recording and preparing deposits of checks received via mail, record electronic deposits, record grants received, and assist with Nexus’ invoices.
  • Assist with the annual audit by preparing electronic and paper files in accordance with Nexus’ financial policies and working with the Director of Finance and HR.
  • Assist the Director of Finance and HR in the areas of budgeting, financial reporting, and expense analysis.

HR:

  •  Assist with the hiring process including the posting of new positions, managing incoming resumes and inquires, printing resumes for review committees, responding via email to all applicants, and assist with onboarding.
  • Assist with administering PTO including following up with Nexus staff and updating the tracking spreadsheet.
  • Assist with benefits administration as needed.
  • Assist the Director of Finance and HR in the areas of the Wellness program, organizing staff learning opportunities, and the staff review process.

Organizational:

  •  Develop community awareness of Nexus and be a positive, dynamic presence for Nexus.
  • Function effectively as a leader, team member, and problem solver in order to ensure that the goals and objectives of Nexus are met.
  • Provide support as needed for other projects, such as the broader evaluation and communication for Nexus.
  • Help build organizational capacity, including strategizing around organizational or program development, developing documentation, supporting communications, and participating in professional development trainings.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications:

  •  Associate’s degree preferred and/or 2-3 years relevant experience in nonprofit and/or community work.
  • Must be detail oriented.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, required.
  • Experience working in QuickBooks and/or QuickBooks for Nonprofits a plus.
  • Experience working in A/P and/or A/R a plus.
  • Curiosity and a willingness to learn.
  • Ability to self-motivate and self-direct; organize own work, set priorities and meet critical deadlines.
  • Flexibility regarding work assignments and ability to respond positively to changing demands and priorities.
  • Understands and embraces efforts that promote racial, social and economic equity and asset-based community change.
  • Capacity to work cross-culturally to achieve understanding and results. Ability to establish and maintain trust readily with a diverse set of partners.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in exercising a high level of discretion and integrity in carrying out financial and HR support duties of a confidential nature.
  • You need to be able to both see possibility and ask hard questions with respect and discretion.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.

The ideal candidate would be able to start October 2017.

Salary range: $17.00 – $21.00/hour (plus limited benefits as a part time employee)

The position will remain open until filled.

Qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter via email to:

Felicia Ring

Nexus Community Partners

Email: hr@nexuscp.org

2314 University Ave W, Suite 18

 St. Paul, MN 55114

http://www.nexuscp.org

NEXUS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

The Finance and HR Associate will report to the Director of Finance and HR.

Nexus offers competitive compensation commensurate with experience and a highly participatory, mutually supportive workplace. We are committed to the personal and professional growth of all staff.

Nexus welcomes new staff member Nkuli Shongwe!

We are excited to have Nkuli join the Nexus family! She is the new community wealth building coordinator through the AmeriCorps VISTA program that is sponsored by The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota. In this role, she will help with the Community Wealth Building work focused on assisting with the Community Wealth Building AmeriCorps VISTA cohort, the Culturally-based Cooperative Development TA cohort, and the East Side Economic Growth Initiative (ESEGI). Please help us welcome Nkuli!

“Art and farming join forces this fall when the Hmong American Farmers Association and a trio of Twin Cities artists add a new staple to the CSA produce box: art.”

Check out how Nexus’ partner, the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA), is getting creative this Thanksgiving by adding Hmong arts and culture to their community supported agricultural (CSA) share. Read the full MPR story here.

Listen to HAFA’s executive director and Nexus board member, Pakou Hang, talk about how community wealth building is grounded in cultural practices.

 

The Community Engagement Institute invites you to the next Engaged Learning Series: Community Engagement through a Healing Lens on Thursday, September 28th from 9-11am. Register here!

Angie Brown is Back at Nexus!

Nexus is very excited to announce that our fellow colleague, Angie Brown, couldn’t stay away for long, and has rejoined the Nexus family! Angie was hired in August as a Program Manager, and will be working on advancing and strengthening communities’ equity-based community engagement as part of the Community Engagement Institute. Please help us welcome Angie back!

 

FINANCE AND HR ASSOCIATE

Nexus Community Partners seeks a part time Finance and HR Associate (20 hours a week).

Nexus Community Partners is a community-building intermediary whose mission is to “build more engaged and powerful communities of color by supporting community-building initiatives and foster social and human capital.”

 Position Responsibilities

 Finance

  • Manage the Accounts Payable process including processing invoices and check requests, recording monthly automatic payments, processing monthly employee expense reports, recording monthly credit card and debit reports, printing checks, and mailing payments.
  • Assist with Accounts Receivable including recording and preparing deposits of checks received via mail, record electronic deposits, record grants received, and assist with Nexus’ invoices.
  • Assist with the annual audit by preparing electronic and paper files in accordance with Nexus’ financial policies and working with the Director of Finance and HR.
  • Assist the Director of Finance and HR in the areas of budgeting, financial reporting, and expense analysis.

HR

  • Assist with the hiring process including the posting of new positions, managing incoming resumes and inquires, printing resumes for review committees, responding via email to all applicants, and assist with onboarding.
  • Assist with administering PTO including following up with Nexus staff and updating the tracking spreadsheet.
  • Assist with benefits administration as needed.
  • Assist the Director of Finance and HR in the areas of the Wellness program, organizing staff learning opportunities, and the staff review process.

Organizational

  • Develop community awareness of Nexus and be a positive, dynamic presence for Nexus.
  • Function effectively as a leader, team member, and problem solver in order to ensure that the goals and objectives of Nexus are met.
  • Provide support as needed for other projects, such as the broader evaluation and communication for Nexus.
  • Help build organizational capacity, including strategizing around organizational or program development, developing documentation, supporting communications, and participating in professional development trainings.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 Qualifications:

  • Associate’s degree preferred and/or 2-3 years relevant experience in nonprofit and/or community work.
  • Must be detail oriented.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, required.
  • Experience working in QuickBooks and/or QuickBooks for Nonprofits a plus.
  • Experience working in A/P and/or A/R a plus.
  • Curiosity and a willingness to learn.
  • Ability to self-motivate and self-direct; organize own work, set priorities and meet critical deadlines.
  • Flexibility regarding work assignments and ability to respond positively to changing demands and priorities.
  • Understands and embraces efforts that promote racial, social and economic equity and asset-based community change.
  • Capacity to work cross-culturally to achieve understanding and results. Ability to establish and maintain trust readily with a diverse set of partners.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in exercising a high level of discretion and integrity in carrying out financial and HR support duties of a confidential nature.
  • You need to be able to both see possibility and ask hard questions with respect and discretion.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.

The ideal candidate would be able to start October 2017.

Nexus offers competitive compensation commensurate with experience and a highly participatory, mutually supportive workplace. We are committed to the personal and professional growth of all staff.

Salary range: $17.00 – $21.00/hour (plus limited benefits as a part time employee)

The Finance and HR Associate will report to the Director of Finance and HR.

Qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter via email by September 18, 2017 to:

Felicia Ring

Nexus Community Partners

2314 University Ave W, Suite 18

St. Paul, MN 55114

Email: hr@nexuscp.org

http://www.nexuscp.org

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

NEXUS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

Earlier this year, Nexus Community Partners launched a new initiative called the Community Engagement Institute, focused on building an equitable and just society by teaching and encouraging the practice of equity-based community engagement. The Institute’s vision is that all community members, especially those who have been historically oppressed and ignored, are engaged in and have authorship of their lives and future. Building on years of community engagement learning, practice, and funding experience, the Institute will be a local and national resource for expanding and deepening the practice of community engagement.

What is community engagement?

Communities, at their foundation, are about relationships. Communities form not only when people live near one another, but also when people spend time with one another, connect around common values, and create opportunities for one another. Communities are also complex, and some communities suffer from greater complexities than others. Racism, historical trauma, generational poverty, and chronic disinvestment slow progress in many communities. These challenges cannot be overcome quickly or easily. But when neighbors, organizations, and institutions develop deep and trusting relationships, these challenges can be diminished over time.

Authentic community engagement requires developing relationships within the community that are focused on long-term results rather than short-term gains. The practice is both about the power of individuals and about working together to create a healthy community. Perhaps most importantly, community engagement is a life-long commitment to a set of values that place equity and inclusion at the center. This means that people who live in low-wealth communities and communities of color should be integrally involved in decisions about their lives and their neighborhoods.

How did the Community Engagement Institute originate?

Nexus has a long-term commitment to authentic community engagement. Yet, despite our consistent advocacy for this work, we know that people struggle to understand how it differs from civic engagement, outreach, or organizing, and they struggle to define the impacts of community engagement. To address this, in 2012, Nexus brought together the knowledge and expertise of six multi-cultural community engagement organizations to create the Building the Field of Community Engagement initiative (BTF). BTF captured new knowledge about the field, assessed its impact on transforming communities, and strengthened the case for integrating this work into other fields.

How is the Community Engagement Institute different?

The Community Engagement Institute is an evolution of the Building the Field of Community Engagement initiative, and is a direct response to the growing demand for community engagement tools, knowledge and best practices from community-based organizations, government agencies, foundations, and institutions.

The Institute is designed to be a learning, practice, and leadership center for individuals, organizations, and institutions from across the country to learn about authentic community engagement. We are working with an advisory board of cross-sector experts to test new strategies that will support both local and national stakeholders in improving their community engagement practice. Some strategies include:

  • Introduction to community engagement workshop: We created a four-part introductory workshop series called Tapping the Potential that teaches participants the foundations of authentic community engagement.
  • Community of practice: We will look for more ways to develop a “community of practice” for community engagement practitioners. We know that people involved in changing systems and mindsets to facilitate community engagement need spaces to share strategies, and to dig deep into the challenges they face with others in the field. We’re building ways for community engagement practitioners to talk about opportunities for moving this work forward, along with difficulties in evaluation, navigating power, lack of support for their work within their organizations, and systemic barriers to change.
  • Consultation: We are developing consultation models to support organizations going deeper in their on-the-ground community engagement practice. We are developing tailored curricula and programs that will help institutions shift their culture, policies and practices.

The work will evolve over time as we learn. We remain open to innovation and centered in the goals of equity and inclusion as we grow. Our commitment is to honor, build upon, and grow what has come before and what is yet to come in partnership with on-the-ground community engagement practitioners.

To learn more, please visit http://nexuscp.org/cei.

We are happy to announce the opening of our fall 2017 North Star Black Cooperative Fellowship Applications today August 15. Application’s for the fellowship closes on Friday, September 15.  Our Fall fellowship begins November 2 and ends on April 19. Please visit our North Star Black Cooperative Fellowship page to learn more and for the application. If you have any questions please reach out to Danielle Mkali dmkali@nexuscp.org or 651-289-7031

Nexus releases new report on “Healing Justice”

  • June 26, 2017
  • By: Lynette LaFontaine
  • In: General

Nexus, along with the four other partners of the Leaders of Color Collaborative (Coalition of Asian American Leaders, Hope Community, Native American Community Development Institute and Voices for Racial Justice) have been in conversation for a few years about training leaders for community and systems change. As we shared our stories and ideas for a new narrative around why leadership development looks different for communities of color and indigenous communities (POCI), we came to a collective agreement that we were often sending leaders into toxic spaces and began to discuss the work of healing ourselves and healing our communities. We began to meet with elders and a few local healers. This conversation turned into the need for some kind of action when we realized that, while we had been talking about this for years, many of us were struggling with how to set this up. We knew that we wanted to hear from those who are already doing healing work. We were fortunate to hire someone with a background in healing justice work, Susan Raffo, and asked her to interview POCI healers in our community about what it means to build healing work as part of our organizational infrastructure. This report is the result of those conversations. They represent a conversation with 23 healers representing multiple communities, generations and approaches to healing. We asked them what we need to do to support collective healing. We asked them about infrastructure. We asked them about culture. And we asked them to give us concrete steps for change. Read the report