Nexus is Hiring!

Nexus is looking for an energetic, innovative and strategic thinker to lead the Institute for Community Engagement both locally and nationally.

Nexus Community Partners seeks a full time Program Director (40 hours a week, includes benefits) to support Nexus Community Partners’ Institute for Community Engagement (Institute). The Institute is a learning, practice, and leadership center designed for individuals, organizations and institutions from across the country to learn about authentic community engagement. The Institute is an evolution from the work of the Building the Field of Community Engagement ( and is a direct response to the growing demand for community engagement tools, knowledge and best practices from individuals, foundations, community-based organizations, government agencies and institutions.

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


  • Program growth and management responsibilities will include continuing the development of the Institute into its next phase of delivering high quality learning opportunities for local and national audiences; convening of partners; coordinating logistics; and leading program expansion and expenditures in accordance with the program budget.
  • Lead in researching and developing an earned revenue component of the Institute working in collaboration with the Director of Finance and HR.
  • Facilitate a cross-sector Advisory Committee that will help shape direction, strategy and implementation of the Institute.
  • Lead the design and coordination of the Institute’s learning opportunities, including the Engaged Learning Series, workshops, etc.
  • Develop and implement a communication’s strategy for the Institute including promotional materials, outreach materials, monthly blogs, website updates, and coordinate additional communication support, such as with consultants.
  • Develop and implement an evaluation system to ensure the Institute is reaching its goals and achieving its outcomes.
  • Supervise support staff, interns, and/or fellows

External Relations

  • Actively build connections, locally and nationally on behalf of the institute that will enhance the work and continue to build the field of community engagement
  • Identify and develop relationships with content experts to help develop and deliver content for the Institute.
  • Lead in the development and delivery of presentations at forums, conferences, workshops, etc.


  • Participate in fundraising by co-writing and editing funder reports and/or proposals for the Institute.
  • Develop community awareness of Nexus and be a positive, dynamic presence for Nexus.
  • Function effectively as a leader 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.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred and/or 5-7 years relevant experience in nonprofit and/or community work.
  • 5+ years’ experience in leadership positions, either in community, a volunteer position, or past employment.
  • 3+ years’ experience working in partnerships and collaborations cross-sectors and with multiple partners.
  • Understands and embraces efforts that promote racial, social and economic equity and asset-based community change.
  • Proven ability to facilitate dynamic groups that have different levels of knowledge and/or understanding.
  • Demonstrated experience taking ideas from conceptualization to implementation.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience with authentic community engagement.
  • Experience designing and/or delivering high quality, interactive learning opportunities.
  • Ability to think strategic and long-term while managing multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Capacity to work cross-culturally to achieve understanding and results. Ability to establish and maintain trust readily with a diverse set of partners.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role culture and history has as a foundation for building strategies in cultural communities.
  • Knowledge of research methods and practices.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office programs (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint). Design skills a plus.
  • Must have personal transportation available for use, ability and willingness to travel on occasion.

The ideal candidate would be able to start November 2016.

Nexus offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

Salary range: $70,000 – $80,000 (plus benefits)

The Program Director will report to the Director of Strategic Development.

Qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter via email by October 7th, 2016 to:

Felicia Ring

Nexus Community Partners

2314 University Ave W, Suite 18

St. Paul, MN 55114