Job Posting Executive Director

Background and Summary

The Payne-Phalen District Five Planning Council (District Five) exists to promote the physical, social and economic development and human dignity of people of all ages, backgrounds, cultures, and communities within its geographic boundaries.  District Five is the largest of Saint Paul’s 17 citizen participation districts established in 1975.  Its mission is to improve Payne-Phalen neighborhoods by engaging, educating and empowering all residents in our diverse community. The Planning Council is a registered Minnesota non-profit 501(c)3 organization that is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and staffed by an Executive Director.

The primary work of District Five focuses on land use, planning, transportation, neighborhood safety, and connecting community residents to each other, to networks, information, and resources. It represents the community’s interests at city council meetings and other city hearings.   It also holds public meetings for the community to give input on local business licensing, land use, and other planning needs.

District Five is in search of an Executive Director, who will supervise and manage day-to-day operations of the Council, spearhead efforts to obtain grant and other funding for the Council’s initiatives, complete the process for D5 input to the City Plan.  This position will be approximately 0.7 – 0.8 time (28 – 32 hours per week). Salary range is $40,000 to $50,000, depending on experience and qualifications. There is a possibility of creating a full-time position and securing additional salary/grant funding for specific projects.

Applicant Resumes and Cover Letters deadline extended to Monday, March 20, 2017. 


The selected candidate will be required to provide the following deliverables:

  • Supervise current staff (outreach/administrative assistant) to fulfill the terms of all existing contracts and grants
  • Manage the District Five Budget, working with the Council Finance Committee
  • Prepare Council Board and Committee Agendas, working with the Board Chair and Committee Chairs
  • Coordinate problem-solving for residents and business owners on current and future issues
  • Consult with key community stakeholders of the organization (residents, other nonprofit leaders, business owners, elected officials, etc.) to determine and assess current and future needs and required capacity
  • Work with the Board of Directors to identify short, medium, and long-term organizational goals
  • Oversee community outreach, engagement and capacity building of the organization and the Board of Directors
  • Develop and implement the City Plan input/proposal
  • Seek out and acquire funding for Board and community identified initiatives
  • Evening and weekend obligations
  • Other duties, as assigned required


  • Knowledge and understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with the Payne-Phalen community and District Planning Council system in Saint Paul
  • Successful experience in an executive or top managerial position, with a proven track record of accomplishments
  • Positive history of effective work with a Board of Directors
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Fiscal Management experience and competency
  • Highly organized and attentive to detail, in order to manage many different tasks and strategies simultaneously
  • Ability to work with and engage a socio-economically, racially, and culturally diverse community
  • Experience modeling respectful, inclusive, and responsible behavior that is consistent with the Council’s Mission, Vision, and Values
  • Ability to meet deadlines and provide accurate and timely reports to funders and the Board of Directors
  • Proven ability to maintain optimal confidentiality
  • Effective knowledge of appropriate technology and software to communicate effectively in print and electronically
  • Innovative, critical thinker, and creative problem-solver who thinks outside the box to address challenges
  • Proven ability to be self-directive, meet specific deadlines, and work independently, in the context of being part of a team

Selection Process

  1. Proposals/Applicant Resumes and Cover Letters are due by Monday, March 20, 2017.
  2. Interviews will be completed by the end of March with an anticipated start date in April 2017.

Submitting your proposal/application

Please submit your Resume and Cover Letter via email by March 20, 2017 to:

Britt Graupner
Payne Phalen District Five Planning Council Board of Directors

Thank you in advance for your response and your interest in the Payne-Phalen District Five Planning Council.

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