Seeking Executive Director

The Payne-Phalen Community Council is now accepting applications for an Executive Director.


The Payne-Phalen Community 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, and is the largest of Saint Paul’s 17 citizen participation districts established in 1975.

The Payne-Phalen Community Council (District 5) organizes to fulfill the vision and interests of all people living in, or owning a business in Payne-Phalen Planning District 5. The City of Saint Paul names the geographic area making up the Payne-Phalen neighborhood as the District 5 Planning area.

Our mission is to improve Payne-Phalen neighborhoods by engaging, educating and empowering all residents in our diverse community. The Payne-Phalen Community Council is a registered Minnesota non-profit 501(C)3 organization that is governed by an all-volunteer 17- member Board of Directors.

This is an exciting time in Payne-Phalen! Developing a district-wide plan for investment for the first time since 1974!

The Executive Director is responsible for the implementation of PPCC priorities and managing the day-to-day operations. This requires a broad perspective, prioritization, exceptional interpersonal skills and a great deal of energy and creativity.


External Relations
Supports and implements the goals, projects and initiatives of PPCC • Networks and builds strategic partnerships to advance the organization • Engages neighborhood residents and stakeholders to advance PPCC’s mission and fosters volunteer participation • Communicates with city and state agencies, neighborhood and community based organizations and elected officials and ensures that PPCC is consistently presenting a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders • Promotes PPCC through social media, website, electronic newsletter and other methods to ensure that businesses and residents are well informed • Models and maintains a high standard of professionalism within the organization

Internal Operations
Hires, manages and evaluates all staff, contract employees and interns in accordance with PPCC’s personnel policy • Maintains a clean, well-organized physical environment for staff to work in and oversees all general office procedures • Oversees the work of Committees and Task Forces • Supports the operations and administration of the Board of Directors and interfaces between Board and staff • Recommends yearly budget for Board approval and prudently manages resources within budget guidelines • Sets and maintains strict financial operating procedures within the office and ensures adequate separation of duties and timely execution • Works with bookkeeper to produce consistent, accurate and timely financial reports for the Board of Directors • Regularly assesses organizational risks and ensures that all tax and nonprofit filings are accurate and completed on time • Prepares for regular audits or financial reviews and adjusts procedures based on findings

Fundraising and Grant/Contract Management
Manages grant writing, annual giving, sponsorships and City of St. Paul contracts and, along with the board of directors, is responsible for raising the funds necessary to operate • Ensures that all contract and grant requirements are being met or exceeded • Monitors development projects in the neighborhood and ensures that residents have an opportunity to participate in the growth and development of the Payne-Phalen district • Attends, with neighborhood leaders, public hearings, meetings with developers and relevant council proceedings to represent PPCC’s position on development projects in the neighborhood.


  • Experience with constituent based organizations, grassroots organizing, land use or housing and program management
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • 5+ years of nonprofit leadership
  • Experience working with Board of Directors and volunteers
  • Demonstrated success at fundraising, grant writing, contract management and fiscal management
  • Experience building and maintaining coalitions, partnerships, collaborative relationships
  • Demonstrated cultural competence and cultural responsiveness
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize, take direction, and complete projects in a timely manner
  • Detail oriented with strong strategic thinking and planning skills
  • Adept with current technology and programs, and able to stay current with changing technology


  • Degree in nonprofit management, public or business administration or urban planning.
  • Executive Director experience including personnel management
  • Proficiency in the Hmong, Karen, Somali, or Spanish language

This is a full-time position, with $45,000 to $55,000 annually. Generous paid time off is provided, as well as negotiable health benefits.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and 3 references to the Hiring Committee at  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The priority deadline to apply is January 31, 2018.

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