Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO) seeks Executive Director


The Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO) is the community participation organization for the Stevens Square-Loring Heights neighborhood, unique historic, urban neighborhood just south of downtown Minneapolis. SSCO is currently seeking a qualified Executive Director to support the Board of Directors in leading the community building, programmatic, fundraising and administrative activities of the organization. While there are certain activities that the job requires, there is always room for new creative and energetic projects as the employee’s interest suggests.

Hours and Compensation:

Full time, forty (40) hours per week, with compensated time available. Salary is $32,240 to $35,360 to start, plus benefits, including full health and dental coverage, and a 403(b) plan.


1. Provide support for the Board of Directors

  • Work with the Board of Directors to insure that SSCO continues to have a clear mission, and to develop long-range strategic plans that are consistent with this mission.
  • Work with the Board to insure that SSCO continues to be a volunteer-driven neighborhood citizen participation organization.
  • Work with Board members and non-Board committee chairs in providing the Board of Directors with sufficient information about the operations of SSCO, and the environment in which it operates, for the Board to effectively carry out its governance function.
  • Provide monthly progress reports to the Board.

2. Coordinate fundraising efforts

  • Work with leadership in developing an annual budget, establishing financial priorities and fundraising goals.
  • Write grant proposals, or arrange to have them written. The Board will approve proposals prior to submission when timing permits, or prior to any receipt of funds when prior approval is not possible.
  • Act as liaison to grantors of SSCO.

3. Oversee administrative requirements

  • Supervise and coordinate staff. Set goals and objectives for each employee that are consistent with the strategic priorities and committees’ priorities.
  • Make personnel recommendations (re: staff responsibilities, compensation, hiring, and firing) to the Personnel Committee of the Executive Committee.
  • Oversee SSCO’s financial activities, including accounting, bookkeeping and audit duties
  • Enter and monitor contracts on behalf of organization, as needed
  • Facilitate communication between organization members to insure efficiency in operations.

4. Represent neighborhood interests to the larger community

  • Act as a liaison to governmental agencies and officials.
  • Act as a liaison to other neighborhood organizations and neighborhood-based agencies.

5. Coordinate program development

  • Work with the Board to implement the NRP and grant-funded programs.
  • Insure program quality and consistency with organizational goals
  • Develop new program and service proposals as needed.

Recommended qualifications and skills:
  • A college diploma.
  • A minimum of two years experience with a community/non-profit organization.
  • Knowledge of city processes and programs, especially in the area of crime prevention programs and zoning and development issues.
  • Fundraising experience.
  • Financial management experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and group facilitation skills.
  • Ability to research and analyze issues.
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse population, public agencies, and the general public.
  • Self-motivation.
  • Management experience.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including some evening/weekend hours

To Apply:

Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. To apply, please submit letter explaining why you are interested in the position, a resume and three references to: Search Committee, SSCO, 110 East 18th St., Minneapolis, MN 55403

Please contact Cara Letofsky at SSCO at (612) 871-7307 or with any questions. SSCO is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Updated 9/21/01
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