Executive Director (posted 12/13/18)
Reports to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) has overall strategic and operational responsibility for Minnesota Brownfields staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. The ED will develop deep knowledge of the redevelopment field and related policies, core programs, operations, and business plans.
Leadership & Management:
- Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.
- Actively engage and energize Minnesota Brownfields volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders.
- Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; serve as ex-officio of each committee; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing local operations as well as for national relationships.
- Lead, coach, develop, and retain Minnesota Brownfields high-performance staff team
- Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.
Fundraising & Communications:
- Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and regional expansion.
- Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand.
- Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.
Planning & New Business:
- Design and implement a strategic planning process at regular intervals to optimize mission impact.
- Begin to build partnerships in new markets in Minnesota, establishing relationships with funders, and political and community leaders statewide.
- Be an external local and national presence that publishes and communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes of the local program as a model for regional and national replication.
The ED will be thoroughly committed to Minnesota Brownfields mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.
Specific requirements include:
- Bachelor’s degree in one or more relevant areas; including: geology, public policy/urban planning, economic development; nonprofit management, or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.
- At least 5 years of management experience, with a track record of effectively leading and scaling a performance- and outcomes-based organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth
- Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
- Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
- Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
- Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
- Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
- Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to organizational planning
- Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
- Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed
For more on Minnesota Brownfields history and operations, visit: https://mnbrownfields.org/about/our-story/
Qualified candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Position open until filled.
Internships offer valuable work experience, excellent networking, a flexible schedule and an opportunity to contribute to sustainable land use in Minnesota.
Internships with Minnesota Brownfields provide an excellent opportunity to learn about contaminated land cleanup and reuse in Minnesota. We work with a diverse group of stakeholders spanning the public and private sectors: attorneys, cities and counties, environmental consultants and engineers, developers, funders, regulators, and other non-profit organizations. Interns are needed in the following areas:
Research & Policy
See specific internship descriptions below. Internships are unpaid, 10-15 hours/week, and generally last for an academic term (4 months). We do not discriminate based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. To apply for an internship please submit a Cover Letter and Resume via email. Although Minnesota Brownfields is based in Minneapolis, some internship activities may be suitable for students wishing to work remotely from a location outside of the Twin Cities Metro Area. Please contact us to discuss this option.
Application deadline for Fall positions: August 15 (All Positions Filled – No Longer Accepting Applications)
Application deadline for Spring positions: December 30
Application deadline for Summer positions: April 30
For more information, please email email@example.com
Communications/Media Internship – General Responsibilities
- Conduct interviews and research for concentrated media approaches.
- Assist in the production, editing, and marketing of short educational videos on brownfield redevelopment strategies.
- Desired skills/interests: videography, photography, digital design, communications, environmental science, public health.
- Requirements: Applicants must be an upperclassmen at an accredited college or university in Minnesota.
- This internship may involve work and or travel in the Duluth, MN area.
Marketing Internship – General Responsibilities
- Support the development and execution of marketing collateral (brochure, newsletter, email campaigns, etc.) and update copy on website to align with current initiatives.
- Conduct Market Research and develop new activities to align with current trends in the market
- Maintain and develop social media initiatives – LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.
- Develop strong media relations within the community to support upcoming events and award presentations.
Nonprofit Management Internship – General Responsibilities
- Support strategic planning processes of the Board of Directors.
- Assist in developing budgets and other financial reports.
- Assist in coordinating MN Brownfields Education and Research Programs.
- Identify state and national foundations suitable for funding proposals.
- Assist in preparation of key communications, including Annual Report.
Research & Policy Internship – General Responsibilities
- Collaborate in research projects related to brownfield cleanup and redevelopment in MN. Project examples include: measuring benefits of public investment in cleanup and redevelopment; brownfield public health indicators.
- Provide research assistance for public forums on a variety of redevelopment-related topics.
- Track federal, state and local policy changes affecting efficient cleanup and redevelopment.
- Assist Minnesota Brownfields’ Board of Directors and Executive Director in other research and program development activities as needed.