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Hope Community, Inc. seeks a new Executive Director to build on the organization’s success and sustainability.


Hope Community works at the intersection of community engagement and place-based real estate development and ownership. Hope Community began as a shelter and hospitality house almost 40 years ago in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis. Today, the organization is creating an alternative to gentrification where multi-cultural and multi-lingual community members are leaders in shaping the future of their community.

Understanding the impact of race and culture and developing a growing understanding of racial equity are central to everything the organization does. Hope's 15-member staff intentionally create an environment with multiple opportunities through which people can engage around their interests and create possibility for themselves and for their community. Current Hope programs emphasize youth leadership, health and strong communities, and training opportunities for adults as leaders and entrepreneurs.

How Hope works is an integral part of its success, sustainability, and financial stability. The Executive Director works closely with, and is supported by, three community engagement leaders, the finance director, and the associate director, who is responsible for the housing work and fundraising.


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) has overall strategic, operational, and financial responsibility for advancing Hope Community's mission within the context of collaborative leadership.

Internal leadership

1. Model the core values of the organization

2. Ensure that Hope has long-range strategies to achieve its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress

3. Develop and lead an overall fundraising strategy, with other staff and board leaders, and participate strategically with key funders and donors

4. Work with the Board of Directors to keep directors fully informed and utilize their talents in support of Hope's work

5. Maintain a workplace environment that motivates and mentors a diverse staff to lead, innovate, work autonomously, reflect, learn, grow, and deliver high levels of performance and professionalism

6. Working collaboratively with program directors,

a. Participate in continuing to shape Hope's understanding and practice of racial equity

b. Ensure that Hope's strategies, programs, and activities are aligned with its mission, values, operating principles, and strategic plan

c. Plan and implement a creative, respectful, and appropriate evaluation of Hope's work as part of a commitment to continuous organizational learning and improvement

d. Ensure that an effective communications strategy conveys Hope's unique mission, way of working, and impact

e. Ensure that sound financial policies and practices and real estate asset management practices are in place to maintain Hope's financial stability

External leadership

1. Advocate for core values of the organization with partners, funders, and other stakeholders

2. Build relationships, networks, and partnerships with stakeholders and funders to advance Hope's mission, community priorities, and financial sustainability

3. Seek out and, with other leaders within the organization, pursue new leadership opportunities for community members and the organization


• A demonstrated leadership style that is visionary, strategic, and collaborative

• Demonstrable, embedded understanding of and experience in advancing racial equity

• Deep work in multi-cultural communities

• Strong relationship-building and communication skills

• Commitment to and organizational experience as a collaborative leader

• Experience with non-profit fundraising and proven ability to communicate effectively with a variety of funders and individual donors

• Supervisory experience

• Understanding of non-profit finance


• Self-reflective, aware of what you don’t know and skilled at pulling in needed expertise

• Enthusiasm and capacity for learning

• Entrepreneurial spirit

Hope Community, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the principle of diversity, and particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people.

Hope offers competitive compensation and benefits.

TO APPLY send a cover letter that addresses your qualifications for this position and resume to Flo Golod via email to:
Please use Hope in the subject line. Closing date for applications is November 23, 2016.
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