Nexus Community Partners is a community-building intermediary whose mission is to “build more engaged and powerful communities of color by supporting community-building initiatives and foster social and human capital.” Nexus addresses the deep isolation within communities of color and Indigenous communities caused by personal, institutional and structural racism by promoting an equity centered engagement model; supporting the development of leaders; democratizing wealth; and by reclaiming culture as an asset.
We are seeking an energetic and creative individual to fill the role of Program Manager for Nexus’ Worker Ownership Initiative (WOI). This is a great opportunity for a social entrepreneur to help broaden access to business-ownership in BIPOC communities across the Twin Cities. We are looking for an experienced leader with skills in business administration, finance, and/or law.
The WOI is a bold effort to promote worker cooperatives through the conversion of privately-owned businesses to worker ownership. The Initiative builds community wealth, grows the region’s economy and encourages workplace democracy by implementing strategies in 7 key areas:
- Public Sector Engagement: Shifting policies and practices at the local, county and state levels.
- Private Sector Cultivation: Building relationships with owners, trade associations, chambers of commerce and business connectors.
- Business Conversion Services: Providing professional services to support owners and new work-owners in transitioning to worker cooperatives.
- Community Engagement: Build relationships with community leaders, organizers and labor groups to activate their networks to increase awareness of worker ownership.
- Investment Capital: Ensuring access to capital and financial supports through CDFI’s, social investors, credit unions and banks.
- Workforce Development: Embedding work-ownership in workforce and job creation efforts.
- Field Building: Contributing knowledge, evaluation tools and raising awareness in the field.
Program Management (60%)
- Coordinate Business Conversion Services Program, including acting as the first point of contact for interested business owners, assembling and coordinating teams of professional and technical assistance providers to support owners and new work-owners throughout the stages of the conversion process.
- Facilitate intake calls with new business contacts
- Conduct feasibility analyses of potential business conversions.
- Facilitate negotiations of business sales between multiple stakeholders
- Strategize financing for conversion deals and optimize terms
- Provide trainings to owners and employees on all aspects of cooperative business models (governance, operations, finance, etc).
- Provide follow-up technical assistance for new co-ops
External Relations/Community Engagement (40%)
- Actively build connections, locally and nationally on behalf of the WOI that will enhance the work and continue to build the field of worker ownership.
- Develop relationships with business owners and business connectors to build a pool of prospective business interested in converting to worker ownership.
- Implement a communication strategy for the WOI including promotional materials, outreach materials, monthly blogs, website updates, paid media buys and the coordination of additional communication support, such as with consultants.
- Identify and develop relationships with content experts to help deliver content for Business Conversions program.
- Support the development and delivery of presentations at forums, conferences, workshops, etc.
- Lead the development and implementation of a community engagement strategy to elevate worker ownership in Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.
Assets of most interest to the hiring committee include the following:
- 3-5 years relevant experience and leadership in business, nonprofit and/or community work.
- Demonstrated experience working in the small business sector (e.g. business technical assistance provider, business owner, bookkeeper, or administration).
- A working knowledge of business legal structures and financial management.
- 3+ years’ experience working in partnerships and collaborations across-sectors and with multiple partners.
- Experience in developing and implementing communication tools.
- Proven ability to facilitate dynamic groups that have different levels of knowledge and/or understanding.
- Capacity to work cross-culturally to achieve understanding and results. Ability to establish and maintain trust readily with a diverse set of partners.
- Demonstrated understanding of the role culture and history has as a foundation for building strategies in cultural communities.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills.
- Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office programs (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint). Graphic and website design skills a plus.
Knowledge and Skills:
- Experience designing and/or delivering high quality, interactive learning opportunities.
- Experience in designing and implementing community engagement strategies.
- Knowledge of business, finance, and cooperative development models.
Compensation and Benefits
Salary range: $60,000 to $67,000 annually, plus a comprehensive benefits package as a full-time employee. Nexus offers two health insurance options and pays for 80-90% of the coverage for the entire family. Employees receive 6 holidays and 6 optional holidays, and generous PTO. Nexus has a wellness program that offers 2 hours of wellness time each week, $600 of reimbursable wellness dollars each year, a monthly contribution to wellness memberships, and staff wellness events.
Qualified individuals should send a resume and cover letter via email to Human Resources to: HR@nexuscp.org
In your cover letter, please explain what motivates you to work with Nexus Community Partners, and how your experience, skills and commitment will advance our work to create a more equitable economy.
Nexus offers competitive compensation commensurate with experience and a highly participatory, mutually supportive workplace. We are committed to the personal and professional growth of all staff.
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NEXUS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and LGBTQIA+ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.