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.
At a Glance
Salary Range: $50,000 to $59,000
Position Closes: April 29, 2021
Hours: Full-time, 40 Hours, exempt
Start Date: June 14, 2021
We are seeking an energetic and curious emerging professional to fill the role of Program Associate for Nexus Community Partners’ Worker Ownership Initiative (WOI). The WOI is a bold effort to promote worker cooperatives through the conversion of privately-owned businesses to worker-owned businesses. The Initiative builds community wealth, grows the region’s economy, and advances equitable economic outcomes by seizing opportunities presented by the wave of retiring business owners in the Twin Cities.
This position is focused on supporting business owners and employees throughout the various stages of the conversion process. This role will be primarily responsible for coordinating and assisting with the implementation of the Business Conversion services and education and will work primarily with WOI staff and other key stakeholders such as business owners and employees, community members, and technical assistance providers.
Program Coordination (60%)
- Serve as first point of contact for business owners considering succession planning
- Coordinate with key stakeholders and deliver education, training, and technical assistance for business owners, workers, and community members related to worker cooperative development and conversions
- Coordinate and fulfill projects and other deliverables for WOI staff and stakeholders including preparing technical documents for legal review, financial analyses, and final reports
- Collect and track information related to client engagements, relationship management, and program metrics
- Coordinate calendars and schedule meetings for the WOI team and external partners
- Assist with administrative tasks including sending and receiving invoices, preparing contracts, notetaking, and recordkeeping
Communications & Outreach (20%)
- Ensure there is an availability of current promotional and outreach materials for the WOI
- Coordinate communications material and content for paid media buys
- Support development and delivery of presentations at forums, conferences, workshops, etc.
- Expand the public understanding of worker-owned business models and their benefits.
- Collaborate to draft blogs and website updates, and to offer additional communication and outreach support as needed
Community Engagement (20%)
- Build and engage in relationships with communities to enhance the mission and work of WOI
- Retain and refine relationships with experts in the field to help deliver content for the Business Conversions program.
- Support the development and implementation of a community engagement strategy to elevate worker ownership in Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.
- 2+ years relevant experience in business, economic development, nonprofit and/or community work
- Knowledge and/or experience working with businesses (e.g., budget & finance, operations, management, administration, ownership, development, understanding and/or providing technical assistance for businesses, etc.)
- Willingness to learn about and incorporate cooperative principals, practices, and development models in your work
- Experience in participating in community engagement strategies
- Working knowledge of business legal structures and finances
- Experience working in partnerships and collaborating across sectors
- Marketing and communications experience
- Proven ability to participate in dynamic groups that have different levels of knowledge, experiences, and 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 ability to learn about culture and history as a foundation for building strategies in cultural communities
- Excellent oral and written communications skills
- Competent computer skills including Microsoft Office programs (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint), design and website administration skills a plus
- Experience in working with interactive learning opportunities
Compensation and Benefits
Individuals should send a resume and cover letter via email, attention Human Resources to:
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.
To protect staff from the spread of COVID-19, Nexus staff work remotely from the Nexus office until further notice. Nexus offers a Remote Work Allowance to ensure you have the necessary setup and equipment to work remotely. Office space is available, however, staff utilizing office space must follow proper procedures to maintain a clean and healthy workspace during these times.
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.
Nexus offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes two health insurance options that pay for 80-90% of the coverage for the entire family, an Unlimited Paid Time Off policy, and many more benefits. Nexus staff are also invited to participate in the Wellness Program that offers 2 hours of wellness time each week, $600 of reimbursable wellness dollars each year, contributions to wellness memberships, and all-staff wellness events.
Emails the application materials to HR@nexuscp.org. Application should include a resume, cover letter, and writing sample. The resume and cover letter should reflect your motivation to work at Nexus Community Partners and how your experiences will advance our work to create more equitable communities. The writing sample should be relevant to the Development Manager position and can be a new or an existing piece. Some examples of relevant samples are Letters of Inquiry, concept papers, or concise reports.
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NEXUS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and LGBTQIA+ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.