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Leadership Intern

Nexus Community Partners


Organization Summary:

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.” We work to make sure that communities of color are at the forefront of making decisions that impact them and that they have the power and tools to generate and maintain wealth.

The major activities that Nexus engages in are:

·        Systems Change: As an intermediary, we bridge partnerships between other funders, partners in the public sector, and community partners (such as neighborhood organizations and small nonprofits) to develop more equitable systems in areas like transit planning, philanthropy, and public health.  

·        Capacity Building Support: As a funder, we strengthen the power of on-the-ground organizations in communities of color through financial support and technical assistance. We help these organizations build their leadership and organizational infrastructure, develop programs, implement community engagement strategies, improve their fundraising, and more.

·        Building Leaders: We provide leadership development opportunities for people of color interested in influencing public policy and developing community wealth through cooperative economics. Nexus also engages in broad Leadership work with nonprofits, government entities, and other partners as a consultant to share learnings and conduct trainings.

Nexus Community Partners’ Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) is a 7-month leadership program that supports, trains and places people of color and other underrepresented community members on publicly appointed boards and commissions at the city ,county, regional and state levels. These boards and commissions influence and impact racial and economic equity in the Twin Cities Metro Area in economic development, health, housing, transit and workforce development.


Nexus also engages in broad leadership work with nonprofits, government entities, and other partners as a consultant to share learnings and expertise from the BCLI curriculum and model. 


Location: Twin Cities Metro Activity Area: Community Building, Volunteerism, Philanthropy
Category: Program Management Closing Date: open until filled
Job Type: Intern - Paid Salary: $15/hr
Hours: 10-15/wk 

Primary Duties:

Consultant Mapping Project (60%)

  • Develop a comprehensive and shareable list of POCI (people of color and Indigenous people) consultants in the Twin Cities area, including references and areas of expertise. This may include collaboration and consultation with multiple Nexus partners to identify consultants.
  • Identify areas of need/gaps in capacity for consultants in the area
  • Research best formats for mapping and provide recommendations on how to keep project ongoing post internship completion


Cohort Recruitment & Program Planning Support (30%):

  • Support program staff in the planning and logistical management of the recruitment process for the upcoming BCLI cohort sessions
  • Attend recruitment activities and information sessions (as schedule allows) to support program staff and spread the word about the BCLI
  • Support Nexus’ communication efforts utilizing social media and Nexus’ website

Other projects as assigned (10%)



  • Commitment to racial and economic justice
  • Work and/or volunteer experience in nonprofits and/or movements for racial justice (preferred, not required)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience utilizing Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Active learning and critical thinking competencies
  • Effective interpersonal skills, comfort and competency engaging with Nexus’ partners from diverse cultural communities
  • Multi-tasking and organization skills, including attention to details
  • Research interest or experience preferred
  • Graphic design skills (preferred, not required)
  • Some evening/weekend availability desired for attending events outside of regular work hours (preferred, not required)


Additional Info:


This is a part time, temporary internship working approximately 10-15 hours per week paying $15.00/hour. The Intern will report to the Program Director for the Boards & Commissions Leadership Institute. Resumes will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

How To Apply:


Qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter via email ASAP to:

Felicia Ring

Nexus Community Partners

2314 University Ave W, Suite 18

St. Paul, MN 55114





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