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Director of Strategic Development

Nexus Community Partners


Organization Summary:

Nexus Community Partners seeks a full time Director of Strategic Development (40 hours a week, Monday-Friday), to join a dynamic staff of thoughtful, equity-driven individuals who are deeply committed to the organization’s values. 

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 looking for a creative and strategic individual who can grow with the position and the organization. The Director of Strategic Development will be an integral part of Nexus’ leadership team and work in partnership with the staff and the Board to meet annual and long-range strategic development goals. This position will work to ensure the organization has the resources it needs to remain strong, impactful and sustainable through programmatic and organizational growth. This position will work closely with and report directly to the President and CEO. 


Location: Twin Cities Metro Activity Area: Community Building, Volunteerism, Philanthropy
Category: Fundraising and Fund Development Closing Date: Jun 6, 2018
Job Type: Full Time Salary: $70,000 - $77,000
Hours: 40 hrs/week, M-F 

Primary Duties:

Fundraising and Development

  • Create annual and multi-year strategic development plan and ensure the integration of the budget and development goals in cooperation with the leadership team.
  • Work collaboratively with the Director of HR and Finance, and program staff to ensure Nexus’ development plans are supporting our organizational and programmatic goals.
  • Work closely with the Vice President of Programs and Operations to ensure Nexus’ development efforts are in alignment with and supportive of the organization’s communications and learning goals.
  • Maintain and cultivate relationships between Nexus and its funders using a variety of strategies that align with Nexus’ role as an intermediary.  
  • Identify and research funder and donor prospects.
  • Write and develop grant proposals in collaboration with the Vice President of Programs and Operations and Nexus staff.
  • Organize and attend site visits and keep records of funder communications.
  • Provide evaluative reports to funders and donors by working closely with the Vice President of Programs and Operations and Nexus staff.
  • Support efforts to strategically position Nexus in local, regional and national conversations and in publications on topics that are relevant to Nexus’ work.
  • Maintain and coordinate infrastructure for fund development such as reporting systems, managing the donor database, fundraising files and the fundraising calendar.
  • Manage and oversee fundraising events.
  • Work with and manage consultants to best achieve Nexus’ development goals.
Organizational Leadership
  • Demonstrate Nexus’ core values of commitment to learning, valuing culture, partnering in the work, and being reflective as a way of working and leading.
  • As part of Nexus’ team, work collaboratively with colleagues to leverage the collective knowledge and experience each brings.
  • Whenever possible, tap the wisdom and experience of the communities that we work with in order to inform fund development goals. 
  • Ensure Nexus’ development work is infused with the organization’s values and commitment to equity.


  • 5-7 years relevant experience in development and/or communications and nonprofits.
  • Extensive knowledge of local and national foundations, cultures, and staff.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role culture and history has as a foundation for building strategies in cultural communities.
  • Experience working in partnerships, across sectors and with multiple partners.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to think critically and problem solve.
  • Ability to self-motivate and self-direct; organize own work, set priorities and meet critical deadlines.
  • Understands and embraces efforts that promote racial, social and economic equity and asset-based community change.
  • Capacity to work cross-culturally to achieve understanding and results.  Ability to establish and maintain trust readily with a diverse set of partners.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment. Additionally, must be able to work well with different work styles.
  • Ability to see possibilities and to ask hard questions with respect and discretion.
  • Openness to growth and learning.
  • Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office programs (Excel, Word, Power Point) applications.
  • Master’s degree preferred, but not required.
  • Must have personal transportation available for use, and ability/willingness to travel on occasion.  


Additional Info:

The ideal candidate would be able to start August 1, 2018.

Nexus offers competitive compensation commensurate with experience and a highly participatory, mutually supportive workplace.  We are committed to the personal and professional growth and wellness of all staff.
The Director of Strategic Development will report to the President and CEO. 

How To Apply:

Qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter via email by June 6, 2018 to:

Felicia Ring
Nexus Community Partners
2314 University Ave W, Suite 18
St. Paul, MN 55114


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