Common Ground

Position Opening: Project Coordinator

We’re now accepting applications for this exciting new position. The position will remain open until filled, but applications submitted prior to January 14, 2022, will receive strong consideration.

Job Description

Position Summary

The Project Coordinator will be an integral part of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation team and support the efforts led by the Project Implementation Director. This position will support project implementation through coordination, administration, research, and communication with internal and external stakeholders including community members, public agency staff, and other key stakeholders. This position will support the Parks Foundation’s mission of aligning community vision and philanthropic investment toward parks and public spaces in Minneapolis, including supporting and organizing the Parks Foundation’s work with existing community organizations and initiatives. An appreciation and understanding of systems and policies within the urban ecosystem of the culturally and racially diverse city of Minneapolis is a requirement of the work. To work across sectors and diverse constituencies and communicate effectively, cultural competency is a key component of this work. Experience supporting and organizing the development and delivery of content and projects to diverse communities is highly valued by the Minneapolis Parks Foundation.  

TitleProject Coordinator
Reports ToProject Implementation Director
SupervisesNo staff members
FTE1.00 (40 hours per week)
StatusNon-exempt (Hourly)
ScheduleMostly weekday daytime
Some evenings and weekends (for meetings and events)
DateOriginally written: 12/13/2021

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support and coordinate projects, key initiatives, and partnerships such as the Reimagining the Civic Commons collaboration, the North Commons community effort, and RiverFirst.
  • Manage key information flows, partnership engagement, and outreach for major projects or initiatives, including Reimagining the Civic Commons, North Commons, and others.
  • Develop content for communication efforts that highlight the Minneapolis Parks Foundation’s work in the community and mission delivery within the Minneapolis Park system.
  • Represent the Minneapolis Parks Foundation at mission-aligned community events.
  • Coordinate with the development team on events and community forums hosted or co-presented by the Parks Foundation that require community participation.
  • Provide written reports and summaries to assist fundraising efforts and communications related to the Parks Foundation’s mission delivery within the Minneapolis park system and in coordination with community partners.
  • Support efforts to guide all projects.
  • Support wide and diverse community engagement through project implementation.
  • Organize and support the Parks Foundation’s participation and engagement in community events and meetings connected to mission and project delivery.
  • Support organizational relationships with key stakeholders.

Qualifications, Experience, Education, and Skills

  • At least 3–5 years of experience working in a professional setting.
  • Understanding and appreciation of the nature of urbanism and key concepts, including place, equity, and environmental justice.
  • Interest in parks and the public realm.
  • Experience working in a non-profit setting.
  • An understanding and appreciation of the diverse communities that use and support Minneapolis parks.
  • Familiarity with various government agencies, political processes, and community organizing strategies.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience organizing and supporting collaborations and partnerships, across government, private institutions, non-profits, and communities.
  • Ability to work with a variety of staff, consultants, board members, partners, donors, volunteers, and others in a dynamic work environment.
  • Experience prioritizing a variety of tasks and taking direction from multiple coworkers.
  • Strong communication and organization skills.
  • Demonstrated professionalism, trustworthiness, enthusiasm, and curiosity.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite applications (especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint), meeting facilitation tools (Zoom, Doodle), and the suite of Google tools.
  • Required education: undergraduate degree, Associate’s degree, or professional certificate. Candidates with work experience commensurate with educational requirements will be considered. Preferred area of study: Urban planning, public affairs, social work, community organizing, or other field related to the responsibilities of this position.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

The person in this position must be able to:

  • Effectively communicate with others.
  • Work at a desk for extended periods of time.
  • Operate a personal computer (including a keyboard, mouse, monitor) and other office equipment (such as a telephone, printer, copier, scanner).
  • Move throughout the office to conduct various tasks. Bend to file or retrieve documents.
  • On occasion, lift and move items up to 30 pounds unassisted.
  • Travel within the Twin Cites metro area for meetings and events.
  • Independently navigate across uneven ground, hillsides, and other outdoor environments.

How to Apply

Send a resume and cover letter (as PDF files) to mkarl@mplsparksfoundation.org. The position will remain open until filled, but applications received by January 14, 2022, will be given strong consideration.

As an equal opportunity employer, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation is strongly committed to growing an organization that reflects the racial and cultural diversity of Minneapolis. The Parks Foundation is committed to the principle that all persons shall receive equal employment opportunities in accordance with their individual job-related qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or presentation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, genetic status, marital status, familial status, veteran status, status in regard to public assistance, or any other characteristic protected by law.

No phone calls and no employment-agency submissions, please.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

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