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Employment Opportunities

We are currently seeking a new Executive Director. 

The Executive Director serves as the lead staff person for the day-to-day operations of the Union Park District Council.  Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director has overall responsibility for the management of numerous neighborhood programs and projects. The Executive Director manages the organization’s budget, community engagement activities, communications, staff, and volunteer committees, and serves as the Council’s main liaison between residents and the City of Saint Paul.

Specific job duties include:

General Operations and Financial Management

  • Oversee the daily operations and office of the Council and ensure that the Council adheres to its policies, procedures, and reporting requirements.
  • Create, maintain, and update records, including financial records, and conduct administrative work.
  • Work with bookkeeper to manage day-to-day flow of funds, following financial procedures.
  • Coordinate with the accountant for timely filing of tax forms and other required filings.
  • Manage organization work plans and calendars.
  • Prepare annual budget, track budget progress, and ensure the fiscal health of the organization.
  • Meet regularly with the Board President to communicate and coordinate efforts.

Outreach and Community Organizing

  • Work closely with staff, Board members, and community volunteers to develop and implement programs, events, and projects that encourage resident participation, especially within traditionally underrepresented communities.
  • Build and maintain constructive working relationships with city and agency staff, staff of other district councils, local businesses, neighborhood organizations, and other stakeholders.
  • Respond to inquiries and requests for information from neighbors, business owners, and others in a positive, helpful, and timely manner.
  • Ensure Council representation at police crime prevention meetings, chamber of commerce events, business association meetings, and other events and meetings in the community. 
  • Bring creativity and enthusiasm to the work and help the Council continually improve its service to the neighborhood and the city.

Public Relations and Communications

  • Manage the internal and external communication of the Council.
  • Serve as a community spokesperson and provide information about Council activities to the Highland Villager and other media.   
  • Coordinate the creation and distribution of the electronic monthly newsletter.
  • Support the maintenance of the Council’s website and social media presence.
  • Coordinate and create other materials for distribution.  

Staff Supervision

  • Provide leadership, work direction, and oversight to staff, including a full-time Community Engagement Coordinator, work-study students, and interns. 
  • Work to foster a productive, engaged, positive team environment, and support staff in implementing their useful and creative ideas in support of the Council’s mission.
  • Model strong interpersonal skills and strong communication skills, coordinate with staff, and exchange information with staff regularly.
  • Complete annual performance reviews, maintain personnel files, assist staff in professional development issues, and work with appropriate board members to address staff concerns.  

Fundraising and Grantmaking

  • Prepare annual city contract submissions and reimbursement requests in a timely manner.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with funders, and submit at least two new grant proposals per year to support general operations and projects that fit within the organization’s mission.
  • Manage budgets and execution of grant-funded projects and prepare reports for funders.  
  • Coordinate an annual fundraising campaign and identify creative ways to raise funds.

Board and Committee Support

  • Staff the Council’s monthly Board meetings, prepare staff reports and board packets, distribute agendas and minutes, manage board member applications, respond to board member concerns.
  • Serve on the Executive Committee to assist in planning board meeting agendas and conducting strategic planning for the organization.
  • Track and understand development, transportation, and parks related projects within the district
  • Support the work of volunteer-led committees, working groups, and task forces; attend committee meetings or delegate staff to attend; follow-up on identified action items from committees.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board or President.

Required Qualifications:

  • At least 3-5 years of relevant work experience, including organizational management, program administration, grant writing, and fiscal management
  • Strong ability to collaborate and motivate; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; the ability to create and maintain network of relationships; commitment to community engagement
  • Proven record of solving problems with limited direction, and handling change and conflict with professionalism and grace
  • Bachelor’s degree

This is a full-time exempt position with earned PTO and paid holidays. Some evening and weekend work is required. The starting salary range is $45,000-$55,000 per year. Please e-mail cover letter, resume, and three references to: Dan Taylor, Board President, Union Park District Council, 


About Union Park

Union Park District Council is a nonprofit neighborhood association in Saint Paul that promotes resident involvement in community issues and ensures neighborhood voices are heard in local government decision-making. Union Park represents community interests on a broad range of public policy and city governance issues. Our work spans a variety of areas that include transportation, recreation, sustainability, placemaking, land use, economic development, housing, and social connectedness. We play an important role in informing and empowering residents on issues that impact their neighborhoods, and we develop and sponsor community events, projects, and programs that build community connections and enhance the livability and vitality of the Union Park community.

Part of Saint Paul’s district council system, Union Park is located between the Mississippi River and Lexington Avenue, and University and Summit Avenues, and includes the Merriam Park, Snelling-Hamline, and Lexington-Hamline neighborhoods.