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Executive Director Minnesota African Heritage Council

Posted 3 years ago

Working Title: Exec Dir MN African Heritage Council
Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
Date Posted: 08/05/2020
Closing Date: 08/25/2020
Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: African Heritage Council / African Heritage-Managerial
Division/Unit: Council MNs of African Heritage
Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
Travel Required: Yes
Salary Range: $34.76 – $50.24/hourly; $72,578 – $104,901/annually
Classified Status: Unclassified
Bargaining Unit/Union: 220 – Manager/Unrep
FLSA Status: Exempt – Executive
C700 Eligible: No

Job Summary

The Executive Director (Director) of the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage serves as the chief operating officer of the organization. The Director is responsible for working with the Council in carrying out all responsibilities assigned under Minnesota Statutes 15.0145. The Director is the leader, information bearer, day to day operations decision maker, and office manager. This position represents the Council on issues affecting Minnesotans of African heritage to the legislature, the governor, and executive branch agencies. The Director serves in the unclassified service, and is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Legislative Coordinating Commission. The Director reports to the Council and interfaces with elected officials, the Governor’s office, interest groups, community organizations, media outlets, and individuals of African heritage.

The Director works with the Council to recommend legislation for the Council to pursue, advises the Council on trends and issues, and attends applicable legislative hearings and committee meetings.

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Minimum Qualifications:

The successful candidate must have at least three (3) years of professional legislative, policy, or legal experience. A law degree, Masters in Public Policy, or similar related field may substitute for two (2) years of experience. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field may substitute for one (1) year of experience.

Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and practices of public policy analysis and legislation development.
Experience advocating for or dealing with issues of concern to Minnesotans of African Heritage, which demonstrates effective interaction with community stakeholders, including community service organizations, nonprofit agencies, government entities, media and business community.
Human relations skills sufficient to work effectively with government officials, Council staff, and a variety of local and national forums.
Problem solving skills sufficient to think beyond tried-and-true solutions and usual remedies and to provide the leadership necessary to foster an environment that promotes continuous improvement.
Excellent written, interpersonal and communication skills sufficient to prepare effective documents, make presentations, draft policies, letters and memoranda, negotiate resolution to sensitive situations, and establish effective working relationships with all levels of employees, state agency staff, legislators and legislative staff.
Organizational skills and ability to manage multiple and changing priorities within required timelines.
Ability to travel intrastate and interstate as required by duties.
A person who is currently a member of the Council must resign from the Council before submitting their application, or their application will not be considered.

Preferred Qualifications:

Ability to prepare a variety of reports and press releases.
Knowledge of Minnesota statutes, policies and rules.
Effective grant writing experience.
Experience with budget development and budget administration.
Understanding the political environment, and legislative processes sufficient to recommend legislation that meets the needs of the African heritage community, to testify to legislative committees, and to respond to requests from legislators.
Ability to assess, recommend and implement change, initiate program improvements and monitor effectiveness.
Ability to manage, develop, and supervise a diverse staff, projects, and programs.
Capability to work at a high level of performance in different cultural settings with a flexible schedule.

Application Details

Why Work For Us

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

Selection Process

All applications/resumes will be reviewed by a search committee consisting of council members and legislative staff. The search committee will conduct initial interviews and forward candidates for a second interview conducted by a group established by legislative leadership. The Legislative Coordinating Committee will make the final selection.

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If you have questions about the position, contact Jodie Segelstrom at

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