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THE POSITION – Executive Director – Community Pathways of Steele County


ABOUT YOU:  As the Executive Director, YOU think strategically, but implement tactically to ensure efficient and effective operational planning, financial management, public relations, and fund development to meet the stated vision/mission. 


YOU bring an alignment of passion, energy, and commitment, all necessary for the success and excellence of Community Pathways to continue.


With the right background and thorough understanding of the non-profit world, excellent communication skills, polished fundraising skills,  and proved leadership – YOU promote an inspiring culture across the team, community, and board of directors.


The knowledge and experience YOU possess is a variety of processes and activities as described in Your Responsibilities, all making YOU the key and important asset to everyone’s success.  


ABOUT US:  The Steele County Clothesline and Steele County Food Shelf joined forces in January 2020 to form one non-profit organization, Community Pathways of Steele County. Our vision is to promote a stronger and healthier community by being a trusted resource for food, clothing, and other support; along with the mission to assist individuals and families meet their basic needs by providing resources in a healthy and caring environment.  Through these actions we build hope and support self-sufficiency. Our goal is to bring people together and continue to build a strong community of inclusiveness, connectedness, and support. 


Our programs include the Marketplace with weekly grocery shopping visits available to our customers.  In 2019 we became a certified SuperShelf to be more welcoming and create a grocery store like experience. Marketplace Delivery provides food once per month to households that are unable to come to our facility.  Unique Finds, our thrift store that provides clothing, household, and personal care items, is available to our registered customers and is open to the public. All proceeds from Unique Finds go toward supporting Community Pathways and its services. 


The needs of our community have increased, and the vision is to meet this growth with a new building expansion.  The new building will cost $1.6 million to construct. Combining that with our annual operating costs, we are executing a $2.6 million capital campaign – “Building New Pathways.”  The new building will include space for Let’s Smile and Transitional Housing.  The goal is to be in the new building early 2022.


As a result of the merger, we currently have Co-Executive Directors and their last day will be 12/31/2021.  They will remain as liaisons to the building project, Properties Committee and the Board as requested.  Our goal is for the new Executive Director to begin by December 1, 2021, and have a month to train with the current Directors.


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  • Organize and direct the management of the agency and ensure that all operational work is consistent with and furthers the mission of the organization.

  • Prepare the annual agency budget.

  • Ensure the provision of effective management structure and systems in the areas of program, finance, human resources, facilities, insurance, and support services.

  • Articulate and model a set of principles and a leadership that is well understood, widely supported, consistently applied, and effectively implemented throughout the organization.

Board of Directors:

  • Provide support and guidance to the Board of Directors and the organization.

  • Responsible for implementation and accuracy of policy and procedures.

  • Provide direction and leadership to the agency’s strategic planning process.

  • Provide the Board, officers, and committees with data, information, and staff support needed for completion of their work.

  • Maintain and update By Laws of the organization, in cooperation with the Board of Directors.

  • Maintain minutes from Committee, Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

Financial Management:

  • Ensure appropriate systems are installed to protect assets and maintain control of operations

  • Oversee day-to-day financial activity and reporting

  • Review and approve invoices and billings as received

  • Maintain the fiscal integrity of the organization to ensure donor confidence

  • Participate as needed with audits, grants, tax reporting, and bank reports.

  • Cultivate positive relationships with donors and funders to assure adequate financial resources.

  • Develop appropriate annual and longer-term financial objectives with the Fund Development and Finance Committee and lead the organization in the achievement of those goals.

  • Participate as a member of the finance and fund development committees.

  • Document and maintain complete and accurate supporting information for financial transactions.

Public Relations:

  • Represent the organization to the public and secure financial and philosophical support.

  • Serve as spokesperson for the organization to the community, other organizations, and the media.

  • Represent the organization at the local, county and state levels, when appropriate, to further the advocacy role as stated in our mission.

  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with other service providers in the area.

  • Follow the vision and mission of the organization and lead the development and implementation of a long-term strategy that will meet the needs and objectives of the community.

  • Keep the board President and members of the board fully informed on all aspects of the organization.


  • Assist the Fundraising committee to organize, plan, and execute annual fund-raising events.

  • With the Board of Directors, plan and facilitate development activities for the agency.

  • Educate the Board of Directors regarding their role in agency fund development.

  • Implement a planned giving program and cultivate gifts to the endowment.

  • Build and maintain strong relationships and partnerships with agency constituencies including but not limited to donors, foundations, volunteers, the faith community, and the business community.

  • Work to maintain the integrity of the information in the donor database.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree – preferably in social work, behavioral sciences, finance, education, management, or a related field.

  • Two or more years of experience as a supervisor is required.

  • Experience in fundraising, grant writing, annual giving campaigns and organizational finances; Experience with planned giving programs is preferred.

  • Experience in writing and obtaining grants.

  • Ability to relate knowledgeably and effectively with the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, government officials, other service providers, business partners, consumers, funding sources, and the public at large.

  • Knowledge of, appreciation for, and experience with strategic and long-range planning.

  • Knowledge of and ability to provide leadership for agency programs, finances, human resources, facilities, and support services.

  • Ability to envision, plan and lead the successful development of an annual fund program and planned giving program.

  • Strong computer skills. Knowledge of QuickBooks, and Microsoft Suite.

  • Ability to provide direction to and focus the effort of others.

  • Excellent written, verbal and listening skills with the ability to effectively represent the organization and interact with staff, board, committee members, donors, and other internal and external audiences; public speaking is likely.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with people at all levels and in all settings relevant to the agency mission and the wider community.

  • Knowledge of laws and regulations affecting nonprofits organizations and their governances.

  • Knowledge of and demonstrated commitment to diversity and community issues.

  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously and the flexibility to adjust to changing priorities and workflow.


Community Pathways is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Inventory Coordinator


Organizational Relationship:

The Inventory and Maintenance Coordinator is responsible to the Operations Manager.   

Position Overview:

The Inventory Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the food inventory including ordering, deliveries, pick-ups, and food storage for the Marketplace, as well as assisting with Unique Finds inventory and donations.

Position Responsibilities

  • Track and schedule delivery trucks.

  • Schedule and complete donation/pick-ups from local stores using volunteers as appropriate.

  • Coordinate with Marketplace Coordinator to ensure we have enough help for unloading shipments.

  • Manage food inventory per USDA guidelines (First-in, first-out (FIFO)method) or “Best used by” date.

  • Work with Marketplace Coordinator to manage and stock Marketplace shelves.

  • Prepare monthly Product Thrown/Given Report.

  • Assist Unique Finds with weekly donations.

  • Coordinate food and clothing drives with department leads.

  • Responsible for waste minimization and handling, including cardboard.

  • Manage year-end Marketplace inventory.


Organizational Responsibilities and Other Duties, as needed or as assigned:

  • Assist with member registration and complete member interviews with respect and thoroughness.

  • Assist with food distribution with safety, respect, dignity, and good service.

  • Assist members and customers with purchases at front desk as needed.

  • Assess and refer members to community services based on individual situations.

  • Provide for protection of private and confidential data as stated in the MN Data Practices Act.

  • Ensure that all members are treated with dignity and respect.

  • Submit time sheets, expense reports, and other required documentation in a timely manner.

  • Attend and participate in relevant staff and/or board and committee meetings.

  • Participate in staff development activities/training as needed to complete job duties or as required by Executive Director.  

  • Responsible for developing and maintaining positive, effective working relationships with fellow staff, volunteers, and board members.

  • Participate in organization’s public awareness events, community outreach and fundraising events, as needed.

  • Follow all safety and hygiene guidelines.

  • Maintain safe and neat work area at all time.

  • Ensure a welcoming environment to members, volunteers, donors, and other visitors.

  • Reports on-site for scheduled days and hours.

  • Ability to share Saturday scheduling and occasional work on weekends or after 5pm.

  • Fulfill all other duties as assigned.

   Community Pathways is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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