Seward Redesign (Redesign) is a nonprofit community development corporation, started in 1969, dedicated to improving the Seward Neighborhood and Greater Longfellow Community of south Minneapolis. Redesign provides comprehensive community development services, including housing, commercial real estate development, infrastructure advocacy, business development, and program administration. Redesign sustains its work through philanthropic support, government contracts, and fee-based real estate development revenue.

Redesign’s staff of 4-7 with 1-2 key consulting partners provides comprehensive, local, and tailored support for long-term business and community sustainability. The organization owns and manages 105,000 square feet of space at 9 commercial properties, home to 40 diverse tenants. Redesign has also developed and preserved 776 units of affordable housing. With a focus on women, immigrant and people of color-owned enterprises, Redesign has recruited dozens of new businesses, provided seven low interest revolving loans, and overseen 75 façade improvement grants, among other types of support, in the last 10 years alone.


Reporting to Redesign’s Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) leads a team of staff to ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of all programs, projects, and services. The ED also helps the organization achieve its mission in partnership with aligned organizations. The primary responsibilities are:

· Strategic Leadership and Communication: Assist in the development of, and fully implement the short- and long-range plans of Redesign, clearly articulating organizational goals for financial and programmatic stability and growth; motivate and inspire others to support the vision of Redesign. Develop Redesign’s Board of Directors.

· Financial Planning and Management: Advance long term financial sustainability for the organization through primarily earned income; direct an annual fundraising strategy to augment earned revenue; seek and maintain relationships with institutional funders; manage a $1 million annual budget and $9 million in assets; oversee the development and management of budgetary and financial controls and procedures, including annual audits; keep the Board informed of financial and operational issues.

· Operational Planning and Management: Develop, implement, manage, promote, and help sustain a wide range of community development programs; help constituents build business skills and capacity; market, evaluate, and improve Redesign programs and projects.

· Human Resources Planning and Management: Support, develop, and retain qualified and excellent staff and consultants; ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the organization by selecting and developing effective people; foster a culture of cooperation and mutual respect, focusing on outstanding performance.

· Relationship Management: Represent Redesign in public relations activities with local and state governmental leaders. Maintain strong and effective relationships with business leaders and advocates who are partners in Redesign’s mission; build and maintain strong relationships with private and public sector leaders, revenue sources, industry leaders, and allied organizations.



· A Bachelor’s degree in business, project development, planning, finance, nonprofit administration, public administration, or related field is required; Master’s degree preferred.


· Three or more years executive or advanced level professional supervisory experience in a nonprofit organization, with working knowledge of community development corporations.

· Five or more years experience in real estate development, with an emphasis on Affordable Housing.

· Successful track record of securing sustainable funding through a mix of philanthropy, government and earned revenue.

· Commitment to community development, and the ability to make meaningful connections in the Seward and Greater Longfellow Communities.

· Ability to be an engaging ambassador and advocate for Redesign with key business, community, and government stakeholders.

· Ability to successfully collaborate with partner organizations, specifically lenders, businesses, government agencies, and other nonprofits.

· Working knowledge of real estate and other development contracts.

· Strong negotiation skills.

· Proven administrative competence in areas such as financial management, budgeting, marketing, technology, planning, and goal setting.

· Ability to recruit, retain, and develop staff and consultants.

· Excellent written communication and presentation skills.


Full time salary of $115,000 to $140,000 depending on experience and qualifications. Competitive benefits include, vacation, parental leave, employee medical and dental, group life, disability insurance, and employer retirement savings contribution.

Seward Redesign is an AA/EOE organization, and welcomes a broad and diverse pool of applicants. Applications will be accepted through November 15, 2019.

Seward Redesign is an equal opportunity employer. Women and BIPOC are strongly encouraged to apply. The organization will begin reviewing applications November 15, 2019. Cincinnatus invites interested candidates to send an electronic letter of introduction and résumé to employment@cincinnatus.com, or a hard copy to Employment, Cincinnatus, 2021 East Hennepin Avenue, Suite 220, Minneapolis, MN 55413.