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Executive Director

Minneapolis, MN

Position Profile: Executive Director – Redeemer Centers for Life

kpCompanies is leading the search for the next Executive Director for Redeemer Center for Life (RCFL). This will be a highly visible and inspiring leader with the vision to move RCFL forward while building on its 20+ years of success. The Executive Director will guide all aspects of the organization, supported by a talented staff and a committed Board. Key areas include: strategy development, fundraising, organizing community events, team development and fiscal management.


THE ORGANIZATION: Redeemer Center for Life

Redeemer Center for Life (RCFL) is a nonprofit committed to youth training, attainable housing, and workforce development in the Harrison neighborhood of North Minneapolis. Since 1998, this place-based organization has celebrated and reinforced the diversity of Minneapolis’ Northside through social action as well as financial and programmatic investment in its people, ideas, and enterprises. 

Community engagement lies at the core of RCFL’s organizational culture and remains its primary source for the nonprofit’s vision, strategy, and evolution. Fostering an atmosphere of equity and inclusion, RCFL invites community members to participate by voicing their ideas, questions, and concerns. Through these conversations the organization has been able to identify and offer programming, resources, and events which address the community's interests. As the metro area expands into the Northside and the Harrison Neighborhood begins to gentrify, RCFL focuses on residents’ concerns about predatory rent practices, increased cost of living, and plateaued wages, especially in light of North Minneapolis’ staggering 23% unemployment rate.

Northside residents drive RCFL programming, which aims to empower participants and help create financial stability for youth, adults, and families. Twenty two years of experience prove that through programs like Venture North, a full-service bike and coffee shop that offers leadership positions and employment to high school-age youth, RCFL can increase the prospects for young people to create meaningful and prosperous lives by supporting their educational needs and helping them develop work and social skills that lead to a career path vs. a job. 

For adults and families working toward economic stability, RCFL offers 26 attainable and transitional housing units. These safe, dignified, and well-positioned homes offer access to public transport, local amenities, and other resources available on the RCFL campus. RCFL attainable housing offers financial, emotional, and community support to all residents. 

 RCFL Mission Statement

Advance racial justice and equity by investing in the strengths, capacity, and resilience of individuals and families in the Harrison Neighborhood.

 RCFL Core Values


We value the inherent strength and resilience of the Black and Brown community in the Harrison neighborhood. We rely on their wisdom and experience to identify needs, set priorities, and define how we'll work together.

Racial Justice and Equity 

We embrace our role in dismantling racism and use the power of our collective voice and actions to fight for racial justice and equity.


We uphold the dignity of every person, respecting every individual for who they are and what they hope for in their lives. We create an environment where all people feel safe, hopeful, and valued.


We believe in the power of collaboration to create meaningful, sustainable change. We embrace our different roles as allies, partners, and leaders in our community.


We recognize the power of connection and nurture the relationships we develop within RCFL, with residents in the Harrison neighborhood, and with our partner congregations.


We hold ourselves to high standards and live up to our commitments to our program participants, neighbors, organizational partners, and the broader community.


We know that place matters. We create warm and transformative spaces where people can gather to learn, relax, and feel a part of a beloved community.


RCFL Approach and Programs

Transformational Housing
RCFL provides supportive, stable housing so our residents can thrive within their community and ultimately attain independent housing security.

Workforce Development
RCFL works alongside youth and adults in our community to help them create and realize their sustainable employment or higher education goals.

Youth Leadership
RCFL's youth programs equip young people to be community leaders through programming that offers a sense of trust in our community and lasting support from peers and mentors.


The Executive Director is the key management leader of Redeemer Center for Life. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the strategic plan, building relationships with key partners, delivering mission-based programs, and effectively managing the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach in the Harrison neighborhood of North Minneapolis. The position’s purpose is to passionately articulate and promote RCFL’s mission and provide visionary leadership for a strong and prosperous future. The position reports directly to the board of directors.



  • Manage the overall RCFL organization including policy decision-making, fund-raising, program management, fiscal management, and increasing the overall visibility of the organization.
  • Create a strategic plan in partnership with the board of directors and successfully implement the plan.
  • Supervise and collaborate with organization staff focusing on employee development and engagement.
  • Plan annual budget and operations to ensure fiscal soundness and effective delivery of services.
  • Serve as RCFL primary spokesperson to external organizations and constituents, the media, and the public. Effectively communicate the organization’s mission to partners, donors, volunteers, and the overall community.
  • Establish, activate, and maintain relationships that strategically enhance RCFL’s mission, including the following key partners:
    • Redeemer Lutheran Church: founder of RCFL and key partner

    • Harrison Neighborhood Association: resource for Harrison neighborhood

    • Partner congregations: church relationships that specifically support RCFL

    • Volunteers and donors: activating partnerships to achieve RCFL mission

    • Develop revenues through fund-raising, grant-writing, partner contributions and other revenue sources.

Essential Duties: 

Board Governance: Works with the board in order to fulfill the organization’s mission.

  • Responsible for leading RCFL in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors and the bylaws.

  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the board and providing in a timely and accurate manner all information necessary for the board to function properly and make informed decisions.

Financial Performance and Viability: Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.

  • Responsible for fund-raising and generating other revenues necessary to support the RCFL Mission. Generates grant application sourcing and writing.

  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of RCFL to include submission to the board the proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.

  • Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensuring maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization’s positive financial position.

Organization Mission and Strategy: Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, and community outreach.

  • Responsible for implementation of RCFL’s programs to successfully carry out the organization’s mission.

  • Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that RCFL can successfully fulfill its mission into the future.

  • Responsible for the enhancement of RCFL’s image by being active and visible in the community, and with partners, and private organizations.

 Organization Operations: Oversee and implement appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.

  • Responsible for the hiring, development, performance, and retention of competent qualified staff.

  • Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into on behalf of RCFL.


Below are some of the typical requirements for an Executive Director. We recognize that skill sets can be a complex combination of experiences. Even if your background does not exactly match these requirements but you have a passion for our work, we would love to hear from you and we recognize the value of transferable skills.

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent Experience and skill working with a Board of Directors

• High-level strategic thinking and planning. Ability to envision and convey the organization’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers, and donors.

• Community engagement experience, listening and responding to key constituents of the organization.

• Establishing and maintaining strong relationships with multiple people and organizations, including partners, clients, funders, and volunteers.

• Experience working with people who have experienced poverty, trauma, and inequity. Experience with change management approaches that engage people through change.

• Success in generating new revenue streams and ensuring strong financial results.

• Active fundraising experience. Excellent donor relations skills and an understanding of the funding community.

• Strong financial management skills including budget preparation analysis, decision making, and reporting.

• Staff leadership and management experience. • High degree of energy and strong work ethic.

• Flexibility to conduct occasional meetings and events outside of standard daily business hours.

• Preferred experience in affordable housing, youth leadership and/or workforce development services.



Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations later than 9:00pm on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. You can apply here: 



Equity & Salary Disclosure

We believe in practices that create real equity and pay parity regardless of background or identity and we freely discuss compensation with all qualified candidates the first time we interview them. Saving the salary discussion for the first conversation allows us to fully understand the needs of each candidate and to ensure that qualified candidates, even those who’ve historically been overlooked and/or underpaid, don’t self-select out of the processes based on salary alone, as our experience and research suggests. In addition to those who opt out because they fear the salary may be out of reach for them, we equally don’t want to miss out on conversations with candidates who are slightly over the range when in some cases the total compensation including factors such as bonuses, flexibility, and better health benefits, etc may exceed expectations. Finally, as a search firm – we are always looking for top-notch talent to introduce to our clients. Should the salary or any other requirement not be a fit, there is often a chance that someone on our team is working on another position you may be a better fit for. If you would like to discuss your qualifications for this role as well as discuss salary and compensation - just give us a call, we’d be happy to discuss!


  • All submissions received in strictest confidence. Both kpCompanies and Redeemer Center for Life are equal opportunity employers.

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