Community Programs Coordinator

Posted on 24 October 22 by Mary Jones

  • St Paul, MN
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Position Profile: Community Programs Coordinator– Rethos

kpCompanies is leading the search for the next Community Programs Coordinator for Rethos.  This person will work within our Community Programs division, supporting work across four program areas within the program.  The Community Programs Coordinator should have a strong curiosity for history.  There is variety in their work, so this person will be happy to wear many hats and have a strong desire for skill building. 


Rethos is a non-profit organization that leads and inspires people to connect to historic places, promoting equity, community vitality, and engagement. Through its programs and services, Rethos advocates for a new understanding of preservation that highlights the histories of underrepresented communities and equitably enhances community vibrancy on a broad spectrum, including activities that directly impact economic and social well-being. 

Rethos is building our team! In the coming years, Rethos will be growing and looking to hire and promote a high-functioning, diverse team to work in an environment of inclusion, equity, collaboration, and innovation. Rethos operates in communities in every corner of our state and across the region, and our team members should look like and share the lived experiences of these varied communities. For us, diversity comes in various forms including race, gender affiliation, abilities, location, and socio-economic backgrounds. We welcome, cultivate, and seek out differences.   


This coordinator position will work within our Community Programs division, supporting work across Education, Minnesota Main Streets, Community Engagement, and Heritage Tourism. This is an early-career professional position that will work to facilitate and expand participation in established programs that have broad geographical reach, including working with Main Street districts, Continuing Education for Real Estate agents, Homeowner DIY Education, and Volunteer Program support. The Community Programs Coordinator will ensure consistent and enthusiastic program engagement from a wide range of participants: 

  • economic and community development professional
  • local Main Street organization staff, board members, and volunteers 
  • real estate agents and developers 
  • property owners, residents, and community members interested in home rehabilitation & maintenance, local history, and cultural heritage.

This position works across the four program areas within Community Programs. The following provides an overview of tasks that this position will take on over the course of a year, not on a weekly basis. 


The Rethos Education team creates experiences that teach about the history of our built environment, how it has evolved, and how to take good care of it. Duties include: 

  • Facilitate registration and reporting for all Education events and classes 
  • Host hands-on skill building workshops, webinars, and continuing education classes 
  • Coordinate community-oriented tours and events 
  • Maintain relationships with class sites, teachers, and contract positions 
  • Manage Education course and attendee data 
  • Oversee all continuing education certification filings and reminders 
  • Support Education Manager in volunteer contact lists, trainings, scheduling, and information sharing 

Minnesota Main Street

The Main Street Team is the coordinating entity for Main Street America in Minnesota. Duties include: 

  • Host monthly virtual meetings with local Main Street staff 
  • Collect and file time-sensitive Main Street district data, projects, and reports 
  • Support planning, scheduling, and facilitation of annual Buildings on Main Street Conference 

Heritage Tourism

The Heritage Tourism Team is our newest program. It facilitates Doors Open Minneapolis starting in 2023 and will be expanding over the next year to include additional tourism programming. Duties include: 

  • Support Heritage Tourism Manager in volunteer facilitation 
  • Assist with all document and data collection 

Community Engagement

Community Engagement runs the Artists on Main Street Program as well as Downtown Assessments. Duties include: 

  • Monitor schedules for advance calendar planning 
  • Collect and file data received during project implementation

We are looking for someone who can:

  • Coordinate registration and facilitate classes (both in-person and virtual), workshops, tours, and other educational programs. 
  • Manage Community Programs calendar to ensure timeliness in registrations, course planning, and follow-up. 
  • Support planning of Buildings on Main Street Conference, specifically venue and catering needs. 
  • Keep up to date records of contractors, partners, students, and other public facing relationships in CRM software. 
  • Plan, track, and report on deliverables and data for classes and partnerships. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Community Programs Managers. 
  • Write articles for Rethos magazine Places Reimagined, write blog posts, attend staff meetings, support events, and other duties related to being staff at Rethos.


  • Ability to build and maintain working relationships with a wide variety of people and organizations, including within communities that have historically been underrepresented in historic preservation.
  • Knowledge in any of the following areas will strengthen a candidacy: residential building rehab and maintenance, Minnesotan and American history, historic preservation design, planning, or law; urban or regional planning; governmental relations, business administration, advocacy or community organizing, organizational development, information technology, web-based learning software.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, access to reliable personal transportation, and the ability and willingness to travel regularly within the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area and throughout Greater Minnesota.
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal communication, and presentation skills.
  • Excellent organization and file management skills.
  • Experience using fundraising software, like Neon CRM, or similar. 
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint). 
  • Capable of managing multiple tasks on a similar timeline. 
  • Establish priorities, work independently, effectively problem solve and proceed with objectives with limited supervision. 


Below are some of the typical requirements for an Institutional Giving Officer. 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.

  • High school diploma or equivalent.  Undergraduate degree (preferred) in education, history, environmental studies, planning, geography, community development, historic preservation, public administration, or a related field
    • Three to four years paid or volunteer experience working jointly in two or more of the above fields may be substituted for undergraduate degree
  • One to two years direct working experience (paid or volunteer) with adult education, or equivalent experience coordinating public programs such as tours, workshops, and/or webinars.
  • Familiarity with the geography and history of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, and/or Texas (states in which Rethos currently works) and its ethnic and cultural diversity.
  • Cultural competency and fluency in a language other than English is highly desired, with a preference for Spanish, Hmong, and any languages of the Cushite family.


Interested candidates should submit cover letter, resume, and salary expectations no later than 9:00pm on Monday, October 31st, 2022.  Please apply at


Benefits include paid medical insurance with dental and vision enrollment option with no waiting period after hire, simple IRA with employer match, generous paid time off, cellular data allowance, and parking/transportation allowance.

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 - email, I’d be happy to discuss!

*All submissions received in strictest confidence. Both kpCompanies and Rethos are equal opportunity employers.

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