Job Opening: Interim Executive Director

Title: Interim Executive Director
Reports to: Board of Directors
Hours: Full Time, 40 hours/week, involving occasional evening and weekend meetings
Status: Exempt

Please send your cover letter, resume, and any questions to the Search Committee:

Application preferred due date: ​June 24, 2018; position open until filled

The Dispute Resolution Center is an EEOC employer. Individuals of color and indigenous, LGBTQ identified individuals, and individuals with involvement in Public Housing are strongly encouraged to apply. ​ This description does not constitute an offer or contract of employment.


I. About the Dispute Resolution Center
DRC is the oldest community-mediation program in Minnesota co-located in the Mt. Airy St. Paul Public Housing Community Center. We are the only program offering East Metro Area residents with limited means free and low-cost volunteer-based mediation, conflict-resolution, and restorative services in court and community settings. DRC’s direct services are delivered by a diverse group of 50 active volunteer facilitators and mediators who are members of the community. Volunteers have up-to-date training and experience in circle-keeping, mediation, and restorative processes. DRC is a growing organization that handles approximately 200 mediation and restorative practices cases per year. We are a small staff ranging between 3-5 members serving the Second Judicial District housing, conciliation, and harassment courts, as well as any residents in the Washington, Ramsey, and Dakota counties who request our mediation and restorative services. We have partnerships with numerous community organizations including the St. Paul Public School system and St. Paul Public Housing Agency.

II. Mission
The Dispute Resolution Center promotes the constructive resolution of conflict through open communication and shared decision-making. We believe​ that people can resolve disputes respectfully, without litigation, to the mutual satisfaction of all participants. We advocate​ for managing disputes peacefully through the use of problem-solving techniques that help build community. We provide​ the highest quality service possible and ensure that these services are accessible to all residents of the communities we serve. We partner​ with community members, groups, schools, and businesses to develop and maintain an open organization that reflects diversity and welcomes all people. We promote​ the peaceful resolution of conflict as a preferred method of building healthy communities and reaching mutual goals.

III. Summary
The Interim Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Center supports the Board of Directors by carrying out the mission, vision, and objectives of the organization. The position requires a transformational leader who can guide us through a period of reorganization and restructuring. DRC was recently awarded a grant from the St. Paul Foundation that will enable us to reassess our work and create a new strategic direction for the center. DRC will engage in a transition planning process aimed toward hiring a new Executive Director, with core components of facing race education and creating an inclusive planning strategy that will incorporate multiple voices of our service community to guide our selection of a new Executive Director.

The Interim Executive Director will need significant experience in conflict resolution practices, community engagement, transitional planning, fund development, and nonprofit management. The Interim Executive Director will lead with a racially equitable lens and connect with diverse communities in the East Metro. 1 The Interim Executive Director is responsible for the oversight of all programs and services and carrying out the day-to-day operations of the organization which include, but are not limited to: fundraising, grant making, reporting, leading and supervising staff and volunteers in line with the DRC mission, leading outreach, organizing mediation and restorative practice trainings, acting as board liaison, leading organizational transformation that includes racial equity training, and hiring of the next Executive Director.

IV. Responsibilities/Duties

A. Operational Development and Management

Manage and Design Programs

  • Collaborate with staff and local partners to respond to new community needs for conflict resolution
  • Support staff and local partners in maintenance of existing initiatives in mediation, restorative justice, and youth conflict resolution education

Supervision and Development of Staff/Personnel

  • Lead with transparency and strong communication skills
  • Effectively manage the human resources of the organization according to authorized personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations
  • Conduct and receive employee reviews as indicated in the Employee Handbook and organizational bylaws
  • Recruit, hire, manage, set expectations, and celebrate accomplishments of all staff members

Training and Direct Service

  • Lead or organize 30-hour mediation training for volunteers and members of the community
  • Lead or organize circle training for volunteers and members of the community
  • Assist with mediation and restorative processes when necessary and appropriate

B. Strategic Leadership

Work closely with the Board of Directors to lead strategic direction of organization

  • Serve as board liaison to the organization’s staff (3-5 members) and volunteers (50 active)
  • Provide direction and leadership to the agency’s planning process
  • Oversight, support and engagement with Board Meetings and Board Committees (Finance, Development, Outreach, Executive, Ad Hoc)
  • Report to Board of Directors on progress of undergoing projects, programs and services, as well as both internal and external factors affecting success of organizational goals
  • Advise the Board of corporate responsibilities

Outreach and Community Relations

  • Raise visibility of DRC and community mediation & restorative processes generally
  • Represent DRC in the community among potential clients & funders by networking, working with the media, and speaking at events
  • Represent DRC statewide & nationally by being the liaison with Community Mediation Minnesota and the Community Dispute Resolution Program (CDRP) Advisory Committee, by connecting with 2 the National Association for Community Mediation, and by working closely with the ADR Section of the Bar and other partners
  • Energize & engage community and cultivate strong professional relationships

C. Resource Development and Management

Write & administer grants & government contracts

  • Write, renew and report back on 5-10 small and medium-sized foundation grants annually, ranging from $5,000 to $50,000
  • Write, renew & administer 5-10 large and small government grants & training contracts annually, ranging from $10,000 to $70,000
  • Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices
  • Work with the staff, Finance Committee, and the board in preparing a budget that reflects a well defined annual business plan; see that the organization operates within budget guidelines
  • Jointly, with the chair and secretary of the board of directors, conduct official correspondence of the organization, and jointly, with designated officers, execute legal documents


  • Represent the organization to the public to secure adequate financial resources to carry out the mission. This support includes individual, corporate, government, and foundation contributions, fee for service contracts and in-kind donations
  • Coordinate full participation of the Board members in fund development efforts
  • Organize and implement the annual fund drive/anniversary
  • Raise funds through individual giving to support service to the community
  • Work with Board & community members to develop and launch revenue-generating programs

Manage Finances

  • Work with Treasurer, Finance Committee, and accountant to write budget, manage spending by grant, oversee contract invoicing, and track cash flows
  • Responsible for overall administrative & financial accountability of the organization
  • Perform all accounting functions of the agency not performed by consultants. Present quarterly financial reports to the Board of Directors
  • Monitor agency cash flow

V. Qualifications/Requirements

  • Must be trained or willing to be trained in civil and family mediation skills with a minimum of two years experience mediating cases in both areas.
  • Must be trained or willing to be trained in restorative justice methods such circle processes and restorative group conferencing
  • Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management, Conflict Resolution, Public Policy, Psychology or related field, or 5-years equivalent experience preferred
  • Understand and respect diversity; act on commonalities
  • Ability to lead organization with a racially equitable lens and to enroll board, staff, volunteers, and partners in this work
  • Ability to collaborate with others and build partnerships with POCI and other East Metro communities
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong leadership and management skills 3
  • Develop personal and professional development in self and among all staff
  • Evaluate own leadership style and seek input from others on personal and professional development
  • Knowledge of and commitment to alternative dispute resolution methodologies
  • Should be tenacious and have a high level of curiosity
  • Familiar with MN Courts and legal processes
  • Widely acquainted with the Twin Cities and ADR communities
  • Must be perceptive and have a high degree of responsibility, discretion, energy, and integrity
  • Sensitive to victim needs, offender risk factors, and community impact
  • Special consideration for demonstrated ability in a second language
  • Computer literacy, including word-processing, spreadsheets, and database (FileMaker Pro, CaseLoad Manager, or SalesForce) navigation

IV. Working Environment

  • Must be able to travel to off-site locations in the East Metro and greater Twin Cities area
  • Extended use of telephone and computer, frequent walking, standing, and sitting.


Please send your cover letter, resume, and any questions to the Search Committee:

Application preferred due date: ​June 24, 2018; position open until filled

The Dispute Resolution Center is an EEOC employer. Individuals of color and indigenous, LGBTQ identified individuals, and individuals with involvement in Public Housing are strongly encouraged to apply. ​ This description does not constitute an offer or contract of employment.

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