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Join the Team as our Community Development Associate!

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Position Available – Community Development Associate


Hope Community (Hope) is an innovative Community Development organization with a 41-year history in the Phillips Community of south Minneapolis. Our mission is to create connections that strengthen the power of community members and communities. We cultivate leaders, build community capacity, care for the housing and community spaces we develop, and pursue equity and diversity in all we do. Our work is grounded in principles of respect, connection, listening, learning, and co-creation.  In addition to extensive Community Engagement work, Hope has over more than 25 years brought to life a real estate vision that has transformed the intersection of Franklin and Portland Avenues.  Hope, both independently and through partnerships with other non-profits such as Aeon and the City of Lakes Community Land Trust, has developed close to 300 units of housing, 70% of which is affordable to low- and moderate-income households, along with 10,000 square feet of neighborhood commercial space, 15,000 square feet of community programming space, and 7,500 square feet of community agriculture space.  Hope is both a developer and long-term property owner whose approach to community revitalization is to create an alternative to gentrification.



The Community Development Associate is a full-time position and will report to and work closely with Hope’s Associate Director. The Community Development Associate will be involved with Hope’s asset management and real estate development work, as well as related fundraising and communications efforts. Hope’s current portfolio includes 263 rental units across 7 projects, along with 2 commercial spaces, and a host of funder/compliance/reporting relationships.  Sound financial asset management is key to Hope’s real estate portfolio; however, Hope’s vision of asset management is much broader than simply financial oversight.  Understanding Hope’s larger mission, work, and approach to community building are essential to how Hope cares for our properties.  Hope’s real estate development efforts focus on developing community ownership strategies as an alternative to gentrification and displacement in low- and moderate-income South Minneapolis (primarily Phillips and Powderhorn communities).


Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Asset Management
    • Update/monitor asset management plans for each property in Hope’s portfolio
    • Financial analysis and reporting on monthly, quarterly and annual basis
    • Compliance reporting to funding partners
    • Assist with oversight of property management performance
    • Oversee Real Estate tax accuracy and proper insurance coverage for portfolio
    • Work with Hope’s commercial tenants to manage commercial spaces in portfolio
    • Engagement with neighborhood and business associations in Phillips
    • Participate as part of team working on improvements to local transportation infrastructure, including Franklin Avenue
    • Oversight and maintenance of Hope’s community spaces
    • Work with Community Engagement team members to maintain community garden spaces within Hope’s portfolio
  • Real Estate Development
    • Quantitative and qualitative data collection/analysis related to Hope’s development pipeline
    • Project management for real estate development projects, including portfolio rehabilitation projects and new developments including small multi-family ownership strategy
    • Work with supervisor to build/maintain development partnerships key to small multi-family ownership strategy
  • Fundraising and Communications
    • Involvement with grant writing and other fundraising efforts related to Hope’s real estate initiatives
    • Involvement with communications pieces relevant to Hope’s real estate work or community spaces



Required Skills/Abilities

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong creative thinking, reflection, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to plan and manage time, information, and multiple priorities; to follow through on commitments and meet deadlines
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently as well as to work as a member of a collaborative team
  • Ability to ask for help, take direction and receive constructive feedback
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Strong data analysis abilities/experience
  • Understanding of key property financial documents – audits, operating budgets, pro formas, etc.
  • Proficient in computer skills including Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook)
  • Understanding of fundraising and communications processes



  • Position is full-time, 40 hours/week
  • Regular schedule to be negotiated with supervisor; occasional eve. and/or weekends may be required


  • Salary dependent upon qualifications (Hope offers competitive wages in connection with experience)
  • Benefits package includes Medical and Dental coverage, FSA, Life and Long-term Disability insurance, cell phone reimbursement, and paid time off.


APPLICATIONS DUE: December 4, 2018


Hope Community is an Equal Opportunity Employer


To apply:

Send letter of interest, resume (or other documentation of experience), and list of 3 references to:

Will Delaney, Associate Director,

Enjoy our Fall 2018 Newsletter

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Our 2018 Fall Newsletter is here!

Celebrating 15 years of the Power of Vision mural project


For more than a decade, art has been an important community building tool
in Hope’s place keeping and leadership development work. Within our Art,
Policy, and Power program, the Power of Vision (POV) mural project (est.
2004) has been a space for youth and adults to create murals that reflect
community, convey understanding and embody hope. The POV project
allows local emerging artists in our community to learn from mentors and
create public art reflective of their own vision of their community, while
building art skills, leadership, and relationships.


As Hope’s mission expands and our next chapter unfolds, the history of creating
Power Spaces remains a part of our core. POV exemplifies this by creating a
space for youth to explore arts in a new way—knowing they are at the center
and that their voices will be driving the narrative of the final mural—visible in
their own city. The POV project, like all our work, is part of our overall
strategy of Place Keeping—a development and engagement approach that
recognizes, amplifies, and leverages the stories, practices, and collective
assets already found within the neighborhood and the community.


Your investment in Hope is an investment in the power of community. Hope’s approach is to build on the existing power of community and to focus our work on what we hear from community. It is intentional, complex, and strategic and creates space where people can be part of a community where they can connect with others, learn together, and build the future they want to see.


We are grateful for your belief in, and generous support of our work.

Click Here to View Our 2018 Fall Newsletter (pdf)


Please Enjoy our 2017 Annual Report!

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Our 2017 Annual Report celebrates our 40 years of building power spaces, while highlighting what we have done and what we’ve learned about our work over time: it’s not what we do that makes us successful, it’s how we do it.


Click here to read or print our 2017 Annual Report

Thank you to our community of supporters. Together, we are building a stronger community, city & future. 


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Thank you,
Shannon Smith Jones

Here’s to Another 40 Years of Hope!

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What a day!


The Staff and Board of Hope Community are so appreciative to all who joined us on Saturday, May 19th, for our final 40th Anniversary Event!

Joined by over 150 of our community of residents, program participants, funders, donors and partners, we explored Hope’s Campus, connected with some of the many people who have shaped Hope over the last 40 years, and built new relationships as we enter a new era.

During our 40th Anniversary Open House, we were honored to unveil our newest video in our #40Stories of Hope Campaign. This story embodies the legacy of Hope & our commitment to our community. If you missed the program, or just want to see the wonderful video again, you can find it below! A very special thank you to our friends at Line Break Media for producing this powerful piece.



Here’s to Another 40 Years of Hope!!