LNA Looking for Lead Organizer

The Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) is an award-winning, nationally recognized community-based organization in South Minneapolis on the cutting edge of community development.  LNA is currently seeking an experienced community leader to serve as LNA’s Lead Community Organizer.  

This is a new full-time position with benefits.  The Lead Organizer will be responsible for leading LNA’s Organizing Team.  LNA’s Organizing Team is responsible for leading the neighborhood’s efforts to build and maintain the web of relationships in the community that allow ideas, opportunities, and resources from residents and businesses to emerge and become reality. 

The primary responsibilities for this position will be to lead LNA’s inclusive organizing efforts, direct LNA’s Women’s Leadership Program, and manage LNA’s Organizing Team.  LNA’s inclusive organizing efforts are the neighborhood’s comprehensive effort to regularly connect with and to build connections between Lyndale’s community members.  The Lead Organizer will be responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating an inclusive organizing plan designed to build one of the most connected communities in Minneapolis.

The Lead Organizer will also be responsible for leading LNA’s Women’s Leadership Program, which is an innovative leadership development program designed around a self-directed, action-learning model that helps cohorts of Latina and Somali women increase their individual skills and learn how to work together as a group as they apply these skills in addressing a community issue of their choice.

The Lead Organizer will manage LNA’s Organizing Team which currently consists of two part-time Community Organizers.  As a part of LNA’s Organizing Team, the Lead Organizer’s responsibilities will include supporting residents and community partners to initiate, implement, and evaluate a wide variety of community initiatives in the areas of youth & family, the environment, arts & culture, and inclusive organizing in the Latino and Somali communities. 

Additional responsibilities include extensive leadership development, active organizing, including regular doorknocking, project management, event coordination, facilitation, and training.  This position requires a great deal of self-motivation and initiative, and will be handled most effectively by someone who can creatively link people issues with the resources needed to address them. 

Read the full job posting.  To apply, send cover letter and resume to:

Lyndale Neighborhood Association,  3537 Nicollet Ave. S, Mpls, MN 55408 or e-mail to mark@lyndale.org.  Resume review will begin on Friday, December 7th and will continue to the job is filled.


Published on:

Tue, 2012-11-13 13:41

Volunteer Spotlight

Event Ambassador:
It’s that time again!  La Posada is just around the corner and there are many opportunities to help out with this great event.  Food, dancers, community, and Santa all make this one of the most special events of the season.  We’ll need help with set up, food service, activity helpers, clean up, and just general help with the merriment. Choose a role and help us make the day run smoothly!

Set up: 2-4pm

Help make the place look beautiful! You’ll hang papel picado banners, cover the tables, put everything in order, and make everything look festive!

Kid’s Activities: 4-5:30pm

We anticipate having 4 activity stations for kids.  Each station needs at least 2 volunteers. There will be all the materials you’ll need to do the activity.      

Paper Flowers: Help kids create paper flowers. We’ll have instructions to ensure your success!    

Maracas: Help kids assemble and decorate their own noisemaker!

Metal Tooling: In the vein of traditional metal working, help kids create beautiful pieces by drawing on tin foil.  Good times. 

Face-painting: Draw on kids’ faces with the crayon/pencils.  Make kids into fantastical creatures.         

Photographers: 4-7:30

Take pictures of the event.  We’d love to get shots of kids doing different activities, community members interacting with each other, the volunteers in action, and the dancers.  Pictures should be dropped off at LNA at a later date.   

Welcome Table/Registration 4-5:30 and 5:30-7:00

Greet people as they arrive, show them the coat rack, let them know what’s going on in the program, have community members sign up on our attendance sheet and put on a name tag. 

Santa’s Elves 4:00-5:30 and 6:15-7:00

Please make sure Santa has everything he needs.  Because of time it takes to print the pictures, we are going to have contact sheets for people to sign up so their pictures can be sent to them. You’ll need to help people fill out the sheets, and explain to them that within the next week we will be emailing or printing out the pictures and mailing them out.  Also help with the flow, the lines, and bringing kids up to Santa.  People are welcome to take pictures with their own cameras.

Social Butterfly

Your job is to flit and float and fly.  While doing that just circulate around the event and talk to people.  Answer any questions people may have about the event or LNA and help them get engaged.  Connect people who should know each other and try to notice any wallflowers who are looking uncomfortable and in need of a friendly chat. You mariposas are the key to people feeling like they belong and want to get involved in Lyndale. 

Food Servers 4:30-6:00 and 6:00-7:30

This is a very important role—we all need to eat! First shift will take photos of the kitchen, set up the food and begin serving at five pm. Second shift will take over at six, finish serving food, and begin cleanup by seven.


This is seriously a fun job.  At 7:15 you get to pass out gift bags to kids as they leave the event.

Clean up

And…..scene.  Time to look about proudly at all the good cheer and community building going on and pack it up.  Decorations need to come down and everything that was brought in needs to be brought out. There will be some designated transport vehicles that we will put everything in. Sweep, remove tape.

Contact Jennifer (jennifer@lyndale.org – 824-9402 ext. 12) to learn more about each opportunity and to sign up for a shift.