Healthy Community Initiative

Thriving Youth. Thriving Community.



HCI RISE Director

July 21, 2022

Now in its 30th year, Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) is a community-based organization whose mission is to cultivate collaborative communities in Rice County that support, value, and empower youth.

To achieve this, HCI works with community members and partners to identify needs/opportunities, foster collaboration and support community-driven efforts that benefit local youth and families. By offering its assistance, HCI strives to build the capacity of the community to serve its young people more effectively.

HCI is seeking a RISE director to manage the development, implementation and evaluation of systems and programs that support RISE students with their academic success, school engagement, and postsecondary planning.  This fulltime position will be performed onsite from Faribault High School.


  • Coordinate a cohort of 150+ students in the RISE program to include individual monthly academic counseling sessions
  • Ensure that each RISE student has an individual plan that identifies areas of need, interventions, goals, and postsecondary aspirations
  • Coordinate schedules and supervise HCI staff and AmeriCorps staff assigned to serve the RISE program
  • Ensure fidelity and timeliness of data tracking of staff in the Salesforce system.
  • Communicate with parents to discuss future plans for postsecondary education. Ensure that parents are aware of academic progress
  • Grant writing and reporting
  • Support students in out of school time activities through the registration and scholarship process for sports, driver’s education, summer programs and camps, and job applications.
  • Coordinate events, activities and communication for the purpose of affirming and rewarding those RISE students who have achieved academic success and/or met their goals
  • Collaborate with partners to provide additional support to the RISE program to include recruitment of tutors, identification of chemical and mental health services, and workshops for college and career readiness.
  • Communicate with teachers, guidance counselors, principals, and social workers in those cases where additional or different levels of academic support and intervention are necessary
  • Coordinate and staff college visits for groups of RISE students
  • Assist students and families with the completion of college applications, financial aid forms, and scholarship opportunities
  • Establish and sustain positive working relationships and regular, proactive communication with program partners, including school staff and administration.

Required qualities:

  • Bachelor’s degree, ideally in the field of counseling, social work, youth development, or a related area
  • Ability to supervise staff, volunteer tutors, and AmeriCorps staff
  • Ability to engage and communicate effectively with RISE students and their families
  • Ability to work collaboratively with RISE team members, school district staff and other groups and organizations
  • Ability to plan, implement and evaluate academic support interventions
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to understand and work with different cultures and backgrounds
  • Ability to collect and analyze data to inform programming
  • Ability to speak before groups and make public presentations to promote the RISE program
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work select evening hours and to travel within Rice County

Preferred qualities:

  • Familiarity with Faribault and Rice County organizations and resources
  • Familiarity with higher education resources and opportunities
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Experience in grant writing and grant reporting

To apply, please submit a cover letter, résumé and the contact information for three professional references to: Jodi Lundell, HCI Senior Director (

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.