Healthy Community Initiative

Thriving Youth. Thriving Community.



HCI Senior Director

November 4, 2021

Full-time, 40 hours per week

Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) strives to make Rice County, Minnesota, a place where youth want to grow up, live, work, and give back to the community. We collaborate on 25+ initiatives in Northfield and Faribault that empower youth and strengthen families – innovative programs like Growing Up Healthy, Youth on Boards, TORCH and RISE, and the Northfield Community College Collaborative.

HCI builds bridges between youth-serving organizations and pulls partners together to look strategically at community issues and solutions. Our work has been nationally recognized as a model for improving outcomes for youth and leading to systems changes.


Support HCI’s Executive Director to oversee the hiring and supervision of staff; manage grant writing and reporting; monitor progress related to programmatic outcomes and deliverables; lead the development and implementation of new and innovative strategies; and oversee related budgets.


  • Work with community partners to help identify needs facing Rice County youth and families — and implement collaborative, innovative solutions to address them
  • Oversee programming and provide staff supervision for strategic HCI initiatives
  • Support the quality work performance of program staff
  • Organize and oversee the schedules and work of program directors and staff
  • Ensure each program has appropriate staff to meet objectives
  • Ensure program directors manage their programs/departments efficiently and in accordance with stated goals, grant outcomes, and HCI’s overall strategic plan focus
  • Coordinate with program directors to establish goals and criteria to be used in performance evaluations for assigned staff
  • Coordinate with human resources contact to respond to employee concerns or complaints
  • Ensure that programs comply with organizational policies and safety standards
  • Conduct performance evaluations that are timely and constructive
  • Handle discipline and termination of employees as needed and in accordance with organization policy
  • Guide program staff in their work with community members and other stakeholders to identify needs and solutions
  • Oversee data tracking and analysis, and engage program staff in reflective discussion to determine the effectiveness of programs; support program staff to pivot and adjust programmatic services as needed (suggest and implement improvements to programs and services)
  • Lead the planning and implementation of programmatic communications strategies, including outreach activities to improve community awareness of programs
  • Write grant proposals and reports; manage grant/program budgets

Required qualities

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
  • Five years of related nonprofit executive leadership and/or program management experience
  • Experience supervising staff
  • Experience writing successful grant proposals and reports
  • Experience convening and leading meetings that involve stakeholders from a variety of sectors (e.g. local government leadership, school district personnel, nonprofit partners, etc.)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and manage complicated workflows
  • Excellent ability to solve problems and troubleshoot issues
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and as a member of a team
  • Capable of completing work on time in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a positive attitude
  • Ability to work select evening hours and to travel within Rice County (must possess and maintain a valid Minnesota driver’s license)
  • Willingness to maintain the standards, carry out the purpose, and adhere to the policies of the Healthy Community Initiative
  • Maintenance of a cell phone is an expectation of employment

Preferred qualities

  • Master’s degree in a related field
  • Familiarity with Northfield, Faribault, and Rice County organizations and resources
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish or Somali

To apply, please submit a cover letter, résumé, salary considerations, and the contact information for three professional references to: Zach Pruitt, HCI Executive Director ( Application review will begin November 19 and will continue until the position has been filled.