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Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota traces its history to 1865 when Vasa Lutheran Church in Red Wing, Minnesota opened its church to care for four orphaned children in need. This community response inspired hope and changed the life of the community.Since that time, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota has grown in size and reach responding to Minnesota’s changing needs.
The tradition of service is at the core ofLutheran Social Service (LSS) of Minnesota. The organization holds the value of service as central to its vision and mission. The commitment to service still guides the efforts ofLSS and empowers the organization to achieve its mission and attain its goals.
SERVICES PROVIDED BY LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICE OF MINNESOTA
Today, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is headquartered in St Paul and employs over 2,300 staff who work in 23 distinct programs to serve 1 in 65 people in Minnesota.
LSS has services in each of Minnesota’s 87 counties and in more than 300 communities. With an annual budget of $117 million funded from public, private and charitable sources,LSS is one of the state’s largest, nonprofit social service organizations. It is also one of the most admired, for its stability, growth in services and innovation. Its reputation is rooted in “Trustworthiness”.
LSS provides a wide range of human support services related to the basic necessities of life– food and shelter, physical health and safety, and emotional and spiritual well-being.Services are concentrated in the following sectors:
ORGANIZATIONAL MISSION, VISIONS AND VALUES
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota expresses the love of Christ for all people through service that inspires hope, changes lives, and builds community.
All people have the opportunity to live and work in community with dignity, safety, and hope.
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota employees have deeply meaningful work that changes lives, the opportunity for their unique gifts to shine and grow, and abundant and balanced lives.
Our service outcome goals are organized around children, youth and families; people with disabilities; and older adults. They shape our planning and action.
PRESENTING THE POSITION OF DIRECTOR, HR SERVICES
OVERVIEW OF THE POSITION
The Director, HR Services will support the 320 members of the management team atLutheran Social Service of Minnesota and the entire organization with HR consultative services (employee relations, organization learning & development, staffing, organization design and restructure), compliance, racial equity and multiculturalism and employee engagement.The Director, HR Services will lead operations of the human resources function with regard to the overall administration, coordination and evaluation of staffing services and talent management, compliance, learning and development and general office management. This position plans and organizes the activities of these areas to ensure that the organization’s human resource needs are met in a manner that ensures compliance with State and Federal law and in support of business objectives.
This position reports to Joyce Norals, Chief Human Resource Officer/Vice President. TheDirector, HR Services will have four direct reports (two Human Resource Managers;Senior Manager of Learning & Development; Human Resources Analyst).
THE PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DIRECTOR, HR SERVICES
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION
The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Human Resources with an MA in a related topic such as Industrial Relations (MAIR) desired. He/She will have at least five years of experience in HR and OD discipline with experience in leading and supervising others and managing as a business partner to a broad group of organizational leaders. The ideal candidate will have critical thinking and problem solving skills, the ability to work with complex organization systems; assimilate data and evaluate, and the ability to exercise good judgment and make decisions.
Other professional competencies desired include:
PRESENTING THE TWIN CITIES OF MINNEAPOLIS AND ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA
The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul are a unique blend of small town and major cosmopolitan hub. Both urban cores boast a thriving business atmosphere. Minneapolis is the larger and more commercial of the two cities, and Saint Paul, as the state capital, is home to state government and has a more historical vibe. Outside of the central downtowns, however, both cities have many distinct neighborhoods, and residents identify more with their individual neighborhood than with the larger city as a whole.
Both cities share a common root of being river towns, and the outdoors is still a major attraction for residents and tourists alike to this day. In addition to the mighty MississippiRiver, there are over 100 lakes (over 900 including the suburbs), over 250 parks, and miles of biking and walking trails. Nearly every weekend in the summer there are several outdoor active events for participants and spectators–triathlons, biking races, running races, boat races, water skiing competitions, golf tournaments, and more.
The active lifestyle of Twin Cities residents doesn’t lie dormant during the winter. There are miles of cross-country skiing trails, several downhill ski areas within an hour drive, iceskating, snowmobile riding, sledding, and–of course–ice fishing.
For those who prefer activity of the spectator variety, the Twin Cities are home to the major sports teams: Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Wild, MinnesotaTimberwolves, Minnesota Lynx, Minnesota United FC (soccer), and Minnesota Swarm(lacrosse). There is also a minor league baseball team, the Saint Paul Saints.
The Twin Cities have hosted the World Series, Super Bowl, NCAA Basketball Finals, the USGA U.S. Open, the PGA Championship, and the Special Olympics. In 2014, Target Field was the setting for baseball’s 2014 All-Star Game, and, in 2018, the Super Bowl will be played in a newly built state-of-the-art stadium.
But the Twin Cities have more to offer than participatory and spectator sporting events.There are countless arts and culture offerings here. The Grammy Award-winningMinnesota Orchestra has a reputation as one of the top orchestras in the world. Since the early 1960s, the Guthrie Theatre has staged A-plus shows from the classical to the contemporary. Popular national shows and performers also tour through the Twin Cities year round at stages in both Minneapolis and Saint Paul, and at the University. There are over 30 theatre venues, 10 dance companies, and 30 classical music groups in the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul alone.
For the museum goer, there are over 60 museums in the Twin Cities. The ScienceMuseum of Minnesota and the Minnesota Children’s Museum (both in Saint Paul) are highly interactive learning and fun experiences for the entire family. The MinneapolisInstitute of Arts has a collection of over 100,000 pieces. The Walker Art Center has been called “possibly the best contemporary art museum in the U. S.” by Newsweek, and has over 11,000 pieces. The University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum is also a contemporary art destination.
Beyond the outdoor, sports, entertainment, and culture, perhaps the biggest attraction for the Twin Cities is the lifestyle. Forbes hailed Minneapolis and Saint Paul as the nation’s healthiest cities. USA Today named Saint Paul as North America’s “Most Romantic City.”The Twin Cities offer award-winning restaurants (several chefs have been regional JamesBeard Award winners). In addition to the popular Mall of America, there are plenty of unique shopping districts in both cities and in the suburbs.
THE COMPENSATION PACKAGE
The compensation package for this position is competitive and includes participation in the organization’s benefits plan.
CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Sue Bergstrom, Owner and President
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with a disability.
Walking in, Damon blends right in. Wearing a sweater and jeans, he sits relaxed with the young leaders in the room. He talks with everyone, never listing off his credentials or what he does; simply introducing himself as Damon. Even as he presented, he sat down to create a more intimate and conversational setting. His career path helps provide insight into his humility and energetic personality.
When it comes to careers, Damon Shoholm has done it all. On a Powerpoint slide with over fifteen jobs and careers, Damon breezes through them with ease and brevity. Over twenty-six years, Damon was an actor, high school social studies teacher, correctional deputy, marketing associate, and an intern in the Mayor of Saint Paul’s Office. While his resume is expansive, impressive, and unexpectant of a nonprofit director, these same careers helped define Damon’s leadership at his current position.
The director of the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute at Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Damon joined us recently at YNPN’s Leadership Breakfast where he outlined his career path through a series of seemingly unrelated jobs and challenges.
“In my 20s, I was in college so I did the normal stuff that was just making sure I could have a little extra food here and there. But it started being a slippery slope. While I was in college, I got a gig and I was thinking, ‘Oh, maybe I can do this,’ and I stopped going to school. The gig was the Mayor’s Office. I did this for two years and I was doing good, but the mayor wasn’t. So when he wasn’t re-elected, I lost my job. By this time, I had started a life of bills and did jobs that I wasn’t drawn to at all.”
For a few years, Damon worked odd jobs, including starting a computer graphics company with friends. Despite being okay at these odd jobs, they never aligned with his skills and talents.
Paying attention to the world
Kicking the breakfast off, Damon asked attendees to answer three questions: What do you do? How do you deploy your skills and talents? And why do you care? Damon did not expect the young leaders to have all the answers, asking each person to only share one or two statements.
After, he told of how soccer came to help him answer each of these questions.
“I grew up playing soccer. I was the Minnesota kid that played hockey for two years, but played soccer the rest of my life,” said Damon, smiling as he reflected on his childhood. “So that community became a big part of my life. I wouldn’t be here right now if it wasn’t for soccer because of the relationships I developed. The relationships led me down this path that I’m currently on. I had a close friend that asked me to help coach his high school [soccer] team. I came out, did a couple of weeks with them, and at the end of it, he was like, ‘Dude, I don’t know what you’re doing, but you need to be working with kids.”
“That brings me to one of the first lessons I learned. There are so many people in this world who see something in you, that you don’t see in yourself. You can only hope that one, they’re kind enough to share that with you, and two, that you’re listening.”
Damon was moved by this lesson. After two years, he finally jumped at the opportunity to work at a high school as the dean. He was there less than two months when he realized helping young people was something he loved. This helped set him up for his current career at the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute.
Continuing to learn
“Identifying my core values is critical for me. So, lifelong learning is one of those. I love to learn. I love being in spaces where people are learning. That made me recognize that this was the space I needed to stay in some way, shape, or form. But this position allowed me to do that, and work with adults as well as youth.”
Ten years later, Damon is still with Wilder and it is the longest he’s ever been anywhere.
“And it’s been fantastic. It’s great work and I can’t always say the foundation or the organization has always been in alignment with what I care about, but you will always be challenged by some of the decisions your organization makes. But you have to have a set of core values, a clarity of purpose, and decide what type of leadership you want to be behind. During my time at Wilder, I’ve been fortunate to have leaders that I believe exemplified values that have been easy to get behind and made me feel a particular connection to the collective work.”
When an attendee asked Damon to define leadership, his energetic demeanor becomes more relaxed, but hesitant. Damon paused for a minute, before taking a deep breath.
“I don’t have a straight definition for leadership, but the first responsibility of any leader is to know yourself. If you’re spending the time to get to know yourself and how you operate, I think you’ll lead yourself to implement or define your own leadership. Second, part of why I support changemakers is because I believe you can be a leader no matter what your place is in a community. We need to stop defining it as only connected to positional leadership, or action, [and] you have to be doing something extraordinary. You can find leadership wherever you need to. You’ll see it in places you never considered before.”
Breakfast of Champions: Damon Shoholm Photo Gallery
May 31, 2017
The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) is pleased to host our seventh annual conference for nonprofits in small towns and rural communities, this year in Fargo. We’re pleased to co-host our 2017 Greater Minnesota Nonprofit Summit in conjunction with the North Dakota Nonprofit Leadership Conference, the annual event of the North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations (NDANO).
This two-day event is designed to bring together staff, board members and volunteers from across North Dakota and Minnesota to learn, network and strategize. The event is especially designed for small to mid-size organizations, especially those working in regional centers, small towns and rural communities.
This year’s Summit will tackle some of the most pressing themes for nonprofits in Greater Minnesota. Namely, we’ll address rural philanthropy, demographic shifts in small communities, and a spectrum of nonprofit leadership including governance, emotional intelligence, legal topics, advocacy and more. Throughout each discussion, we’ll look at the ways that these issues play out in our Greater Minnesota communities and we’ll highlight opportunities for building a vibrant landscape for all.
Join us on Wednesday, May 31 for the one-day Greater Minnesota Nonprofit Summit. Wednesday’s sessions will focus on both Minnesota and North Dakota. Or stay 2 days for the combined event with our allies in North Dakota. Thursday’s sessions will be relevant to all — and will have more of a ND focus.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities’ mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Our vision is that all children achieve success in life. Serving the Twin Cities since 1920, BBBS is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supported through individual and corporate gifts, grants, special events and United Way funds.
BBBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Each year over 10,000 youth in Minnesota drop out of school, and Minnesota’s academic achievement gap has grown to be one of the largest in the nation. To address this challenge, Minnesota Alliance With Youth (the Alliance) works to support and invest in schools and communities looking to improve graduation rates. In particular, the Alliance enlists and supports AmeriCorps Promise Fellows at host schools and organizations across the state to promote positive youth outcomes and close the achievement and opportunity gaps, including graduation for all. Promise Fellows serve at their host sites, while working with Alliance Trainers and staff for support and guidance in order to fulfill their service through AmeriCorps.
Host Site Overview
The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities (BBBS) is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Its vision is simple, but ambitious – that all children achieve success in life. To accomplish this, BBBS strives to help children build positive assets so they have the confidence and resilience to overcome current and future adversities. Specifically, the targeted assets include emotional success, avoidance/reduction of risk behaviors, and socio-emotional competency.
Promise Fellows tackle issues of educational equity by providing resources to increase high school graduation rates at schools across Minnesota. The Fellows serve at least 30 youth in grades 6-10 specify grades served. in communities that have the highest annual dropout rates and middle schools that feed into those high schools. Each Promise Fellow works with a site supervisor, data coach, and a youth success team comprised of supervisors, school social workers, and other school personnel to analyze data, make referrals, identify youth who need support, and connect the youth to resources and programs that will engage them in school and learning. This role ensures that youth receive access to caring adults, service and leadership opportunities, and high quality in and out of school support. The goal of the Fellow’s service is to build relationships with youth and support them to engage in school.
Position Responsibilities and Essential Functions
Promise Fellows will support and deliver a variety of activities to support students. These activities include:
Qualifications and Additional Information
Typical Work Environment
Promise Fellows may NOT be in school full-time or have another full-time position and serve with the Alliance; Promise Fellows must serve in a full time capacity for a minimum of 40 hours per week during their term of service.
As a full-time AmeriCorps member, Promise Fellows serve 1720 hours (minimum) from September 1st to July 31st and receive: Modest Living Allowance (approximately $574 twice per month, pre-tax); Health and Dental Insurance; Qualified Student Loan Forbearance; Qualified Childcare Assistance; $5,815 Education Award upon successful completion of service; Ongoing, extensive support and training.
Desired Start Date: 09/01/2017
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