Deputy Executive Director


Why is this position important?
The Deputy Executive Director is a new position at Urban Roots, designed to improve our administrative, management, and fundraising capacity. This role also functions as part of a succession plan for our current Executive Director. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Deputy Executive Director will be responsible for a broad range of management functions including: human resources, financial systems, budgeting, fundraising, board communications, program management and organizational leadership. This position is intended to be transitional into the role of Executive Director.

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for someone who demonstrates a habit of servant leadership, is engaged in community citizenship, and models the values that are core to our organization:

  • Stewardship: we work for the benefit of others and those who come after us
  • Sustainability: a healthy future begins with today’s attitudes and practices
  • Equity: we confront out implicit bias to create more equitable opportunities for all
  • Collaboration: together we can achieve more than we can alone
  • Continuous Improvement: we never stop learning from our past to improve our future

Training and mentorship will be provided to the Deputy Executive Director to prepare them for the Executive Director role, but Urban Roots is a fast-paced dynamic environment that demands the following skills on day one:

  • Passion for our work, courageous leadership, inquisitiveness, and flexibility
  • The ability to build and maintain strong relationships is critical. Our people are what make us successful.
  • Strong writing skills are required. The Deputy Executive Director position involves substantial amounts of writing (including grant writing and reporting, business communications, and letters to partners and donors).
  • Cultural competence is a must. Collaboration is central to executing our mission so candidates must have a demonstrated ability to work effectively with staff, partner organizations, funders, volunteers, and members of the community at large. We work with diverse groups of different cultures, languages, religions, economic status, ages, professions, and levels of education.
  • Familiarity with budgeting and financial reporting is critical.


Position Details
The Deputy Executive Director’s duties will include:

  • Community Relations: Establish and maintain productive working relationships and cooperative arrangements with related community groups and partner organizations. Serve as an effective spokesperson for Urban Roots to other organizations, the media, and the public.
  • Staff Management: Ensure that an effective team is in place and that they function to their fullest potential. Ensure compliance with personnel policies and government regulations. Responsible for hiring, terminating, training, supervision and annual evaluation of staff. Setting benchmarks for staff, and continuously evaluating performance. Oversee staff development.
  • Financial Management: Use sound financial practices to plan, forecast, and prepare an annual budget and oversee adequate control and accounting of all funds including disbursements in accordance with contract and donor requirements. Maintain official records and documents and ensure compliance with regulations and reporting requirements.
  • Fundraising: Assist with fundraising planning and implementation to meet revenue goals and ensure that productive relationships are maintained with all funding sources including individual donors, while identifying new funding opportunities.
  • Strategic Planning: Maintain a working knowledge of developments and trends in the organization’s areas of work; work with program staff to incorporate into program development. Ensure that Urban Roots makes consistent progress toward its strategic plan milestones and goals by setting objectives and producing timely plans with action steps.
  • Program Development: Provide leadership in developing program and organizational plans with the Board of Directors, staff and Executive Director. Evaluate programs on an on-going basis to ensure goals and objectives are met. Report program outcomes as required by funders.


Minimum Requirements

Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree with at least 3 years of relevant experience or an Associate’s Degree with at least 5 years of relevant experience. Master’s Degrees are a plus. Supervisory experience required. Non-profit experience is preferred. This position is full-time but may be flexible depending on candidate. Salary starts at $68,000.


How to Apply

Submit resume, cover letter, and contact information for at least 3 references (name, organization, e-mail, phone number) to To ensure a timely reply, please direct any inquiries to the e-mail address above. Please, no phone calls. The position will be open until filled.


Our Story

For 50 years, Urban Roots has provided a range of community development services in Minnesota with a common thread of empowerment, engagement, and innovation. We have operated our food and environmental youth programs on the East Side of Saint Paul for over 20 years, engaging thousands of youth in education, training, and work projects that provide services to the community, develop young leaders, and improve their health and the environment. We operate three programs at Urban Roots in the areas of urban agriculture, environmental conservation, and cooking and healthy food.

Urban Roots has a unique niche on the East Side of St. Paul. We are proud to mentor 60 youth each year from under-served families in paid job experience while engaging them in leadership and entrepreneurial opportunities, providing the tools to strengthen self-confidence and self-esteem, and an introduction to career pathways in conservation, food, and agriculture. Currently, we are the largest employer of teenagers on the East Side of Saint Paul.

Urban Roots has 4 full-time program staff, 5 seasonal program staff, a full-time Executive Director, 1 part-time Marketing and Events Director, as well as a contracted Accountant and a passionate and engaged board. The offices are in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood of Saint Paul with program work sites located in surrounding