Chief Executive Officer

    Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers
    January 22, 2020


    Ballinger Leafblad is pleased to conduct the search for CEO at Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers, an association of nonprofit community developers in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


    Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD) is an association of nonprofit community development organizations committed to expanding the wealth and resources of neighborhoods through housing and economic development initiatives.  MCCD’s origins extend back to 1982, when a group of eight nonprofit developers met to discuss their common issues and concerns. Through these meetings, the group was led to develop a strategy that ultimately produced over a thousand low and moderate income housing units in Minneapolis. The group also focused on public education efforts and encouraged program collaboration among members. In 1989, the group incorporated as the Minneapolis Consortium of Nonprofit Developers and in 1993 the name was changed to the Minneapolis Consortium of Community Developers. In 2007, MCCD merged with the Saint Paul Coalition for Community Development and changed its name to the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers. MCCD has 17 employees and a current year operating budget of approximately $1.9 million. The organization maintains status as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), as granted by the U.S. Department of Treasury, and operates a $9 million loan fund supporting small businesses across the 7-county Twin Cities metro area.

    As the field of nonprofit community development has changed – from place-based community development corporations (CDCs) to organizations more focused and specialized in specific facets of community development (as opposed to a geographic focus) - MCCD has also evolved. Most of the organization’s 49 members identify as one of two types – nonprofit affordable housing developers or economic developers focused on small business support. However, MCCD recognizes that the nonprofit community development field continues to change and expand, and new types of organizations with different community development focus areas are joining or expressing interest in becoming members.

    Looking ahead, MCCD is eager to explore our geographic commitment and continue to consider how the organization defines “community development” and who is invited and encouraged to join as members.

    In the Summer of 2019, MCCD’s Board of Directors sought input from its members, staff, and the broader community to develop a vision for the organization’s future. This new vision is more sharply focused on two central pillars: wealth-building and racial equity, and affirms the strong current work of MCCD’s program areas. In 2020, upon hire of the organization’s next CEO, MCCD plans to engage in a strategic planning process to prioritize and focus energy and ideas on its role of connecting the field of nonprofit community developers.



    With efforts toward equitable access to opportunity and wealth-building, MCCD prioritizes racial equity and focuses on increasing resources to communities of color. MCCD advances equitable access to opportunity and wealth-building by supporting and promoting small business development, living-wage jobs, and affordable housing, including homeownership.


    MCCD is bold and uncompromising in its efforts to increase equity across all community development activities, including how communities are engaged, how new ideas are embraced, and how the nonprofit community development field attracts, trains, and retains its workforce. MCCD closely connects community development efforts, encouraging new collaboration and partnerships.


    To work collectively to build strong, stable communities by leveraging resources for the development of people and places



    Open to Business

    Since the start of MCCD’s Open to Business program in 2011, business advisors have assisted small business owners throughout the metro area. These small businesses provide the economic lifeblood in their communities by generating the jobs and income that make an important difference for families and neighborhoods throughout the region.

    Open to Business provides free, confidential business counseling to current and prospective entrepreneurs. Experienced consultants work with small business owners to access the technical assistance and financing options they need to succeed. Open to Business partners with cities and counties to make our free services available to entrepreneurs and small businesses located throughout the Twin Cities metro area.


    MCCD has a strong presence in public policy and advocacy related to affordable housing and community economic development at the State Capitol and in the two central cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Advocacy initiatives include Make Homes Happen in Minneapolis, St. Paul Housing Coalition and Homes for All, a state-wide coalition.

    MCCD strives to advance policies and practices that support the work of its members and other community development organizations in the Twin Cities. It also coordinates communication between Twin Cities community developers, fosters awareness and recognition of community development projects, and provides insight and analysis into the impact of community development initiatives.


    Emerging Leaders in Community Development (ELCD) mentorship program has impacted close to 300 participants and Professional Development Fund scholarships are available on a competitive, rolling application basis. ELCD equips early and mid-career community development professionals with the knowledge and relationships needed to effectively work with people and places to build our best possible future.


    MCCD hosts many formal and informal events that bring together the region's community development leaders. These gatherings are attended by community development staff as well as funders, policy makers, staff from city and state agencies, private lenders, for-profit developers, and other members of the community. MCCD also shares news and updates with members and partners through its weekly e-newsletter, social media outlets, and website.


    Chief Executive Officer

    The CEO boldly supports MCCD’s vision of equitable access to opportunity and wealth-building, and supporting a connected community development field relentless in its pursuit of racial equity.

    The CEO is a thought leader who leads with curiosity and openness, and a broad and expansive view of field trends and innovation. This role will embrace and encourage new and creative thinking, and as appropriate, take new risks and pursue new opportunities.

    MCCD seeks an individual who is able to develop relationships with key external influencers, such as elected officials and funders.

    This position reports to and is the principal resource to the Board of Directors. The CEO will align metrics and performance indicators to the vision and strategies of the Board of Directors.

    The position is open due to the retirement of Jim Roth who has served as CEO for 17 years.


    Governance Support and Development

    • Cultivate relationships with current and prospective members, including developing a pipeline of committee and board members.
    • Partner with the Board of Directors in setting strategies and providing operational and financial oversight. Support all committees of the Board.

    Mission and Strategy

    • Provide strategic leadership, forging, maintaining, and ensuring strategic alignment across all organizational programs and activities.
    • Lead the staff in setting and monitoring performance metrics to ensure implementation of vision and strategies.

    Financial Leadership

    • Lead the development and approval of annual budgets that support key strategies and priorities.
    • Understand and monitor the organization’s financial model, and lead in thinking through its optimal income mix.

    Operational Overview

    • Lead and support a professional staff with deep content expertise and experience.
    • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence.

    Fundraising and External Relationships

    • Build and maintain relationships with current and prospective funders.
    • Build and maintain relationships with public officials.
    • Make connections and spark collaboration and partnership within the community development field.


    The CEO is responsible for leading and supporting a highly professional and accomplished staff of 17 members. The executive leadership team reporting directly to the CEO includes the Director of Lending and Technical Assistance, Director of Public Policy and Director of Finance and Operations.

    The organization has an annual operating budget of $1.9 million.


    • 5 or more years of experience in community development, affordable housing, or related experience.
    • 5 or more years senior management/supervisory experience.
    • Experience working with volunteer boards and committees.
    • Experience in developing, monitoring and evaluating organizational budgets.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Exceptional leadership, management, supervisory and motivational skills; functions well as part of the leadership team.
    • Able to work with and support board of directors.
    • Thorough knowledge and understanding of operations and administrative management.
    • Able to supervise employees, set objectives, give direction, delegate to, motivate employees and create team-oriented workplace.
    • Intelligent and articulate individual who can relate to people at all levels of an organization; excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking skills to be effective and persuasive in presenting MCCD and its mission and vision.
    • Able to work and communicate successfully with a diverse population and build an environment of equity and inclusion in all matters.
    • Strong administrative, operations and organization skills.
    • Possess critical, analytical thinking to synthesize complex information and identify, evaluate, problem solve and give direction regarding problem resolution for individual and organization-wide issues.
    • Excellent negotiation skills with experience in contracts.
    • Possess thorough, organized and detail-oriented approach to work.
    • Collaboration, networking and relationship-building skills.
    • Able to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

    Compensation and Benefits

    The compensation range for this position is $120,000-$160,000 and includes participation in the organization’s benefits plan.

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    For additional information and to apply for the position please contact:

    Bob Schoenbaum


    Marcia Ballinger, PhD