Engaging our community to end poverty


Your skills may be just what we need. We believe that diversity of background and perspective are strengths, and seek to continue to grow a diverse, highly committed, skilled and collaborative staff.

Benefits for full-time staff (year-round) include:

  • Paid time off (PTO)
  • Holiday pay
  • Health, dental and life insurance
  • 403b with up to 5% match after one year
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Program

Benefits for part-time staff and seasonal workers include:

  • Paid time off (PTO)
  • Holiday pay

Community Action has flexible hours and schedules for most staff and we are closed on Friday afternoons in the summer.

Current Openings



Stream Corps Crew Member

Part-time Position


Reports to

Stream Corps Crew Leader

Stream Corps Program Manager


Organizational Mission

To empower and engage our community to eliminate poverty, and to create prosperity and equity in the lives of the people we serve.

Commitment to Values

To uphold, commit to, grow in and hold yourself and your fellow co-workers accountable to the organizational values of: Respect, integrity, cultural competence and optimism; as well as the organization’s commitment to: Anti-racism, public policy and community engagement-based work.

Core Functions

The core tenants of the Stream Corps Crew Member position are:

  1. Physical Labor

Work 7½  hour days, lifting up to 50 lbs, planting trees, installing protection, cutting vegetation with handsaws and loppers, dragging brush, applying herbicide, carrying supplies to and from projects sites, shoveling, bending, etc.

  1. Education and Training

Assist in ensuring a safe and productive work environment by completing safety training, maintaining equipment, and following protocols.

 Represent Duluth Stream Corps and Community Action Duluth

Model the core qualities of crew member: Safe, hardworking, enthusiastic and knowledgeable, both in informal and formal public settings.

Success in the Stream Corps Crew Member Position Looks Like:

  • Demonstrating, a commitment to service and our mission in everything you do.
  • Placing safety at the center of all decisions and actions.
  • Placing customer’s needs at the top of your priorities.
  • Serving as a knowledgeable, hardworking, enthusiastic crew member in both informal and formal/public settings.
  • Openly communicating success and challenges with the Stream Corps Crew Leader/Stream Corps Program Manager.

Review Process

Upon the end of the season, each crew member will provide feedback to the crew leader and program manager, and vice versa. 

 Working Conditions

This position is part-time, non-exempt with working hours between 8am-4:00pm, Monday-Thursday. This position pays $15/hr and is eligible for: PTO, holiday pay and access to the Employee Assistance Program through NuVantage.

Position is open until filled.  Last Date of Description Review April 2018

Applications will be taken until the positions are filled. Applications will not be reviewed unless provided with a cover letter and resume.  Please e-mail application materials to jobs@communityactionduluth.org and put “Crew Member” in the subject line. Please also indicate how you heard about the position opening.


You may also mail/drop off materials at our office:

Community Action Duluth

2424 West 5th Street, Suite 102

Duluth, Minnesota 55806 


Community Action Duluth is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that diversity of background and perspective are strengths. We seek to continue to grow a diverse, highly-committed, skilled and collaborative staff.


Community Action Duluth EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Search Committee of the Community Action Duluth Board seeks an innovative and visionary leader to guide our organization.


Community Action Duluth is hiring a new Executive Director to replace our long term E.D. who is retiring. The Board and staff would like the successful candidate to begin working in June of 2018.   The application process will be open until a qualified candidate is hired.  The screening of applications will commence on April 2nd; interviews will begin in mid- April.


The mission of Community Action Duluth is to empower and engage our community to eliminate poverty, and create prosperity and equity in the lives of the people we serve. The guiding values are - Respect, Integrity, Cultural Competence, and Optimism. The values are embedded in job descriptions and annual reviews.

The last 10 years has been a time of tremendous growth for the agency. The annual budget and the number of staff have tripled; the number of programs and people served have quadrupled. Currently, the agency has an annual budget of $2.5 million with 46 employees (25 full-time and the balance part time, seasonal or casual staff). In 2017, the agency served over 4,000 households.

The Board, Executive Director and staff are committed to addressing racial and income-related inequities in health, homeownership, social capital, transportation, food access, education and employment for the portion of the Duluth population which is struggling to make ends meet at or below the poverty line.

The ideal candidate is passionate about empowering people with low incomes to achieve their goals; and the ideal candidate has demonstrated commitment to advancing racial equity and social justice.


EMPLOYMENT- coaching, career pathway training, GED classes, and MFIP (TANF) employment services. Two transitional jobs programs provide job skills and training for under and unemployed Duluthians.

FOOD ACCESS - Farmers Market, a value added food production and a Deep Winter Greenhouse; also cultivates fruits and vegetables on an acre of land.

HEALTH- three full time MN SURE navigators, a health coach and a community health worker; and health workshops.

TRANSPORTATION - innovative programming for car loans, donated cars and a family bike program along with assistance in obtaining a driver’s licenses and transportation policy advocacy.

CONSERVATION - The Duluth Stream Corps plants trees and removes invasive species in partnership with the City of Duluth.

FINANCIAL – Matched Savings Accounts, Financial and Homebuyer classes, coaching, and Duluth’s largest free tax site.

FAMILY FREEDOM CENTER – is a partnership with the African American community to increase awareness and build capacity to address institutional barriers and policies impacting African Americans in Duluth with a focus on business development and youth & family programming.



The Board of Directors is the key policy making body; and the Community Action staff implement the agency policies through innovative programs and services. The Executive Director reports directly to the Board. The agency has 3 staff teams to provide advice and insight to the E.D. – the Supervisor Group, the Employee Council, and the Cultural Inclusion team; and a participant team - the Participant Advisory Council.


The Executive Director of CAD must have these essential qualifications and abilities:

  • To lead and manage a very diverse work force
  • To prioritize numerous diverse programs
  • To reach and engage members of the community who may benefit from CAD programs
  • To secure and manage many funding sources
  • To succeed with a very engaged and diverse board of directors
  • To lead with cultural inclusiveness
  • Strong delegation skills
  • Innovative management skills
  • Very strong community outreach skills
  • Excellent time management skills



Provide Executive Leadership

  • Serves as chief executive officer, creating and maintaining a clear vision for the organization.
  • Meets with the board and board committees
  • In collaboration with the Finance Director develops the annual operating budget
  • Establishes and maintains positive relationships with funding sources
  • Ensures agency resources are available for implementation and successful completion of the strategic plan
  • Develops and oversees the implementation of services, programs, and projects that support and advance Community Action Duluth’s values, vision, mission, and goals.

Manage Daily Operations

  • Provides management oversight of programs.
  • Performs or manages operational duties required to implement Board policy and ensure the efficient operations.
  • Establishes operational procedures; manages them within the budgets and guidelines adopted by the Board.
  • Oversees financial processes, including the authorization of payments for contracts, grants, and expenditures, the protection of assets, the management of facilities and the establishment and maintenance of a chart of accounts.
  • Contributes to the overall growth and development of the agency by participating on internal and external groups that address overarching issues affecting the operations of the agency
  • Oversees the creation of outreach and advocacy materials.

Builds Collaborative Partnerships with Partners, Stakeholders, and the Public

  • Builds and maintains cooperative and collaborative relationships with local funders, community partners, elected officials, City of Duluth and St Louis County staff that intersect CAD programs.
  • Builds cooperative and collaborative relationships with community partners, constituents, and stakeholders, including those who have been historically underserved.
  • Serves as the public face of CAD for the public and media.

Possesses a Deep Appreciation, Understanding of, and Commitment to Advancing Racial Equity and Social Justice

  • Is knowledgeable about the systems of racial inequity and poverty and is dedicated to changing them.



Master’s Degree plus 5 years of related management experience or

Bachelor’s Degree plus 9 years of related management experience or equivalent

Experience in Human Services, Social Work, Family Development, Public Administration or related fields

COMPENSATION:  starting salary of $65 TO $75k depending on experience and qualifications, plus competitive benefit package



The application process requires you to send your resume, a letter of interest, 3 professional references and your statement in writing (not more than one page per question) in response to the following questions:

  1. What are your keys to successfully securing grants, contracts and donations?
  2. In what ways has your investment in racial equity impacted you or your organization negatively or positively?

Email:  merle@communityactionduluth.org

Or  US Mail:  Community Action Duluth, Attn:  Merle Peterson, HR Director, 2424 West Fifth Street, Duluth, MN 55806

Community Action Duluth is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We believe that diversity of background and perspective are strengths and we seek to continue to grow a diverse, highly-committed, skilled and collaborative staff. 

To learn more about Community Action Duluth visit our website www.communityactionduluth.org

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Community Action Duluth is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.