Join the 2018 LOCUS Leadership Team!

Call for LOCUS 2018 Leadership Team Members

About LOCUS:

LOCUS was created with the intention of connecting with our communities and to each other. We make sense of the ways in which we and our communities are evolving, and share resources and opportunities for equitable advancement and collective, statewide vitality. LOCUS was founded in 2013 as an initiative of Minnesota Rising, a network of emerging leaders in Minnesota. Minnesota Rising works to build relationships, trust, and a shared vision for Minnesota, and focuses on developing the collective capacity of the rising generation. LOCUS, in turn, was created by and for people of color and/or indigenous peoples (POCI) to intentionally center themselves in the conversation about Minnesota’s future.

LOCUS aims to host meeting grounds for authentic community building – by and for people of color and indigenous peoples. We host regular dialogues, events, and family dinners. We embrace and support each other through the pursuit of stronger connection and inclusiveness. Through these practices, we strive to cultivate a pool of identity-driven leaders, ready to lead in our local communities.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

The LOCUS Leadership Team oversees and plans the major components of LOCUS programming, including trainings and workshops, family dinners, community partnerships, and network-building events, and manages LOCUS’ online communities including the Facebook group and website.

Specific roles include:

  • Attend leadership team meetings (held in-person approximately every other month) and participate in leadership team email discussions and conference calls
  • Participate in the development of LOCUS programming at annual leadership team retreat
  • Actively serve on one of our committees
  • Advocate for our needs in the community and among your colleagues and peers

Experience and Qualifications:

We seek potential Leadership Team members who demonstrate the following qualifications:

  • Willingness to develop, maintain, and build a resource network for POCI
  • A commitment to the mission of LOCUS
  • Ability to meet the time requirement of approximately 5 hours per month
  • Previous community engagement experience preferred but not required
  • Commitment to ensuring the integrity and sustainability of the LOCUS program

LOCUS Leadership Team members are provided with an opportunity to continue their own professional development, as well as increase their personal networks.

Leadership Team Committees

  • Programming & Events
  • Membership & Engagement
  • Marketing & Development

Leadership Team Meeting Dates
Evening meetings, likely 5:30pm – 7:30pm

  • Wednesday, May 30 (in-person meeting)
  • Monday, June 25 (in-person)
  • Monday, July 30 (phone/web meeting)
  • Monday, August 27 (in-person meeting)
  • Monday, September 24 (phone/web meeting)
  • Sunday, October 28 (in-person retreat)
  • Monday, November 19 (phone/web meeting)
  • Monday, December 10 (in-person celebration)

Yearly Programming:

  • First Wednesday of Each Month: “Coworker Wednesdays” (The intent is to build connectedness and break isolation among people who work remotely. This event occurs every first Wednesday of the month at Breaking Bread in North Minneapolis.)
  • April 16: Social “Our” Event
  • May: Clothing Swap (A creative community building opportunity for POCI to get together and swap clothes and other goods.)
  • Summer: Planning for September Event & Social Events
  • Fall: WOCI Event (TBD)
  • September: Network-Building and Skill-Share Event in partnership with CAAL
  • October: Leadership Team Annual Retreat

How to Apply:

Please email your: (1) resume; (2) leadership team committee of interest; (3) responses to the questions listed below; and (4) known dates of conflict to, with “LOCUS Leadership Team” in the subject line.  Questions may also be emailed to

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with a deadline of 11:59pm on Monday, April 23, 2018.

Application Questions (Responses need to be no longer than 250 words.)

  1. Why are you interested in becoming a member of the LOCUS Leadership Team?
  2. What is your experience with community groups, boards, and/or nonprofit organizations, particularly those engaging or supporting POCI?
  3. What do you like about LOCUS? How have you benefited from your participation in LOCUS thus far?
  4. What would you like to see LOCUS change or improve upon? How are you positioned to help create that change?
  5. In your opinion, how should LOCUS go about achieving our goals? What type of activities and/or events do you envision LOCUS organizing?
  6. Is there anything else you would like to share or that you would like us to know about you?

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