Strategic Community Partnership Manager – Elpis Enterprises

Status:  Full Time Non-exempt (37 hours per week)

Starting Compensation:  $27/hr. to $31/hr. depending on experience

Reports to:  Executive Director 

We are adding a full-time strategic community partnership manager position to our executive team. This is a hybrid remote and office-based position.  Elpis Enterprises is located in Saint Paul.

Individuals with lived experiences with homelessness or unstable housing, as well as those identifying as a person of color or other marginalized populations are encouraged to apply.

About Elpis Enterprises:

Elpis Enterprises is a not-for-profit organization that operates social enterprises as the framework for its employment readiness training and career pathway building for young people experiencing homelessness or unstable housing in Ramsey and Hennepin counties. We use the multi-faceted aspects of our small businesses to provide an introduction to diverse careers that build on an individual trainee’s unique interests, skills, and passion.

Position Summary:

The strategic community partnership manager will identify partners and cultivate relationships that support Elpis Enterprises’ mission, which focuses on supporting young people in developing and launching a career pathway. The strategic community partnership manager will be building on strong accomplishments achieved to date by the executive director, business development manager, career counselor, and various consultants (e.g. grant writer, marketing).

The goal of adding this position is to create: a) new customers, which support the impactful paid work experiences in our social enterprises for our trainees; b) paid internships or employment after completing our program; and c) new financial donors.


  • Deepen relationships with current partners, vendors, and customers, as well as create new partnerships with an emphasis on the business community.
  • Cultivate relationships with organizations and businesses that can be referral resources (e.g., trainees to our program, post-Elpis opportunities for graduates).
  • Develop funding and volunteer engagement relationships with local businesses for our Hands on Hope component that introduces Elpis trainees and graduates to the business community.
  • Represent Elpis at various community events and meetings.
  • Assist with the development of marketing material for our social enterprises and training components.
  • Assist with using various social media platforms to increase the visibility of Elpis’ mission, programs, and social enterprises.
  • Assist with fundraising events (typically twice a year). 

Knowledge, Skills, and Competencies to be successful in this position:

  • Effectively communicate with business leaders.
  • Experience and skills in making and delivering presentations to individuals and groups.
  • Make calls (warm and cold-phone/email or in person) to individuals, local businesses, civic groups, and similar organizations.
  • Problem-solve and be self-motivated.
  • Multi-task and independently manage your time.
  • Use a laptop and be adept at Microsoft Office, e-mail, virtual meeting platforms.
  • Commitment and passion for creating an inclusive workforce.
  • Preference is given to candidates with similar lived experiences as our trainees (e.g., have experienced being unhoused or unstable housing, identify as a person of color).

Education, Experience, Certifications, Licenses:

  • A bachelor’s degree and/or three to five years of experience and demonstrated accomplishments in increasing sales or funds raised
  • Have a valid license, clean driving record, and vehicle to use for business

Working Conditions:

  • Frequently required to sit for an extended period of time. The noise level in the work environment is moderate. Ability to occasionally lift up to 25 pounds
  • COVID 19 vaccination is required 


Range: $56,160 to $64,480. We offer PTO and a 410 K plan.

Elpis reimburses at the IRS rate for use of a personal vehicle for Elpis-related business.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit their resume and two brief paragraphs highlighting accomplishments specific to generating increased community engagement and revenue sources, and if applicable their lived experiences related to housing or other systemic barriers in entering the workforce to:

Send to: [email protected]. Include in the subject line “Strategic Community Partnership Manager”.

Elpis Enterprises is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering an inclusive workforce. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant based on race, color, creed, religion, disability, national origin or ancestry, gender identity, marital or familial status, socio-economic background, age, sexual or affectional orientation, citizenship, protected veteran or military status or any other protected class.