Tangletown is Hiring! New Executive Director Position

Executive Director Position Description:

Tangletown Neighborhood Association (TNA) is seeking an energetic, self-motivated Executive Director to help lead our 11-member board and neighborhood into the future.  TNA is beginning a strategic planning process this summer to ensure that our resources and efforts are aligned with neighborhood priorities.  The Executive Director will participate in visioning along with board members and our Strategic Planning consultant, and oversee execution of our neighborhood’s strategic plan.

This position requires a collaborative approach, including the ability to engage community members and build partnerships with city departments, other neighborhoods, schools, business associations, and groups that align with TNA’s purpose. Strong coordination skills are needed to manage TNA events and volunteers.  Administrative abilities are an essential component of the position.

The Executive Director is responsible for the organization’s day-to-day operations and reports to the Board of Directors. The position works closely with the officers and members of the Board to clarify the strategic and tactical actions needed to achieve TNA’s vision and goals, organizing and carrying out duties with minimal supervision.

Hours and Wages:  This is a part-time, flexible, contract position, 20-30 hours per week at $25-35/hour depending upon qualifications.

Responsibilities:

Communications

  • Administer all aspects of TNA communications. Develop a communication strategy to maximize effectiveness (e.g. consistency, timing, planning content in advance), and coordinate with TNA board to ensure that communications reflect the vision and goals of the organization.

Communications responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Managing organization email account (info@tangletown.org)
  • Maintaining and updating website (www.tangletown.org)
  • Planning and drafting content for e-newsletters and social media
  • Coordinating the creation and printing of bi-annual newsletter
  • Organize postcards, flyers, signage, and marketing materials as needed

Initiatives and Events

  • Manage implementation of neighborhood initiatives and events, in collaboration with TNA Board members and volunteers. Current initiatives/events include:
  • Strategic Planning
  • Annual Events (4th of July Festival/Parade, Garage Sale Weekend, Annual Meeting, Lyndale Open Streets)
  • Neighborhood utility box wrap project
  • Ongoing Sustainability Committee initiatives (Raingardens, Adopt-a-Storm Drain)

Future Plans

  • Look for ways to help the organization grow and strengthen in alignment with its Strategic Plan (Strategic Planning will take place during 2017 summer/fall, so priorities have not yet been established)
  • Identify possible partnerships (with community groups, businesses, etc.)
  • Identify and employ creative methods to engage community
  • Build our volunteer community; ensure consistent communication with volunteers and develop creative ways for people to be of service and receive acknowledgement
  • Attend relevant meetings to represent TNA and its initiatives as needed
  • Possibly identify and apply for grants
  • Maintain existing relationships and develop new ones with neighborhood residents, businesses, organizations and city staff. Leverage relationships for the advancement of TNA’s mission and goals.

Board of Directors

  • Develop and maintain systems to support the board in being efficient and effective.
  • Develop annual calendar of board activities that outlines decision making timelines for successful planning and low stress implementation
  • Facilitate board development activities
  • Recruit and engage board members
  • Communicate regularly with board chair (or designee)
  • Determine level of communication for various tasks and topics (may evolve over time)
  • Submit monthly report; items completed the prior month and planned for upcoming month
  • Prepare materials for and attend monthly TNA Board meetings (3rd Mondays, 6:30-9:00pm)
  • Work with Board chair to plan agendas, create meeting materials and share meeting information with board members

Operations

  • Maintain Google Suite content and credentials
  • Track budget and spending, in collaboration with Treasurer and other officers
  • Work with board officers and the Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations Department to update contracts with the City (we are planning to significantly reorganize funds following Strategic Planning)
  • Ensure annual reporting requirements are met
  • Manage day to day administrative tasks (schedule meetings, follow up with board members, volunteers and vendors, develop ways to enable ease and transparency).

Required Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal (writing samples requested)
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently, self-start and follow through with minimal supervision
  • Ability to navigate complex information and requests
  • Ability to understand and assist in managing TNA funds
  • Demonstrated capacity to develop and maintain important relationships
  • Familiarity with basic computer software and major social media platforms
  • Ability and willingness to travel locally, and to work some weekends and evenings
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs, use stairs, and stand for extended periods

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with contract management
  • Experience with Google Drive and WordPress
  • Experience with neighborhood organizations

To Apply:

Please submit your application along with professional references, and 2-3 writing samples (newsletters, website content, etc) to president@tangletown.org.  We will begin reviewing applications July 3rd, 2017. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

 

 

Volunteer for 4th of July Celebration

Sign up here to volunteer for our 2017 celebration!

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Volunteers meet for setup at Fuller Park
9:30 a.m. Neighbors gather at Washburn High School in their best parade wear! Bikes, trikes and other non-motorized, wheeled vehicles are all welcome!
10:0 a.m. Parade kicks off
10:00 a.m. Festival begins at Fuller Park
1:00 p.m. Festival ends and clean-up starts

We Want to Hear from You: Take Our Survey

The Tangletown Board of Directors is interested in hearing your thoughts and ideas about next steps for the organization, and for our work in the neighborhood. We hope you will take a few minutes to participate in our Summer Survey to help guide us in our planning process. Please follow this link to participate.

As an incentive for participating in the survey, we will hold a drawing for $50 gift cards to Kowalski’s Market and neighborhood restaurants on August 21, 2017. Be sure to complete the contact information at the end of the survey in order to enter your name into the drawing. The drawing is open to Tangletown residents.

In addition to the survey, we will host a series of listening sessions with residents, hold a community-wide information-gathering session and talk one-on-one with a variety of neighborhood stakeholders over the summer. Please watch this space and read our eNewsletter for more information on how you can get involved.

Garage Sales – May 5th & 6th

Tangletown Garage Sales This Weekend!

The sales happen Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6. Some sales will run one of the two days, others will be held both days. Sales typically run from 9am-4pm, but individual sellers set their own hours.

If you’re looking for specific items – baby clothes, sports equipment, craft supplies and more – we’ll provide a map that indicates where specific things are being sold, and which days each sale is open. Maps will be available at Fuller Park and on the TNA website.

The yellow vinyl yard signs will be used again this year to identify Tangletown Sales. yard sign pickup times will be emailed out after registration, and those who got their signs last year are already a step ahead.

Download the map of registered sales, and start shopping!
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Note: This is a rain-or-shine event.

Notice of Intent: $22,700 to fund TNA Environmental Initiatives

The Tangletown Neighborhood Association (TNA) Board of Directors proposes allocating $22,700 to a Neighborhood Priority Plan (NPP) focused on environmental and sustainability initiatives.

Sustainability and environmental initiatives may include, but are not limited to:
– Quarterly education events (leaf raking, water quality, reuse/recycle, backyard composting, etc.)
– Watershed protection programs (i.e. rain gardens, rain barrels, drain stenciling)
– Organics/composting programs
– Energy efficiency programs (energy audits, community solar support)
– Pollution prevention and remediation efforts

The TNA Board of Directors will vote on this proposal at the March 20, 2017 meeting.

Direct questions or comments to info at tangletown.org

Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Master Plan: comment through March 4th

Draft Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Master Plan available for public review and comment

Public comments will be accepted until March 4 via online survey, paper survey or direct email or phone call to the project manager.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is seeking comments on a draft of the Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Master Plan. This document will create a 25-year vision for Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska, Lake Harriet, and surrounding parkland within Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Regional Park.

The draft Master Plan is the result of 18 months of community-based planning and design. Public comments will be accepted until March 4, 2017.

The plan is available online on the Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska-Harriet Master Plan project page. Printed copies of the plan along with paper surveys will be available after Jan. 25 at each of the 13 recreation centers located in southwest Minneapolis, MPRB headquarters and the Walker, Linden Hills, and Washburn libraries. Community members may comment by filling out a brief online survey, a printed survey at one of the locations referenced above or by emailing or phoning the project manager listed below.

At the conclusion of the open comment period, MPRB staff will catalog and categorize each public comment to assess its impact to plan. The comments will be taken into consideration by the Board of Commissioners when considering approval after a public hearing on the plan.

Once approved by the Board of Commissioners, the plan will be submitted to the Metropolitan Council for review and adoption. Future funding of capital improvements at the two lakes and surrounding parkland is contingent upon a Met Council adopted master plan.

The first round of improvements identified in the plan will begin in spring 2017.

Español: 612-230-6573 | preguntas@minneapolisparks.org

Soomaali: 612-230-6574 | suaalo@minneapolisparks.org

CONTACT:
Deb Bartels
Project Manager
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
612-230-6438
dbartels@minneapolisparks.org

Renaming Ramsey School

A student-led campaign to rename Alexander Ramsey Middle School in Minneapolis is underway. The school community is exploring the history of Alexander Ramsey and searching for a new name that would better reflect our values and inspire our students.

Mark your calendars for the next Community Voices Event: What should be the name of our school?

Tuesday February 28th 6:00pm dinner then program at 6:30

All are invited-neighbors, alumni, students, families, historians & community leaders! At Ramsey Middle School on 50th St. & Nicollet Ave. Dinner & childcare provided. Come for a presentation by students outlining our top new name choices as submitted and chosen by the Ramsey Middle School community. Then attendees will participate in small group-listening sessions to discuss their name preferences.

Please RSVP to paul.sommers@mpls.k12.mn.us or elissa.cedarleafdahl@mpls.k12.mn.us for dinner/childcare

Learn more at http://renamerms.weebly.com/

November is Water Quality Month in Tangletown!

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November is Water Quality Month in Tangletown!

FREE Water Quality Forum at Fuller Park – November 1st

Join us Tuesday, November 1st for an evening forum with Leslie Yetka from the Fresh Water Society.  Leslie will discuss water quality issues in urban areas and strategies for residents to mitigate their impacts and protect our waterways. The forum takes place at Fuller Park (4800 Grand Ave S) – doors open at 6:30pm and the forum starts at 7:00pm.

Volunteer for Neighborhood Leaf Raking – November 5th

Many of our neighbors struggle to rake their leaves each fall – you can make a huge difference by volunteering on Saturday, November 5th from 12:30-3pm.  Grab your rake or leaf blower, meet at Fuller Park (4800 Grand Ave S) to grab a cookie and some hot apple cider, and head out for a fun afternoon.  This is a great family service activity and children and youth are very welcome to participate.  Sign up as a team or individually and we can assign you to a team.  When finished with leaf raking, volunteers are encouraged to enjoy the Water Quality Fair. 

For those who have requested help with leaf raking, a team of volunteers will come in the afternoon on Saturday, November 5th.  

Water Quality Fair – November 5th

The Water Quality Fair takes place on November 5th from 1:30-4:00pm at Fuller Park.  Stop by to play games, talk to water resource specialists, check out interactive exhibits, learn how to protect our water resources through simple home practices, and grab a hot beverage and snacks.  Exhibitors from Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, Westwood Consulting, the Master Water Steward Program, the Wetland Health Evaluation Program, Tangletown Neighborhood Association, and City of Minneapolis Adopt-a-Drain program will be present at the fair.  This is a FREE event, so please bring friends and family and help make Tangletown the most water-smart community in Minneapolis! There will also be door prizes!

Tangletown Adopt a Storm Drain.

Oooh! Pretty Streets!

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Spring = Street Sweeping!

Here’s the info you need:
Weather permitting, an annual rite of spring in Minneapolis is scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 14. Drivers should watch for temporary “No Parking” signs along these streets to avoid a ticket and tow.
Through May 8, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance to make sure streets are clear of parked vehicles. Drivers need to follow street sweep parking rules or they may have their cars ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.
Phone calls to residents – In addition to the “No Parking” signs that will be posted the day before sweepers come through, the City will make about 3,500 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street will be swept the next day.

Interactive Web tool – There’s a tool on the City’s Web site to find out when the sweeping crews are coming through their neighborhoods. Residents can go to www.minneapolismn.gov/publicworks/streetsweeping and click on “street sweeping schedule lookup,” to find out which week a street is scheduled to be swept. The weekend before that week, they can revisit the Web site to find out which day of the week the street is scheduled to be swept.

· Videos – Street sweeping is explained in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish in short videos that can be watched at www.YouTube.com/cityofminneapolis and on City cable channels 14 and 79. Residents who have friends or neighbors who speak these languages are encouraged to share links to the videos.
o English: See how and why Minneapolis sweeps streets and what you can do to help keep streets and waterways clean.
o Spanish: Vea en este video de las series “Sabia Usted” como y porque Minneapolis barre las calles y limpia las vias fluviales.
o Somali: Ka daawo fiidyowga taxanaha… ee Minneapolis ee loo yaqaan “Ma Ogtahay” siyaabaha iyo sababaha minneapolis jidadka ay u xaaqido oo ogow sidii aad uga caawin lahayd ilaalinta nadaafada jidadka iyo biyo mareenada.
o Hmong: Yog xav paub ntxiv, sais nroog Minneapolis cov tshooj xov xwm hu, “Koj pos paub.”
Residents should not push leaves, grass clippings, or other debris into City streets – it’s bad for our lakes and waterways and it’s against the law. Anything that goes down a storm drain flows directly into our lakes and river, and decomposing plant material in the water encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae.