Community Capacity Building Coordinator

Minnesota Department of Commerce
Organization Summary

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

The work you’ll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

About the Commerce Department

Commerce protects the public interest through a broad range of regulations and programs. We oversee more than 40 industry areas in Minnesota and license about 250,000 professionals and businesses to ensure that their services and products are fair, accessible and comply with state laws.

About the Division of Energy Resources

We advocate on behalf of the public interest in regulated-utility matters; conduct environmental review of proposed energy facilities; oversee utility energy conservation programs; and administer the federal Weatherization Assistance Program and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Why Work for Us

Diverse Workforce

We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:

  • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency’s mission
  • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
  • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
  • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule

Comprehensive Benefits

Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:

  • Public pension plan
  • Training and professional development
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 11 paid holidays each year
  • Paid parental leave
  • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Wellness programs and resources
  • Employer paid life insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Health care spending and savings accounts
  • Dependent care spending account
  • Tax-deferred compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.


Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email [email protected] and indicate what assistance is needed.

Posting Date
Closing Date
Location in MN
work remotely
Job type
  • Salary Range: $28.96 - $42.67 / hourly; $60,468 - $89,094 / annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Nonexempt
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Commerce Dept / Commerce-MAPE
  • Division/Unit: Energy Resources / Energy Market Transformation

  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
  • Days of Work: Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required: Yes - Up to 10% of the time
  • Telework Eligible: Yes
Primary Duties

Job Summary

Hybrid work environment with potential for significant telework.

This position exists to design, develop, implement, and manage the State Competitiveness Fund, Local Capacity Building. The position will lead the coordination and planning of the grant program between various Commerce departments and partners. This position will facilitate communication, provide program development technical assistance, and research and develop information related to the successful administration of the program. 

This position supports communities across the state to implement locally-led initiatives that meet Minnesota's clean energy and climate targets, primarily by helping to support, strengthen and expand the technical assistance and grant writing resources for communities. This position requires a passion for service, as well as a sincere interest in helping to cultivate and support individual and community leadership transition to a more resilient, equitable clean energy economy. This position requires a deep focus on centering the needs and interests of low income and disadvantaged communities. 



Minimum Qualifications

Bachelors of Arts or Bachelors of Science degree in a related degree program, AND three (3) years' experience in community, trade, and/or economic development.


Advanced degree, AND two (2) years' experience in community, trade, and/or economic development.


An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Applicants who meet the above education/experience requirement will be further evaluated based on the following:

  • Strong communication skills, demonstrating an ability to clearly convey information and ideas to individuals and groups through a variety of communications modes.
  • Develops challenging but achievable goals, has excellent follow-through, approaches challenging tasks and obstacles with a “can-do” attitude. Works with honesty and integrity, keeps commitments, takes ownership of work and one’s own actions, and seeks opportunities for improvement.
  • Stays focused under pressure, performs duties with minimal supervision, uses time efficiently and effectively to accomplish priorities. 
  • Demonstrates a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Collaborates with and involves others with divergent viewpoints, as well as diverse people and groups, contributing to developing an environment that is equitable, inclusive, respectful and cooperative.
  • Effectively adjusts to changes in work processes and environment and alters behavior to align with evolving situations. Openly receives new ideas and accepts other perspectives.
  • Skilled in the use of computers and database applications. Learns new technology quickly, keeps abreast of changes.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in government and with government processes.
  • Experience motivating and encouraging project team members to persevere through change and adversity, skillfully negotiating competing needs and priorities, and facilitating consensus-based decision-making when appropriate.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate within an organization's formal and informal structures, build allies and relationships across the division and agency, seek to understand others' roles and perspectives, and navigate organizational structure with diplomacy and goodwill.
  • Knowledge of Minnesota community stakeholders. 

Physical Requirements

Requires occasional moving of articles such as boxes, accounting records, laptop computer, and portable printer.

Additional Requirements

This position requires successful completion of the following:

Job offer is contingent upon passing reference checks to verify job-related credentials, a criminal background check, and driver's license check prior to appointment.

How to Apply


Application Details

How to Apply

Select “Apply for Job” at the top of this posting page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email [email protected]. For additional information about the application process, go to

If you have questions about the position, contact Jody Northouse at [email protected] or 651-539-1504.

To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Jody Northouse at [email protected].

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