Apply for our Board of Directors

CRNRP is recruiting board members from our neighborhood who have a desire to build relationships and address priorities that benefit our West Bank community. We have ALL 14 seats on the board available: two (2) from Seven Corners, one (1) from Cedar East, one (1) from Cedars Area, four (4) from Riverside Plaza, one (1) from an accredited school located within the neighborhood, one (1) from a member who owns a non-homesteaded property in the neighborhood, three (3) from members who represent businesses or corporations in the Neighborhood, and one (1) from Riverside Park.

Board candidates must be at least sixteen (16) years of age and must provide proof of residency, property ownership, employment, business ownership, or enrollment at an accredited school within the neighborhood. If an individual who resides in the neighborhood but does not have proper identification needed for eligibility, another community member who meets the eligibility criteria may vouch for the individual.

Questions about joining the Board of Directors? Attend our info session on November 19th.

Please fill out the our Board of Directors Application and return it to Ariah Fine at or return/mail a hard copy to our office in the Brian Coyle Center at 420 15th Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN  55454. 

General Description

The Cedar Riverside Neighborhood Revitalization Program (CRNRP) Board of Directors shall plan, implement, and review all of the CRNRP activities. It will hire necessary staff, maintain an office, and conduct outreach in order to represent, and provide for the participation of, and the interests of all segments of the community in the neighborhood’s NRP process and decision making. 

While day-to-day operations are led by the CRNRP Executive Director, the Board-Executive Director is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. Specific Board member responsibilities include:

Leadership, governance, and oversight

• Serving as a trusted advisor to the Executive Director as he/she develops and implements CRNRP’s strategic plan
• Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by CRNRP for evaluating its impact and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics
• Reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings
• Approving CRNRP’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
• Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the Executive Director
• Assisting the Executive Director and board chair in identifying and recruiting other board members and potential donors
• Partnering with the Executive Director and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out
• Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special organizational tasks
• Representing CRNRP to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization
• Ensuring CRNRP’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the Cedar Riverside/West Bank community

Fiduciary Duties

Board members act as trustees of CRNRP’s assets and must exercise due diligence to oversee that the organization is well-managed and that its legal and financial situation remains sound. Fiduciary duty requires board members to stay objective, unselfish, responsible, honest, trustworthy, and efficient. Board members, as stewards of public trust, must always act for the good of the organization, rather than for the benefit of themselves. They need to exercise reasonable care in all decision making, without placing the organization at unnecessary risk.


A central concern of the board is ensuring that the organization has the resources necessary to pursue the strategic plan. It is also the board's fiduciary obligation to see that resources are properly used. Most important, boards are entrusted with advancing the mission of their organization and serving as representatives of the community. 

CRNRP’s board members will consider the organization a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. Fundraising is critical to the survival of CRNRP and all board members must be able to be a personal advocate for the organization. Board members will be expected to help CRNRP identify and cultivate donors. So that CRNRP can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, CRNRP expects to have 100 percent of board members make an annual contribution commensurate with their capacity.

Board terms/tenure

The Board shall have 9 seats for members who represent the Neighborhood as residents and 3 seats for members who represent businesses or corporations in the Neighborhood, 1 seat for a member who owns a small non-homesteaded property in the Neighborhood and 1 seat for a student enrolled in an accredited school located within the Neighborhood. 

Directors elected at the Annual Meeting shall have a two year term except for the Directors who represent small property owners and students who shall each have a one year term. Board members shall serve no more than 3 consecutive 2-year terms or until the individual no longer meets the criteria to serve on the board.


The Board of Directors have an obligation and are expected to plan their schedule to accommodate the scheduled monthly board meeting as well as other important CRNRP events and meetings. Three (3) consecutive unexcused absences from the monthly Board of Directors meetings will result in termination from the Board.


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