The Executive Director Position is Open at

Allen Neighborhood Center


 Allen Neighborhood Center (ANC)  is seeking a dynamic, energetic Executive Director to lead the organization in its next phase of growth and innovation, given the anticipated retirement of long-time Director, Joan Nelson.  ANC serves as a dynamic hub where Lansing Eastside neighbors can access resources to improve their health and well-being; expand their capacity to seize job and entrepreneurial opportunities; create a strong sense of place, belonging, and community pride; and build a safe, sustainable, thriving neighborhood. ANC’s core services include:


·         Hosting a weekly food pantry, the award-winning Allen Farmers Market, and the 30-farm CSA ‘Veggie Box’ program ; running a year-round urban farming/gardening facility; and supporting aspiring food entrepreneurs with access to commercial kitchens and related resources; and

·         Assisting neighbors in enrolling in healthcare coverage and accessing local housing resources (i.e., mortgage, first-time homeowner, and landlord-tenant assistance);

·         Engaging neighbors through an annual door-to-door canvass, dedicated youth and senior programs, and a community newsletter.    


ANC has experienced tremendous success in its 23-year history, including the soon-to-be-completed Allen Place development, which has brought apartments, a grocery, and clinic, additional commercial kitchens, and other amenities to ANC’s home in the heart of the Eastside. 


The ANC Board of Directors is searching for a leader who will serve as an effective and faithful steward of ANC’s legacy, maintain the organization’s social entrepreneurial spirit, and inspire the trust, confidence, and respect of the ANC staff, the Eastside neighborhood, and partners throughout the Greater Lansing community. The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker and an inclusive, visionary leader with a passion for the Eastside neighborhood and ANC’s values as a community organization that pursues neighbor-driven solutions. They will possess a demonstrated comfort level working with diverse and vulnerable populations, natural problem-solving abilities, a strong track record in nonprofit

fundraising, and the ability to lead and inspire a highly capable staff of 10-12 team members and a small army of volunteers.



The Executive Director works directly with the staff and board to carry out the mission of the organization and is responsible for the overall administration and management of ANC which includes human resources, facilities, finances, partnerships, programs, and events. Ensuring that funding and services meet or exceed ANC’s strategic goals and objectives will be the primary focus and responsibility of the director. Half of their time will be spent managing internal operations and engaging Eastside neighbors; the other half will be spent representing ANC externally, nurturing long-standing partnerships, and developing new collaborations.


Personnel Management


Fiscal Oversight and Fundraising


 Planning, Program Development, and Operations


Communications and Public Relations



The ideal candidate will have a combination of education and professional experiences—and demonstrated success as a nonprofit leader—that prepares them for this high-level executive role. This position requires strong team management capacities, a robust neighborhood engagement and planning focus, and effective interpersonal communication skills. A successful candidate will possess a social entrepreneurial spirit, fund development acumen, and the ability to implement innovative programs responsive to neighborhood needs. Additional qualifications include basic computer proficiencies and an understanding of financial controls and statements.



ANC offers a dynamic, challenging work environment with ample opportunity for professional and personal fulfillment, competitive compensation (including relocation assistance if needed), and a full benefits package. The salary range for the position is $60,000 to $80,000 depending on experience and qualifications.



The Executive Director works in an office environment, but the mission of the organization sometimes requires working in nonstandard places and throughout the neighborhood. The Executive Director works a standard workweek, but the position often requires working evening and weekend hours to accommodate board meetings, represent ANC at public events, and fulfill other such responsibilities.




To apply for this position, please submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to [log in to unmask] No phone calls, please.


The deadline for applications is May 31, 2022.  ANC prefers a candidate who can join the team in mid-July 2022.   



ANC is an equal employment opportunity employer. ANC provides equal membership, employment, voluntary and service opportunities to all eligible persons without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, parental status (including pregnancy), disability, membership in any labor organization, political affiliation, height, and weight.

Joan Nelson, Director
Allen Neighborhood Center
1611 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48912
517- 999-3912 (direct dial)
517 - 862-6918 (cell)

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