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  • Tuesday, November 30, 2021 7:53 PM | Alyssa Olson (Administrator)

    Event Safety Alliance announces the return of the Crowd Safety Symposium, taking place January 17-18, 2022 in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. This two-day workshop aims to provide an understanding of the four aspects of basic crowd safety and to provide techniques to plan and manage safe pedestrian flows in crowded places during all phases of an event.

    Learn more & register >> 

  • Tuesday, November 30, 2021 7:44 PM | Alyssa Olson (Administrator)

    The Shakopee Chamber & Visitors Bureau is looking for a Main Street & Special Events Director to join our team. If anyone is interested, please apply by December 17. 

    Learn more & apply here >>

  • Tuesday, November 30, 2021 7:40 PM | Alyssa Olson (Administrator)

    Star Tribune has an exciting opportunity for an Event Product Manager to join the Marketing team in a key role that brings the Star Tribune brand to life in the marketplace. In this role the successful candidate will collaborate with internal product owners across multiple departments to set specific marketing goals for all advertising- and brand-marketing events, designing and executing strategies to achieve those goals. The ideal candidate has a broad marketing skillset and is comfortable managing a variety of projects, including in-person and virtual events. This position will be responsible for managing a marketing intern and Event Crew.

    Learn more & apply here >>

  • Tuesday, November 02, 2021 9:01 PM | Alyssa Olson (Administrator)

    [ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan today announced the appointment of Lauren Bennett McGinty as the Director of Explore Minnesota Tourism, effective November 15.

    “Minnesota is among the top destinations for travelers from across the globe looking to explore our natural beauty and vibrant communities,” said Governor Walz. “I’m proud to appoint Lauren as the Explore Minnesota Tourism Director, where she will bring her expertise in marketing to engage our residents and attract new visitors and talent to our state.”

    “Minnesota is home to beauty, innovation, and opportunities to appreciate our vibrant cities and magnificent natural resources,” said Lieutenant Governor Flanagan. “We are excited for Lauren to lead Explore Minnesota Tourism and help ensure people from all backgrounds and walks of life feel excited and welcomed to explore our inspiring state.”

    “We’re thrilled to welcome Lauren into state government leadership. She’s going to be an excellent leader for Explore Minnesota,” said Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner Steve Grove. “We look forward to partnering with her and the great team at Explore Minnesota to accelerate economic recovery for Minnesota’s extraordinary tourism industry.”

    "I am honored to take on this important role as our tourism industry continues to work its way out of the pandemic. As we face challenges on our path to a new normal, we need to find creative ways to engage intra and interstate travelers,” said Lauren Bennett McGinty. “I am committed to listening to the needs of tourism partners across Minnesota to deliver the best hospitality in the country and help travelers discover the unique experiences that exist in our great state."

    About Lauren Bennett McGinty
    Lauren Bennett McGinty is a nonprofit executive with more than 10 years of experience working in communications, operations, finance, hospitality, education, and advocacy at Minnesota-based nonprofits. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild where she directed strategic plans, executed major events, and guided overall marketing for more than 160 breweries.

    About Explore Minnesota
    As the state's tourism promotion office, Explore Minnesota works to inspire consumers and facilitate travel to and within Minnesota while pursuing an entrepreneurial approach and leveraging the state's tourism investment with increased involvement by the private sector. Tourism is a key sector of the state's economy, historically generating $1.0 billion in state sales tax on $16.6 billion in leisure and hospitality sales and employing nearly 275,000 workers in Minnesota's leisure and hospitality businesses. Visit, and share your sights with @exploreminn on Twitter, or @exploreminnesota on Instagram and Facebook, using #OnlyinMN.


  • Thursday, July 08, 2021 7:57 AM | Junia Joseph-Benham

    $15 per hour

    Harriet Island Regional Park

    Dr Justus Ohage Blvd

    St Paul, MN 55107

    Job Description

    Event Staff reports to the Harriet Island Event Coordinator and serves as part of the event team consisting of staff that provides day of coordination for private events at Harriet Island. Event staff will also assist with larger public events at varying sites throughout the City of Saint Paul. Examples of events that staff are assigned to may include weddings, corporate events, charity walks/runs, and large music and multicultural festivals.


    Age 18 and over

    Interest in working with special events

    Driver’s License required

    Must have a means of transportation

    Strong customer service skills and pleasant disposition needed

    Ability to work in a variety of environments (i.e. inside/outside/varying weather conditions)

    Ability to work independently and in team atmosphere

    CPR/First Aid training (this will be provided)

    Ability to lift over 25 pounds

    Weekend and night availability

    To Apply:

  • Wednesday, July 07, 2021 12:48 PM | Alyssa Olson (Administrator)

    The Minnesota State Fair is hiring for a number of seasonal positions including Fair staff, interns, Operations staff and more! Check out the links below for more details on the available positions and how to apply. 

    Fair-time Jobs

    Competition Horse Show Intern

    Operations Service Assistant

    Ticket Office Intern

  • Monday, June 28, 2021 1:45 PM | Alyssa Olson (Administrator)

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    Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation

    President/CEO Position Description

    Posted June 2021

    St Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation

    Mission Statement

    “To foster a sense of community pride, belonging and connectedness by celebrating Saint Paul’s unique history and emerging heritage through fun and educational experiences.”

    The Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation produces and promotes community education, programs and festivals for the enjoyment of the people of greater Saint Paul and its neighborhoods. The Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation is the proud producer of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival and the Cinco de Mayo Saint Paul festival. 

    Position Summary:

    The President/CEO is responsible for the general management of the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation (Foundation). The President/CEO is the face of the organization and leads the development implementation and fulfillment of its mission, the achievement of its goals and objectives, the development, dispersal and maintenance of credibility within the community and with stakeholders, assures the organization’s cultural competency, enhances fund development and the development and maintenance of the Foundations financial well-being.

    The President/CEO of the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation is accountable and reports directly to the Board of Directors, and communicates regularly with the board chair, treasurer, gambling manager, festival chair, and other members of the Foundation's executive committee.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Responsible to the Foundation's Board of Directors for development of the annual budget and accountable for all expenditures and reporting functions, ensuring compliance with all regulatory and governmental requirements for a 501(c) 3 organizations and the Foundation's charitable gambling operation.

    • Responsible for creating new and retaining existing fund development. Provide strategic and tactical sponsorship growth and support through development of the ongoing strengthening of relationships, grant writing, operational funding for festival programming through coordination of merchandise, buttons, sponsorships, and continuing endowment fund. 

    • Generate ideas and execute year-round fundraising and sponsorship opportunity initiatives that support the mission and overall financial health of the organization.

    • Create and execute strategic plans to implement revenue generating projects or prudent expense controls to ensure financial stability of the Foundation with input from the Board of Directors. 

    • Assist the Board with the Foundation's mission definition, engagement and other ongoing strategic direction and goals . 

    • Manage and promote an inclusive, equitable, culturally competent and supportive environment where our management, board of directors, legend characters, staff and volunteers model behavior that enriches our Foundation and fulfills our mission

    • Establish and work collaboratively with Board committees including but not limited to Finance, Membership, Nominating, Protocol and Exchange and Long Term Planning.

    • Build and maintain effective working relationships with civic and community organizations and actively participate in these organizations.

    • Maintain and build on an active Membership recruitment and benefit program.

    • Act as primary Foundation spokesperson to the media/public in day-to-day operations as well as crisis management. Develop and implement appropriate communications and marketing plans for the Foundation to both internal and external stakeholders. Manage social media presence and emerging outreach strategies. Position and assure the credibility of the Foundation and its core products, The Saint Paul Winter Carnival and Cinco de Mayo – West Side.

    • Manage and supervise Foundation staff in an efficient, productive manner to: ensure effective representation in pursuing objectives; ensure work tasks are performed diligently, efficiently and cost effectively; encourage and facilitate professional development; articulate and provide regular performance reviews; ensure knowledge of an compliance with ethical guidelines, and provide other relevant training.

    • Manage the Foundation’s charitable gambling operation to ensure the integrity and proper governance of the operation.

    • Provide leadership, guidance and supervision for Foundation's volunteer structure and alumni groups.

    • Assure the Foundation's cultural competency through internal assessment and education, foster and expand community outreach and program development. Assure the Foundation's pursuit of ethical, non-discriminatory behavior and affirmative action.

    Successful Candidates will have:

    • Bachelor's degree or higher in a field related to non-profit or business administration or related professional experience. Five or more years of executive level experience operating a similar organization will be considered in lieu of a degree.

    • Managerial or higher level experience with primary responsibility for fund development including grantwriting networking, business development, customer relationship management, long range planning (five years) and marketing.

    • Demonstrated skill in effectively managing marketing programs including social media sites, email and mobile marketing, search engine technology and traditional advertising.

    • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of working with a board of directors, team building, fiscal management, negotiating, program redesign and implementation.

    • Previous experience and demonstrated success in festival or major event management and fundraising.

    • Excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to write and make effective presentations to internal and external audiences. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Microsoft Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher and Internet Explorer or comparable programs; proficiency in web design software preferred.

    • A broad knowledge of the local business community, minority business issues, politics and local, state and federal regulations.

    • Ability to engage direct reports and volunteers who may or may not report directly to the position.

    • Ability to regularly attend meetings and events in the evenings and on weekends as necessary.

    • Ability to work long hours during festival time in extreme weather conditions.

    Competencies/Key Skills:

    • Financial Management, Resource Development Experience, Marketing Skills

    • People and Relationship Management and Development

    • Customer Focus

    • Carry Out Vision and Purpose

    • Major Event Planning

    • Decision Making 

    Compensation and Benefits:

    • Salary range shall be between $80,000.00 to $100,00.00 (starting salary commensurate upon related experience).

    • Benefits are not provided, the salary range reflects an amount that acknowledges the need to secure this on your own.

    • Generous paid time off.

    • Parking and event attendance stipend provided.

    • Work schedule can be hybrid with some remote as well as the requirement to attend in-person meetings, events and other functions.

    St Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation  offices are located at 75 W. 5th Street,  Landmark Center, Suite 429, in downtown Saint Paul.

    Interested candidates can send applications to:

    Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

    First round interviews are expected to take place June, 2021.

  • Monday, June 28, 2021 1:42 PM | Alyssa Olson (Administrator)

    Minnesota State Arts Board launches second application round in the

    FY 2022 Creative Support for Individuals grant program


    The Minnesota State Arts Board is now accepting applications in the Creative Support for Individuals program. The application deadline is August 6, 2021.  This is the second of two deadlines for this program.

    Creative Support grants are flexible.  They can be used by artists and culture bearers to adapt to their changing environment; continue to make work or try new ways to make and share their work; stay connected to audiences, participants, students, or communities that participate in their arts programming; and ensure that Minnesota residents and communities will continue to have access and connection to the arts.

    This is a statewide program. Anyone who meets the eligibility requirements is welcome to
    apply.  Artists and culture bearers who received a grant from the Arts Board or a regional art council in fiscal years 2015-2021 are eligible to apply.  So too are artists and culture bearers
    who have not been previous grantees, but are in one or more of the following groups:

    — Individuals who live outside the seven-county metropolitan area (the metro area includes
         Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties);
    — Individuals who identify as indigenous or as a person of color;
    — Individuals who have a disability.

    FY 2021 Creative Support for Individuals grantees with ongoing projects are also eligible to apply.  Individuals who submitted an application by the first deadline (June 4, 2021) may not submit a second application.

    Please visit the Creative Support for Individuals Web page to find the complete Program
    Overview and Application Instructions; other details about the program; and a free, recorded
    information webinar.



    If you have questions or need assistance:

    The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency that stimulates and encourages the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state. It works to ensure 
    that all Minnesotans can participate in and benefit from the arts.

  • Saturday, June 05, 2021 12:46 PM | Alyssa Olson (Administrator)

    Special Projects Manager 

    Part-Time (20 hours/week) 


    Potential for additional hours 

    Position Summary 

    The Special Projects Manager at Impact Hub MSP provides coordinaon on specific assigned projects that have mul-year operations and engage with two or more partners. These projects are focused on increasing deeper services to Impact Hub members or potential members. Each project has specific named partners, defined outcomes for mission driven entrepreneurs and the community. 

    The Special Projects Manager is expected to design and implement assigned special projects. This includes planning and executing project management processes, supporting partner relationships, regularly reporting to partners, Executive Director and Board of Directors and reviewing and improving assigned projects over me. The Special Projects Manager is part of the staff team at Impact Hub and coordinates with team members on all special projects work. 

    Organization Summary 

    Impact Hub MSP. Building a more inclusive, sustainable world. Impact Hub Minneapolis-Saint Paul is a diverse community of founders, creaves, investors, established companies and NGOs who have one thing in common – we believe bold, entrepreneurial ideas can change society for the beer. At Impact Hub, people innovate with heart, balancing social responsibility with profitability to build a world that works for all. 

    Part of the global Impact Hub network, Impact Hub MSP offers shared workspaces, community-led workshops, and peer-to-peer learning to help members create tangible solutions that drive social change. 

    Work Environment. Impact Hub MSP staff work in a fast-paced, dynamic and mostly digital environment. All team members need to be flexible, professional, problem solvers, who can work well both independently and on a team. Self-starters with well-developed communication and interpersonal skills and an interest in meeting and working effectively with diverse constituencies are especially effective. 

    Reports To 

    Executive Director 


    Unwavering service mentality 

    Meticulous attention to detail 

    Ability to give presentations and comfortable making cold calls 

    Warm, friendly personality and ability to stay positive and centered during stressful situations Project management experience preferred 

    Ability to layout realistic work plans and timelines 

    Strong people management skills including the ability to assign tasks to others and encourage task completion 

    Position Details. Current Projects Include: 

    Chameleon Shoppes Project: Powered by Minneapolis Downtown Council, the Chameleon Consortium is a private-public group dedicated to the experiential and economic vitality of downtown Minneapolis. Its purpose is to create vibrant downtown experiences by transforming empty retail spaces into equity opportunities for BIPOC- and women-owned businesses. 

    Ideal candidates would be passionate about opening up business opportunities that may not have been possible before and motivated to be a part of an evolving downtown that evokes inclusive interest, aracon and pride. 

    Responsibilities include. 

    Manage vendor relations and project coordination for this mul organization collaborative designed to give women and people of color owned businesses the opportunity to gain experience in retail location sales in Downtown Minneapolis. Manages all potential vendor relations, coordinates support needed for pop-up retail, mul-month mul-vendor shared locations and longer term retail locations and supports the Project Manager Dan Collison of Minneapolis Downtown Council. 

    Coordinate all retail vendor applications, selecons and training processes. 

    Manage all vendor records to ensure all required documents, licenses, insurance verifications are complete and available. 

    Write and coordinate communications to vendors (currently more than 60 people) and those interested in being one. 

    Manage Chameleon social media accounts coordinating with marketing volunteer teams and professionals as directed. 

    When retail locaons are to open, be the key Chameleon contact for retail operators including: Plan and coordinate opening of multiple pop-up retail events. This includes 

    2 (3-4 month) shared retail locations and 

    up to 5 ongoing retail locations all in downtown Minneapolis. 

    Schedule and physically assist vendor move-in and move-out, coordinating with marketing partners and flexibly respond to the variety of needs of vendors. 

    Troubleshoot large scale issues. 

    Train on best practices for best in-store coordination and the use of the Chameleon point of  sale system (Square). 

    Coordinate provision of furnishings or other supplies needed. 

    Provide support for monthly meetings of Chameleon Consortium as assigned.

    Interns 4 Impact: This year-round member service connects members to a network of six or more colleges and universities that have internship programs and are seeking placements with entrepreneurs in the for-profit or non-profit worlds. 

    Responsibilities Include: 

    Facilitate connections between interns and businesses through recruiting, promong and project management. Manage relationships with schools, teachers, entrepreneurs, and funders. Lead, design and create training for the program to increase shared learning. 

    Maintain the relationships with the colleges including quarterly communications and all required reporting to each 

    Help members submit internship project applications following the unique guidelines and procedures at each college 

    Design and offer training to members on internships including how to design an internship to maximize the mutual experience and how to supervise interns. 

    Evaluation design and outcome measurement 

    Impact Hub General Operations: Support Impact Hub general operations as assigned. When not on assignment for special project management, be available to work on site at Impact Hub MSP to be available to greet and support Impact Hub members and to send weekly team meetings. 

    How to apply? Please send resumes to 

    825 Washington Avenue SE, #200, Minneapolis, MN 55414

  • Tuesday, May 11, 2021 6:00 PM | Alyssa Olson (Administrator)

    Please join the Saint Paul Festivals Association on Wednesday, May 26 at 11:00am as Ryan Murphy of the City of Saint Paul Police Department presents an update on city permits.  

    All are welcome, so feel free to invite others. 

    Link to join:


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