Search begins for person to head new project

September 22, 2010

The logo for the newly created “Neighborhood Initiatives Inc.” is a globe surrounded by more than a dozen symbols representing projects and missions of the Sisters of St. Joseph. But the symbols might just as well represent the balls that will have to be kept in the air by whomever is hired as coordinator for the new nonprofit corporation.

The sisters began advertising for the new position this week, and are accepting resumés until Oct. 1.

Neighborhood Initiatives was incorporated earlier this year, and the structure will be used to identify works of service sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, projects initiated and sustained by the congregation and activities the sisters undertake in partnership with others.

The new coordinator — who may be a lay person or a member of a religious congregation — will be responsible for ensuring that all those projects complement each other and for seeking out opportunities for new projects and partnerships.

The position “requires creativity and organizational skills … for collaborative research, development and administrative support of both new and continuing ministries,” according to the job posting released by the congregation. It will also require that the coordinator “understand and apply the values and mission of the Sisters and St. Joseph,” and to be flexible in working with the Neighborhood Initiatives board of directors as the new corporation finds its footing.

The coordinator will be a full-time, salaried position and will be based in Concordia. Qualifications include a college degree or equivalent experience in leadership, management or human resources related to an organization focused on service and charitable works; experience developing and managing an annual budget; strong communication skills with an emphasis on collaboration; creativity and initiative in  conceiving, researching and launching projects; and flexibility as the new position and new venture evolve.

Anyone interested in applying for the new position is asked to send a cover letter and complete resumé, including salary history, by mail to Human Resources Director, Neighborhood Initiatives Inc., PO Box 279, Concordia KS 66901; by email to; or by fax to 785/243-4741.

Neighborhood Initiatives

January 30, 2009

Neighborhood Initiatives Inc. was created in 2009 to serve the growing needs of the numerous ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia.

Many projects are under way, a number of them are listed below. Each one has a clickable link for more information.


The goal of this long-term and broad-based volunteer program now under way in Concordia  is to pair people who are struggling financially but want to become self-sufficient with “community coaches” who take part in the program with them. CLICK HERE to learn more.

web-POSTER-GardenOfHopeSign2016 marks our seventh growing season and our community gardeners are just as hopeful as ever! Look for us at the northeast corner of the Motherhouse property, or CLICK HERE to learn more.

web-150px-Reading-LogoWhat a great way to encourage literacy and learning than to bring preschool children together with “guest readers” — and then give each child a copy of the book to take home! This exciting project introduces children to wonderful stories and encourages parents to make reading together a regular part of family life. CLICK HERE for stories about past Reading with Friends programs.

web-N2N-LogoIn a downtown Concordia storefront, we welcome women and their young children — no matter what their need or circumstance. For the three Sisters of St. Joseph who founded Neighbor to Neighbor in 2009, it’s just the neighborly thing to do — and there’s never a charge for our help. CLICK HERE to learn more about this important ministry.


web-KOHP-ballThe Kansans Optimizing Health Program — or KOHP — is offered twice a year at Neighbor to Neighbor to help those struggling with a chronic health condition learn how to live more fully. CLICK HERE for a two-page PDF about the program.