The McKnight Foundation is a 4th-generation family foundation that channels support through multiple program areas. Our programs reflect decades, and generations, of diverse interests and investments. McKnight’s board and staff are guided by our mission and values. We develop and adjust strategies and approaches based on continuous learning, new research and data, and emergent knowledge. Program interests include regional economic and community development, Minnesota’s arts and artists, early literacy, youth development, Midwest climate and energy, Mississippi River water quality, neuroscience and international crop research, and community-building in Southeast Asia.
Founded 60 years ago and headquartered in Minnesota, about 58% of our grantmaking in 2013 went to support efforts in our home state. Our comprehensive approach includes grantmaking, collaboration across issues and sectors, research, mission-related investing, and policy reform. At home and around the world, quality relationships and deep understanding of place inform how we learn and adapt to changing circumstances.
The Foundation had assets of approximately $2 billion and gave about $86 million in grants in 2013.
The Mississippi Program:
The goal of the Mississippi River program is to restore the water quality and resilience of the Mississippi River by restoring floodplains and wetlands, reducing agricultural pollution runoff, and achieving cross-boundary and interagency coordination. For more in-depth information on The McKnight Foundation and the Mississippi River program please visit The McKnight Foundation website at www.mcknight.org.
Position Purpose: The Program Director position provides content-specific expertise and manages one of the Foundation’s program areas. The Program Director for the Mississippi River Program reports directly to the VP of Programs and works with the Board of Directors, VP and other Program Directors to ensure good stewardship of the Foundation’s resources.This position oversees grantmaking, convening, and support for networks to further program goals.
- Set and guide objectives and strategies to leverage The McKnight Foundation’s credible influence in this space and advance the program goals.
- Use field knowledge to provide intellectual leadership to program and adapt strategies and tactics to changing circumstances.
- Manage the Mississippi River program team in reviewing letters of inquiry and grant proposals and making funding recommendations to the Foundation’s board of directors.
- Develop and manage the Mississippi River program budget and payout schedules.
- Monitor the progress of grantee organizations and integrate knowledge from grantmaking experience back into program activities.
- Participate in grants administration by composing and processing grant-related documents and correspondence in a timely fashion.
- Represent the Foundation, locally, nationally and internationally on issues related to water quality in the Mississippi River and beyond.
- Supervise a program officer and a program assistant at The McKnight Foundation office.
- Ensure compliance with grantmaking standards and legal requirements.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to manage complex programs, involving cross-organization collaborations.
- Ability to work effectively and collaboratively across organizational functions.
- Ability to work collaboratively and respectfully with a variety of people and groups, particularly nonprofits and governmental organizations and policy and research institutions.
- Ability to analyze, question and identify key issues and use data to support conclusions.
- Ability to view issues and challenges from multiple dimensions and apply intellectual energy and creativity.
- Ability to prepare clearly written summaries and analysis.
- Ability to engage others and influence outcomes.
- Skill in bringing a group with diverse views to consensus.
- Knowledge of governance and operations of nonprofit organizations.
- Skill in developing and managing budgets.
- Ability to communicate effectively interpersonally and in group presentations.
- Ability to handle heavy workload and meet deadlines.
- Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing in English.
Required Education and Experience:
In addition to the above knowledge, skills, and abilities requirements, the ideal candidate for this position will also possess:
- A master’s degree in environment studies or a related field and a minimum of 8 years related full-time professional work experience in nonprofit, foundation, or government fields with five or more years of managerial level experience, or a combination of equivalent education and experience.
- Experience working with a board of directors, preferably a family board.
- Experience dispersing resources to nonprofits through direct grantmaking, re-granting, or a similar process.
Personal Attributes needed in this Position:
- Curiosity, creativity, wisdom and initiative.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort:
- Work is performed in a variety of settings including national travel up to 20% of the time.
- Regular operation of normal office machines (computer, copier, and fax) is required.
- There are some evening and weekend meetings or events required.
How to Apply:
If you are interested in this opportunity please go the Job Openings http://www.mcknight.org/about-us/job-openings portal on The McKnight Foundation website to submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume. Inquiries should be directed to Bernadette Christiansen, VP of Administration at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The McKnight Foundation will consider resumes as they are submitted until October 15, 2014. Resumes will not be accepted after October 15, 2014. We expect several steps in the selection process including interviews with key staff members and representatives of the board of directors.