Baltimore, MD

Development Associate, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

The Organization

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is a national faith-based organization with a 75-year history, a budget of approximately $58 million per year, and over 95 headquarters staff. For several decades the organization has received the vast majority of its funding from the federal government and has developed a widely-recognized expertise in implementing federal programs on behalf of refugees and migrants living within the borders of the United States. Working with and through partners across the country, LIRS resettles refugees, reunites children with their families or provides loving homes for them, conducts policy advocacy, and pursues humanitarian alternatives to the immigration detention system.

Position Overview

Duties:

  • Enter pertinent donor data into Raiser’s Edge.
  • Assist with proofreading and editing fundraising materials.
  • Prepare donor correspondence such as thank you letters, memos, emails, and other communications on behalf of the department.
  • Arrange, schedule and execute important meetings, both on and offsite.
  • Assist with prospect research.
  • Recommend major donor prospects to Director for Development for further engagement and cultivation.
  • Manage invoices and related check requests.
  • Assist with preparation of monthly reports for the finance department.
  • Organize and maintain files and records.
  • Provide support in fundraising team’s execution of donor events and other fundraising activities.
  • Act as backup to Data Manager for gift entry.
  • Support special development projects as necessary and attend Baltimore based events associated with fundraising.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree is required.
  • 2-3 years of work experience within a nonprofit fundraising/ development environment.
  • Strong writing, proofreading and editing skills.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills with an excellent attention to details.
  • Commitment to meeting deadlines.
  • Knowledge of data management systems, particularly Raiser’s Edge.
  • Excellent communication skills and strong donor relationship management.
  • Proficiency in Excel, Word, Outlook, Access and other Microsoft software is essential.
  • Ability to navigate and collaborate with a diverse workforce.
  • Commitment to LIRS’s core mission and values and an ability to model those values in relationship with colleagues and partners; commitment to empowering refugees and migrants.

Kansas City, Missouri

Director, Postsecondary Initiatives, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

The Organization

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (“Kauffman Foundation”) was established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, the Kauffman Foundation is among the thirty largest foundations in the United States with an asset base of approximately $2 billion.  The Foundation focuses its grant making and operations on two areas: advancing entrepreneurship and improving the education of children and youth.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Vice President of Education, the Director of Postsecondary Initiatives will oversee the Foundation’s grant making and non-grant making activities related to all postsecondary initiatives within the education department, which is aimed at achieving the best possible academic and life outcomes for lower income urban students in Kansas City.  This role will maintain particular focus on Kauffman Scholars, Inc. (KSI) and planning for the Foundation’s ongoing investment in college completion support.  Candidates should possess 10+ years of professional experience including strategic planning, program piloting and growth of both small and large scale initiatives.  An understanding of the postsecondary landscape and, in particular, of challenges currently faced by low/modest income, first generation college and students of color is necessary.

How To Apply

To view the full position description, make a referral or apply, please contact EFL Associates: Nancy Huckaba – nhuckaba@eflassociates.com or 913.234.1570.

Troy, MI

Human Resources and Total Rewards Officer, The Kresge Foundation

The Organization

The Kresge Foundation is a $3.6 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development efforts in Detroit.  In 2014, the Board of Trustees approved 408 awards totaling $242.5 million; $138.1 million was paid out to grantees over the course of the year. In addition, our Social Investment Practice made commitments totaling $20.4 million in 2014.

Position Overview

The Human Resources and Total Rewards Officer drives the day-to-day operations for payroll, health and welfare benefits, and retirement plan benefits. Major responsibilities include implementing administrative practices to ensure legal compliance with government regulations and conformity with plan documents, documenting procedures, maintaining critical documents, supporting daily administrative functions, and managing special projects.  Works in close collaboration with vendors, consultants, brokers, legal, investments, and finance departments.

The Human Resources and Total Reward Officer will be responsible for:

          Retirement Plan Administration

  • Manages and administers the foundation’s qualified & non-qualified deferred compensation plans (401k, 403b, and 457b) in accordance with applicable federal and state regulations, i.e. ERISA, IRS, and DOL requirements.
  • Develops the content and prepares the materials, agendas, and minutes for the quarterly 401K review Committee meetings.
  • Monitors and implements legislative changes that may impact the administration of qualified & non-qualified retirement programs. Ensures prompt and accurate compliance. Works with counsel to ensure plan documents are accurate, current, and in compliance with federal and state laws/regulations.
  • Works with counsel, vendors, and appropriate internal staff to draft and distribute required employee notices related to the plans. Monitors communications distributed by vendors, consultants, etc. to ensure accuracy and timely delivery.
  • Prepares and updates internal administrative procedures and collaborates with vendors and consultants in updating plan administrative manuals for all plans.
  • Participate and work with auditors and attorneys on completion of plan and government audit and required filings including 5500s, SARs, and SPDs.

             Health and Welfare Plans

  • Manages and administers the foundation’s health and welfare plan in accordance with applicable federal and state regulations, i.e. ERISA, IRS, HIPAA, COBRA, and DOL requirements.
  • Reviews, recommends changes and updates, and executes, with legal consultation, benefit documentation such as original and amended plan texts, benefit agreements, and insurance policies.  Instructs insurance carriers and other administrative agencies outside the foundation to effect changes in benefit programs.
  • Ensures prompt and accurate compliance. Works with counsel to ensure plan documents are accurate, current, and in compliance with federal and state laws/regulations.
  • Administers the foundation’s health and welfare benefits, including the review of billings for accuracy and proper coverage for medical, dental, and vision plans; life insurance; and long-term disability insurance.
  • Manages the annual Open Enrollment process in coordination with broker and vendors.  Also manages ongoing administration of the health and welfare and retirement plans by handling enrollments, changes, and terminations for new hires, active employees, and retirees.
  • Manages special projects related to retirement and health & welfare plans, oversight of the annual audits of qualified plans, filing of annual returns, and completion of industry surveys.

            Payroll Management

  • Manages the end-to-end payroll process for employees, board members, and retirees,      including expense reimbursements, computing wages and overtime payments, changes in employee information and deductions, garnishments, retirement contribution funding, and health savings account funding.
  • Prepares data for federal, multi-state and multi-local payroll tax returns and completes multi-state tax applications related to setting up as a business in a new state and audit withholding and sales and use tax, quarterly 941s, unemployment, and annual W-2 forms, 1099s, and worker’s compensation to ensure accuracy.
  • Reconciles out of balance payroll and human resources general ledger   accounts.

             Compensation Administration

  • Supports compensation administration by completing salary surveys and developing compensation administration tools to support the foundation’s compensation process.

            Other

  • Develops, documents, and maintains updated departmental business continuity procedures related to retirement, payroll, and health and welfare plans.
  • Proactively identifies process improvement opportunities.
  • Escalates and supports resolution of critical issues to appropriate parties, i.e. Director of Human Resources, CFO, CEO, and CIO.

Performs other duties as assigned.

  •  Support an effective leading edge Human Resource department by performing other duties as assigned.
  • Strong commitment to the foundation’s vision and values with the ability to demonstrate that commitment in daily interactions.

           Supervisory Responsibilities

  • This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

           Education and/or Experience                                                

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Accounting, Human Resources, or equivalent work experience.
  • 10 years or more of practical business experience in health and welfare plan administration, retirement plan consulting, and payroll administration.
  • Successful candidates will have extensive experience with retirement plan administration, compliance, funding, and administrative processes and experience with end-to-end payroll administration.
  • Familiarity with legislative requirements that govern qualified and non-qualified retirement plans is essential; knowledge of health and welfare plan administration helpful.
  • Must have experience with payroll processing, and knowledge and experience with payroll software, time and attendance automated systems, and HRIS.  Must have current knowledge of IRS regulations related to payroll, health and welfare plans, and retirement plans.
  • Solid PC skills needed, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Must pay close attention to detail with proven ability to reconcile data accurately.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative and effective working relationships with management and all levels of staff.
  • An appreciation and respect for the diversity of all individuals in the workplace.
  • Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designation preferred.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and teamwork; strong customer-interactive listening skills.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills with experience solving difficult client problems in a complex environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a high-volume/tight deadline environment.
  • Proven ability to multi-task. Must be able to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Effective interaction with all levels of employees.
How To Apply
Please send cover letter with salary requirements and resumes to careers@kresge.org by April 2, 2015.

The Kresge Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women and LGBT applicants.

The Kresge Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome a diverse pool of candidates.  We offer a competitive total compensation package including Health, Dental, Vision, Long Term Disability, and Short Term Disability Insurances, generous paid time off, and a 401K employer contribution and employee match program. We also provide professional staff development and tuition reimbursement

New York, NY

Vice President, Foundations, National Urban League

The Organization
National Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community-based organization devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream through programs, advocacy, and research. Through its nearly 100 Affiliates, diverse programs, and advocacy, the NUL advances its mission to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. The League reaches more than one million Americans each year through its valuable and relevant resources and programs, such as the online jobs network, the Mature Worker Program, the Urban Youth Empowerment Program, and the Community Health Workers program.  Under the inspiring leadership of President & CEO Marc Morial, the League is now undergoing a period of exciting transformational growth, which includes a $100 million campaign that will launch the organization into a new era. This historic campaign will create an Empowerment Campus in the epicenter of African American culture in Harlem, New York, and establish the Urban Empowerment Fund to support minority entrepreneurs. These funds will enable the League to expand its reach and influence, strengthen Affiliates and increase their local impact by making new resources available, and energize new generations to identify and champion the civil rights challenges of the 21st century that continue to impede equality in America. http://nul.iamempowered.com/

The League seeks a talented Vice President, Foundations to increase and expand foundation support. The Vice President will: craft proposals to fund a broad range of services for urban families in the areas of education, economic self-sufficiency, and racial equality and inclusion; create an effective foundation identification, cultivation, and solicitation program for annual operating support; and, work closely with the Senior Vice President of Development and other senior members of the Development Team to support overall fundraising goals.

Position Overview
Requirements:  an experienced fundraiser with proven success in major institutional fundraising and the demonstrated ability to identify, research, craft, solicit, and steward successful foundation grants; excellent writing and editing abilities; strong interpersonal and communication skills; and, a track record of meeting ambitious goals, delivering results, and multi-tasking. The ideal candidate will be charismatic, agile, and mission-driven, preferably with some background in social justice policy issues, and be comfortable conveying the values, strengths, vision, and priorities of the League to diverse audiences.   Please visit www.glfreeman.com for the complete position profile, including key responsibilities and requirements.

How To Apply
National Urban League, an Equal Opportunity Employer, has retained Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC (FPS) to assist on this important recruitment. Confidential inquiries and applications should be sent directly to FPS via email: NULVPF@glfreeman.com. All applications must include: (1) an up-to-date resume and (2) a letter of interest (addressed to FPS) that specifically cites the experiences that best prepare the applicant for this role and why this particular opportunity is the logical and desired next step in his/her career.  Additional materials and information will be requested during the search and interview process.

Princeton, NJ

Senior Program Officer (Value Team), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Organization
For more than 40 years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve the health and health care of all Americans. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to the public’s health, we have a unique capacity and responsibility to address the most pressing health and health care issues facing our society.

Position Overview
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) seeks a seasoned and visionary public health leader to develop, implement, and manage initiatives that carry forward its vision to work alongside diverse groups of people in order to build a Culture of Health. The Foundation is working toward a society in which everyone, whatever their racial or ethnic background, geographic, or socioeconomic circumstances, or health status, has the opportunity to live the longest and healthiest life possible, and where attaining the best possible health is valued by everyone. RWJF’s vision reflects the importance of catalyzing a national movement that will effect lasting, transformational change. The senior program officer will bring a longstanding and distinguished record of building innovative, durable partnerships across sectors and disciplines and the utmost credibility as a partner and champion.

Reporting to the director of the Value team, the senior program officer will specifically lead efforts to achieve the highest possible value from our nation’s investments in improving health and health care. S/he will work across the Foundation and field to promote ideas and investments and develop and expand partnerships that have the greatest impact on the field of public health and health and care systems across the US. The senior program officer will embody the energy and forward momentum necessary to bridge the gaps between key stakeholders and act as translator, convener, and standard-bearer for RWJF’s mission. Ideally, s/he will bring a depth and breadth of experience in direct management or delivery of local or state public health services, including participating in agency accreditation and quality improvement activities. The patience and political savvy to navigate large systems and organizations are essential, as is the wisdom to deploy influence, persuasion, and active listening in pursuit of change. Tolerance for ambiguity, an ability to drive multilayered conversations to consensus and make decisions in the face of competing priorities, and exceptionally strong project and time management skills are critical for success. Completion of an advanced degree is required and a terminal degree in health or health care related field is preferred. A combination of education and experience may be substituted for education requirements.

For a detailed position description, please visit: http://nonprofitprofessionals.com/job/rwjf-spov/

How To Apply
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has retained Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group to assist in this recruitment; Vice Presidents Tracy Welsh and Allison Kupfer Poteet and Managing Associate Callie Carroll are leading the search. Applications, including a cover letter, describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), salary history and where you learned of the position should be sent to: RWJF-SPOV@nonprofitprofessionals.com. In order to expedite internal sorting and reviewing processes, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

RWJF is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

New York, NY

CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, NAACP LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATIONAL FUND

The Organization

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization.  Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality.  From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has always been transformative: to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.  LDF seeks to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system.  Please visit www.naacpldf.org to learn more.

In 2015, LDF celebrates its 75th anniversary with the launch of a new research and advocacy center within LDF
called the Thurgood Marshall Institute. The LDF Thurgood Marshall Institute combines a multidisciplinary approach to advocacy with LDF’s traditional litigation strengths in order to advance a modern vision of racial justice. It will also enhance LDF’s use and mobilization of research. LDF has received a $5 million grant, including a $2 million matching challenge, to help launch the center.

Position Overview

As the organization embarks on this exciting next chapter, LDF seeks a mission-driven Chief Development Officer.   This is a critical role within the organization; reflecting this, the CDO will report to the President and Director-Counsel and serve as a key member of the senior management team.  He or she will work closely with senior staff and the Board of Directors to gain an in-depth understanding of LDF’s current and future substantive work and needs.  Based on this information, the CDO will conceptualize, organize and implement a comprehensive and strategic fundraising program, aimed at increasing and diversifying income sources.

The ideal candidate for this opportunity will be passionate about LDF’s mission and work.  The CDO will be a dedicated and creative fundraising leader with an established track record of increasing philanthropic revenue (with an emphasis on major giving), ideally for an advocacy or human rights organization.  He or she will have the demonstrated ability to engage constituents in a manner that generates excitement, shared purpose, meaningful action, and long-term relationships.  As a key advocate of LDF, the CDO will possess the stature, interpersonal skills, and communication acumen to compellingly share LDF’s goals and programs to diverse audiences.  Please visit www.glfreeman.com to review the complete description of this opportunity and requirements.

How To Apply

LDF has retained Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC to assist on this recruitment. Please send nominations, expressions of interest, and applications to FPS via e-mail: LDF@glfreeman.com. To be fully considered, an application must include: an up-to-date resume and a formal letter of interest that specifically cites the experiences that best prepare the applicant for this role and why this particular opportunity is desired.  Additional materials and information will be requested during the review and interview process.  LDF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  LDF is committed to providing equal employment opportunities without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, veteran status, sexual orientation, and disability.

Washington, DC

Media Arts Director, National Endowment for the Arts

The Organization
The National Endowment for the Arts
, an independent Federal agency and the official arts organization for the United States government, supports the advancement of artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation. We are motivated by the vision of a Nation in which the arts enrich the lives of all Americans and enhance the livability of communities. If you share our vision, please consider joining us.

Position Overview
This position is located with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in the Office of Programs and Partnerships, Visual Arts Division, Washington, DC.

This is a Temporary appointment not-to-exceed 2 years which may be extended at management discretion. This position may also be terminated at management discretion.

As the Media Arts Director you will be responsible for the following tasks:

· Serve as the agency’s nationally recognized leader and authority for the field of Media Arts. Provide national leadership and direction concerning agency programming and funding assessment for the Media Arts field.

· Represent the Agency by attending and speaking at national and/or regional meetings and events of significance to the Media Arts field.

· Oversee the grant making process from application, to grant, to final report. Review proposals from the Media Arts field, manage the panel review process for applications (propose funding amounts, present grant recommendations for consideration by senior management).

· Identify groups of advisory panel reviewers for approval by the Senior Deputy Chairman. Recruit experts in the Media Arts field to serve as advisory panelists.

· Manage a team of staff members who assist with reviewing applications, assembling panels, monitoring grantee performance, processing grants, cooperative agreements and leadership initiatives.

To qualify at the GS-15, candidates must have at least one year of expertise equivalent to the GS-14 grade level. This expertise is defined as serving as an executive or senior manager with supervisory and budgetary authority in a nonprofit Media Arts organization with national or regional impact; serving as public speaker or panelist in the Media Arts field addressing national or regional audiences to share information and ideas and awarding or receiving grants from public and/or private sector funders in the nonprofit arts sector.

How To Apply
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package by 11:59 P.M., Eastern Time, on the closing date of Saturday, March 07, 2015.

To begin the process, go to http://www.arts.gov and click on the announcement for the Theater & Musical Theater Director, then click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the online questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Anita Green
Phone: (202)682-5472
Fax: (202)682-5666
Email: GREENA@ARTS.GOV
 

Washington, DC

Theater & Musical Theater Director, National Endowment for the Arts

The Organization
The National Endowment for the Arts, an Independent Federal agency, and the official arts organization for the United States government, supports the advancement of artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation.  We are motivated by the vision of a Nation in which the arts enrich the lives of all Americans and enhance the livability of communities.  If you share our vision, please consider joining us.

Position Overview
This is a Temporary appointment not-to-exceed 2 years which may be extended at management’s discretion.  This appointment may also  be terminated at any time at management’s discretion. As Theater & Musical Theater Director, you will perform the following duties: Serve as the agency’s nationally recognized leader and authority for the field of Theater & Musical Theater.  Provide national leadership and direction concerning agency programming and funding assessment for the Theater & Musical Theater field. Oversee the grant making process from application, to grant, to final report.    Review proposals from the Theater & Musical Theater field, manage the panel review process for applications (propose funding amounts, present grant recommendations for consideration by senior management). Identify groups of advisory panel reviewers for approval by Deputy Chairman for Programs and Partnerships.  Recruit experts in the Theater & Musical Theater field to serve as advisory panelists. Manage a team of staff members who assist with reviewing applications, assembling panels, monitoring grantee performance, processing grants, cooperative agreements and leadership initiatives. Represent the Agency by attending and speaking at national and/or regional meetings and events of significance to the Theater & Musical Theater field. To qualify at the GS-15, candidates must have at least one year of expertise equivalent to the GS-14.This expertise is defined as serving as an executive or senior manager with supervisory and budgetary authority in a nonprofit theater and musical theater organization with national or regional impact; serving as public speaker or panelist in the theater and musical theater field addressing national or regional audiences to share information and ideas and awarding or receiving grants from public and/or private sector funders in the nonprofit arts sector.

How To Apply
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package by 11:59 P.M., Eastern Time, on the closing date of Saturday, March 07, 2015. To begin the process, go to http://www.arts.gov and click on the announcement for the Theater & Musical Theater Director, then click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the online questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

New York, NY

Community Initiatives and Global Partnerships Program Manager, TIDES

The Organization

Tides is a values-based, social change platform that leverages individual and institutional leadership and investment to positively impact local and global communities. Tides pursues multiple, related strategies to promote this mission. From green nonprofit centers to programmatic consulting, donor advised funds to fiscal sponsorship, grants management to risk management and more, Tides gives members of the nonprofit and philanthropic community freedom to focus on the change it wants to see. For more information, please visit www.tides.org.

Position Overview

The Program Manager works independently and collaboratively with the Vice President, Community Initiatives and Tides staff to plan, manage and implement research and writing assignments, events coordination, social media outreach, community engagement, schedule/travel coordination and expense reconciliation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

·         Participate in program development and planning

·         Develop and effectively manage program timelines to ensure timely completion of program deliverables

·         Monitor program activities to ensure quality and accuracy of work outcomes with regard to contractual and grant commitments

·         Manage and coordinate events such as conferences and community based dialogues including managing logistical contractors.

·         Host webinar conversations

·         Develop publications, grant applications, and reports through collaborative writing and editing

·         Manage relationships with contractors

·         Identify opportunities for social media outreach and implement strategies to build community

·         Develop Power Point presentations and other materials for use during program-related events

·         Develop written and online tools for programmatic use including survey and evaluation tools

·         Serve as programmatic liaison to external partners including representing Tides at community meetings

·         Manage Vice President, Community Initiatives schedule and travel arrangements.

·         Adhere to Tides administrative guidelines to support accurate expense report reconciliation for the Vice President, Community Initiatives

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Specific previous experiences and qualifications include:

·         B.S. or higher degree preferred, or equivalent experience.  

·         Ability to work with diverse individuals and groups on complex community issues

·         Track record of grants and program management

·         Creativity and innovation in assessing and identifying opportunities, partnerships, programs, and resource development. Ability to navigate competing interests and priorities to arrive at positive outcomes.

·         Proven ability to create constructive partnerships among diverse constituencies; to build consensus, collaboration, and effective communication.

·         Effective verbal and written communication skills are necessary.

·         Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.

·         Strong sensitivity and commitment to cultural, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity.

Job Status: Part Time

How To Apply 

Only candidates who meet the above-stated qualifications will be considered.  Your resume must include a cover letter expressing your interest in working to support Tides and why you are qualified for this job. Please submit your application to jobs@tides.org with the subject line Community Initiatives and Global Partnerships Program Manager [your name]. Applications without this exact email subject line will not be considered. No phone calls please!

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Tides is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions.

Applicants with Disabilities:

Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process.  Please advice in writing of special needs at the time of application.

 

Minneapolis, MN

Communications Director, The McKnight Foundation

The Organization

The McKnight Foundation is a 4th-generation family foundation that utilizes financial resources, credible influence and strategic communications to address on some of the most complex, urgent and consequential challenges and opportunities of our time. Founded 60 years ago and headquartered in Minnesota, The Foundation had assets of over $2 billion and gave about $88 million in grants in 2014.

The Foundation’s comprehensive approach includes grantmaking, collaboration across issues and sectors, research, mission-related investing, and policy reform.  Our program areas reflect generations of diverse interests and experience. Program interests include regional economic and community development, impact investing, arts and artists, early literacy, youth development, Midwest climate and energy, Mississippi River water quality, neuroscience,  international crop research, and community-building in Southeast Asia. Over half of our grantmaking supports efforts in our home state. At home and around the world, quality relationships and deep understanding of place inform how we learn and adapt to changing circumstances.

As part of its Strategic Framework, the Foundation has increased its focus on knowledge sharing and strategic communications, and its use of a broad range of media.  Through its communication function, McKnight has a strong institutional voice and equips and supports a broad range of staff to use communications to advance our goals. For example, in addition to a Foundation presence on social media, several senior leadership team members and program staff members utilize twitter and other social media to communicate McKnight Foundation news, perspectives, and key initiatives.

Position Overview

Serving as a member of the five-person senior leadership team and reporting directly to the president, the communication director leads the Foundation’s strategic and operational communications efforts. The communications director supports the Foundation’s goals, strategies, and points of view by framing and helping to convey them to relevant internal and external audiences. The communications director devises and implements communications strategies for McKnight, develops content, and acts as lead media contact. The communications director supervises a communications officer and communications administrator to strengthen internal and external understanding of McKnight’s identity and impact, and to inform, engage, and influence key audiences.

Specific Responsibilities:
•Lead development of comprehensive communications strategy and develop annual goals and work plan.
•Assess new communications opportunities and vehicles, build in feedback and assessment, to determine most effective for Foundation over time.
•Develop content, and manage staff to produce all communications materials. (Including press releases, op-eds, executive summaries, reports, and social media).
•Foster relationships with editorial boards and individual reporters through direct contact and through op-ed suggestions or submissions. Creates or assists in production of public comments, speeches, and talking points for use by board and staff.
•Directs and manages the communications team budget and supervises the communications team staff members.
•Lead internal communication including coordination of quarterly board materials; support information and knowledge sharing within the Foundation.
•Provide or identify talent to work with individual programs on specific strategic communications.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 
•Demonstrated experience contributing on a strategic, managerial and operational level; as both a leader and a strong individual contributor.
•Stellar communication skills in writing; Ability to prepare clearly written articles, summaries and analysis. As well as edit and curate generated by others.
•Professional experience researching and writing about complex topics in a variety of lengths and formats, and for varied audiences.
•Quickly grasps complex issues; is able to distill key elements and convey those to multiple audiences.
•Experience with variety of social media vehicles, experience assessing fit to purpose.
•Strong time, budget, project management skills.
•Ability to quickly switch gears as urgent issues arise, display calm under pressure, and consistently meet deadlines.
•Ability to work effectively and collaboratively across organizational functions.
•Commitment to develop and guide adherence to defined technical, design, and language style standards.
•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 engage others and influence outcomes.
•Excellent verbal and listening skills. Ability to communicate effectively interpersonally and in group presentations.

Required Education and Experience:
In addition to the above knowledge, skills, and abilities requirements, the ideal candidate for this position will also possess:
•A degree in communications or a related field and a minimum of 10 years related full-time professional work experience in nonprofit, foundation, public relations or other for-profit business, 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.
•The ideal candidate will build on work done to date and bring new ideas to increase McKnight’s credible influence, leveraging the knowledge, experience, and insights of board, staff, and our large and vibrant cohort of grantees.

 

How To Apply

If you are interested in this opportunity please go The McKnight Foundation website to submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume. Inquiries should be directed to Bernadette Christiansen, VP of Administration at bchristiansen@mcknight.org

Timeline:
The McKnight Foundation will consider resumes as they are submitted until February 25, 2015. Resumes will not be accepted after February 25, 2015. We expect several steps in the selection process including interviews with key staff members and representatives of the board of directors.

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