ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW Founded by local business leaders in 1915, the Minneapolis Foundation (TMF) is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative community foundations. We currently manage more than 1,100 charitable funds and more than $625 million in assets. A board of trustees comprised of civic leaders provides direction and oversight. The Foundation helps charitable individuals, families and businesses realize their vision for a better community and world. We offer services that make giving more convenient, tax-smart, and rewarding.
Each year we award more than $30 million in grants in accordance with our donor’s wishes and to strengthen our community. The Foundation also serves Minnesotans by building a permanent charitable endowment and distributing the income from it to benefit the community. We’re particularly invested in fairness in opportunity and recognize that our community can’t afford to leave anyone behind. The Foundation is deeply committed to playing a civic leadership role, sparking constructive dialogue and action on critical issues.
The Foundation’s discretionary grantmaking efforts, which ranges from $5 to $7 million annually, supports initiatives that address the structural causes of social, economic, and racial inequity, and seek to transform education, promote economic vitality, and build civic engagement.
POSITION OVERVIEW This Director of Impact position drives the implementation of the Foundation’s Civic Engagement strategy, including: developing and managing relationships with partner organizations that are central to the Civic Engagement strategy; leading the design, resourcing and implementation of key initiatives and Strategic Plan within the strategy, and working closely with other Foundation colleagues and external partners in formulating and then either leading or supporting key research, policy, and convenings that are central to achieving the strategy’s outcomes; supporting asset development as appropriate.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Lead the implementation of key approaches under the Foundation’s Civic Engagement strategy using the Foundation’s Equity Framework which includes social, racial and economic equity; translate strategic goals and priorities into high-impact investments in partner organizations and special initiatives, often in collaboration with other Foundation staff, external partners and other funders.
Review and evaluate potential investments in partner organizations, and prepare funding recommendations for review by department staff, the CEO and the Board of Directors.
Drive and participate in the formulation of research projects, public policy initiatives and convenings that help to advance the strategy’s goals, working with TMF staff and external partners Continuously monitor progress of the Foundation’s work under the assigned strategy, in part through the preparation of reports and dashboards that track the progress against the goals of the strategy and OneMinneapolis indicators.
Serve as a support to donors, as needed, in collaboration with Advancement and other Foundation staff.
Contribute to internal teamwork and cross-strategy and inter-department initiatives, bringing knowledge of Civic Engagement and community development to other Foundation strategies.
Represent the Foundation at community meetings, annual meetings, conferences, and other public events.
Participate in funding collaboratives or other activities that advance the Foundation’s interests.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in Public Affairs or related field, and/or public policy experience or other graduate degree, preferred.
Minimum of 5 to 10 years of experience in a comparable role, and/or executive or program leadership role at a nonprofit organization or public agency.
Highly skilled in the use of technology, particularly Microsoft Office suite & Social Media.
A strategic thinker with intellectual curiosity, research and networking skills, and an exceptional ability to synthesize and analyze information.
A willingness and ability to take a flexible, creative and multi-disciplinary approach to assembling partners and initiatives to drive results-oriented strategies.
Strong knowledge of Minneapolis’ nonprofit and public educations sectors and issues facing the region.
Excellent customer service and relationship development and management skills.
Strong analytical skills. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to work under the pressure of tight deadlines. Ability to exercise mature, independent judgment.
Ability to relate to and work with a variety of people, including grantees, community representatives and colleagues. Commitment to and experience working in multicultural settings.
Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
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